New Delhi: The political bickering arising out of Congress’ contentious decision to appoint Vijay Bahuguna as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand seems to be quelling with strong contender for the post Harish Rawat apparently deciding to close the chapter.

Meanwhile Congress general secretary and Uttarakhand in charge Chaudhary Virendra Singh, party president’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, party general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad and new CM Vijay Bahuguna met Sonia Gandhi once again on Sunday.

The meeting was held to find out the formula to appease Rawat and his loyalists over the issue of Chief Minister’s post.

According to the party sources, one of Rawat loyalists will be appointed as the Deputy CM while other supporter will be nominated to the Rajya Sabha. In addition to it, some Rawat supporters will be inducted in the Bahuguna Cabinet. The final decision is yet to be taken in this regard.

After the meeting, Bahuguna said, “The political crisis has been resolved but the demands of Rawat are yet to get nod from the party president.”

Virendra Chaudhary said, “The party is in favour of giving due to the Rawat.

Commenting on the issue, Rawat said, “The talks are in progress. I have presented my views upon which concrete results are yet to come.”

Political observers say that the Rawat-Bahuguna row still persists. On being asked about the meeting of rebel MLAs at his residence, Rawat said, “It is not my control. I have not created crisis.”

On the question of taking oath by his loyalist MLAs in assembly, Rawat opined, “I advised them to take oath.”

(JPN/Bureau)