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Uttarakhand Kranti Dal
उत्तराखण्ड क्रान्ति दल
Leader Kashi Singh Airy
Chairperson Trivendra Singh Panwar
Founded 26 July 1979; 36 years ago (1979-07-26)
Headquarters Kranti Bhawan, 10 Court Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001
Ideology Regionalism
Civic nationalism
Democratic Socialism
Political position Centre-left
Colours      Green
Seats in the Legislative Assembly
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Politics of India
Political parties

The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal or UKD, (Hindi: उत्तराखण्ड क्रान्ति दल), translation: Uttarakhand Revolutionary Party, is a regional political party in India. It bills itself as the only regional party of the Uttarakhand in contrast to the national parties that dominate the state's politics.

In the present Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, elected in 2012, it has only one member as compared with three members in the previous 2007 and four members in 2002 assembly elections of the state.[1]


The UKD was established on 26 July 1979 by Bipin Chandra Tripathi, Dr. D. D. Pant, Kashi Singh Airy and Indramani Badoni at Nanital to fight for a separate state composed of the hill districts of Uttar Pradesh. The founding convention was chaired by Dr. D. D. Pant, former vice-chancellor of Kumaon University. Under the young leadership of Kashi Singh Airy who took the charge of struggle and public agitation and the aim was finally achieved, when the separate Uttaranchal state was formed on 9 November 2000, later renamed Uttarakhand in 2007. However, in the first ever state assembly elections in 2002, the party won only four out of 70 seats, and was outmaneuvered by the Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, both despite being late comers to the separate state movement, succeeded in capturing its momentum for electoral gain and formed governments in the state[citation needed]

So far, the UKD has not been able to achieve its ostensible goal in establishing a viable third force in Uttarakhand politics due to splits and divisions within its ranks. However, it maintains friendly relations with left parties in the state such as the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation and the other minor parties and social movements in Uttarakhand.

The party has taken on various campaigns in the past geared towards the social and economic upliftment of the Highlanders. The party has however embraced a number of causes of concern to the diversity of people living in Uttarakhand, defining the Uttarakhandi identity in broad and inclusive terms. As such, its ideology of civic as opposed to ethnic regionalism can be compared to other centre-left nationalist parties like the Scottish National Party or Plaid Cymru, although its orientation and goals are emphatically non-secessionist.


The party’s current face is Kashi Singh Airy, a prominent leader of Uttarakhand movement and a senior leader of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, who was elected for Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha three times (1985–1989, 1989–1991, 1993–1996) and was elected for first Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha and since has remained president of UKD. The current president of the party is Trivendra Singh Panwar, with Kashi Singh Airy and Dr. Narayan Singh Jantwal as honorary presidents, vice president are A. P. Juyal, Bhuwan Chandra Joshi and Beena Bahuguna, senior Rajya Andolankari and prominent faces of Uttarakhand Rajya Nirman Andolan who fought from the forefront in the creation of Uttarakhand state. Beena Bahuguna is now elected as Block Pramukh of Raipur, Dehradun. Jaswant Singh Bisht was the first elected MLA of the party from Ranikhet constituency. Other personalities include late Indramani Badoni and late Bipin Chandra Tripathi were the founding members and long time agitators for the separate state movement.


At the January 2012 state elections, the party won only 1 of the 70 seats, but because neither the INC nor the BJP received a majority, the UKD took an important role in forming the next government. It chose to support the INC, which was closer to having a majority compared to the BJP, and the INC formed the government in March 2012.[2][3][4]

Members of 2012 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly[edit]

Constituency No Constituency Elected Member
2 Yamunotri Pritam Singh Panwar

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2012 elections in India#Uttarakhand
  2. ^ "Uttarakhand Kranti Dal finally makes the cut". Indian Express. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Khanduri to be new Uttarakhand CM". Rediff.com. 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

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112 news items

Times of India
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:30:00 -0800

After the 2012 elections, Congress had fallen short of the figure required for absolute majority in the state assembly and had to seek support of Progressive Democratic Front (a front comprising BSP, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal and independent MLAs) to form ...
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:31:48 -0800

After the 2012 elections, Congress had fallen short of the figure required for absolute majority in the state assembly and had to seek support of Progressive Democratic Front (a front comprising BSP, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal and independent MLAs) to form ...

Hindustan Times

Daily Pioneer
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 10:39:21 -0800

People living in the mountainous areas want Gairsain to be the State capital but successive State Governments of the BJP and Congress have duped the people on this issue, said the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (P) president Trivendra Singh Panwar. He said ...
Times of India
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:18:45 -0800

DEHRADUN: With assembly polls scheduled for the first half of 2017, Congress members have already started vying with party top brass for tickets to contest the polls. To ensure only "deserving" candidates get the opportunity, the party has decided to ...

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:22:29 -0700

Panwar, who belongs to the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, an ally of the Harish Rawat-led Congress government, has been demanding that Garsain, located between the plains of Kumaon and hills Garhwal, be made the state capital. The state government has ...

Chandigarh Tribune

Chandigarh Tribune
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:56:15 -0700

BJP, Cong failed to resolve capital issue, alleges UKD Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (Progressive) central secretary Uday Ram Semwal with youth wing city president Lalit Mamgain at the party camp office in Haridwar on Wednesday. Tribune photo: RAMESHWAR ...

Chandigarh Tribune

Chandigarh Tribune
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:07:30 -0800

In an important political development, both factions of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) today joined hands and became a single entity. Kashi Singh Airy would be the president of the unified UKD. So far there were two factions UKD (Panwar) and UKD (Airy).

Hill Post

Hill Post
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:49:24 -0800

On the other hand, they pointed out, one should look at the UKD. “Here is a party whose leaders spearheaded the statehood agitation. At their call the aam aadmi of the hills took to the streets. They faced not only the lathis and bullets of the brutal ...

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