Harak Singh Rawat expels from BJP

The BJP in Uttarakhand on Sunday night removed state Cabinet minister Harak Singh Rawat from the party for six years, citing indiscipline. It said such acts will not be tolerated in the party. In his January 1 letter, sources said, the MLA demanded deployment of an executive engineer in Nainidanda electricity distribution section, which was recently inaugurated by the Chief Minister. Last month, he had sent a similar letter to Dhami, demanding a high-level inquiry into corruption in the forest department. He also alleged that the divisional office of Kalagarh Tiger Reserve is being operated from Kotdwar instead of Lansdowne although a move to transfer the office had been stopped following his protest. The MLA also warned to sit on an indefinite fast if action was not taken, the sources said.

Earlier, on December 24, the minister had threatened to quit during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Dhami. He was upset with the alleged inaction over a proposed medical college in his constituency Kotdwar.

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