Sonia Gandhi is said to have tried her level best to find a solution the Uttarakhand crisis after realizing that the Modi government could exploit all tricks to topple the Harish Rawat government in the state. One proposal she discussed with her advisers was to replace Rawat as Chief Minister with Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh to pacify the rebels. Another name suggested as replacement was that of minister Pritam Singh, who had lost the CM race to Rawat in 2014. When Rawat heard of the plans, he was furious and refused to step down. He sent a message to Delhi that he would walk out of the party with a majority of the MLAs to form a new hill party if replaced by any of the two.