|7th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand|
1 February 2014
|Preceded by||Vijay Bahuguna|
|Union Minister of Water Resources|
30 October 2012 – 31 January 2014
|Preceded by||Pawan Kumar Bansal|
|Succeeded by||Uma Bharti|
|Member of Parliament
May 2009 – May 2014
|Preceded by||Rajendra Kumar Badi|
|Succeeded by||Ramesh Pokhriyal|
|Member of Rajya Sabha|
|Member of the 7th, 8th and 9th Lok Sabha
|Preceded by||Murli Manohar Joshi|
|Succeeded by||Jeewan Sharma|
|Member of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly from Dharchula|
|Preceded by||Harish Dhami|
27 April 1948 |
Mohanari, Almora, United Provinces
(now in Uttarakhand, India)
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Residence||CM House, Dehradun, Uttarakhand|
|Alma mater||University of Lucknow|
Harish Rawat (Hindi: हरीश रावत; born April 27, 1948) is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Uttarakhand since February 2014. A five time Member of Indian Parliament, Rawat is a leader of Indian National Congress party. As a member of 15th Lok Sabha, Rawat previously served as Union Minister of Water Resources in the cabinet of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He also worked as Minister of State for Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (2011-2012) and Ministry of Labour and Employment (2009-2011).
Early life and education
Harish Rawat was born in village Mohanari, near Chaunalia in Almora district of then United Provinces (now Uttarakhand), on 27 April 1948 in a Rajput family to Rajendra Singh Rawat and Devki Devi. He received a B.A. and L.L.B. from Lucknow University.
Early political career
Starting at village level politics, and after staying as a Trade Unionist and an Indian Youth Congress member for many years, he joined the Indian Parliament in 1980 as a member of the 7th Lok Sabha by defeating the BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi from Almora parliamentary constituency, followed by the 8th Lok Sabha and the 9th Lok Sabha. He has been head of Congress Volunteer Wing, Congress Seva Dal since 1980.
In 2000, he was unanimously elected the President of Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC), and remained so until he was replaced by Yashpal Arya. In 2002, he was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian parliament. In Indian general election, 2009, he left his traditional stronghold of Almora after it became a reserved seat post delimitation to contest from Haridwar, and won the election with over 3.3 Lakh of votes.
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
In February 2014, Rawat took the oath of office as 7th chief minister of Uttarakhand when Vijay Bahuguna resigned due to criticism of his handling of rehabilitation after June floods, 2013. In July 2014, he won a by-election from Dharchula assembly seat by over 19,000 votes.
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Pawan Kumar Bansal
|Union Minister of Water Resources
|Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
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