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Uttarakhand: Congress expels Vijay Bahuguna’s son for ‘anti-party’ activities, Rawat attacks BJP

Saket Bahuguna's father Vijay Bahuguna is among the nine Congress rebels who joined hands with opposition BJP to stake claim to form government in Uttarakhand.

Written by Lalmani Verma | New Delhi | Updated: March 22, 2016 2:25:41 am
uttarakhand, congress, harish rawat Former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna’s son Saket Bahuguna and party joint secretary Anil Gupta were expelled for six years for “anti-party” activities.

Striking at former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, one of the nine Congress legislators who revolted against the Harish Rawat government and joined hands with the BJP, the Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee Monday expelled his son Saket Bahuguna and party’s state organisation secretary Anil Gupta for six years on charges of indiscipline and anti-party activities.

Vijay Bahuguna and the other eight rebels have already been issued notices by Speaker G S Kunjwal under the anti-defection law.


Uttarakhand Congress chief spokesperson Mathura Dutt Joshi said the state president expelled Saket Bahuguna and Anil Gupta on the recommendation of the state disciplinary committee which received complaints that both met the rebel MLAs and gave statements against the government.

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Meanwhile, Raj Bhavan officials said Governor K K Paul sent a detailed report last Friday to the Centre about the developments inside and outside the Assembly. Nine Congress MLAs had voted against the Finance Bill in the House and they later met the Governor.

On Monday, Chief Minister Rawat again accused the Modi government of attempting to destabilise his government: “There is a Mahabali in Delhi who has got a clear majority after 30 years. He is working to destabilise the elected government of Uttarakhand, a state small in size.”

Rejecting BJP allegations of corruption in his government, Rawat said he will soon release a list of prominent BJP leaders who got land in the state on nominal prices during the rule of previous governments.

Top party leaders meet President

New Delhi: A Congress delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday and submitted a memorandum alleging that the Centre and BJP were “destabilising” the elected government in Uttarakhand through “unconstitutional means”. “The Indian National Congress seeks to invite your kind attention to the blatant, arbitrary and unconstitutional actions of BJP and the Union Government to destabilise and topple the democratically-elected Government of the State of Uttarakhand. The Indian National Congress has a clear majority in the Legislative Assembly,” said the memorandum. The delegation comprised Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior leaders, A K Antony, Kapil Sibal, Ambika Soni and Motilal Vora. ENS

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