2019 could see po­lit­i­cal change: Rawat

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DEHRADUN: Se­nior Ut­tarak­hand Con­gress leader Har­ish Rawat has ex­pressed hope that ‘Ut­tarayani’ which marks the tran­si­tion of sea­sons will also her­ald a po­lit­i­cal change in the Lok Sabha elec­tions.

Fol­low­ing his de­feat in the last year state polls from the Kichha and Harid­war Ru­ral as­sem­bly seats, the for­mer chief min­is­ter has been de­vot­ing time to his new as­sign­ment as Con­gress’s gen­eral sec­re­tary in-charge of As­sam and con­nect­ing with the peo­ple.

Dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tion with re­porters at an event here Satur­day, Rawat drew an anal­ogy be­tween the change of sea­son marked by Ut­tarayani and the po­lit­i­cal changeover that might be await­ing the coun­try this year.

Ut­tarayani marks the move­ment of the sun from the south­ern to the north­ern hemi­sphere, mark­ing the end of win­ters and oc­curs be­fore Makar Sankranti.

“I hope Ut­tarayani which marks the birth of a new sun as it be­gins mov­ing north­wards also her­alds the emer­gence of a new sun on the po­lit­i­cal fir­ma­ment in 2019,” the vet­eran Con­gress leader told re­porters here.

With the Lok Sabha polls round the cor­ner, Rawat, who en­joys a rep­u­ta­tion of a mass leader, has been host­ing events to pro­mote lo­cal pro­duce.

But, po­lit­i­cal ob­servers claimed he has been try­ing to pro­vide plat­forms to state Con- gress heavy­weight to con­nect with the elec­torate.

On De­cem­ber 30, Rawat had hosted a event to pro­mote, lemons, tea and jag­gery, and veg­eta­bles like kachri and malta.

Dur­ing a mush­room- kichri event on Satur­day, he had in­vited and fe­lic­i­tated Divya Rawat, who was made the brand am­bas­sador of Ut­tarak­hand’s mush­room dur­ing the Con­gress lead­ers ten­ure as chief min­is­ter.

In July last year, Har­ish Rawat had thrown a mango party here which was also at­tended Ut­tarak­hand Chief Min­is­ter Triven­dra Singh Rawat.

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