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Sonia discusses Uttarakhand crisis with party leaders

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WIth the crisis over Uttarakhand chief ministership refusing to die down, Congress president Sonia Gandhi held deliberations with senior party leaders on Sunday to resolve the matter. File photos show Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and the rebel camp leader Harish Rawat.
WIth the crisis over Uttarakhand chief ministership refusing to die down, Congress president Sonia Gandhi held deliberations with senior party leaders on Sunday to resolve the matter. File photos show Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and the rebel camp leader Harish Rawat.

With the crisis continuing over the issue of chief ministership in Uttarakhand, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday held deliberations with newly sworn-in Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and senior party leaders to resolve the matter.

AICC general secretary incharge for Uttarakhand Chaudhary Birender Singh, Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Ms. Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmad Patel were also present in the meeting, party sources said.

The Congress is also considering the name of Harish Rawat’s wife for Rajya Sabha nomination for the lone vacant seat from the hill state, to defuse the situation. The issue is believed to have been discussed in the meeting.

The date of nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat ends on Monday, and the party has to take a decision on its nominee by tonight.

There are indications that the party is willing to accommodate some of the demands of Mr. Rawat, who led a banner of revolt in the party. Birender Singh had on Saturday said that the party high command wanted to give Mr. Rawat his due.

Mr. Bahuguna told reporters, “Rawat and I cannot decide (on the issue)...There has to be a stamp of Sonia Gandhi on our suggestions...Harish Rawat is my esteemed colleague. He can have his own views, but he is a Congressman to the core.”

Meanwhile, the meeting of Mr. Rawat and his supporters continued throughout the day at his residence here. Sources close to him said any compromise will happen only if his concerns are taken on board.

It is learnt that Mr. Rawat is demanding key positions in Uttarakhand government for his loyalists. His camp is also interested in positions of PCC chief and Assembly Speaker.

The Congress is also considering the name of Harish Rawat’s wife for Rajya Sabha nomination for the lone vacant seat from the hill State, to defuse the situation”. This is really a Kuhhandel (cow-dealing) as the Germans say .This clearly shows that in India the intelligence or law-making abilities are only a hindrance for a parliamentarian and in some cases literacy (read and write) is also not welcomed. Through out the civilized world party seats are offered after competition and according to the ability. In Germany an adopted Vietnamese is the vice-chancellor.

from:  K. Somasundaram
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 17:55 IST
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