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Harish Chandra Singh Rawat (born 27 April 1948) is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Uttarakhand from 2014-2017. 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).

Harish Rawat
हरीश रावत
7th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
In office
11 May 2016 – 18 March 2017
Preceded byPresident's Rule
Succeeded byTrivendra Singh Rawat
In office
1 February 2014 – 27 March 2016
Preceded byVijay Bahuguna
Succeeded byPresident's Rule
Union Minister of Water Resources
In office
30 October 2012 – 31 January 2014
Preceded byPawan Kumar Bansal
Succeeded byUma Bharti
Member of Parliament
for Haridwar
In office
May 2009 – May 2014
Preceded byRajendra Kumar Badi
Succeeded byRamesh Pokhriyal
Member of Rajya Sabha
In office
Member of Parliament
for Almora
In office
Preceded byMurli Manohar Joshi
Succeeded byJeewan Sharma
Personal details
Born (1948-04-27) 27 April 1948 (age 71)
Almora, United Provinces, India
(now in Uttarakhand, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Alma materUniversity of Lucknow


Early life and educationEdit

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 careerEdit

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 yearsEdit

In 2000, he was unanimously elected as President of Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee (UKPCC),[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 UttarakhandEdit

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] On March 11, Congress under the leadership of Harish Rawat lost 2017 Assembly Elections to BJP. He was also defeated from the two seats (Haridwar Rural and Kichcha) from which he contested.

Elections contestedEdit


Year Constituency Result Vote percentage Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage Ref
1980 Almora Won 46.31% Murli Manohar Joshi JNP 21.27% [11]
1984 Almora Won 61.26% Murli Manohar Joshi BJP 14.79% [12]
1989 Almora Won 42.45% Kashi Singh Airy UKD 39.39% [13]
1991 Almora Lost 37% Jeewan Sharma BJP 45.94% [14]
1996 Almora Lost 26.59% Bachi Singh Rawat BJP 41.05% [15]
1998 Almora Lost 33.60% Bachi Singh Rawat BJP 52.39% [16]
1999 Almora Lost 45.50% Bachi Singh Rawat BJP 48.39% [17]
2009 Haridwar Won 42.16% Swami Yatindranand Giri BJP 25.99% [18]

Uttarakhand Legislative AssemblyEdit

Year Constituency Result Vote percentage Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage Ref
2014 (Bye Elect) Dharchula Won NA Vishnu Dutt BJP NA [19]
2017 Haridwar Rural Lost NA Yatishwaranand BJP NA
2017 Kichha Lost NA Rajesh Shukla BJP NA


  1. ^ "Harish Rawat Rawat takes Charge as Union Minister of Water Resources". Press Information Bureau.
  2. ^ "Union Council of Ministers". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Ministers and their portfolios". NDTV.
  4. ^ TOI
  5. ^ Detailed Profile: Shri Harish Rawat National Portal of India
  6. ^ Harish Rawat elected Uttaranchal PCC chief The Hindu, 4 December 2000.
  7. ^ Haridwar CNN IBN.
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  9. ^ "Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat wins Dharchula's Assembly seat". The Economic Times. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Sting operation on Harish Rawat sea fate in Uttarakhand". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
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12. उत्तराखंड के मुख्यमंत्री ने प्रवासियों से कहा - घर लौट आओ प्लीज

External linksEdit

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
Rajya Sabha
Preceded by
Manohar Kant Dhyani
Member of Parliament
for Rajya Sabha Uttarakhand

2002 – 2008
Succeeded by
Bhagat Singh Koshyari
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
1 February 2014 – 27 March 2016
Succeeded by
President's Rule
Preceded by
President's Rule
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
21 April 2016 – 22 April 2016
Succeeded by
President's Rule
Preceded by
President's Rule
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
11 May 2016 – 18 Mar 2017
Succeeded by
Trivendra Singh Rawat
Party political offices
Preceded by
Office Established
Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee

2000 – 2007
Succeeded by
Yashpal Arya