Dehradun: Tirath Singh Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand following the resignation of Trivendra Singh Rawat following the BJP’s infighting. He will be sworn in at 4 p.m. Tirat Singh, 56, is a BJP MP from Puri constituency. Tirath, who was the BJP chief in the state in 2013-15, was also elected MLA.
Tirat Singh was unexpectedly considered by the Union leadership for the Chief Minister’s post, overtaking senior leaders Ramesh Pokriyal Nishang and Higher Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision at the last minute.
The assessment is that Uttarakhand is not part of any BJP group. Tirath said he was an RSS campaigner and thanked the Prime Minister, Amit Shah and JP Nadda for appointing him as the Chief Minister. He responded that he was a normal person born and raised in the village and never expected this.
The main reason for the party’s explosion in the state is the power struggle between the old leaders of the BJP and the new leaders of the Congress. It is in this context that the central leadership decided to make Tirath the Chief Minister, who does not belong to either group. Tirath, who came to public office through the RSS, is not a leader who can stir up the people.
Tirat’s biggest challenge is to unite those who are divided and face the upcoming assembly elections in February next year. His resignation was prompted by dissatisfaction with the state BJP leadership over the actions of former chief minister Trivendra Singh. The resignation came amid reports that the BJP central leadership was preparing to replace him.
A section of state leaders had said that waiting for the BJP to contest the next elections under the leadership of Trivendra Singh was a failure. Following the complaint, the central leadership sent party vice-president Raman Singh and general secretary Dushyant Kumar Gautam to the state as observers.
They had held discussions with key party leaders and reported to national president JP Nadda. With the Assembly elections in 2022 looming, the BJP is gearing up for a change of leadership in the face of danger. There is also a move to reorganize the cabinet in the state. In the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP won 57 out of 70 seats in Uttarakhand from the Congress.
English Summary: Tirath Singh Rawat To Be New Uttarakhand Chief Minister