Uttarkhand: Congress’ Harish Rawat Resign; Meets BJP?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 | by

Union Minister and Congress leader Harish Rawat is rumoured to have submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Harish Rawat, is apparently miffed over the Congress high command’s choice of MP Vijay Bahuguna for the post of Uttarkhand Chief Minister. Meanwhile Times of India has also reported that Harish Rawat met BJP President Nitin Gadkari yesterday. Sources have also stated that BJP is likely to support Harish Rawat if he gets 18 MLAs off Congress party.

Harish Rawat’s aides have stated thus, “I have also come to know that he has written to Sonia Gandhi-ji. There has been injustice done to Harish Rawat as in 2002 we fought the election under him but ND Tiwari was made the Chief Minister and we accepted it as he was a senior leader. We can only confirm that the resignation has been sent.”

BJP which finished with 31 seats in Uttrakhand, a seat less than the 32 won by Congress Party said that the party is keeping all options open. Former Uttarkhand Chief Minister and BJP leader Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, “The party has kept all doors are open for all kinds of future possibilities.” Sources have said that discussions with a few Congress, BSP and Independent leaders are in progress.

“We are closely watching all the developments…we are in touch with some Congress leaders, besides some Independents and BSP,” said BJP President for Uttarkhand state, Bishan Singh Chufal. “Congress has not been able to decide who should be the new leader. Even after selecting Bahuguna, there is a lot of resentment within the party. In such a scenario, it cannot give a stable government,” he added.

The Chief Minister’s mantle fell on Tehri MP Vijay Bahuguna. Even though there were 6 others including Harsih Rawat, Satpal Maharaj, Yashpal Arya, Harak Singh Rawat and Indira Hridyesh who contested for the same post. He is son of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, former Chief Minister of UP and brother of UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

However, Congress leaders have declined any further comments on the matter of Harsih Rawat’s resignation.

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