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BJP MLA Shaila Rani Rawat Passes Away at 68

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BJP MLA Shaila Rani Rawat Passes Away at 68
BJP MLA Shaila Rani Rawat Passes Away at 68

BJP MLA from Kedarnath, Shaila Rani Rawat, passes away at 68. Rawat was on ventilator due to a spinal injury. She was a significant political figure in Uttarakhand, having served both Congress and BJP.

Dehradun: Shaila Rani Rawat, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Kedarnath, passed away late Tuesday night at Max Hospital in Dehradun. She was 68 years old. According to family sources, Rawat had been on a ventilator in the hospital for the past few days following a severe spinal injury.

Rawat’s political journey was marked by significant achievements and dramatic shifts. She first entered the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly in 2012, winning the Kedarnath seat on a Congress ticket. However, she lost the subsequent election in 2017. In a notable political move, Rawat was among the 10 Congress MLAs who rebelled against former Chief Minister Harish Rawat in 2016 and joined the BJP. This defection played a crucial role in shaping the state’s political landscape.

In 2022, Rawat successfully contested the Kedarnath seat once again, this time as a BJP candidate. Her victory was seen as a testament to her enduring popularity and influence in the region. Throughout her career, she was known for her dedication to public service and her efforts to address the issues faced by her constituents in Kedarnath.

Rawat’s demise has left a significant void in Uttarakhand’s political sphere. She was respected across party lines for her commitment to her duties and her ability to navigate the complexities of state politics. Her contributions to the legislative assembly and her active participation in various developmental projects in Kedarnath will be remembered fondly by her colleagues and supporters.

Political Career and Achievements

Shaila Rani Rawat’s entry into politics was marked by her victory in the 2012 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly elections, representing Kedarnath as a Congress MLA. Her tenure was noted for her active engagement in legislative debates and her focus on local development issues. Despite her defeat in the 2017 elections, her political journey was far from over.

In a significant political turn in 2016, Rawat, along with nine other Congress MLAs, revolted against the leadership of then Chief Minister Harish Rawat and joined the BJP. This move was pivotal in the political dynamics of Uttarakhand, leading to shifts in the balance of power within the state assembly.

Her return to the assembly in 2022 as a BJP MLA from Kedarnath marked a new chapter in her political career. Rawat’s ability to connect with her constituents and her unwavering commitment to their welfare were key factors in her electoral success.

Tributes and Condolences

Following the news of her passing, tributes have poured in from across the political spectrum. Leaders from both BJP and Congress have expressed their condolences, acknowledging her significant contributions to the state’s development. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami described Rawat as a dedicated leader whose efforts greatly benefited the people of Kedarnath.

As Uttarakhand mourns the loss of Shaila Rani Rawat, her legacy of public service and political acumen will continue to inspire many. Her life’s work stands as a testament to her dedication and resilience in the face of political challenges.