With the ticket for the vacant Rajya Sabha seat in Uttarakhand going to Manorama Sharma Dobariyal, a Harish Rawat loyalist, the Rawat faction has reasserted its supremacy over the affairs of the party in the hill state, political observers here said.
After two Cabinet ministers, Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal, a close aide of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, on Sunday put forth the name of former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna for the lone Rajya Sabha seat.
Main opposition BJP in Uttarakhand on Thursday advised Chief Minister Harish Rawat to stop his frequent visits to Delhi and address the problems being faced by people in the calamity-hit areas of the state.
Newly-appointed Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee president Kishore Upadhyay formally assumed charge at the party headquarters here this evening, amidst conspicuous absence of former Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and his loyalists.
On the first anniversary of the devastation caused by flash floods in Uttarakhand last June 16, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Monday said that she will personally review the development work carried out by the state government after the incident.
Political fate of Chief Minister Harish Rawat`s wife Renuka, first woman DGP Kanchan Chaudhry Bhattacharya and former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna`s son Saket and 71 others will be sealed when the five Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand will go to polls on Wednesday.
The Uttarakhand floods may have cost former state chief minister Vijay Bahuguna his chair but his successor Harish Rawat feels that the issue will not impact the poll prospects of Congress as his government has taken a slew of measures to rehabilitate the victims.
Chief Minister Harish Rawat`s wife Renuka Rawat and former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna`s son Saket Bahuguna figure in the list of Lok Sabha candidates from Uttarakhand announced by Congress Wednesday.
Shortly after being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat today showered praises on his predecessor Vijay Bahuguna, saying he salutes him for doing an exemplary job during the mid-June natural calamity.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna appears to be on his way out and Union Minister Harish Rawat and state minister Pritam Singh are emerging as the frontrunners for the top job in the hill state.