While the assembly elections are approaching near and a new political party AAP has also come into fray as the third emerging political force assuring Uttarakhand electorates of replicating the Delhi model of development in the hilly state, the seasoned Congress party having ruled the state several times seems to be quite active as well with the former chief minister dropping a bombshell like letter posted in his tweeter handle appealing to the central leadership to figure out the prospective chief ministerial face of Congress that could be propagated during assembly elections of 2022 to entice voters in favour of Congress party.
This latest letter bomb has created quite a ruffle in the Congress circles of Uttarakhand especially in the present state Congress president Pritam Singh’s camp who are internally allegedly deadly against the increasing influence and intervention of former CM n current general secretary of AICC Harish Rawat who they think is aspiring to be the prospective chief ministerial face of Uttarakhand in the ensuing state elections.
Moreover the intermal squabbles between Pritam Singh Rawat and Harish Rawat camp are not hidden anymore with its rank n file divided into pro and anti Harish Rawat n Pritam Singh Camps.
In one of the survey the social media had shown Harish Rawat to be still the choice of majority of the people in Uttarakhand keeping all other Congress claimants of CM ship including the BJP former n present CMs quite behind in his comparison in terms of popularity amongst masses in the hilly state.
In a statement issued and tweeted in Hindi Harish Rawat wrote : Thank You Devendra Yadav Ji, Your statement has enhanced my prestige. The fight of 2022 will be half fought battle without the workers and leaders. The party should without any hesitation declare the leader ( Senapati) of the 2022 elections, Congress should also catagorically declare that after winning these elections the same leader will be the state’s chief minister. Uttarakhand is a matured state in terms of ideological perspective. People unambiguously know that the the capacity and policies of the chief minister play a significant role in the development of the state. If we go in the elections with an unclear policy it will be against the interest of the party. The morale of the party workers pursuing their self vested interests as of now is degenerating and factionalism at the level of party workers is coming to the fore. The party should not have any confusion as far as I am concerned, whosoever, is declared the prospective CM material, you will find me standing behind him. The Congress party in the state is acknowledging the widespread services of enthusiastic, experienced and energy oriented workers. Declare a single name out of them to lead us and move forward forthwith said Rawat in his statement.
It may be recalled that despite losing two assemblies in the previous election as a caretaker prime minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat is still active in Uttarakhand’s politics, despite his being elevated as the national general secretary of AICC with inchargship of Assam first and now Punjab.
He has been extremely mobile in various parts of Uttarakhand politically, interacting with people, party workers, holding press conferences and updating his Twitter handle on daily basis including participating in almost every party demonstration, dharna programmes, courting arrests and holding Uttarakhand’s local food parties to entice voters and being in news incessantly.