first_img(REOPENS DES43)(REOPENS DES43)Hours after Congress announced Tamta as its candidate for Rajya Sabha poll on May 28, PDF nominated Dhanai as its nominee for the Upper House of Parliament causing considerable consternation in the Congress which hurriedly held a meeting with PDF leaders to assuage ruffled feathers but to no avail.PDF minister Prasad Naithani had rued despite the fact that PDF had already announced its decision to field a candidate, it was not taken into confidence by Congress before announcing its nominee for Rajya Sabha.Compounding Rawats problems, former PCC president Arya, who is arguably the tallest Dalit leader in the party from Kumaon region, is understood to have opposed the candidature of Tamta and even threatened to resign from both the state Cabinet and the party.Arya, who had twice headed the state Congress, has himself been a contender for the Rajya Sabha seat.After Rawat got a hint of Aryas resentment he sent a chopper to Haldwani to bring him to Dehradun and lend him an audience. They were closeted for over an hour during which Arya is understood to have made it clear that he was being ignored by the party, sources said.However, Rawats meetings with both PDF and Arya, apparently intended to prevent the possibility of yet another revolt in the ruling alliance, reportedly failed.Having failed to bring PDF and Arya round to the partys view, Rawat left for New Delhi this morning to acquaint the party high command with the current situation which does not augur well for the party still smarting from the effects of a political crisis that saw his ouster from power and imposition of Presidents rule in the state for over a month.PTI ALM SMN SMNadvertisementlast_img read more

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