Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ greets Tirath Singh Rawat after his election as new Chief Minister on Wednesday. Outgoing CM Trivendra Singh Rawat is also seen. (PTI)
Rawat’s name came as a surprise to many as his name was not among the nearly half-a-dozen names doing the rounds in media over the last few days for CM’s post
BHARATIYA Janata Party’s surprise choice for the top job in Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat was sworn-in as the State’s new Chief Minister on Wednesday, replacing Trivendra Singh Rawat ahead of next year’s Assembly polls. The oath of office was administered on Rawat by Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya at a simple function held at the Raj Bhawan here in the evening in the presence of a host of dignitaries. Rawat alone was sworn-in on Wednesday, which means the members of his Cabinet will be finalised and sworn-in later.
Rawat is currently the BJP MP from Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency as well as a National Secretary of the party. He was the President of the Uttarakhand BJP from 2013-15. Known as a simple and down-to-earth leader, Rawat takes over the reins of power in Uttarakhand at a time when the ruling BJP is preparing for the State Assembly polls due early next year. His principal challenge will be to ensure the party another term. Earlier in the day, Rawat was elected as the leader of the Uttarakhand BJP legislature party, which came as a surprise to many as his name was not among the nearly half-a-dozen names doing the rounds in the media over the last few days as contenders for the top post.
Rawat’s supporters burst into celebrations and lifted the 56-year-old leader on their shoulders amid the beating of drums as his name was announced by outgoing Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat as the leader of the legislature party after its meeting at the State BJP office at Balbir Road. After the celebrations at the State party office in the presence of senior leaders, MLAs and MPs, Rawat went to the Raj Bhawan to meet the Governor and stake his claim to form the Government.
Rawat brings with him vast administrative, organisational experience: PM: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Tirath Singh Rawat, who was sworn-in as the Uttarakhand Chief Minister on Wednesday, and said he brings with him vast administrative and organisational experience.