Harish Rawat to attend meeting with top Congress leadership amid party tensions in Uttarakhand tomorrow

Rawat through his tweets on Wednesday had expressed anguish at the factionalism in the state unit and noted that the thought has been crossing his mind that 'it is time to rest'

Asian News International December 23, 2021 22:29:19 IST
Harish Rawat to attend meeting with top Congress leadership amid party tensions in Uttarakhand tomorrow

Congress leader Harish Rawat. PTI

New Delhi: Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister and Congress veteran Harish Rawat will attend a pre-scheduled meeting in Delhi with the party's top leadership on Friday, confirmed party sources on Thursday.

Amid the growing tensions in Uttarakhand Congress, the party's top leadership spoke to Harish Rawat inviting him to Delhi to discuss impending issues, sources said. Rawat is scheduled to arrive in Delhi tomorrow to meet the party High Command.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Pritam Singh, Uttarakhand Congress chief Ganesh Godiyal and party leader Yashpal Arya will accompany Rawat to Delhi.

The meeting holds significance following Harish Rawat's veiled attack on the Congress leadership on Wednesday saying "nominees of those on whose directions one has to swim (in the electoral battle) are tying my hands and feet".

Rawat through his tweets on Wednesday had expressed anguish at the factionalism in the state unit and noted that the thought has been crossing his mind that "it is time to rest".

"Isn't it strange, one has to swim in the sea in the form of the forthcoming electoral battle, instead of cooperation, the organisational structure at most places is turning its face away or is playing a negative role," said Rawat in a tweet.

"There are many crocodiles of the ruling dispensation. On whose directions one has to swim, their nominees are tying my hands and feet," he added. Rawat also cited lines associated with Gita.

"And then quietly in a corner of my mind, a voice is erupting, 'na denyam, na palaynam' (one who does not bow or flee). Perhaps the new year will show the way. I have faith that Lord Kedarnath will provide me guidance in this situation," he said.

Rawat, a member of the Congress Working Committee, is a key Congress troubleshooter and is seen as the party's face for the elections in Uttarakhand. The Congress is keen to come back to power in Uttarakhand in assembly polls early next year.

Rawat is apparently keen to be projected as the chief ministerial candidate in the state. However, party leaders have so far said that the polls will be held under "collective leadership". Assembly polls in Uttarakhand are due for early next year.

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