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New Delhi: As election to five state assemblies nears, political activities have intensified in these regions. In the latest, Harak Singh Rawat, who was sacked from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Uttarakhand, is likely to join Congress on Monday.
Rawat who has been expelled from BJP for 6 years for antiparty activities, said he has been betrayed by Union Minister Amit Shah.
The decision to sack Harak Singh Rawat from the cabinet was taken at the core group meeting of BJP's Uttarakhand unit, which was held at the party's headquarters in Delhi on Saturday and was attended by Amit Shah, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, state-poll in-charge Pralhad Joshi and others.
Reacting to the BJP's decision, Harish Singh Rawat said, "Whatever happened has happened in the interest of Uttarakhand, maybe there is good in every evil. The Uttarakhand government could not provide a single job in it five-year tenure."
He further said it is the responsibility of the minister to give a reply in the state assembly. "I was compelled to tell the House that lakhs of jobs have been given. They are adding fake employment, linking MNREGA to employment."
Rawat went on to add that youth in the state are unemployed. "If I would have not left Congress earlier to join BJP, then I would have left BJP long back. But I thought people will accuse me of changing parties."
In 2016, Harish Rawat-led and nine other Congress MLAs had left the party to join BJP.
A report by ANI cited a close aide of Rawat stating that he has been putting pressure on the top leaders of the BJP to give tickets to himself, his daughter-in-law Anukriti Gosain and one of his supporters in the Uttarakhand assembly election 2022.
"Harak Singh Rawat and his daughter-in-law have left for Delhi. Rawat is angry because Anukriti Gusain is not getting a ticket," a close aide of Rawat said.
The aide further said both Rawat and his daughter-in-law might join Congress if BJP does not give them ticket to contest the polls.
It can be recalled that in December last year, Rawat had quit the Uttarakhand cabinet and threatened to resign from the BJP, however, he stayed after talks with party leaders.
Uttarakhand will go to polls on February 14. The results of the election will be declared on March 10.