Accusing supporters of the BJP and a Congress leader of trying to tarnish his image, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said he would quit politics if it was proved that he had made a statement on setting up a Muslim university in the state. He blamed Rawat’s statement for leading the Congress campaign for the Uttarakhand Assembly elections, saying the BJP had made it a major issue in the run-up to the elections.
The assembly elections were held on February 14 and the BJP recorded a big victory in a second consecutive term, winning 47 of the 70 seats in the state. “For quite some time after our election defeat, there has been a flurry of baseless allegations against me on social media without any rhyme or reason. In addition to the BJP supporters, some people associated with one of our leaders are also shooting at me. They think it’s a chance to kill me by throwing me on the ground, “Rawat said in a Facebook post on Sunday without naming anyone.
The veteran Congress leader said he had recently offered a cash reward of Rs 50,000 to anyone who brought him 10 copies of the newspaper he had reported. “However, now that the supporters of a Congress leader are also part of the propaganda against me, I have increased the amount to Rs 1 lakh. The day it will be proved that the statement to establish a Muslim university was given by me, I will sit under the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and retire from politics, “Rawat said.
He said he wanted to expose those responsible for the lies about him through social media. “I have to oppose the false allegations against me and expose the people behind this conspiracy,” Rawat said.
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