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Drama ends as 11 Rawat loyalists take oath

india Updated: Mar 26, 2012 01:03 IST
Anupam Trivedi
Anupam Trivedi
Hindustan Times
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The days long high political drama in Uttarakhand Congress following union minister of state Harish Rawat’s rebellion moves apparently ended on Sunday after 11 Rawat legislators took oath in the presence of sulking leader.

Rawat who was in Dehradun to witness Govind Singh Kunjwal’s nomination for the post of speaker said now everyone was happy. “Everyone is happy and me too” held union MoS Rawat at Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha premises after his trusted and senior legislator Kunjwal filed papers.

Rawat in fact surfaced for the first time in capital after Vijay Bahuguna’s name was announced as state’s chief minister earlier this month. Annoyed Rawat and his followers had went berserk and pressurized high command to change decision.

“We had certain issues and demands and those have been met” asserted Pradeep Tamta, Member of Parliament who had been handling political activities in New Delhi.

On Sunday, Rawat, Tamta and the 11 legislators including 2 ministers and Harak Singh Rawat arrived at the Vidhan Sabha amid presence of CM Bahuguna. They all took oath and now 32 Congress MLA’s technically can take part in the assembly proceedings. One more nominated Anglo Indian MLA RV Gardner too administered oath by the pro-tem speaker SM Singhal.

With this Congress strength has reached 33. Party has loaned support from 7 non BJP MLA’s. Government needs 36 members for simple majority in the house of 70 members.

The election of speaker will be held on Monday and assembly session will begin from March 27. CM will prove majority of his government on 29th. It seems Bahuguna will now have a cake walk.

Even as political experts feel the truce between Rawat and Bahuguna was unlikely to extend for too long. On the other side both leaders reiterated that they were friends for long and ‘everything is settled’.

“I was saying from the day one that Congress is united” quipped relieved Bahuguna who headed to Srinagar with Rawat where an under construction bridge collapsed.

Interestingly in the political whirlwind, Rawat managed a big pound of flesh. His 3 supporters are part of 10 member Bahuguna cabinet. Additionally Kunjwal party candidate for speaker and Mahendra Singh Mehra, Rajya Sabha candidate belongs to Rawat camp.