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Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat tenders resignation


A year before Assembly polls are due in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday tendered his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya.

His resignation comes as the BJP has decided to go for a course-correction amid growing resentment against him in party cadres and MLAs. His exit was certain, especially after his Delhi trip on Monday to meet the BJP leadership. He has become the latest chief minister in the political history of Uttarakhand who could not complete the five-year-term.

Rawat said, “I have been working in politics for a while now and my party gave me an opportunity to work as the state chief minister for four years—the golden years of my life. Despite coming from a rural background, I was entrusted with the responsibility to lead the state—something that is only possible in a party like the BJP.”

It was a unanimous decision that now I should pass on the baton to someone else. I want to thanks the people of the state for giving me the chance to serve,” he said.

Rawat told the media that the BJP legislature party will meet at 10 AM on Wednesday at the party headquarters. All BJP MLAs will be present, he said.

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The resignation came amid speculations that a section of state leaders was miffed with Rawat’s leadership and was of the view that the party’s electoral prospects under him may not be very bright.

Harish Rawat reacts

Commenting on the resignation, former CM and Congress leader Harish Rawat said that the day’s political developments were evidence that the BJP will not be able to come back to power.

“I can see a change in power happening. Even the BJP’s central leadership has admitted that its present government in the state could not do much. No matter who they bring now they will not come back to power in 2022,” Harish Rawat said in a tweet.

Dhan Singh Rawat likely to be next Uttarakhand CM

Cabinet minister Dhan Singh Rawat is likely to be the next CM, sources said. Apart from Dhan Singh Rawat, Ajay Bhatt and Anil Baluni, two other senior BJP leaders in the state are also frontrunners for the CM’s post.

Furthermore, sources said the BJP may also create a post of deputy chief minister adding that someone who represents the Kumaon region may be chosen for the role. Pushkar Singh Dhami is likely to be the deputy chief minister, according to many political spectators.


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