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Embattled Bahuguna to seek Sonia’s help to stem crisis

Bahuguna took oath on Tuesday but it left Rawat and his supporters sulking.

Written by Agencies | Dehradun | Published: March 16, 2012 6:15:59 pm

With the four-day old Congress government in Uttarakhand facing a severe crisis,embattled Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today rushed to Delhi to seek party chief Sonia Gandhi’s intervention.

His plans to meet Gandhi came a day after 17 Congress MLAs,mostly loyalists of Union Minister Harish Rawat,refused to take oath in the state Assembly to register their protest against choice of Bahuguna for the top post.

Senior party leaders Harak Singh Rawat and Indira Hridayesh were also absent. They too are understood to have given their support to Rawat.

In the 70-member Assembly,Congress has 32 MLAs and with the help of three Independents and as many MLAs from BSP,besides the lone UKD member,the party attained a majority of 39 to form the government.

The ministry formation was delayed due to internal feud in the ruling party as different factions favoured their own candidate.

After days of suspense,Bahuguna took oath on Tuesday but it left Rawat and his supporters sulking.

During his stay in Delhi,Bahuguna is expected to request Gandhi to resolve the crisis in the state Congress,a party MLA close to Bahuguna said.

“There are lot of issues which need to be discussed with the party high command,which included the election of the Speaker and choice of candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat where election is due on March 30,” he said.

Bahuguna,who took oath alone,will have to prove his majority on the floor of the House which will meet for the first time from March 26.

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