Ousted CM in Rally Mode for Sup­port

Plans to mo­bilise party lead­ers, work­ers to tide over the cri­sis

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - San­jay.Singh2 @times­group.com

Dehradun: The ‘Save Democ­racy’ cam­paign that Congress has launched in Ut­tarak­hand in protest against President’s rule in the state has pro­vided a plat­form for ousted chief min­is­ter Har­ish Rawat to not only present his case be­fore the public but also seek di­vine in­ter­ven­tion. Rawat is busy meet­ing peo­ple and visiting temples across the state known as ‘Devb­hoomi’ even as his party is fight­ing a le­gal bat­tle in the Supreme Court. His plea is that he is seek­ing jus­tice in the court of law as well as peo­ple, and he is also pray­ing to God for help.

“I am help­less be­fore the BJP govern­ment at the Cen­tre. So I am here to pray to Bhag­wan Shankar,” Rawat had told re­porters af­ter a visit to the Dak­shesh­war Ma­hadeo tem­ple in Hard­war on Mon­day.

He then un­der­took a ‘pa­day­a­tra’ from there to Har Ki Pauri, draw­ing a good crowd.

The for­mer chief min­is­ter ap­pears to be in an elec­tion cam­paign mode al­ready, and he clearly does not want to con­cede a pro-Hindu im­age to BJP.

Af­ter the cen­tral govern­ment im­posed President’s rule in Ut­tarak­hand on March 27, Rawat has or­gan­ised more than 50 po­lit­i­cal shows in dif­fer­ent dis­tricts, in­clud­ing in­te­rior hilly ar­eas like Chamoli, Tehri and Ut­tarkashi.

In his first round of such tours, he mostly se­lected places that fall un­der the assembly con­stituen­cies rep­re­sented by the nine rebel leg­is­la­tors who were dis­qua- li­fied by the speaker un­der anti-de­fec­tion law. This in­cluded Si­tar­ganj, seat of Vi­jay Bahuguna who led the re­bel­lion, where Rawat un­der­took a ‘pa­day­a­tra’.

He has so far cov­ered a large parts of plain ar­eas in both Garhwal and Ku­maon zones.

On April 22 — a day af­ter the end of his 20 hours-long sec­ond in­ning as chief min­is­ter when Ut­tarak­hand High Court re­voked the President’s rule in the state only for the Supreme Court to stay that or­der the very next day — Rawat went to Chamoli dis­trict. Some Congress MLAs from this area were con­sid­ered close to se­nior BJP leader Sat­pal Ma­haraj.

Rawat ap­pre­ci­ated the party MLAs with­out tak­ing their names for their sup­port.

Dur­ing his one-day ten­ure as CM Rawat had reap­pointed some guest teach­ers in the state and some of them turned up dur­ing his Chamoli visit to prom­ise their sup­port to his party at the next assembly elec­tions. Rawat touched in­te­rior parts like Narayan­bag, Thar­ali, Gopensh­war and Kar­naprayag dur­ing his visit.

Rawat has or­gan­ised more than 50 po­lit­i­cal shows in dif­fer­ent dis­tricts

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