Published On: Tue, Mar 9th, 2021

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat resigns

Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday resigned and handed his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya.

BJP legislative party will meet Wednesday morning to select the new Chief Minister

The move came after heavy speculation through out morning, with Rawat expected to address a press conference ahead of his meeting the Governor. However, the 60-year-old BJP leader first met Maurya and then proceeded to the media conference.

After three days of political upheavel, speculation in the state ended as Rawat submitted his resignation to Maurya after he reached the Raj Bhawan just past 4 pm.

The BJP legislative party will meet Wednesday morning to select the new Chief Minister of the state, a senior party leader said.

He said that Rawat submitted his resignation as he was directed by the party central leadership to resign after discontent in the BJP legislative party.

“After his meeting with central leadership yesterday in the national capital, it seems that BJP leadership has informed Rawat about possible change of leadership in the Uttarakhand government as there is a lot of resentment against him,” he said.

On Monday evening, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief JP Nadda, National General Secretary (Organisation) BL Santosh discussed the political development in the hill state.

BJP National General Secretary and state in-charge, Dushyant Gautam was part of discussion. Meeting was called after several MLAs questioned Rawat’s style of functioning.

“Bureaucracy is getting more powerful and voices of elected representatives are unheard,” said a party member from Uttarakhand.

On Saturday, the BJP leadership sent former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Gautam as observers to meet state leaders and get a feedback. “Both the leaders met the members of the core committee and took their opinion. Report was submitted to BJP leadership,” said a party insider.

It is learnt that the report mentioned that it will be difficult for the party to win the next year state assembly polls with Rawat as the face of BJP.

In 2017, Rawat was made Chief Minister after BJP won in Uttarakhand.

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