Delhi: Hours after Congress MP Vijay Bahuguna was named as the next
Uttarakhand chief minister, factional feud in the party came to the fore
with legislators supporting Harish Rawat huddled in a meeting to chalk out
their strategy. Raising slogans, supporters of Rawat wanted to know why he
was ignored for the top slot.
In a bid to mollify a sulking Rawat, Bahuguna, his sister and UPCC chief
Rita Bahuguna Joshi met the Congress leader. The legislators owing
allegiance to Rawat were confabulating till late in the night.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who was authorised by party MLAs to take
a decision in the matter, chose Bahuguna after taking the views of party
MPs and MLAs, Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters outside 10 Janpath, the
residence of Gandhi, in New Delhi.
The choice of Bahuguna, a cousin of outgoing BJP chief minister BC
Khanduri, was made by Gandhi after the party high command had grappled
with the issue for days amid diverse pulls and pressures created by
several claimants to the top post and demand by independent MLAs whose
support is crucial to Congress' securing majority and formation of