Satpal Maharaj says he played key role in Uttarakhand formation

#Dehradun #Uttarakhand Pauri MP Satpal Maharaj, who recently defected to BJP, on Wednesday claimed that he had played a vital role in the formation of Uttarakhand. On his first visit to BJP headquarters in Dehradun after joining the party in Delhi earlier this month, he said he as an MP and a Union Minister had knocked at the doors of then Prime Ministers HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujral and West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu to press for the creation of separate Uttarakhand. When the Centre was contemplating granting a Union Territory status to Uttarakhand in 1996, it was he who had convinced Deve Gowda that the demand for a separate state of Uttarakhand will keep raising its head if it was granted just a UT status, the Pauri MP said. "It was due to my efforts that Gowda accepted the proposal to grant statehood to Uttarakhand and made an announcement in this regard from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15, 1996. However, before it could happen political circumstances changed and IK Gujral became the Prime Minister," he said.

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