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Harish Rawat takes on Congress leadership ahead polls, drops cryptic tweets

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The grand old party seems to lose another leader in a poll-bound state as former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat, leaves a cryptic tweet expressing strong displeasure and unhappiness over the state of affairs in the Congress saying, “the representatives of the leaders on whose directions I have to swim in the sea of elections are tying my hands and legs.”

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“Isn’t it a strange thing. Have to swim across the sea of electoral battle, but the organisational structure instead of lending a helping hand is obstructing and playing a negative role at most places,” Rawat tweeted.

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Refering to detractors as “crocodiles in the sea”, Harish Rawat hints at possible retirement from politics.

“Now, a feeling often comes to my mind. Have had enough of politics. It is time to take rest!,” the senior Congress leader said in another tweet.

He then went on to add: “But a voice from a corner of my heart says I will not run away from challenges”

Stating that he is in a “state of turmoil,” Rawat adds: “Hope the New Year shows me the way. I am confident that Lord Kedarnath (Shiva), will show me the way.”

The tweets are a clear hint that the former chief minister is unhappy and is contemplating some move. Or maybe this could be his way of sending across a message to the party leadership.

Rawat refused to divulge anything more when reporters questioned him about his latest tweets. “Will share with you everything when the time comes,” a smiling Rawat said before driving off.

It is ironical that a leader who had requested to be freed of responsibility as Congress in-charge for Punjab so that he could concentrate for the Uttarakhand assembly polls, is today in a dilemma and contemplating retirement.

The BJP was quick to take a dig at the Congress leader’s tweet.

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Former Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader Tirath Singh Rawat said “Seems like Harish Rawat has learnt something from Punjab (situation). Considering the way he is expressing his pain, I feel he should take some rest.”

He also questioned the ability of a divided Congress to take on the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections.

“The party which can’t stay intact, how will it fight polls? Indeed it will benefit BJP,” Tirath Singh Rawat said.

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