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Harish Rawat, once Congress’ troubleshooter, turns rebel-rouser

Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat was until recent quelling rebellions inside the Congress. Today, he could well be fostering one ahead of the Uttarakhand assembly elections.

December 24, 2021 / 08:03 PM IST
File image of Harish Rawat (Twitter/@harishrawatcmuk)

File image of Harish Rawat (Twitter/@harishrawatcmuk)

The irony of the situation is inescapable.

A few months ago, former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat was busy tamping down on the raging dissidence in the Punjab unit of the Congress in his capacity as party general secretary in charge of the state. It was on his watch that Amarinder Singh was forced out as chief minister while bete noire Navjot Singh Sidhu was appointed President of the party’s state unit and Charanjit Singh Channi elevated as chief minister. It was Rawat’s job to mediate between Amarinder Singh and Sidhu and also placate angry dissidents which often placed him in the line of fire.

Today, the wheel has come full circle. Like Amarinder Singh, Rawat is a bitter man.

A week’s a long time in …