Cong denies move to replace Vijay Bahuguna as Uttarakhand CM

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Bahuguna met Sonia Gandhi on Friday triggering speculation about his continuance in the top post. (AP) Bahuguna met Sonia Gandhi on Friday triggering speculation about his continuance in the top post. (AP)
SummaryBahuguna met Sonia Gandhi in the morning triggering speculation about his continuance in the top post.

Amidst speculation about a change of guard in Uttarakhand, Congress on Friday denied any such move is and maintained Vijay Bahuguna will remain the Chief Minister.

"There is no such move. He remains Chief Minister and he will remain Chief Minister," party spokesperson Sandip Dikshit told reporters here.

Bahuguna met Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the morning triggering speculation about his continuance in the top post.

Bahuguna himself had sought to put a lid on speculation in the media about his being on the way out yesterday, saying "all is well" with him and that he heads a "stable government" in the state.

Uttarakhand Congress vice president Suryakant Dhasmana also sought to scotch rumours about Bahuguna's removal, terming it is no more than "media speculation".

"There is no truth in this. All the talk about a change of leadership in the state is just media speculation. None of the party top brass including Rahul Gandhi, AICC in-charge of Uttarakhand Ambika Soni or party spokesman Janardhan Dwiwedi has even remotely suggested that the chief minister could be changed in the state.

"Then what is the justification for such a speculation?" he told PTI.

Claiming that Bahuguna is doing well as Chief Minister, he said why would the party choose to destabilise things in the state by replacing him ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

It is being said that Bahuguna could be replaced any time as the party high command is not happy with his alleged "slipshod" handling of the June natural calamity that had ravaged the state.

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