I won’t be a cause of crisis: Rawat on U’khand tussle

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 22:35

New Delhi: The political crisis for
Congress in Uttarakhand appears to have blown over on Wednesday with
Union minister and rebel leader Harish Rawat falling in line
amid speculation that a compromise deal has been worked out by
the party leadership.

After raising the banner of revolt soon after Vijay
Bahuguna was named the new Chief Minister of the state, Rawat
claiming the support of 17 of 32 Congress MLAs in the
70-member Assembly, toned down saying he will "not be a cause
of crisis".

While there was no official word from the party, sources
close to the Rawat camp said that a compromise formula has
been worked out under which he could be elevated as a Cabinet
Minister and his close confidante Harak Singh Rawat may be
made Deputy Chief Minister.

Some key portfolios can also be given to MLAs supporting
Rawat, the sources said.

After hectic confabulations between the rebel faction and
senior Congress leaders, Rawat appeared conciliatory.

While there was no official word from the party, sources
close to the Rawat camp said that a compromise formula has
been worked out under which he could be elevated as a Cabinet
Minister and his close confidante Harak Singh Rawat may be
made Deputy Chief Minister.

Some key portfolios can also be given to MLAs supporting
Rawat, the sources said.

After hectic confabulations between the rebel faction and
senior Congress leaders, Rawat appeared conciliatory.

"I will not become the cause for any crisis either in
Dehradun or in Delhi. My supporters wanted me to be the Chief
Minister but it is not necessary that all wishes are always
fulfilled," Rawat told reporters outside his residence this
evening.

The Union Minister`s statement comes as a major reprieve
for Bahuguna (65), who found only a handful of MLAs attending
his swearing in yesterday.

17 legislators had gathered at Rawat`s residence on
Monday night protesting Bahuguna as Chief Minister immediately
after his name was announced outside Congress President Sonia
Gandhi`s residence at 10 Janpath by senior leader Ghulam Nabi
Azad.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 22:20

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