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Uttarakhand | Harak Singh Rawat's grievance addressed, says BJP

File photo of Uttarakhand Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat.

File photo of Uttarakhand Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat.

BJP MLA Umesh Sharma Kau, who had been assigned the task of dissuading Uttarakhand Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat amid reports about his likely resignation, said on December 25, that Mr. Rawat's grievance has been addressed and no one is going anywhere.

He said the issue has been settled with the intervention of the central leadership and Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

His proposal for a medical college in Kotdwar has been accepted and he has also been assured that the budget for the project will be released by Monday, Mr. Kau said.

When asked whether Rawat had agreed not to resign, the MLA from Raipur said "no one was going anywhere".

"We will all work as true soldiers of the BJP," Mr. Kau said.

Pradesh BJP president Madan Kaushik also refuted reports about Mr. Rawat's resignation, saying "all is well".

Mr. Rawat left a cabinet meeting in a huff late on Friday night, triggering speculation that he might resign from Dhami's cabinet.

Sources said Mr. Rawat left the meeting as he was angry that a proposal for a medical college in his assembly constituency Kotdwar was not being cleared by the cabinet.

However, the Pradesh BJP president denied that Mr. Rawat had resigned, telling a news channel that reports about his resignation were just a rumour.

There was also talk about the resignation of Mr. Kau. However, the MLA's son Gaurav Sharma denied this saying they were surprised when the news was flashed by some TV channels on Friday night.

Interestingly, Mr. Kau received a call from Delhi soon after the speculations began and he went to meet Mr. Rawat apparently to dissuade him.

Both Harak Singh Rawat and Mr. Kau were among ten MLAs who had rebelled against Harish Rawat in 2016 and crossed over to the BJP.


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