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Infighting in U’khand Congress over leader of opposition post

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

Hectic lobbying has started in Uttarakhand Congress for state assembly’s leader of the opposition post. The issue has become complicated with ex-Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat keen on making one of his close aides grab the position.

Congress had to suffer a humiliating defeat in the recently concluded Uttarakhand assembly election. Harish Rawat lost from two seats and Congress was reduced to 11 seats in the 70 member state assembly. Little choice prevail for Congress.

It appears Harish Rawat has failed to learn anything from the revolt from senior Congress leaders and suffering big defeat in state assembly polls. Rawat is said to backing former speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal and Chakrata MLA  Pritam Singh for the post. 

Senior Congress leader and Haldwani’s MLA Indira Hridayesh is considered as the hot favourite for the leader of opposition post. Three time Manglaur MLA Qazi Muhammad Nizamuddin is also in the race. But Rawat wants the post for his camp. 

Indira Hridayesh recently hosted a tea party for Congress MLAs in Dehradun and this created uneasiness situation for the Harish Rawat camp. Seventy-six year old Indira is considered as expert of parliamentary affairs in Uttarakhand. If Indira fails to get the post, a fresh rift is likely to take place in Congress in the hill state.