Sources close to the party said that he slapped the worker when the latter kept on raising slogans, despite the minister asking him not to.
"It was a crucial meeting that he was about to attend in Dehradun and the worker was blocking his way even after Rawat asked him to move away; hence, the slap," said a member.
While this is no reason to slap a fellow party worker, it would be interesting to see how he rules the state.
Meanwhile Rawat arrived here amid huge fanfare and Kumaoni dance performances. While his appointment as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand is almost considered final, it wil be confirmed after a meeting of the CLP, which has taken place at the Bijapur state guest house in the presence of Central Observers.
Sanjay Kapoor, the co-incharge of the Congress said that Ambika Soni, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Janaradhan Dwivedi will be the central observers to be presiding over the meeting of the CLP.
Going by the schedule, the new chief minister and his cabinet would be sworn in today evening, followed by a meeting at the parade ground where the new chief minister is likely to address the public.
Former Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was removed from his post following the laxity he had shown in providing relief to the Uttarakhand flashflood victims. He resigned yesterday.