Change of Guard in Uttarakhand

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Friday, 31 January 2014 14:44

The city is abuzz with the news that CM Vijay Bahuguna has been asked to tender his resignation. In a meeting of senior Congress party leaders with Sonia Gandi on Wednesday, 29th January, the leadership change issue in Uttarakhand was discussed. According to PTI, party general secretary Ambika Soni was present during the meeting besides senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Janardan Dwivedi and Ahmed Patel, the political secretary to the Congress chief.

This is being seen as a bid to boost the party's prospects in Uttarakhand for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. In the 2012 polls, the Congress won 32 seats in the 70-member assembly, and was only marginally ahead of the BJP, which won one seat less.

Mr. Bahuguna, 66, has been criticized for his poor handling of the relief work undertaken by his government after the flash floods that hit Uttarakhand last year. Since the past six months, delegations of MLAs and other Congress leaders from the State have been regularly meeting central party leaders in Delhi to press for Bahuguna's ouster.

Union minister Harish Rawat, who represents Haridwar in the Lok Sabha, is tipped to replace him. Though Rawat is the top contender for Chief Minister post, Indira Hridayesh, a former aide of N.D. Tiwari, and Pritam Singh, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, are also in the race for the top job in the state.