CM Dhami sacks Harak Rawat from Cabinet, BJP also suspends him for six years – The New Indian Express

Express press service

DEHRADUN: Harak Singh Rawat was sacked from the state cabinet by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Sunday evening.

Rawat was also suspended from the Bhartiya Janta Party for six years.

“Harak Singh Rawat was sacked from the state cabinet and suspended from the BJP also for his policy of constant pressure. The party and the CM had had enough,” said a BJP leader confirming his dismissal.

However, formal confirmation in writing was yet to come at the time of writing this report.

Sources said he and his daughter-in-law Anukriti Gusain could join the Congress party on Monday.

The rumors began on Saturday after he failed to attend the party’s core group meeting for ticket distribution on Saturday.

Sources said the MP for Kotdwar, he requested a ticket for himself to Kedarnath and for his daughter-in-law to Lansdowne State Assembly Headquarters.

Following this, the BJP MP for Lansdowne and potential candidates for Kedarnath warned the party to leave and challenge to another party or independently.

Dilip Singh Rawat, BJP MLA of Lansdowne HQ expressed his displeasure and also took a dig on Rawat.

Although the MP reiterated that he would not quit the BJP, targeting the state cabinet minister who was one of nine rebels to join the BJP in 2016 after quitting the Indian National Congress, Dilip Singh Rawat added “I don’t have options like others. In my life, there is only one seat, one party and one woman. Others may have options that I don’t.

Shailarani Rawat, a former MP for Kedarnath and a likely BJP candidate from the seat, also told the party that she would consider other options if Harak Singh Rawat was lined up from the seat of the shrine.

Currently, Manoj Rawat of the Indian National Congress is the MP for Kedarnath. He is among those who helped the party win 11 seats in the 70 member state assembly in the 2017 parliamentary elections.

Last month, the minister who walked out of a cabinet meeting after banging his fist on the table while the state cabinet was in office, said he would step down from his post. Rawat was also rumored to join Congress.

The 24-hour political drama has proven that the BJP is cautious and cannot afford any defections at this crucial time when National Assembly elections are slated for less than 60 days.

Rawat had said he was going to resign. The minister had walked out of the meeting over the issue of fund allocations for his constituency medical school of Kotdwar in Pauri district.

Later, the government placed a Rs 25 Crore for the medical school in Kotdwar the next day.

Interestingly, Harak Singh Rawat led a rebellion against Harish Rawat’s government in 2016 when nine rebel MPs including Harak Singh Rawat left Congress and joined the BJP. Kau was also part of the rebels.

Later, all nine ran on the BJP ticket by winning the 2017 assembly elections. Many of them, including Rawat, were appointed to the cabinet of the BJP government.

The official Bhartiya Janta Party statement released at 11:11 p.m. suspended that Harak Singh Rawat was removed from office. Suspension from the party for “indiscipline”, the official statement said.

Rawat will join Congress tomorrow around 11 a.m. The list of congressional candidates is now postponed until Tuesday, sources said.

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