The seventy-year-old former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat is ailing having been shifted to Delhi’s high profile Ganga Ram Hospital today after being in CMI Dehradun for the last three days.
The former Union minister for Labor and Agriculture in Dr. Manmohan Singh’s Congress government, Harish Rawat have been an experienced but a controversial chief minister of Uttarakhand after replacing the then CM Vijay Bahuguna in the year 2015, his permanent bete noire. Vijay Bahuguna later on joined Bhartiya Janata Party along with 9 MLAs, majority of whom are now ministers in BJP government of Uttarakhand led by Trivendra Singh Rawat.
After losing badly in the previous election in Uttarakhand, Rawat preferred to stay put at Dehradun and revive the Congress Party. He lost from both the legislative constituencies from where he contested being the state chief minister sending shock waves in Congress. Though Harish Rawat was quite popular and commanded tremendous influence amongst the masses in Uttarakhand the Bharatiya Janata Party under Narendra Modi’s influence and due to large scale majority polarisation won 57 seats, gaining an excessive majority, not witnessed ever before in the 17-year-old history of the state after attaining statehood.
Badly battered politically in the last election and a victim of CBI enquiry in connection with the alleged bribing of MLAs when his government suffered political deceit and betrayal from his own MLAs under former CM Vijay Bahuguna’s leadership who later on joined BJP during Rawat’s tenure, is today a lonely man with all his trusted supporters having left him in political quandary. Harish Rawat was admitted with acute pain in his leg due to clotting of blood and problem of blood pressure as well. He has become weak and frail and requires tremendous rest. In Dehradun he being the former Chief minister, was fed up with a stream of political leaders, chamchas and die hard supporters visiting him for political hazeeries and to know about his health.
As a result was unable to convalesce. He was advised to be shifted to Delhi for complete rest and better treatment. His entire expenses would be borne by the Uttarakhand government as per his eligibility and entitlement, being the former chief minister of the state. Despite losing in Uttarakhand Harish Rawat is still too much mobile and have been participating in political programmes and functions quite actively and with enthusiasm. His presence in Uttrakhand politics gives tremendous morale boosting to the local Congress workers and leaders.