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Posted at: Feb 13, 2018, 12:24 AM; last updated: Feb 13, 2018, 12:24 AM (IST)

12 BJP MLAs, 2 ex-CMs meet at Nishank’s house

Tea party at BJP ex-CM’s house spells trouble for Rawat

Neena Sharma

Tribune News Service

Dehradun February 12

The coming together of 12 sitting BJP MLAs and, two former Chief Ministers at former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s residence for tea, soon after a political programme of the Uttarakhand BJP got over yesterday, spells trouble for Chief Minister TS Rawat.

The BJP government under Rawat will be completing a year in office next month and the initial period of his five-year term has been trouble free with the Chief Minister cruising along comfortably.

With allocation of two ministerial berths in the Cabinet and adjustments of MLAs in various government boards and commissions still hanging fire, a perceptible dissatisfaction among the MLAs and party cadre cannot be overruled. 

So, the tea party at Nishank’s residence where former Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna who had raised a banner of revolt against the Congress along with Cabinet Minister Yashpal Arya and above all the presence of former Chief Minister BS Koshiyari and organising secretary Shiv Prakash who shared strained relations in the past with Nishank, did not come as a big surprise to most within the party.

“It should act as a warning for the Chief Minister as there is a possibility of a new alignment emerging within the party, which acts as a group and poses challenge to TS Rawat,” said a senior BJP leader on condition of anonymity. 

However, the Uttarakhand BJP president Ajay Bhatt dismissed it as a routine get- together, “It was a meeting of party leaders and MLAs and not much should be read between the lines. I too could have gone, but was too busy with the senior leaders from New Delhi,” he said. 

Significantly, both Rawat and Bhatt were missing from the party. On being asked about the purpose of the meeting, BJP leader and MP Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said, “We had gathered to hold discussions on strengthening the party for the upcoming election.” 

Of late, after remaining dormant for almost a year, Nishank seems to have increased his political appearances in Dehradun and he sealed it with a tea party yesterday that has managed to create ripples for now. 


‘Dissatisfaction within party’

With the allocation of two ministerial berths in the Cabinet and adjustments of MLAs in various government boards and commissions still hanging fire, a perceptible dissatisfaction among the MLAs and party cadre cannot be overruled.

‘Routine get- together’

"It was a meeting of party leaders and MLAs and not much should be read between the lines. I too could have gone, but was too busy with the senior leaders from New Delhi." — Ajay Bhatt, uttarakhand bjp president 

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