Bahuguna quits as Uttarakhand chief minister

Dehradun, Jan 31: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna quit Friday, setting the stage for Congress leader and central minister Harish Rawat to take charge of the hill state.

While the writing was on the wall for Bahuguna for over a week, the chief minister was told to put in his papers Thursday night, a highly placed source told IANS.

The decision had the consent of both party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, the source said.

The 66-year-old chief minister told the media that he was resigning as the party “high command” had asked him to do so.

IANS