Dehra Dun/New Delhi: Grappling with a
rebellion within the Congress, Uttarakhand Chief Minister
Vijay Bahuguna on Friday met party president Sonia Gandhi who also
discussed strategies with other party leaders to defuse the
crisis in the hill state.
The meetings on the situation the four-day old Congress
government is faced with came against the backdrop of 14 party
MLas, considered loyal to Union Minister Harish Rawat who
revolted against the appointment of Bahuguna as the state
Chief Minister, still to take oath after three more party MLAs
took oath today.
Pradip Batra (Roorkee), Kunwar Pranav Singh "Champion"
(Khanpur) and Jitram (Tharali) were administered oath by
protem Speaker Shailendra Mohan Singhal.
Bahuguna rushed to Delhi and had a meeting with Gandhi in
New Delhi. Details of what transpired at the meeting were
immediately not known.
The Chief Minister is expected to request Gandhi to
resolve the crisis in the state Congress, a party MLA close to
Bahuguna said in Dehra Dun ahead of the meeting.
The Congress Core Group discussed the political crisis in
Uttarakhand at its meeting which was attended by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh among other leaders.
Senior Congress leaders like Indira Hridayesh and Harak
Singh Rawat are the prominent faces of the state Congress who
have still not taken oath.
When contacted, Singhal however, said he has no
information regarding the remaining 14 Congress MLAs who have
still not taken the oath. Congress has 32 MLAs.
"I have no information regarding the remaining Congress
MLAs who are still to take oath," Singhal said.
A total of 17 Congress MLAs had not taken oath much to
the chagrin of Bahuguna who faces the challenge of winning the
trust vote on the floor of the state assembly in the wake of
revolt in the party against his leadership.
Bahuguna will have to prove his majority on the floor of
the House which will meet for the first time from March 26.
Scores of Congress workers this evening took out a
candle march in Dehra Dun to show solidarity with Rawat.
"This is our march to show solidarity with our leaders
like Harish Rawat and Sonia Gandhi", said Congress spokesman