The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal
(हिन्दी- उत्तराखण्ड क्रान्ति दल) (UKD
) is a regional political party
. It bills itself as the only regional party of the Uttarakhand Himalayas
, in contrast to the national parties that dominate the region's politics.
In the present Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
, elected in 2007, it has three members, who supported the BJP government, when the 2007 state elections resulted in a hung assembly.
The UKD was established on 26 July 1979 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 Kumaun University
. After years of struggle and public agitation, the aim was finally achieved, when the separate Uttaranchal
state was formed on November 9, 2000, later renamed Uttarakhand
. However, in the first ever state assembly elections in 2002, the party won only 4 out of 70 seats, and was outmaneuvered by the Indian National Congress
and Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), both despite being late comers to the separate state movement, succeeded in capturing its momentum for electoral gain and formed governments in the state
As of yet, 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......