With Congress losing all five seats to the BJP in Uttarakhand, Rawat was under political pressure to look for a safe seat from where he could secure his entry into the state assembly within six months of assuming office as Chief Minister.
    
However, now it is almost final that the Chief Minister will contest from Doiwala, a source close to Rawat said.
    
A formal announcement in this regard will be made in a day or two, he said.
    
Doiwala is an assembly segment of Haridwar Lok Sabha seat which Rawat represented in Parliament before becoming Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in February this year.
    
Speculation was rife for some time about whether Rawat will contest the Dharchula seat held already by the Congress or Doiwala which was until recently held by the BJP.
    
Though Dharchula MLA Harish Dhami was ready to vacate his seat for Rawat, the latter seems to have chosen Doiwala as winning the seat will add to the Congress' numeric strength in the House.
    
In the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly Congress has 33 MLAs and enjoys the support of the 7-member Progressive Democratic Front.
    
Opposition BJP had 30 seats in the assembly until recently but the election of two of its MLAs (Nishank and Ajay Tamta) to the Lok Sabha has left it with 28 seats.

(Agencies)

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