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Harish Rawat is new Uttarakhand CM

Posted on Feb 01 2014 | IBNS

Dehradun/New Delhi, Feb 1 : Senior Congress leader Harish Rawat, who has been a union minister presently, was on Saturday named as the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand by the Congress party, which removed Vijay Bahuguna for his alleged poor performance.

Rawat, 66, was the Union Water Resources Minister.

In a sort of rebellion, Rawat had made public his displeasure in 2012 when Congress had chosen Bahuguna over him to be the Uttarakhand CM.

Vijay Bahuguna resigned earlier on Friday. He submitted his resignation letter to Governor Aziz Qureshi.

"I am following the party's wishes and I have resigned," said Bahuguna as he quit over alleged non-performance.

Harish Rawat had previously represented Uttarakhand in the Rajya Sabha.

He was a Minister of State in the Union Cabinet in the Ministry of Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs but was given cabinet rank and charge of Water resources in cabinet reshuffle that happened on 28 Oct 2012.

Harish Rawat was born in village Mohanari, near Chaunalia in Almora district, on April 27, 1947 in a Rajput family.

He did his B.A. and LL.B. from Lucknow University, Lucknow before joining politics.

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