Dehradun: A former High Court judge-turned
politician, Soft-spoken Vijay Bahuguna has a tough task on
hand to keep the flock in faction-ridden Congress in
Uttarakhand together and rein in his detractors.
Politics runs in 65-year-old Bahuguna`s blood since he is
the son of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Hemvati Nandan
Bahuguna. A cousin of outgoing BJP chief minister BC
Khanduri, the second-term Lok Sabha MP representing Tehri
Garhwal, is the brother of UP Congress Committee chief Rita
Bahuguna senior was once close to Sanjay Gandhi and a
rising star in Congress till his wings were clipped and he had
to quit his as chief minister and the party.
He was a tall leader of undivided UP who had contested
and lost the Lok Sabha elections to filmstar Amitabh Bachchan
in Allahabad in 1984. The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had
at that time brought Bachchan into politics to vanquish
Bahuguna from Allahabad.
Born on February 28, 1947 in Allahabad, Vijay Bahuguna
practised as a lawyer before becoming a judge in the Allahabad
High Court and later the Bombay High Court.
Bahuguna, who is currently Vice-President of Uttarakhand
unit of Congress, quit as a judge and joined politics under
the tutelage of his father.
He was also the Vice-Chairman of the State Planning
Commission during the earlier Congress regime