Dehradun/New Delhi: Congress MP Vijay Bahuguna was on Tuesday sworn in as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after the Congress overruled a revolt by another MP Harish Rawat, who is said to have offered to resign from the Union government.

65-year-old Bahuguna, son of late Congress leader Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, was the lone minister to take the oath of office and secrecy at a brief ceremony at the Parade Ground here.

Governor Margaret Alva administered the oath at the function which was attended by former Chief Minister N D Tiwari, central Congress observers Ghulam Nabi Azad, Birender Singh, party MP Satpal Maharaj, PCC chief Yashpal Arya, and Bahuguna's sister Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

Only 11 out of the 32 Congress MLAs were present besides three independent MLAs -- Mantri Prasad Netani, Harish Durgapal and Dinesh Tanhai -- and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal MLA Pritam Singh Panwar.

Prominent Congress leaders Harak Singh Rawat and Indra Hridayesh, who were themselves aspirants for the Chief Minister's post, were conspicuous by their absence as were Harish Rawat's supporters.

The Congress, which won 32 seats in the 70-member Assembly, one more than BJP's 31, has managed to get the support of three independents and an equal number of BSP MLAs and that of UKD(K) MLA.

But the revolt by Rawat, who is said to have a sizable number of supporters among the MLAs, came as a surprise to the party leadership.

Upset over the party decision, Rawat reportedly sent a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi offering to resign. His supporters claimed in the capital that he has resigned but Rawat himself declined to confirm or deny.

18 MLAs had gathered at the residence of Rawat  on Monday night soon after Bahuguna's name was announced. As the protests gathered momentum this morning, Congress MP from Almora Pradip Tamta also joined in the chorus for making Rawat Chief Minister.

Rawat, who was elected to Lok Sabha in 1980 defeating BJP's Murli Manohar Joshi and has been reelected three more times, was ignored for the chief ministership some ten years ago over veteran N D Tewari. He had served a term in Rajya Sabha too.

 Tamta said that "injustice" was done to the Union Minister in this matter which had led to great disappointment" among party workers of the state.

However, he ruled out the possibility of any split in the party over the issue, saying that Congress President Sonia Gandhi is their leader. "Nobody will break the party," Tamta told reporters.

"We are only saying that what has happened in this matter is injustice to Rawat. He is the only leader acceptable to all in Uttarakhand and is the party's face."

 Asked about Harish Rawat's revolt, Bahuguna said he is a Congressman and the problem is an internal matter of the party.  He expressed confidence that the high command would resolve the issue through consultations.

He said discussions will be held with the high command on the ministers to be inducted over which allies would also be consulted.