Trivendra Singh Rawat to be Uttarakhand Chief Minister to swearing-in on Saturday
DEHRADUN: The BJP has picked Trivendra Singh Rawat as its Chief Minister candidate for Uttarakhand. Rawat has elected the BJP’s legislature party leader by party MLAs today. He is going to take oath on Saturday.
Rawat has defeated Congress’s Hira Singh Bisht in the Doiwala constituency with a long margin of over 24,000 votes. This was his third win from the constituency of Doiwala, where he has been contesting elections since 2002.
Mr. Rawat (56), who has been elected from the Doiwala seat, is known to have close links with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. He has built a place for himself in national politics after he worked alongside to Mr. Shah in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Rawat, a Thakur leader, was among the frontrunner leader for Uttarakhand CM’s post in his part due to strong RSS roots. He has been a RSS pracharak from 1983 to 2002 and held several important positions in the RSS Sangh.
Rawat, one who holds a masters degree in journalism and also known for his proximity to BJP chief Amit Shah and the party’s central leadership, which could have strengthened his chances at heading the state’s executive.
During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Rawat was given key responsibilities of regional election in-charge in Uttar Pradesh under Shah, where it emerged victorious. He has also been overseeing the BJP’s affairs in Jharkhand and took the party to victory in the Assembly polls there.
The BJP registered a tremendous victory in Uttarakhand, winning 57 of the 70 seats. This was the biggest ever win by any party in the state Uttarakhand so far. The party gained a whopping 46.5 percent of votes.