NEW DELHI: Amid infighting in Uttarakhand Congress, former Chief Minister Harish Rawat and AICC in-charge for the state Devender Yadav on Friday met former party chief Rahul Gandhi at his residence.
The two leaders were called for a meeting with the senior leadership after Rawat on Wednesday sent out cryptic tweets over the handling of affairs in Congress in Uttarakhand, which is set to go to polls next year. The two leaders arrived at the residence of Rahul Gandhi around 11.40 am.
According to party sources, Rawat has been assured by the leadership that he will be the party’s face for the Uttarakhand polls and will get all possible support from the party.
Rawat on Wednesday had expressed anguish over the factionalism in the state unit and dropped a possible hint for retirement saying a thought has been playing in his head that “it is time to rest”.
“Isn’t it strange, one has to swim in the sea in the form of the forthcoming electoral battle, instead of cooperation, the organisational structure at most places is turning its face away or is playing a negative role,” Rawat said in a series of tweets.
“Nominees of those on whose directions one has to swim (in the electoral battle) are tying my hands and feet” he added.
“There are many crocodiles of the ruling dispensation. On whose directions one has to swim, their nominees are tying my hands and feet,” he added.
Rawat also cited lines from Bhagavad Gita: “And then quietly in a corner of my mind, a voice is erupting, `na denyam, na palaynam` (one who does not bow or flee).”
“Perhaps the new year will show the way. I have faith that Lord Kedarnath will provide me guidance in this situation,” he said.
The meeting is still underway at Rahul Gandhi’s residence to stop the Punjab kind of crisis in the party in the hilly state.
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