Uttarakhand Elections: Rahul Gandhi, CM Harish Rawat attend Ganga Aarti at Haridwar’s Har Ki Pauri

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat have attended the ‘Ganga Aarti’ at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat have attended the 'Ganga Aarti' at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat have attended the ‘Ganga Aarti’ at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar. According to ANI report, both of them performed the traditional ritual late last night. Prior to the Aarti, Rahul had held a 75-km roadshow ahead of February 15 polls in Uttarakhand. During the roadshow, Rahul had asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave tickets to tainted leaders thrown out of Congress and took the “trash” into his party. “Modiji has no right to talk about corruption. All scam tainted leaders who were earlier with us are now with BJP,” Rahul had said at a public meeting in Puhana after starting his roadshow from Bhagwanpur in Haridwar district which has the maximum number of eleven assembly constituencies. On the other CM Harish Rawat had alleged the Centre of first engineering defections in the state and then lodging a case against him, the man whose house had been burgled.

Reminding the 2013 calamity, he said he rebuilt a state ravaged by the catastrophic flashfloods and put things back on track. “We have recovered from the tragedy. Chardham yatra has been revived, roads have been rebuilt. The derailed economy of the state is also back on track. The per capita income is also increasing,” Rawat had said.

‘Continuing his attack on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, Rahul had said, “I had told (Chief Minister Harish) Rawatji that make sure you do not allow corruption. You should put pressure on those indulging in corruption. Modiji says he is fighting against corruption. But I want to ask my BJP friends why have you given tickets to the corrupt leaders we have thrown out of the party? Why does Modiji embrace them? We had thrown out trash from Uttarakhand but Modi has lifted it and put it in his party.”

Accusing Modi of failing to bring blackmoney stashed away in 96 countries, the Congress vice-president alleged that he had misled people by demonetisation and made the whole country stand in queues.

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Beginning the roadshow from Bhagwanpur and crossing Har ki Pairi via Pirankaliyar, Puhana, Rampurchungi, Bijholi, Manglaur, Laksar and Landhaura, Rahul’s cavalcade had covered a distance of 75 kms touching all the eleven constituencies. Rahul’s roadshow in Haridwar district is important because many rebel Congress leaders now in BJP are contesting from seats located in the district including Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion from Khanpur and Pradeep Batra from Roorkee.

Haridwar (rural) is one of the two seats being contested by Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

(With agency inputs)

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