Bahuguna quits as U'khand CM

Bahuguna quits as U'khand CM

 Ending months of speculation, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna stepped down on Friday, amid indications of Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat emerging as a strong contender in the race to succession.

Bahuguna’s leadership skills came under scanner in the wake of massive flooding wreaking havoc in the state in June last year. He finally resigned on directions of the party high command. The decision to replace Bahuguna was taken at a meeting attended by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and senior party leaders in Delhi on Wednesday.  Though Rawat is the front-runner for the chief minister’s post, the name of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Pritam Singh is also doing the rounds. Singh belongs to the Rawat camp.

It is being said that he could be a compromise candidate in case the anti-Rawat faction refuses to accept him. Singh is an MLA from Chakrata.

Others in the race include state Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh.

However, Congress sources said Rawat was almost certain to replace Bahuguna, but a formal announcement would be made only after a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party here in the presence of the party’s central observers.

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