Nearly 250 Congress workers courted arrest. Rawat also demanded that Gairsain should be declared as a district. He also said he would fully support the Gairsain Sangharsh Samiti which has launched an agitation on the issue.
Ever since the creation of Uttarakhand as a separate state on November 9, 2000, Gairsain remains an emotive issue in the hill state. A number of Vidhan Sabha sessions have been held so far at Gairsain.
But successive governments never showed seriousness in solving the issue of the permanent capital and also did not consider the report of the V.N. Dixit Commission which was set up to solve the imbroglio.
The commission had looked into the feasibility of five places - Dehradun, Gairsain, Rishikesh, Kashipur and Ramnagar as the state capital on several parameters including geographical conditions, population, accessibility, transport system, seismic conditions and security. The commission submitted its 250-page report in 2008 to the then BJP government.
But since then, no action had been taken on the report which recommended that Dehradun should be made the permanent capital and rejected Gairsain as it is prone to earthquakes.