Haridwar October 29
Jubilant Congress workers celebrated the elevation of Haridwar parliamentarian Harish Rawat as Union Water Resources Minister at various places today.

The party workers burst crackers, danced to the tunes of traditional Garhwali musical instruments and distributed sweets among themselves to celebrate the occasion.
The party activists, particularly those owing allegiance to Rawat, distributed sweets at Chandracharya Chowk at Ranipur and raised slogans like “Harish Rawat Zindabad”, “Sab Ka Dulara..Harish Hamara” and “Haridwar Ka Hari, Harish Rawat”.
State general secretary of the Congress Santosh Chauhan said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by elevating Harish Rawat as the Union Water Resource Minister had rewarded his political caliber and ability.
“He defeated Murli Manohar Joshi in his maiden Lok Sabha election and later won another two elections and became a Rajya Sabha member. As Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee chief he led the party to victory in the Assembly elections in 2002 and 2009. This reflects his hold over masses,” said Chauhan, a former chairperson of the Uttarakhand Women Commission.
Party women wing office-bearer Kiran Singh held a similar celebration at Subash Nagar and attributed Rawat’s success to his determination, loyalty towards the party and a development-oriented vision.
Kiran said Rawat’s exemplary performance first as the Union Minister of State for Labour and Food Processing and later as the Minister of State for Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs brought him to the good books of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Youth Congress city president Ravish Bhatija said, “Rawat is an ideal example for youths. He has always been concerned like Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi about the active participation of youths in politics.”
Sewa Dal Haridwar chief Rajesh Rastogi recalled Rawat’s contribution the organisation.

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