Will Trivendra Singh Rawat To Be The Next Uttarakhand CM?


KNOWN for his fierce loyalty to RSS and BJP, Trivendra Singh Rawat, who has risen from obscurity to become Uttarkhand Chief Minister, will find his organisational skills handy in the task of fulfilling the development promises made during the polls while taking all sections along.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are among the several dignitaries who will attend the swearing-in ceremony.

Major names doing the rounds for the Chief Minister's post include Satpal Maharaj, Trivendra Rawat and Prakash Pant.

Ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, Rawat paid tributes at Shaheed Smarak here.

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Rawat was sworn in as the hill state's ninth chief minister by Governor KK Paul at Parade Grounds here.

He was appointed as an Uttarakhand organisational secretary for five years in 1970.

The BJP decimated the Congress in the Assembly election, winning 57 of the 70 seats.

A former associate of Modi, Trivendra Singh Rawat was Agriculture Minister in the previous BJP government in Uttarakhand.

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The central observers for Uttar Pradesh, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and party general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, will be in Lucknow on Saturday to hold a BJP legislative party meet to elect a leader.

He was also given the charge of the party in Jharkhand, where he played a crucial role in the formation of government by the BJP.

Sources said names of three former chief ministers and MPs are also doing the rounds due to their seniority, but only an MLA will be considered for the post as the party may not like to "disturb" its parliamentarians. He steadily rose up the ranks before heading the Dehradun unit of the Sangh where he served as the pracharak - campaigner - in the 1990s. He built a place for himself in national politics after he worked alongside Mr. Shah in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The Cogress won the first election in the state in 2002 and N.D. Tiwari headed the government.

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However, things would be clear after the party's legislators vent their views in the meeting and a final call is taken by BJP president Amit Shah, who has been authorised by the party's parliamentary board to take the decision, sources said. Vijay Bahuguna was made the Chief Minister but he was replaced two years later by Harish Rawat in 2014.