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Harish Rawat's supporters protest over making Vijay Bahuguna Uttarakhand CM

New Delhi, Tue, 13 Mar 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Mar 13 (ANI): Legislators supporting Lok Sabha MP Harish Rawat have expressed their unhappiness over Vijay Bahuguna, the MP representing Tehri Garhwal being chosen as the next chief minister of Uttarakhand.


Raising slogans here against Bahuguna, supporters of Rawat wanted to know why he was ignored for the top slot.


"This is a suicide note for us. Harish Rawat has worked very hard for the Congress party


Thousands of people are coming to Delhi to show their support. We will form a new party. We feel suffocated under Congress party," said Khajan Pandey, a supporter.


"Uttarakhand state has got injustice. Harish Rawat is a strong leader. He has strengthened Congress party in Uttarakhand. We want him to become the chief minister. We will not let this happen. We have 17 MLAs with us. We will not tolerate any other chief minister," added Harish, another supporter.


The Congress High Command 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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