Tirath Singh Rawat has been sworn in as the new chief minister of Uttarakhand after the BJP legislature party chose him as the leader on Wednesday. More than 50 MLAs of the party including Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Ajay Bhatt, Mala Rajya Lakshmi and Naresh Bansal were present in the meeting. The 56-year-old BJP leader has served as an MLA and is currently the MP from Pauri in the lower house of the parliament.
The ruling party decided to make Tirath Singh the chief minister of the state after Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned from the post on Tuesday. There were quite a few contenders for the post, including Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Dhan Singh Rawat and Satpal Maharaj, among others. The decision to make Rawat the chief minister was taken under the watch of party national vice-president and former Chhattisgarh chief minister, Raman Singh.
Here is a list of all things you need to know about the new chief minister of Uttarakhand:
- Tirath Singh has been BJP chief in Uttarakhand from 2013 to 2015
- He was the MLA from Chaubttakhal constituency from 2012 to 2017.
- At present, he is a MP in Lok Sabha from Pauri district.
- The politician, born in Garhwal’s Pauri, has a masters in Sociology and has also done a Diploma Course in Patrakarita.
- Tirath Singh is also BJP’s National Secretary.
- He is also considered close to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
- The new chief minister of Uttarakhand is a close aide of general BC Khanduri, and has been a part of the party for more than three decades now.
- He has also contributed to BJP’s student wing party, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
- Rawat has also been the state vice president of Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in the past.
- Back in 1997, Rawat was also elected as the member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council in 1997.
- He was the first education minister of the state of Uttarakhand.