Sulking Union minister Harish Rawat resigns

By: | Updated: 13 Mar 2012 12:25 AM

Union minister Harish Rawat, who lost in the race for Uttarakhand chief
ministership, is sulking and said to have resigned from the Union

Rawat, minister of state for agriculture and parliamentary affairs, sent
his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress sources said.

"We can only confirm that the resignation has been sent," said a Congress
leader close to Rawat.

The move comes after the the Congress high command overlooked his claims
for the chief minister's post which has gone to another MP Vijay Bahuguna.

This is the second time that Rawat's claim has been ignored as some ten
years back ND Tiwari was made the chief minister almost at the 11th hour
by the party leadership.

When asked whether he was planning to resign, Rawat declined to confirm or
deny. "I don't want to make any comment," Rawat told reporters.

Rawat, representing Haridwar constituency, was a strong contender for the
post. Amid reports that Rawat had resigned, chief minister-designate
Bahuguna said the party is ready to handle any kind of crisis.

"This is a pressure tactic. We will handle it," said Bahuguna.

The supporters of Rawat would boycott the swearing in ceremony of
Bahuguna. With Bahuguna coming under pressure, he would now take oath
alone, his close aide Sabodh Unniyal, an MLA from Narendra Nagar said.

"Only Bahuguna ji will take oath today," he said.

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First Published: 13 Mar 2012 12:25 AM
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