Harish Rawat files nomination for Kiccha assembly, to contest in two seats
Rawat also accused BJP of playing "false propaganda" by playing up the anti-incumbency factor
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat filed nominations for the upcoming assembly elections from 67, Kichha assembly seat on Wednesday. He will be fighting against BJP's Rajesh Shukla, who submitted his papers an hour before Rawat.
The chief minister had contested from Dharchula constituency in earlier elections. He is contesting from two Vidhan Sabha seats this year. Haridwar (rural) is the other seat beside the U S Nagar's Kiccha. He is yet to file his nominations from that seat.
The Congress leader's convoy reached Kiccha around 11.30 am on Wednesday, where he submitted his papers to the returning officer, the SDM Kiccha. The convoy stopped at several places to meet party leaders and cadres on it's way back.
On his way back, Rawat addressed people at Indira Chowk in Rudrapur and said that BJP is nowhere in the state's poll scene. He also accused BJP of playing "false propaganda" by playing up the anti-incumbency factor. "Congress will make a clean sweep in the assembly elections. I am contesting from Kichha to serve the people better as they have been cheated by rebel leaders, who later became turncoats," he said.
Times Of India quoted Rawat as saying, "People showed their trust in me and gave me an opportunity to be the chief minister. I am hopeful that people will again repose their faith and give me a chance to complete the development work in the state that was hampered by several undesirable events caused by opposition BJP."
The Congress veteran is the first CM to contest from two seats in Uttarakhand.
Two Congress leaders from U S Nagar had joined BJP last year following the commotion in assembly. They were Sitarganj MLA and former CM Vijay Bahuguna, and the other was Jaspur MLA Shailendra Mohan Singhal.
This left Congress with only one MLA from Udham Singh Nagar.