Chief minister Harish Rawat who is currently hospitalised in New Delhi owing to his cervical spine injuries may go ahead with his reported plan to contest a by poll from the Doiwala assembly constituency despite two senior Congress leaders opposing his move.
In fact, the CM’s supporters have already reached Doiwala and have started “making preparations” for the election campaign for the coming by poll. The buzz is that Rawat will also contest a by poll from the Dharchula assembly constituency which happens to be his home turf.
The CM’s reported decision to contest an assembly by poll from Doiwala though has come under criticism from two senior Congress leaders and former ministers Hira Singh Bisht and Survir Singh Sajwan.
They have demanded that only either of them be allowed to fight the assembly by-election from Doiwala as they have represented it in the past. The two Congress leaders have opposed the CM’s “plan” to contest the by polls from two places (Doiwala and Dharchula) saying the move would discourage the ruling party’s second line of leadership.
In fact, Bisht has gone on record saying that the CM’s decision to contest two assembly by polls “shows his (the CM) lack of confidence, which has sent wrong signals among the people.”
It may be noted that the by elections to the three (Dharchula, Doiwala and the Someshwar) assembly constituencies are scheduled on July 21.
The CM was an MP when he took over on February 1 following a change of guard in the state. It’s, therefore, constitutionally obligatory on him to get elected as an MLA within six months of assuming charge.
The CM, however, appears unfazed by his senior party colleagues’ opposition to his reported plan to contest two assembly by polls.
In fact, his supporters have already started doing “spadework” in Doiwala for the Congress party’s election campaign for the coming by poll.