The Uttarakhand BJP legislature party has elected Trivendra Singh Rawat as the next CM of the state. The decision was taken in the presence of the party’s central observers.
The BJP scored a massive victory in the recently held Assembly elections winning 57 of the 70 seats.
Mr. Rawat (56), who is elected from the Doiwala seat, is known to have close links with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. He built a place for himself in national politics after he worked alongside Mr. Shah in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
All the 57 MLAs unanimously voted in favour of Rawat after his name was recommended by the party’s central election observers.
Uttarakhand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt has said the oath taking event has been fixed for 3 pm on Saturday. All the 57 newly elected legislators of the BJP have been asked to come to the state capital.
The BJP has swept back to power in the hill state after five years, that too with a landslide majority.
Modi and Amit Shah along with select central ministers and senior BJP leaders are likely to be present at the oath taking.
Security arrangements are being made at the Parade Grounds, keeping in mind the VVIPs who will attend. Besides Rawat, Satpal Maharaj and Prakash Pant were in the race for the Chief Minister’s post.
Rawat is a long time party worker with reasonable experience in governance. His RSS roots may have tipped the scale in his favour. Trivendra who is incharge of party affairs in Jharkhand and is also credited for guiding the party to victory there is also known for his proximity with the party’s central leaders. Rawat along with the BJP MLAs and central observer JP Nadda has reached the Raj Bhawan here to stake claim to form the next government in the state.