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In swift move, BJP tries to form govt in Uttarakhand

BJP has begun the exercise for government formation in Uttarakhand ahead of the second leg of the budget session of Parliament. BJP general secretary in charge of West Bengal, Kailash Vijayvargiya, has kept aside his election management responsibilities and returned to the national capital to coordinate his party's efforts in Uttarakhand on the directions of the leadership.

He held closed door meetings with potential CM candidates Satpal Maharaj and Bhagat Singh Koshyari, at the party's national headquarters. Vijayvargiya also held separate meetings with BJP national spokesperson Anil Baluni, who hails from the state, to firm up party's strategy.

"Uttarakhand's political situation was discussed.... The situation of indecision should not persist for long," Vijayvargiya told ET about his back to back meetings with CM hopefuls. Vijayvargiya, who coordinated BJP's efforts to dislodge the Congress government, however, avoided spelling out the party's plan, citing the hearing in the high court.

However, he dropped hints that the BJP was not averse to forming an alternate government if the court orders a trial of strength. "We had a majority then (on March 18 when a division was demanded on the Budget) and we have the majority now. We can prove it if any opportunity is given to us," Vijayvargiya told ET after his meeting with Koshyari before heading for a separate meeting with Maharaj.

Source TOI

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