UTTARAKHAND MINISTER HARAK SINGH RAWAT PULLS ONE ON EX-CM HARISH RAWAT, SAYS WOULD HAVE QUIT POLITICS HAD HE LOST FROM TWO ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES AT ONCE

Uttarakhand: Talks are going on between at least 60 former Congress leaders and the Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress over the return of these leaders to the Congress party.  Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Minister Harek Singh Rawat and BJP MLA Umesh Sharma Kau, met with J P Nadda in Delhi. The meeting happened on Saturday, and both leaders were among the 9 congress rebel MLAs and Ministers who shifted to the BJP in 2016 and helped the BJP come to power in subsequent assembly elections.  Both leaders travelled with the leader of opposition Pritam Singh who was leaving for Delhi to attend the Congress Working Committee meeting. Another leader present at the meeting with Nadda was Rajya Sabha MP and National Chief Spokesperson of the BJP, Anil Baluni.

Last week, BP leader Yashpal Arya and son Sanjay had joined the Congress party after leaving the party just before the 2017 elections. Political scientists say this might have alerted the BJP and made the move to mobilise more Congress leaders onto their side through talks and negotiations.

The Congress party has been making plans, a so-called ‘ghar wapsi’ of those who left the party and were expelled in the last six years. The names of these members are likely to be announced soon.

“If I had lost elections from two constituencies as CM, I would have resigned from politics. I would not have forced my way back like Harish bhai despite being forced into retirement by people,” Harak Singh Rawat commented on Ex- CM from the Congress party Harish Rawat.

 

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