- UPDATED: March 10, 2021 16:47 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Tirath Singh Rawat took oath as the new chief minister of Uttarakhand in Dehradun on Wednesday. This comes a day after Trivendra Singh Rawat stepped down as the state’s chief minister.
Tirath Singh Rawat is the BJP’s Lok Sabha MP from Pauri Garhwal. He was chosen as the leader of the Uttarakhand BJP legislature party on Wednesday. This paved the way for his appointment as the new chief minister of Uttarakhand.
Tirath Singh Rawat was sworn-in as the new chief minister of Uttarakhand by Governor Baby Rani Maurya at the Raj Bhawan in Dehradun.
Soon after he took oath as the CM of Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat was congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Congratulations to Shri Tirath Singh Rawat on taking oath as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He brings with him vast administrative and organisational experience. I am confident under his leadership the state will continue to scale new heights of progress,” PM Modi tweeted.
Tirath Singh Rawat’s appointment as the Uttarakhand chief minister comes after Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned from the post on Tuesday evening following a strong campaign against him within the party in the state.
Earlier, accompanied by party MLAs and MPs, Tirath Singh Rawat met Governor Baby Rani Maurya at the Raj Bhawan to stake his claim for forming the government.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 56 MLAs in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly.
Tirath Singh Rawat was the state BJP president from 2013-15 and is currently the party’s national secretary.
He was also an MLA from the Chaubattakhal constituency from 2012-17.
His choice as the new chief minister by the BJP comes as a surprise as he was not among the favourites.
After being congratulated by the outgoing chief minister and BJP’s central observer and national vice-president Raman Singh, Tirath Singh Rawat thanked the top leadership of the saffron party for giving him the new responsibility.
“I have been a humble party worker. I had never imagined that I will be a given an opportunity like this by the party. I hope that with everyone’s cooperation and blessings, I will do justice to my new role,” he said.
Though he has held important organisational positions both in the state and at the Centre, Tirath Singh Rawat is a first-time MP.
He defeated his political mentor and BJP veteran Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s son Manish Khanduri of the Congress by over three lakh votes to win from the Pauri Garhwal seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.