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SPECULATIONS RIFE AS CM, BHATT SUMMONED TO DELHI

Thursday, 19 July 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– The sudden visit of the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and State BJP chief Ajay Bhatt to New Delhi on Wednesday fuelled speculations in the political circles in the State capital Dehradun. Though the State party called the development a routine one and said that more should not be read into it the   political circles are agog with speculation that party high command has summoned them to convey its displeasure over rows being sparked in the State, one after another, starting from Uttara Bahuguna- CM showdown with the latest being the one involving the party’s MLA from Laksar Sanjay Gupta. It is learnt that the State party General Secretary (organisation) Sanjay Kumar also accompanied the CM and Bhatt to Delhi. They left for Delhi on Wednesday afternoon following the summon. In Delhi, the trio met senior party leaders, including the national Vice-President and the State in-charge Shyam Jaju and the national General Secretary Shiv Prakash. Before leaving for Delhi, Bhatt termed the meeting a routine one. The State Government spokesperson and senior Cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik also echoed the same, saying it is a routine one sans any political implication. He claimed that the Government and party organisation are working in perfect coordination. Political observers, however, opine that disturbed by what is happening in the State, the party high command has summoned them to vent its annoyance and also to set things right in view of the   crucial 2019 general elections. “The case of Laksar MLA articulating anger over the  party MLAs being given short shrift by CM and other senior Cabinet Ministers is a serious one which has exposed the deepening hiatus between the party and the party-helmed Government.  The high command can hardly overlook it, election approaching,” said a political watcher. What is more, the party leaders, including the MLAs, are raising the issue of the bureaucracy ignoring them. Besides, the party brass in Delhi is worried over the possible impact of the high court-ordered  demolition drive on the political prospects of the party during the high-stake general elections. “It is quite possible that the high command has asked CM and the state party chief to go all-out to placate the disgruntled elements within the party as the widening of the rift between the organisation and the Government might cost the party dear during the upcoming hustings,” an observer said.

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