Ousted CM in Rally Mode for Support
Plans to mobilise party leaders, workers to tide over the crisis
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