The BJP, expecting a comeback in Uttarakhand, received a major jolt when chief minister BC Khanduri, who was brought back to office after a gap, lost from Kotdwar by more than 4,000 votes. Khanduri was earlier removed when the BJP lost all the five seats in Uttarakhand in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
Newly elected Congress legislators in Uttarakhand on Wednesday passed a resolution requesting party president Sonia Gandhi to appoint leader of the legislative party.
Uttarakhand chief minister BC Khanduri, who bit the dust in the state assembly election, on Wednesday resigned from the post.
With many claimants stalling the choice of chief ministership in Uttarakhand, the ball was today back in the court of AICC chief Sonia Gandhi to take a call as the party observers wrapped up their consultations with Congress and independent MLAs on the leadership issue.
In a heartening development for the Congress in Uttarakhand, the three MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have offered “unconditional support” to help the party form the next government in the state.
The swearing-in ceremony of Congress MP Vijay Bahuguna as the new chief minister of Uttarakhand will be held on Tuesday at the Parade Ground in Dehradun.
Amid factional feud in Congress over the chief ministerial candidate in Uttarakhand, BJP today said it has kept its "doors open for all kinds of future possibilities" and is in touch with some Congress, BSP and independent leaders.
As if the drubbing in the assembly elections was not enough, a revolt by 17 legislators over the appointment of the new Uttarakhand chief minister, Vijay Bahuguna, has added to the Congress’ woes. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
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Amid revolt by a section of his party Congress against him, Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna on Wednesday said he would win a trust vote and his government would complete its five-year term.
A day after union minister Harish Rawat showed some signs of reconciliation, the Congress again plunged into a political crisis in Uttarakhand on Thursday when 17 of its 32 legislators abstained from taking oath.
Even as three more Congress legislators took oath in Uttarakhand on Friday, the political crisis triggered by a revolt over the appointment of Lok Sabha MP Vijay Bahuguna as the chief minister is far from over.
The Congress high command is holding talks with the warring factions to defuse the crisis in the fledgling party-led government in Uttarakhand even as rebel leader Harak Singh Rawat rubbished media reports that he was offered the post of the deputy chief minister.
With the Congress firm on its choice of Vijay Bahuguna as Uttarakhand chief minister, a sulking Harish Rawat has forwarded a set of demands to the party leadership.