Tiwari sulks, but stays
The AICC has no intention of replacing Narayan Dutt Tiwari in Uttaranchal though the chief minister may be keen to quit the state before the February 2007 assembly polls.india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 02:02 IST
The AICC has no intention of replacing Narayan Dutt Tiwari in Uttaranchal though the chief minister may be keen to quit the state before the February 2007 assembly polls. But there is a possibility of a leadership change in Meghalaya, where 17 of the 29 Congress legislators want D.D. Lapang to step down, though they have left the decision to Sonia Gandhi.
On Wednesday, the Congress president held separate meetings with Tiwari and Lapang, whose fate will be decided before the June 16 assembly session.
On his part, the Uttaranchal CM came calling on Sonia amid reports of finalisation of names for half a dozen Raj Bhavans and reshuffling of certain governors. The probables include R.S. Gavai who recently retired from Rajya Sabha and Mukut Meithi from Arunachal.
For some time now, the ageing and ailing leader has been wanting to shift from Uttaranchal to Maharashtra as governor. On his part, incumbent S.M. Krishna has often expressed a desire to return to active politics in Karnataka or to be accommodated at the Centre. The Congress leadership, however, didn’t show any interest.
After his 30 minute meeting with Sonia, Tiwari dodged waiting newspersons and left 10, Janpath from the backdoor to head for Dehra Dun. Sources later said he would continue as CM.
“How can we change him now? It is too close to the assembly polls,” said a party leader. There was also apprehension that his removal would fuel factionalism, with jostling aspirants adding to the infighting in the state,
There’s little doubt the Congress is in a piquant situation. It can’t change the CM at this juncture and yet it knows that Tiwari’s age, health, disinterest and perhaps even the controversies around him would prevent him from leading the vigorous campaign needed to buck incumbency.
Uttaranchal in-charge Moti Lal Vora said that besides poll preparedness, the CM is understood to have discussed other important issues with Sonia. He said Tiwari was doing a good job as CM.
First Published: Jun 15, 2006 02:02 IST