Harish Rawat

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Harish Rawat
हरीश रावत
7th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 February 2014
Governor Aziz Qureshi
Preceded by Vijay Bahuguna
Union Minister of Water Resources
In office
30 October 2012 – 31 January 2014
Preceded by Pawan Kumar Bansal
Succeeded by Uma Bharti
Member of Parliament
for Haridwar
In office
May 2009 – May 2014
Preceded by Rajendra Kumar Badi
Succeeded by Ramesh Pokhriyal
Member of Rajya Sabha
In office
2002–2008
Constituency Uttarakhand
Member of the 7th, 8th and 9th Lok Sabha
for Almora
In office
1980-1991
Preceded by Murli Manohar Joshi
Succeeded by Jeewan Sharma
Member of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly from Dharchula
Preceded by Harish Dhami[1][2]
Personal details
Born (1948-04-27) 27 April 1948 (age 66)
Mohanari, Almora, United Provinces
(now in Uttarakhand, India)
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Renuka Rawat
Residence CM House, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Alma mater University of Lucknow
Profession Politician
Religion Hinduism

Harish Rawat (Hindi: हरीश रावत; born April 27, 1948) is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Uttarakhand since February 2014.[3] 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.[4] He also worked as Minister of State for Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food Processing Industries[5] (2011-2012) and Ministry of Labour and Employment[6] (2009-2011).

Early life and education[edit]

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[7] to Rajendra Singh Rawat and Devki Devi. He received a B.A. and L.L.B. from Lucknow University.[8]

Early political career[edit]

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.

Later years[edit]

In 2000, he was unanimously elected the President of Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC),[9] 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.[10]

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand[edit]

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.[11] In July 2014, he won a by-election from Dharchula assembly seat by over 19,000 votes.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pawan Kumar Bansal
Union Minister of Water Resources
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Uma Bharti
Preceded by
Vijay Bahuguna
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
2014–present
Incumbent