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EX-BJP Minister Harak Rawat to join Cong; Daughter-in-law may fight from U’khand

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Dehradun: Surrounded amid controversy over his re-entry into the Congress party, former BJP Minister Harak Singh Rawat is likely to be denied a ticket for the Uttarakhand election. Earlier too, he had expressed willingness to apologise to former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat even a hundred times after the latter asked him to accept the “mistake” of switching allegiance from Congress to BJP – which resulted in the collapse of his government.

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However as per sources, the expelled BJP leader will be allowed to join the grand old party without any pre-conditions.

In order to appease him, his daughter-in-law Anukriti Gusain is expected to be given a ticket in the upcoming Assembly polls. However, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, without specifically mentioning Gusain, said it was Harak Singh Rawat’s continuous insistence for tickets for his kin that led to his expel. Moreover, as per sources Rawat will be considered for a ticket in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Why BJP ousted Harak Singh Rawat

The dissent in the BJP state unit resurfaced after leaders such as Harak Singh Rawat, Satpal Maharaj, Dhan Singh Rawat and Bishan Singh Chuphal were snubbed for the CM’s post. On October 11, discontented BJP Minister Yashpal Arya joined the Congress with his MLA son Sanjeev Arya. 

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Harak Singh Rawat has served as an MLA in both Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and during his wide political career he has also been a part of BSP and Congress in the past.

In 2017, he switched from Congress to BJP and won from the Kotdwar Assembly constituency and became a minister in the under Yogi cabinet. Sources indicated that Rawat has held several meetings with Congress MLA Pritam Singh in the recent past. While he was reportedly upset over the BJP government allegedly dragging his feet on setting up a medical college in Kotdwar, the issue was resolved after Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami gave his approval for the same.

However, on January 16, Harak Singh Rawat was not only sacked from the state Cabinet but also expelled from BJP for 6 years. Reacting to this, he said, “They (BJP) didn’t talk to me once before taking such a big decision. If I hadn’t left Congress to join BJP, I would have resigned from BJP four years ago. I don’t have much interest in being a minister, I just wanted to work”.

It is to be mentioned that in recent times many inisters and MLAs have resigned from BJP to join Congress and if sources are to be believed other Congress-turned-BJP MLAs such as Kunwar Pranav Singh ‘Champion’, Shaila Rani Rawat, Shailendra Mohan Singhal and Pradeep Batra are also seeking to rejoin the grand old party.

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