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‘Dark Horse’ Tirath Singh Rawat is Uttarakhand’s 10th CM | India News


DEHRADUN: The five-day political turmoil that led Trivendra Singh Rawat to resign from the CM post on Tuesday ended with MP Pauri Tirath Singh Rawat taking over as Uttarakhand’s 10th CM. Governor Baby Rani Maurya took the oath of office Wednesday night.
Earlier, amid intense speculation about who would be chosen by the BJP leadership for the top job, Rawat, 56, emerged as the dark horse. Other names in circulation for the CM presidency were those of the Union’s education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the state’s tourism minister, Satpal Maharaj, and the minister of higher education, Dhan Singh Rawat, among others. Tirath Rawat, whose name was proposed by Trivendra Rawat at the legislative party meeting held at the BJP office on Balbir Road, is a close collaborator of former CM BC Khanduri and former member of RSS and ABVP.
Considered a grassroots politician, he is said to have a good understanding of the party’s organizational structure, which is why, according to insiders, he was elected to the key post just as the BJP prepares for the assembly elections to be held. next year. . Rawat has served as Uttarakhand’s Prime Minister of Education, BJP State President, Party State Secretary General, and BJP National Secretary. He was MLA for Chaubattakhal in Pauri from 2012 to 2017, opting to exit the race in favor of Satpal Maharaj in the 2017 assembly elections.
In 2019, he was presented as a BJP candidate from the Pauri Lok Sabha seat against the son of his mentor BC Khanduri, Manish Khanduri, who was fighting for a Congressional ballot. He won the seat with more than 3 lakh votes, one of the highest margins of victory at the polls.
Shortly after being appointed CM, Tirath Rawat said: “I am grateful to the Prime Minister and my party for giving me this opportunity. I will do my best to live up to your expectations and continue the positive work done by Trivendra Singh Rawat over the past four years. ”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congratulating Tirath Rawat, said in a tweet: “He brings with him vast administrative and organizational experience. I am confident that under his leadership, Uttarakhand will continue to scale new heights of progress. ”
After being sworn in, Tirath Rawat chaired a meeting of officials during which he reviewed the preparations for the first shahi snan at the Haridwar Maha Kumbh on the occasion of the Maha Shivaratri on Thursday.
In his first decision as CM, Tirath Rawat said: “Flower petals would be thrown from a helicopter to the devotees who came for the first shahi snan.” He also instructed officials to take every possible precaution in conducting the festival while ensuring that both devotees and seers were not disturbed.

Times of India