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Uttarakhand polls: Tough time ahead for Harish Rawat

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

The Uttarakhand election results has given a major blow to the political career of Harish Rawat. By suffering defeat from two seats and failing to help Congress excel in the Uttarakhand Assembly elections, Rawat will face an uphill task to maintain his supremacy in the party.

Rawat enjoyed complete dominance on selecting candidates for state assembly polls. Despite complain of corruptions and TV sting operation proving this, the Congress backed the Uttarakhand Chief Minister in difficult times. Even when nine Congress MLAs revolted, Congress stood behind Rawat. The party had deep trust in its senior leader from the hills.

Congress fought the Uttarakhand Assembly polls asking the public to provide ‘Harda’ (brother Harish) full five years. The whole exercise failed and Congress was reduced to 11 seats in the 70 member state assembly. The worst ever performance by Congress in Uttarakhand polls.

Harish Rawat will be 70 next month. Though the Chief Minister is physically fit but the CBI case, for horse trading, will trouble Rawat in coming days. With so many unfriendly people in BJP, which Rawat had created through his arrogance, the Uttarakhand chief minister will find the going difficult. Even in Congress a section is against Rawat and the humiliating defeat will provoke them for providing little space for Harish to occupy a dominating position in the party.