U’khand crisis simmers; Sonia meets party leaders

With the crisis continuing over the issue of chief ministership in Uttarakhand, Sonia Gandhi on Sunday held deliberations with senior party leaders.

New Delhi/Dehra: The political crisis in
Uttarakhand Congress refused to die down on Sunday with sulking
Union Minister Harish Rawat saying he has not received any
"concrete" proposals from the central leadership to end the

"As such no such concrete proposals have come to
compensate me. If any such proposal comes, I will discuss it
with my supporters," Rawat told reporters in Delhi when asked
whether he has received any offers from the High Command to
placate him.

Almost a week after Vijay Bahuguna took over as Chief
Minister of Uttarakhand, Rawat said he and his supporters were
not against any individual and had no intention of
destabilising the government.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi held deliberations with
Bahuguna and senior party leaders in a bid to resolve the

AICC general secretary in-charge for Uttarakhand
Chaudhary Birender Singh, Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, and
Gandhi`s political secretary Ahmad Patel were also present in
the meeting, party sources said.

In a bid to mollify Rawat, Congress is considering the
name of his wife for Rajya Sabha nomination for the lone
vacant seat from the hill state. The issue is believed to have
been discussed in the meeting held today.

The date of nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat ends

There are indications that the party is willing to
accommodate some of the demands of Rawat, who led a banner of
revolt in the party. Birender Singh had yesterday said that
the party high command wanted to give Rawat his due.

Rawat, meanwhile, dismissed suggestions that he was
bargaining for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the hill state
for his wife as compensation.


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