Tirath Singh Rawat sworn-in as Uttarakhand CM, to be in office for nearly a year
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Tirath Singh Rawat was sworn-in as the chief minister of Uttarakhand on Wednesday, a day after his predecessor, Trivendra Singh Rawat, tendered his resignation from the post. Tirath Singh Rawat, Lok Sabha MP from Garhwal and a former state BJP chief, was administered oath of office by Governor Baby Rani Maurya at the Raj Bhavan.
On Wednesday morning, Rawat was ‘unanimously’ chosen as the CM of Uttarakhand following a BJP legislature party meet. He was picked for the hill state’s top job even as names of fellow MPs Ajay Bhatt and Anil Baluni, as well as state education minister Dhan Singh Rawat did the rounds. Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, a Lok Sabha MP himself, is also a former chief minister of the northern state.
Expressing his gratitude towards the BJP leadership, Tirath Singh Rawat said that in his tenure of nearly a year, he would focus on health, education and tourism. “I will continue to work on development programmes introduced by Trivendra Singh Rawat so as to ensure the party’s victory in the next assembly elections,” said Rawat.
Assembly elections are likely to take place in Uttarakhand early next year. In the 2017 polls, the BJP won 57 out of the state’s 69 seats, increasing its tally by 26. The Congress, meanwhile, slumped from 32 to 11.
Earlier, Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned after several Uttarakhand BJP MLAs questioned his ‘style of governance.’ The now former CM stepped down from office on Tuesday evening after meeting top party leadership in Delhi on Monday.