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BJP dismisses, expels Uttrakhand minister Harak Singh Rawat

Vibha Sharma

New Delhi, January 17

The Bharatiya Janata Party has dismissed a cabinet minister in the Pushkar Singh Dhami government and expelled him from the primary membership of the party.

Dhami has written to the Governor informing about the party’s decision to expel Harak Singh Rawat. According to BJP spokesman Shadab Shams, Rawat’s expulsion shows that the party does not tolerate indiscipline or bow down to pressure of any kind.

An emotional Rawat called his dismissal a “blessing in disguise”. Praising the Congress, he claimed the BJP will not be able to do ‘thod-phod’ in other parties like they had in the last elections.

Hitting back, BJP leaders said Harak Singh, an import from the Congress, was “over-reacting”, seeking at least “three” tickets for his kin. “The BJP is clear about policy for tickets to family members….no one is bigger than the party,” they said.

Representing the Kotdwar seat, Harak Singh isbelieved to have demanded a ticket for daughter-in-law Anukriti Gusain from the Lansdowne and a change of seat for himself.

For the past month or so he has been making noises, making clear his displeasure, and several attempts were made by the BJP to placate him.

Dhami also met him over lunch to give a green signal to his demand for a medical college in his constituency after he threatened to quit.

At the same time, Harak Singh was also holding ‘secret’ meetings with the Congress leaders in Delhi, much to the chagrin of the BJP leaders.

“The highly ambitious Harak Singh wants to become the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He was instrumental in getting Trivendra Singh Rawat removed as the CM last year. His relationship with Congress leader Harish Rawat is well known,” say observers

A regular party hopper, Harak Singh has been affiliated with various political parties in the past three decades—the BJP in 1989, BSP in 1996, Congress in 1998, and back to the BJP in 2016.

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