“BJP Didn’t Talk To Me…”: Expelled Uttarakhand Leader Breaks Down

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Uttarakhand elections: Pushkar accuses Dhami Harak Singh Rawat of lobbying for his family members.

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Dehradun:

Harak Singh Rawat, the ousted BJP leader from Uttarakhand, broke down in front of the camera today as he accused the ruling party of not talking to him and removing him. He predicted a congressional victory in next month’s state election, amid reports that he was returning to his former party.

“They (BJP) have never spoken to me before taking such a big decision. If I had not left the Congress and joined the BJP, I would have resigned from the BJP four years ago. I am not very interested in becoming a minister. Harak Singh Rawat told ANI.

“Now I will talk to Congress and work for Congress,” he said, denying that he was already in talks with the party.

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Mr Rawat said he had been called for a meeting in Delhi and was delayed due to “traffic”. The news came out before he met the BJP leadership, he claimed.

“Union Minister Prahlad Joshi called me to meet him in Delhi. It was a bit late due to traffic jam. I wanted to meet him and Home Minister Amit Shah, but as soon as I reached Delhi I saw on social media that they (BJP) had expelled me.” Mr Rawat said, taking a break to wipe away his tears and drink water.

After more than a month of internal strife, just weeks before the Uttarakhand elections, Mr Rawat was fired late at night for “anti-party activities”.

Shortly before midnight, it was reported that Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami had written a letter to the Governor that Mr Rawat had been removed from the Cabinet.

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Mr Dhami accused Mr Rawat of lobbying for his family members.

“Harak Singh Rawat was putting pressure on the party (rather than party tickets) for his family members but we have a different policy. Only one member of a family will be given a party ticket for election,” the chief minister said.

Late last month, in an attempt to end speculation about the conflict, the chief minister tweeted a picture with Mr Rawat for dinner at his home.

Elections in Uttarakhand will be held on February 14. The results of the five state polls will be announced on March 10.

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Mr Rawat led a revolt against the Harish Rawat-led Congress government in 2016 and left for the BJP with nine MLAs. The report states that he is in talks to rejoin the Congress but Harish Rawat is not in favor of taking back the person who rebelled against him.

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