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Will not destabilise Bahuguna govt: Rawat

New Delhi, March 18 (PTI): Congress leader Harish Rawat today said although he had not received any “concrete proposals” from the party leadership to end the stalemate in Uttarakhand, he had no intention of destabilising the Vijay Bahuguna government.

“As such, no concrete proposals have come to compensate me. If any such proposal comes, I will discuss it with my supporters,” he said.

But Rawat said he and his supporters were not against any individual and were ready to co-operate. The statement comes almost a week after Bahuguna was sworn in as the chief minister of Uttarakhand.

“I said in several meetings of my supporters that the chief minister’s post is not vacant... I have made it clear from the very beginning that the solution for the problem which has come up will be within the Congress party,” he said.

“The party has the right to reject a claim, that is the party’s prerogative and I am not questioning that. I just wanted to prove that point (that he enjoys the support of MLAs) and I am thankful to the MLAs,” Rawat added.

Although Bahuguna was sworn in on Tuesday, 14 MLAs owing allegiance to Rawat are yet to take oath. The Congress has 32 MLAs.

Rawat said he wanted the Congress government to “run for full five years”. His comments came after Congress president Sonia Gandhi today held deliberations with Bahuguna and senior party leaders to resolve the matter.

Rawat dismissed suggestions that he was bargaining for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the hill state for his wife.