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.
The Uttarakhand government will soon launch a self-employment scheme for the unemployed youths of the state by building 3,5000 shops and giving them to the beneficiaries on interest-free loans repayable in ten years.