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Harish Singh Rawat is a veteran Congress leader. He served as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand from 2014 to 2017. As a member of the 15th Lok Sabha, Rawat served as Union Minister of Water Resources from 2012 to 2014.
Rawat joined the Parliament in 1980 by defeating BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi from Almora constituency. Since then, he has been elected to the Parliament four more times. He contested and won the 2009 general election from Haridwar. He took over the reins of the chief ministership of Uttarakhand in February 2014, in the wake of Vijay Bahuguna's resignation. In 2014, he won a byelection from Dharchula assembly seat. A little over two years later, nine Congress MLAs rebelled against Rawat, triggering the imposition of President's Rule in the state.
Congress lost the 2017 Assembly Elections to BJP during which Rawat was also defeated from the two seats (Haridwar Rural and Kichcha) from which he contested.
In 2018, Rawat was appointed the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge for Assam. His party, Congress, faces a stiff challenge in the polls where it will look to wrest power from the BJP which has all the five lower house seats in its kitty. According to a Times Now report, Rawat might be fielded from either Haridwar or the Nainital Lok Sabha seat in the general elections.