Harish Rawat made the remarks after meeting party leader Rahul Gandhi. Some other Congress leaders from Uttarakhand also met Gandhi along with Rawat.
“Kadam, kadam badhaye ja, Congress ke geet gaye ja.(Keep on marching forward, sing praises of the Congress), I will be the face of the election campaign in Uttarakhand. I will lead the campaign as the chairman of the campaign committee and everyone will support me in fulfilling that responsibility,” Rawat told reporters later.
Rawat did not directly answer questions about the chief ministerial face of the party in the state.
“In Congress, after the election is completed, legislature party meets to decide their leader. They send their recommendation to
Congress president and then the president decides who will lead the legislature party. We will follow the same procedure on Uttarakhand too,” he said.
Ganesh Godiyal, president of the Uttarakhand Congress unit, said the party will fight the polls under the leadership of Rawat.
“We will fight this election under the leadership of Harish Rawat who is the chairman of the campaign committee,” he said.
Rawat met Gandhi two days after making a veiled attack on the Congress leadership ahead of assembly polls in Uttarakhand over the “lack of cooperation” from the state unit.
However, before leaving for Delhi to meet Gandhi, Rawat had used lines of a popular Hindi song to express his loyalty to the party.
“Kadam kadam badhae jaa, Congress ke geet gae jaa. Zingadi hai Uttarakhand ke vaaste Uttarakhand par lutae jaa,” he had said.
Uttarakhand polls 2022: Harish Rawat to lead as chairman of campaign committee
New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat on December 24 announced that he will be leading the Uttarakhand elections as the chairman of the campaign committee. “The Congress President has always had the prerogative that the party sits after the election, gives his opinion regarding the leader to the Congress President and the Congress President decides the leader. As the chairman of the campaign committee, I will lead the elections,” said Rawat
Taking a dig at the party leadership, Rawat had said on Wednesday that “nominees of those whose directions one has to swim (in the electoral battle) are tying my hands and feet”.
In his cryptic tweets, Rawat has also expressed anguish at factionalism in the state unit saying there was “non-cooperation” from the party organisation in the state at most places and that thought has been crossing his mind that “it is time to rest”.
Rawat, a member of the Congress Working Committee, is seen as the party’s face for the elections in Uttarakhand.
Rawat had also expressed faith that Lord Kedarnath will provide him guidance in the new year.
The Congress is keen to come back to power in Uttarakhand in assembly polls early next year.