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Hill challenge to high command

New Delhi, March 13: The Congress culture of thrusting chief ministers on states against the wishes of legislators has been openly challenged for the first time in the tiny hill state of Uttarakhand, where the fractured mandate had made government formation a tricky exercise.

Harish Rawat, widely perceived as the chief ministerial candidate, has decided to fight against the high command’s decision to install Vijay Bahuguna as the head of government.

As soon as Bahuguna’s name was declared last night, MLAs assembled at Rawat’s residence and entreated him to revolt against the “injustice.” [more]