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2019 could see political change: Harish Rawat

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun 

Senior has expressed hope that 'Uttarayani' which marks the transition of seasons will also herald a political change in the elections.

Following his defeat in the last year state polls from the Kichha and Haridwar Rural assembly seats, the former has been devoting time to his new assignment as Congress's in-charge of and connecting with the people.

During an interaction with reporters at an event here Saturday, Rawat drew an analogy between the change of season marked by Uttarayani and the political changeover that might be awaiting the country this year.

Uttarayani marks the movement of the sun from the southern to the northern hemisphere, marking the end of winters and occurs before Makar Sankranti.

"I hope Uttarayani which marks the birth of a new sun as it begins moving northwards also heralds the emergence of a new sun on the political firmament in 2019," the veteran told reporters here.

With the polls round the corner, Rawat, who enjoys a reputation of a mass leader, has been hosting events to promote local produce.

But, political observers claimed he has been trying to provide platforms to state heavyweight to connect with the electorate.

On December 30, Rawat had hosted a event to promote, lemons, tea and jaggery, and vegetables like kachri and

During a mushroom-kichri event on Saturday, he had invited and felicitated Divya Rawat, who was made the brand of Uttarakhand's mushroom during the Congress leaders tenure as

In July last year, had thrown a mango party here which was also attended

Congress insiders, requesting anonymity, said might be fielded from either Haridwar or the Nainital seat in the

The Congress, which was routed by the BJP in 2017 assembly polls, faces the challenge of giving a fight to the BJP that has all the five lower house seats in its kitty to stage a political comeback.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 16:25 IST
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