In Swift Move, BJP Tries to Form Govt in Ut­tarak­hand

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Sat­pal Ma­haraj’s abil­ity to en­gi­neer more de­fec­tions from Congress makes him fron­trun­ner; Kosh­yari in race too

New Delhi: BJP has be­gun the ex­er­cise for govern­ment for­ma­tion in Ut­tarak­hand ahead of the sec­ond leg of the bud­get ses­sion of Par­lia­ment. BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary in charge of West Ben­gal, Kailash Vi­jay­vargiya, has kept aside his elec­tion man­age­ment re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and re­turned to the na­tional cap­i­tal to co­or­di­nate his party’s ef­forts in Ut­tarak­hand on the di­rec­tions of the lead­er­ship.

He held closed door meet­ings with po­ten­tial CM can­di­dates Sat­pal Ma­haraj and Bha­gat Singh Kosh­yari, at the party’s na­tional head­quar­ters. Vi­jay­vargiya also held sep­a­rate meet­ings with BJP na­tional spokesper­son Anil Baluni, who hails from the state, to firm up party’s strat­egy.

“Ut­tarak­hand’s po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion was dis­cussed.... The sit­u­a­tion of in­de­ci­sion should not per­sist for long,” Vi­jay­vargiya told ET abouthis­back­to­back meet­ings with CM hope fu ls . Vi­jay­vargiya, who co­or­di­nated BJP’s ef­forts to dis­lodge the Congress gover nment, how­ever, avoided spell­ing out the party’s plan, cit­ing the hear­ing in the high court.

How­ever, he dropped hints that the BJP was not averse to form­ing an al­ter­nate govern­ment if the court or­ders a trial of strength. “We had a ma­jor­ity then (on March 18 when a di­vi­sion­was­de­mande­dontheBud­get) and we have the ma­jor­ity now. We can prove it if any op­por­tu­nity is given to us,” Vi­jay­vargiya told ET af­ter his meet­ing­with­Kosh­yaribefore­head­ing for a sep­a­rate meet­ing with Ma­haraj.

His state­ment as­sumes sig­nif­i­cance as the Speaker had dis­qual­i­fied 9 Congress MLAs for anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties.Their sup­port was counted for the ‘ma­jor­ity’ claim BJP had made in

The sit­u­a­tion of in­de­ci­sion should not per­sist for long, says BJP leader Vi­jay­vargiya

March. Ac­cord­ing to a party in­sider, Ma­haraj, Kosh­yari and Anil Baluni have been asked to keep the flock of BJP and rebel Congress MLAs to­gether, while wait­ing for more de­fec­tion from Congress.

The in­sider said that the BJP would pre­fer a Thakur chief min­is­ter to avoid back­lash over Har­ish Rawat’s ouster. This puts Ma­haraj and Kosh­yari as front-run­ners. The for­mer seems to have the edge among the two as he is seen to have the abil­ity to en­gi­neer more de­fec­tions from the Congress. Of­fi­cially, party lead­ers played down the CM race say­ing, “what­ever Amit Shah will de­cide will be fi­nal.”

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