Garhwal MP Tirath Singh Rawat to be new Uttarakhand CM, announces BJP a day after Trivendra Singh Rawat's exit
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday chose Tirath Singh Rawat as the leader of Uttarakhand BJP legislature party, paving the way for him to become the new chief minister of the hill state. He will replace Trivendra Singh Rawat who resigned on Tuesday.
His name was announced by Trivendra Singh Rawat after the legislature party meeting, which lasted around 30 minutes.
"I thank PM, home minister and party chief who trusted me, a mere party worker who comes from a small village. I'd never imagined that I'd reach here. Will make all efforts to meet people's expectations and take forward work done in last four years," Rawat said after his name was announced. He will take oath at 4 pm today.
Over 50 BJP MLAs reached the party state headquarters in Dehradun on Wednesday along with parliamentarians including Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Ajay Bhatt, Mala Rajya Lakshmi and Naresh Bansal.
Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' also participated in the meeting.
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Tirath Singh Rawat, the MP from Garhwal, served as the chief of Uttarakhand unit of the BJP from 2013 to 2015.
Trivendra Singh Rawat tendered his resignation after meeting governor Baby Rani Maurya on Tuesday, a year before Uttarkhand is scheduled to go to the polls.
Soon after submitting his resignation, Rawat addressed a press conference at his official residence, telling the media that the party has "collectively decided" that someone else should lead the state now.
No chief minister, except the late ND Tiwari of the Congress, has completed his or her five-year term as the CM of the young hill state which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in November 2000.
The BJP swept the elections in 2017, winning 57 seats in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly. Congress, on the other hand, won just 11 seats.