Harish Rawat

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Harish Rawat
हरीश रावत
Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat.jpg
7th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
Assumed office
11 May 2016
Governor Aziz Qureshi
Krishan Kant Paul
Preceded by President's Rule
In office
1 February 2014 – 27 March 2016
Preceded by Vijay Bahuguna
Succeeded by President's Rule
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
Constituency Uttarakhand
Member of the 7th, 8th and 9th Lok Sabhas
for Almora
In office
Preceded by Murli Manohar Joshi
Succeeded by Jeewan Sharma
Personal details
Born (1948-04-27) 27 April 1948 (age 68)
Mohanari, Almora, United Provinces, India
(now in Uttarakhand)
Political party Indian National Congress
Alma mater University of Lucknow
Religion Hinduism

Harish Chandra Singh Rawat (born 27 April 1948) is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Uttarakhand since 2016. Previously he served as Chief Minister from 2014 to 2016. A five-time Member of Parliament, Rawat is a leader of the Indian National Congress party. As a member of 15th Lok Sabha, Rawat served as Union Minister of Water Resources in the cabinet of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from 2012 to 2014.[1] He also worked as Minister of State at the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food Processing Industries[2] (2011-2012) and Ministry of Labour and Employment[3] (2009-2011).

Early life and education[edit]

Harish Rawat was born in Mohanari village, near Chaunalia in Almora district of the United Provinces (now Uttarakhand) on 27 April 1948 in a Rajput family[4] to Rajendra Singh Rawat and Devki Devi. He received a Bachelor of Arts and LL.B. from Lucknow University.[5]

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 as President of Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC),[6] 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 the 2009 general election, 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.[7]

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand[edit]

In February 2014, Rawat took the oath of office as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand when Vijay Bahuguna resigned due to criticism of his handling of rehabilitation after June 2013 floods.[8] In July 2014, he won a by-election from Dharchula assembly seat by over 19,000 votes.[9]

On 18 March 2016, nine Congress MLAs rebelled against Rawat, reducing the Congress-led Government to a minority. The Union Government decided to impose President's Rule in the state, and the order was signed by President Pranab Mukherjee on 27 March 2016.[10]


12. उत्तराखंड के मुख्यमंत्री ने प्रवासियों से कहा - घर लौट आओ प्लीज http://www.uttarakhandnews.org/2015/02/uttarakhandchiefministerharishrawat_4.html

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Murli Manohar Joshi
Member of Parliament
for Almora

1980 – 1991
Succeeded by
Jeewan Sharma
Preceded by
Rajendra Kumar Badi
Member of Parliament
for Haridwar

2009 – 2014
Succeeded by
Ramesh Pokhriyal
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
21 February 2014 – 27 March 2016
Succeeded by
President's Rule