It’s now official. Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat has been appointed Uttarakhand’s 8th chief minister. Rawat, along with his ministers, took oath at a simple ceremony in Raj Bhavan on Saturday evening.
AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi made a formal announcement about Rawat’s selection as the new chief minister of Uttarakhand at a press conference held at the Bijapur guest house premises.
“Congress Legislature Party passed a resolution authorising Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is in Karnataka at present, to select its new leader. She has named Harish Rawat as the new chief minister, ” said Dwivedi, who was accompanied by Union Health Minister his Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Ambika Soni.
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Dwivedi further added that Congress MLAs supported Sonia’s choice for the post and it was Vijay Bahuguna who had placed a proposal before the CLP urging the Congress president to select the new leader.
Earlier, Congress MLAs gathered at the Bijapur guest house for the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting. The three central observers- Dwivedi, Azad and Soni- were also present at the meeting.
After the CLP meeting, central observers invited the leaders of Progressive Democratic Front (PDF), which is platform of non-congress MLAs, to hold talks on the power sharing arrangement. Apart from its own 33 MLAs, congress enjoys the support of 3 MLAs of BSP, 3 independent MLAs and one from UKD.
According to sources, PDF which had four ministers during Bahuguna’s government was demanding one more ministerial berth but the Congress refused to give in to their demand.
As decided, Rawat would retain all the 11 ministers who were part of the Bahuguna government.