Cong faces up‘hill’ task: After Arunachal, crisis in Uttarakhand

Dehradun:  Managing hill states is proving to be an uphill task for the Congress. After Arunachal, now the Uttarakhand government seems to be in a crisis, with the Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) threatening to withdraw support from the Harish Rawat government. 
 PDF chief Mantri Prasad Naithani has told Congress’ Uttarakhand incharge Ambika Soni that if state Congress chief  Kishore Upadhyay is not replaced, PDF will withdraw support.  Updhyay had asked PDF to clarify whether PDF’s 6 MLAs will contest as independent, Congress or some other party’s candidates in 2017 assembly elections. 
PDF support is crucial for survival of Harish Rawat government. After disqualification of 12 MLAs, current House strength stands at 58. Congress and BJP have 26 MLAs each, while 6 belong to PDF, which comprise BSP, Independents and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal.