Dehra Dun: Hitting back at the opposition,
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today said the BJP
should not fear about any poaching attempt from his side and
asked the party to put its own house in order first.
"Let them (BJP) feel safe. I am not going to poach upon
them," Bahuguna told PTI in an interview when asked whether he
is in touch with some BJP MLAs for getting a seat vacated for
himself to enter the Assembly.
Bahuguna, however, made it clear that he was not
approaching anybody from BJP and nor has he authorised anybody
from the Congress to approach the BJP in this regard. "These
are all conjunctures and kite flying," he said.
Bahuguna`s comments came days after the BJP took its MLAs
to Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh apparently fearing poaching by
However, Bahuguna said he has some friends and
well-wishers everywhere in the state. "I am friendly with
everybody in all parties," he said.
On BJP`s demand to seek a trust vote, Bahuguna said the
party should first set its own house in order. "They [BJP] are
ridiculing us for infighting in our party. But inner fighting
in BJP is much more severe than us. They are yet to decide
their leader of the opposition," Bahuguna said. "I can only
say that BJP is in shambles and should put is own house in
order," he said.
In this regard, he said he would not seek trust vote as
the Congress has already proved its majority by winning the
speaker`s election. "Moreover, the passage of vote-on-account
as well as Rajya Sabha elections in the coming days would also
prove our majority in the house. There is no need to bring a
separate trust vote," he said.
On the Congress crisis in the wake of protests by union
minister Harish Rawat, Bahuguna said he looks at the party`s
affairs differently and look it as "challenges" within the
"This is a race. You have to move. You may or may not
agree to the decisions, but you have to move. I don`t
compromise with discipline," said Bahuguna, who became
chief minister on March 13.
However, Bahuguna said the Congress leaders must
understand that such decisions are taken by the party high
command and that they should not show dissent publicly.
But he made it clear that he has no "bitterness" against
Rawat or other MLAs opposing him.
On being asked whether Congress leader Harak Singh Rawat
be given the post of deputy chief minister, Bahuguna said it
was upto the high command to take a decision in this regard.
"One berth in the cabinet is vacant. It is a tricky job.
The party high command takes a decision in consultation and
not in concurrence with the Chief Minister and advice of the
Chief Minister is not binding on them (party High Command).
They will decide whom they think fit for the cabinet," said
However, he said there are many aspirants for the single