Dehradun: Days after being expelled from BJP, Uttarakhand minister Harak Singh Rawat on Friday joined his old party Congress. Soon after returning to the Congress, Rawat said he has joined the party unconditionally.
After joining the Congress, days ahead of the Uttarakhand assembly election 2022, Rawat said “BJP thought of me as a ‘use & throw’; I was very upset.”
He also said he did not break his friendship with Union Home Minister Amit Shah till the last moment.
“When Congress wins with full majority on March 10, that’ll be my apology (on saying there are no apologies in politics). BJP thought of me as a ‘use and throw’; I was very upset. I didn’t break my friendship with Amit Shah till the last moment, as I had promised,” Harak Singh Rawat said.
Earlier Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had said, “He (Harak Singh Rawat) was given due respect till the time he was with us…When reports (of Harak Singh Rawat joining Congress) emerged…The party took the decision (to expel him). We have taken our call…Now it’s up to the Congress to take a decision.”
Harak Singh Rawat’s daughter-in-law Anukriti Gusain also joined the Congress today in the presence of party campaign head for Uttarakhand Harish Rawat and other senior leaders.
Harak Singh Rawat was among the 10 MLAs who had rebelled against then Chief Minister Harish Rawat in 2016 and joined the BJP.
Election for 70 assembly seats of Uttarakhand assembly will be held in a single phase on February 14. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
first published:Jan. 21, 2022, 7:57 p.m.