Former Uttarakhand CM and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat.  |  Photo Credit: Twitter
- The last date of nomination being January 28, parties are scrambling to announce their candidates
- Rawat is confident of a comeback of sorts for the Congress party when the results will be declared on March 10
Dehradun: The Assembly elections in Uttarakhand next month is a contest of pride over power as the Congress party aims to dismantle the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Himalayan state, with an outsider influence of Aam Aadmi Party.
The Indian National Congress, under the leadership of former chief minister Harish Rawat, is raring to go cashing in on the price rise issue and other natural disasters-induced setbacks.
The Election Commission of India on January 8 announced the dates for the 2022 Assembly elections, as per which Uttarakhand will go to polls in a single phase on February 14.
The last date of nomination being January 28, parties are scrambling to announce their candidates.
But, Rawat is not concerned about how his party will fare as he is confident of a comeback of sorts for the Congress party when the results will be declared on March 10.
“Within the next 7 days, we will publish our first list for the 2022 Uttarkhand Assembly polls but for the second list, we will see how sick BJP is and then accordingly we will announce our candidates,” Rawat told reporters.
Interestingly, state BJP leader and Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami seems to be unfazed, and said that his party is in the process of finalising the candidates.
“The process of finalizing tickets is going on. There will be a meeting of the State Election Committee and after that the central parliamentary board will select the candidate based on merit, work and circumstances,” Dhami said.
In an interview with news agency IANS on Monday, Rawat called Dhami a ‘pawn’.
“This contest will be Harish Rawat ‘vs’ the BJP. Because Pushkar Singh Dhami is just a small pawn, whom the party has put forward to dodge anti-incumbency and to avoid questions being raised within the BJP… We will come back with a very good majority… There is no tension in the party, but whatever it is, it will not affect the party’s prospects in the elections,” he said.