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The curious case of Sibal

rs nomination sparks congress squabble

inside-eye-april2016KAPIL Sibal has been trying hard to enter the Rajya Sabha for the past two months but has not been able to make any head way. It is learnt that he first tried in Himachal Pradesh, but a ‘very powerful and resourceful mass leader’ of the Congress party, Anand Sharma, grabbed the opportunity. This is irrespective of Sharma’s dislike for Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and despite Sibal fighting all of Singh’s tricky cases in the courts. Party sources revealed that Sibal then tried from Punjab, but Capt. Amrinder Singh opposed the move. Finally, he managed to enter from Uttarakhand. But, before the move could materialise, the government of Harish Rawat fell. Why did the Congress MLAs rebel against Rawat? There was no apparent reason for any annoyance. Sources reveal that the disagreement basically started on the nomination of Sibal for the Rajya Sabha seat. The leaders of Uttarakhand opposed the move to nominate an outsider for the Upper House. But, as a 10 Janpath loyalist, Rawat was ready to pitch for Sibal. Vijay Bahuguna, the former Chief Minister, had another plan: He wanted his son, Saket, or one of his loyalists to be nominated for the Rajya Sabha. But, this was acceptable neither to the High Command nor to Rawat. So Bahuguna and his loyalists taught a lesson to those in the Congress who wanted to run the state from Delhi by toppling the already fractured government. It just needed a small push and Rawat was off the throne.

VOL. 10, ISSUE 1 | APRIL, 2016

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