Uttarakhand Chief Minister-designate Vijay Bahuguna may have served as a high court judge and made a mark as an advocate but politics is his true calling as he belongs to a family which has always been associated with this vocation.
65-year-old Bahuguna,who was declared chief minister of Uttarakhand on Monday evening by the Congress,is the son of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna. His father was once close to Sanjay Gandhi and a rising star in the Congress till his wings were clipped and he had to quit his post and the party.
Bahuguna senior was a tall leader of Uttar Pradesh who had contested and lost the Lok Sabha elections to filmstar Amitabh Bachchan in Allahabad in 1984. The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had at that time brought Bachchan into politics to vanquish Bahuguna from Allahabad.
Born on February 28,1947 in Allahabad,Vijay Bahuguna practised as a lawyer before becoming a judge in the Allahabad High Court and later the Bombay High Court.
He is a cousin of outgoing BJP chief minister B C Khanduri and brother of UP Congress Committee chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
Bahuguna,currently Vice-President of Uttarakhand unit of the Congress and a second-term MP representing Tehri Garhwal,quit as a judge and joined politics under the tutelage of his father.
In 1991 General Elections,Vijay Bahuguna was a favourite to get a Congress ticket from Pauri-Garhwal constituency following the death of his father.
At that time,Khanduri was also interested in contesting from Pauri.
Khanduri had gone on record to admit that he would not have contested from Pauri parliamentary seat had Bahuguna got the ticket.
As luck had it,Bahuguna did not get the Congress ticket,following which Khanduri jumped into politics and also won from Pauri seat.
I came to politics due to quirk of fate largely due to denial of ticket by the Congress to Bahugana, Khanduri had said.
Thereafter,Vijay Bahuguna faced a string of defeats from both Tehri and Pauri constituencies.
In 2007,Maharaja of Tehri Manvendra Shah,who had the distinction of winning Tehri seat for several decades,died which forced the byeleciton.
The Congress again reposed faith in Bahuguna who this time faced Manujendra Shah,son of Manvendra Shah. Bahuguna won by a narrow margin.
In 2009,Bahuguna again won the Tehri seat which brought him in the forefront of politics in Uttarakhand.