Harish Rawat

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Harish Rawat
हरीश रावत
7th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
Assumed office
1 February 2014
Preceded by Vijay Bahuguna
Member of the 15th Lok Sabha
In office
Constituency Haridwar
Member of the Rajya Sabha
In office
Constituency Uttarakhand
Member of the 7th, 8th and 9th Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded by Murli Manohar Joshi
Succeeded by Jeewan Sharma
Constituency Almora
Personal details
Born (1947-04-27) 27 April 1947 (age 67)
Mohanari, Almora district, Uttarakhand
Political party Indian National Congress

Harish Rawat (Hindi: हरीश रावत; born April 27, 1947) is the 7th and current Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. As a leader of Indian National Congress party, he was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha. He was a Minister of State in the Ministries of Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs but was given cabinet rank and charge of Water Resources on 28 October 2012. Before that he was a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament representing Uttarakhand. Harish was sworn as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on 1 February 2014.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Harish Rawat was born in village Mohanari, near Chaunalia, Almora district, on 27 April 1947 in a Rajput family[2] to Rajendra Singh Rawat and Devki Devi. He received a B.A. and L.L.B. from Lucknow University. [3]


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),[4] and remained so until he was replaced by Yashpal Arya. In 2002, he was elected a member of the Rajya Sabha.

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 332055 votes.[5]

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.[6][7] In July 2014, he won a by-election from Dharchula assembly seat by over 20,000 votes.[8]


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