Dehardun: Rumors of dissent against Uttarakhand Chief Minister-designate Pushkar Singh Dhami first surfaced shortly after his inauguration on Saturday evening, rising sharply till Sunday morning.
Just hours before the swearing-in ceremony – scheduled for this evening at the Raj Bhavan – senior BJP leaders spent most of their mornings trying to calm down some ministers and MLAs who were probably not satisfied with being elected for the 45-year-old Dhami.
Dhami, a two-time MLA from Khatima in Ham Dham Singh Nagar district, has no previous experience of even being a minister and is now set to become the youngest chief minister of the state.
Sources said senior ministers Satpal Maharaj, Yashpal Arya, Bijan Singh Chufal, Subodh Union and Harak Singh Rawat are particularly angry and are likely to avoid the swearing-in ceremony.
Sources told TOI that the very senior Union Minister had called for calm among some of these leaders. Leaders, however, were adamant about their position on avoiding the event.
It is learned that some disgruntled ministers and MLAs have held long meetings at Satpal Maharaj’s house to adopt their strategy.
Most of the frustrated ministers are those who come from Congress backgrounds and joined the BJP in 2016 after a revolt from the Congress.
The Chief Minister also took up the task of pacifying the nominated Dhami leaders and visited Satpal Maharaj
On Sunday afternoon he had a brief meeting with the residence and in the Dalanwala area. Earlier, he had met former CMs Trivendra Rawat and Tirath Rawat.
Sources said the picture will become clearer during the swearing-in. “If the party manages to persuade disgruntled leaders, they may agree to take part in the swearing-in, but if they do not, it means more political development will begin in the Himalayan state,” the source said.


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