Dehradun: Uttarakhand State Minister Harak Singh Rawat, who was ousted on Saturday, said he saw him on social media about the party that expelled him. BJP MP Rawat was expelled from the party for a six-year term.

“Union Minister Pralhad Joshi called me to meet me in Delhi, due to traffic there was a bit of a delay. 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) kicked me out,” Rawat said.

The ousted minister said on Monday that Congress would win the next Assembly polls and form a government in Uttarakhand.

“The Congress Party will form the government in Uttarakhand. I will work for the Congress Party,” said Harak Singh Rawat.

Ahead of the Assembly polls, Harak Singh Rawat is expected to join the Congress on Monday.

Rawat and his daughter-in-law Anukriti Gusain already left for Delhi on Sunday and are both expected to join the Congress on Monday.

The decision to sack Rawat from the cabinet was taken at the BJP’s Uttarakhand Core Group meeting held at the party headquarters in Delhi on Saturday.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami were present at the meeting along with National Party Chairman Jagat Prakash Nadda, State Chairman Madan Kaushik, Head State Elections Pralhad Joshi, Co-Head of Elections RP Singh and others.

Harak Singh Rawat did not even attend the BJP core group meeting. Rawat was angry at the party as he demanded tickets for himself and his daughter-in-law Anukruti Gusai, which the BJP was not ready for.

According to sources, Harak Singh was constantly pressuring the BJP to donate three tickets including himself, his daughter-in-law and one of his supporters.

Earlier, too, he had pressured the party to meet his demands. But this time, the party did not retain his demands and showed him the way out by excluding him from the party.

Earlier in December, Harak Singh Rawat quit the cabinet and threatened to resign from the party after which BJP leaders asked him to stay in the party he had agreed to.

Harak Singh Rawat came to the BJP five years ago after rebelling against Congress. However, speculation is rife about Rawat’s return to Congress. It has a long history of political party changes.

Meanwhile, Dhami had said on Saturday that he would contest the upcoming Assembly polls in the state from Khatima constituency and said the list of candidates would be announced soon.

The Chief Minister added that they have set themselves the target of winning more than 60 seats out of the 70 seats in the Assembly through a slogan “Abki Baar 60 Paar”.

In the last assembly election, the BJP won 57 seats out of 70 assembly constituencies in Uttarakhand.

Polls to elect the 70 members of the state legislature are scheduled for February 14. The counting will take place on March 10.

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Posted: Monday, January 17, 2022, 10:08 a.m. IST

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