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Uttarakhand Crisis LIVE Updates: Tirath Singh Rawat to be Next Chief Minister, Will Take Oath at 4pm

News18.com | March 10, 2021, 12:08 IST
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Uttarakhand Crisis LIVE Updates: Tirath Singh Rawat,56, will be the new chief minister of Uttarakhand after the resignation of Trivendra Singh Rawat. A BJP MP, he was the chief of the party in Uttarakhand from 2013 to 2015 and also an MLA from the state in the past. Rawat edged out prominent names such as those of Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Dhan Singh Rawat.

Names of at least half a dozen leaders, including Dhan Singh Rawat, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Satpal Maharaj, were doing the rounds to replace Trivendra Singh Rawat, who resigned as the chief minister of Uttarakhand on Tuesday. Trivendra Singh Rawat’s substitute was decided at a state legislature party meeting at the BJP headquarters on Wednesday under the watch of party national vice-president and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, political circles are abuzz with speculations.

Sources said state minister Dhan Singh Rawat has emerged as a frontrunner to be the next chief minister. A man known for his polite ways, 48-year-old Dhan Singh, a resident of Paithani village in Pauri district, is said to be close to the outgoing chief minister. Singh became an MLA for the first time in 2017. Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj is also being looked at as a prominent contender. A former Congress heavyweight, Maharaj joined the BJP in 2014 after losing the race for chief ministership to Harish Rawat. Maharaj is an MLA from Chaubattakhal in Pauri district. He is also a spiritual guru having admirers across the country. The 69-year-old had been a Congress MP from Pauri in the past.

Mar 10, 2021 12:08 (IST)

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Tirath Singh Rawat was Uttarakhand BJP chief from February 2013 to December 2015

- He was RSS pracharak from 1983 to 1988

- He was an MLC (a member of legislative council)  in undivided UP in 1997

- He was first education minister of Uttarakhand in Nityanand Swamy govt in 2000​

- He was also MLA from Chaubttakhal constituency from 2012 to 2017. 

- He also became BJP national secretary in 2017

- He was known to be close to former Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri​

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Uttarakhand Crisis LIVE Updates: Tirath Singh Rawat to be Next Chief Minister, Will Take Oath at 4pm
Tirath Singh Rawat

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is another contender for the post. A former chief minister, Nishank is an MP from Haridwar. He was also a hill development minister in undivided Uttar Pradesh. The name of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat SinghKoshyari is also doing the rounds. Koshyari had held the Uttarkhand chief minister’s post briefly after Nityanand Swami. He has also represented the state both in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. Names of BJP national spokesperson Anil Baluni and former state BJP president Ajay Bhatt are also in circulation.

Baluni (50) is currently a Rajya Sabha member and his proximity with the central party leadership may help him get to the top office in the state. Bhatt represents the Nainital constituency in the Lok Sabha. He had defeated former chief minister Harish Rawat in Nainital in the 2019 general elections.

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. He said he comes from a humble background and never even imagined his party will give him the honour of serving Uttarakhand for nearly four years as a chief minister.

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. “I feel really honoured that my party gave me the opportunity to serve Devbhoomi for nearly four years,” Rawat said.

“Now, the party has collectively decided that I give this opportunity to someone else. So, I have submitted my resignation to the Governor. I wish all the best to whoever takes over from me,” he said.

He said that during his tenure, several steps were taken for the empowerment of women including a recent ordinance giving the ownership rights to women in the ancestral property of their husbands. Asked as to what was the reason behind his replacement, Rawat did not divulge much. “I told you it was a collective decision of the party.”

On being queried further, Rawat quipped, “You will have to go to Delhi to find that out.”