Dehradun: A former High Court judge-turned politician, soft-spoken Vijay Bahuguna has a tough task on hand to keep the flock in faction-ridden Congress in Uttarakhand together and rein in his detractors.

Politics runs in 65-year-old Bahuguna's blood. He is the son of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna and cousin of outgoing BJP chief minister B C Khanduri. Bahuguna who is the second-term Lok Sabha MP representing Tehri Garhwa is the brother of UP Congress Committee chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

 Bahuguna senior was once close to Sanjay Gandhi and a rising star in Congress till his wings were clipped and he had to quit his as chief minister and the party.

He was a tall leader of undivided UP who had contested and lost the Lok Sabha elections to filmstar Amitabh Bachchan in Allahabad in 1984. The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had at that time brought Bachchan into politics to vanquish Bahuguna from Allahabad.

Born on February 28, 1947 in Allahabad, Vijay Bahuguna practised as a lawyer before becoming a judge in the Allahabad High Court and later the Bombay High Court.

Bahuguna, who is currently Vice-President of Uttarakhand unit of Congress, quit as a judge and joined politics under the tutelage of his father.

He was also the Vice-Chairman of the State Planning Commission during the earlier Congress regime.

(Agencies)