U`khand crisis: Tough road ahead for Bahuguna

For Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna, it may not be a smooth ride even if he proves his majority in the floor of the House, political observers said.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2012, 17:42 PM IST

Dehra Dun: For embattled Uttarakhand Chief
Minister Vijay Bahuguna, it may not be a smooth ride even if
he proves his majority in the floor of the House, political
observers said.

After winning the confidence of Congress chief Sonia
Gandhi, Bahuguna, who became the Chief Minister on March 13,
is facing an uphill task to bring the warring factions
together and mollify them in order to provide stability to his
fledgling government with the pressure being mounted from him
from all quarters.

Bahuguna`s first task should be to expand his ministry by
accommodating all factions, including that of sulking Harish
Rawat group, as well as their ballooning key demands, the
observers said.

The three independents and the four legislators - three
from BSP and one from Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, who are
supporting the Congress government, are also demanding "some
price" from Bahuguna for their support, Congress sources said.

"Since we are dependent on Harish Rawat and other groups,
we cannot afford to ignore any demand," a Congress leader
close to Bahuguna said.

Already, the independents and Pritam Singh Panwar, the
lone UKD MLA, have started putting pressure on Bahuguna saying
that the lone Rajya Sabha seat, the election for which will be
held on March 30, must go to "someone from the hills only".

The seat is falling vacant after senior Congress leader
Satyavrat Chaturvedi completes his six year term for which
Congress had faced criticism in the past as he was being seen
as an outsider.

All the seven non-BJP MLAs, who are supporting the
government, are also demanding cabinet berths for themselves
with key portfolios.

PTI