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U'khand Congress will not be stable under Bahuguna's leadership: Harak Singh

New Delhi, Tue, 13 Mar 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Mar 13 (ANI): Amid an ongoing row over Union Minister Harish Rawat threatening to resign after being ignored for the chief ministerial post in Uttarakhand, Congress leader Harak Singh Rawat on Tuesday said the party will not be stable under the new leadership.


"See what has happened is not good. This is a turning point for Uttarakhand politics. I don't think the Congress will stable here," said Rawat.


When asked to comment on the Congress High Command calling back Vijay Bahugana, the chief ministerial candidates of Uttarakhand, back to the national capital, Rawat said: "I don't have any knowledge about this. If he (Vijay Bahuguna) is called back to Delhi and the Congress Party wants to reconsider its decision then I think it is very good for Uttarakhand politics."


Harish Rawat, who was seen as a frontrunner for the Uttarakhand chief minister's post, has offered to resign from the Cabinet after Vijay Bahuguna, the MP representing Tehri Garhwal, was named as chief minister-designate.


According to reports, Rawat has sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He has also written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, saying that he would prefer to work as a party worker. he Congress High Command had on Monday evening selected Bahuguna to be the next chief minister of Uttarakhand.


A former Judge of the Allahabad and Bombay High Courts, Bahuguna is vice-president of Uttarakhand unit of Congress and is a second-term MP representing Tehri Garhwal.


Hailing from a political family, Bahuguna"s father was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and his sister Rita Bahuguna Joshi was till recently the president of the Uttar Pradesh Congress unit.


In the 70-member Assembly, Congress has emerged as the largest party with 32 MLAs and has the support of three independent MLAs and one from UKD. The Bahujan Samaj Party, having strength of three members, has pledged its unconditional support to Congress, raising its tally to 39. (ANI)


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