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Uttarakhand crisis: Congress expels Vijay Bahuguna's son Saket for 6 years

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:00 IST

Continuing to crack the whip following the rebellion by the nine Congress MLAs in Uttarakhand, the state Congress on 21 March expelled Vijay Bahuguna's son, Saket and state organisation secretary Anil Gupta for six years on charges of anti-party activities.

Vijay Bahuguna's son and Congress candidate from Tehri Lok Sabha seat Saket Bahuguna faced the severe disciplinary action following the revolt by nine Congress MLAs.

Meanwhile, in a clear fallout over the rebellion, the Uttarakhand Congress dissolved all nine district units of the party in the state. Later in the day, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from the state along with the nine rebel Congress leaders will meet Pranab Mukherjee, asking him to dismiss the state government.

"Will tell the President to dismiss the current government in Uttarakhand as they have lost majority. Harish Rawat is now trying to buy people in a fit of desperation to gain support, but he will not succeed. It is his streak of corruption that has led to this situation," BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said.

Meanwhile, rebel Congress MLA Harak Singh Rawat has written to Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul, urging him to call an Assembly Session tomorrow for the floor test.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat who was set to arrive in the national capital today to discuss the political crisis in the state with the Congress leadership, has been asked by party vice president Rahul Gandhi to stay put and handle the situation there.

The Congress government in Uttarakhand is facing a major crisis with 9 MLAs rebelling against Rawat and the BJP, which has 27 MLAs, staking claim to form the government.


First published: 21 March 2016, 13:59 IST