U’khand infighting fails to ebb despite Bahuguna efforts

Both Rawat and Maharaj have accused each other of back-stabbing and creating hurdles in the race for the chief minister.

Dehra Dun: The infighting in the ruling
Congress in Uttarakhand has failed to ebb despite chief
minister Vijay Bahuguna`s desperate efforts to put a lid on
the crisis even as notices have been issued to 36 Congress leaders.

A war of words has escalated between union minister
Harish Rawat and his political rival and Congress leader
Satpal Maharaj with the party high command asking the two
leaders not to air their opinion publicly.

Both Rawat and Maharaj have accused each other of
back-stabbing and creating hurdles in the race for the chief
minister, which both of them lost to Bahuguna.

The tensions arose between the two leaders when cabinet
minister Amrita Rawat, wife of Maharaj, recently asked
Bahuguna not to work under the pressure of Harish Rawat.

This infuriated Rawat, who said that Maharaj should now
feel happy that he could not become chief minister.
"Maharaj should feel happy that I could not become the
chief minister," Rawat told reporters in the Assembly on

After that, Maharaj again accused Rawat of committing
alleged sins in the holy city of Haridwar which he said would
not be redeemed.

Following the war of words, the party high command has
asked the two leaders not to air their views publicly,
Congress sources said.

On the other hand, cabinet minister and PCC chief
Yashapal Arya has also registered his protest with Bahuguana
over a host of issues.

Similarly, senior Congress leader Harak Singh Rawat is
not ready to compromise with the cabinet berth and wants the
post of deputy chief minister.

In addition to this, all the seven non-BJP MLAs, who are
supporting the Congress government, are maintaining a
consistent pressure on Bahuguna for getting various key
portfolios and other posts for their supporters.

Bahuguna, on the other hand, has made it clear that he
would work by taking the party high command into confidence.

"All decisions will be taken by the party high command in
consultation with the chief minister," said Bahuguna.

Mantri Prasad Naithani, an independent MLA from
Devprayag, has asked the chief minister to give the vacant
cabinet berth to Dinesh Dhanai, an independent MLA from Tehri.

Meanwhile, Bahuguna has again appealed to all party
leaders and workers to work united for the welfare of
Uttarakhand and its people.

Meanwhile, Congress has issued notices to 36 party
leaders for working against the interests of the party during
recent assembly elections.

However, sources said most of the leaders who were given
notices belong to Harish Rawat group and have been asked to
file replies within 15 days.


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