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Elevated or sidelined? Harish Rawat made AICC general secretary

Raju Gusain | Dehradun |

Struggling after suffering defeat from two seats in last state assembly elections, senior Congress leader and ex-Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat received a boost after finding a place in the Congress Working Committee (CWC). Harish Rawat has been appointed as general secretary of the CWC.

Ashok Gehlot, general secretary of All India Congress Committee, informed through a press release, “Congress president Rahul Gandhi has appointed Harish Rawat as AICC general secretary, in-charge for the state of Assam. Party appreciates work done by CP Joshi in the state of Assam who will be stepping down from his responsibilities as general secretary, in-charge Assam.”

The development took the anti Rawat camp by surprise. After Congress contested the 2017 state assembly election on the face of Harish Rawat and suffered a humiliating defeat, many party leaders joined hands and formed a group. The infighting among the Congress leaders intensified after the assembly polls with the leaders constantly accusing each other to create media headlines. Many people claims that to stop infighting Congress decided to shift Harish Rawat to Assam.

Harish Rawat said, “I express my gratitude to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for providing me this responsibility.”

With the anti-encroachment drive presently underway in Uttarakhand, the Uttarakhand Congress decided to celebrate the Harish Rawat elevation in simple manner in Dehradun on Wednesday. No crackers were cracked, drums played and only sweets were distributed among party workers.

After getting sidelined for over one year, Harish Rawat was included in the working group. Rawat has received a booster doze and now it remains to be seen how his elevation will help in ending or intensifying the party infighting in Uttarakhand.