Uttarakhand CM tries to make peace with rival

Last Updated: Tue, Jun 12, 2012 14:20 hrs

Dehradun, June 12 (IANS) Hoping to make peace, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna Tuesday allocated multiple responsibilities to his arch rival Harak Singh Rawat and six other legislators.

Rawat, who was recently sworn in as cabinet minister, would be handling agriculture, agriculture education, agri-marketing, medical education and 'sainik kalyan' (soldiers' welfare), Bahuguna told reporters at the state secretariat here.

Besides this, Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion has been made chairman of the Forest Corporation, Sarbat Karim Ansari has been given the charge of the Housing Board, and Dinesh Dhanay put in charge of the Garhwal Development Board. Besides, Vijay Pal Sajwan, Ganesh Godiyal and Narayan Ram Arya have been made secretaries of the parliamentary board.

All these legislators would enjoy privileges of a cabinet minister, the chief minister said.

The move is being seen as a last attempt by Bahuguna to placate legislators loyal to Rawat, who had revolted in March against the leadership's decision to nominate him chief minister of Uttarakhand.

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