Dehradun, Mar 17: Trivendra Singh Rawat is elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party in Uttarakhand at the meeting of the party MLAs on Friday. He will take the oath as new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand state.
Singh is a former RSS Pracharak was formally elected at a meeting of the BJP legislature party meeting held on Friday. The new chief minister and his cabinet will be sworn in on Saturday in the state capital of Dehradun. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah will attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Meanwhile, Trivendra Singh has met the Governor and staked his claim to form the government in the state.
The BJP has swept this hill state like in the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh in the just concluded assembly elections by pocketing 57 out of 70 seats. Though the party has formed the governments in Manipur and Goa without any delay, it took the time to announce the names of the incumbent chief ministers in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The name for Uttar Pradesh where the party has performed exceedingly
The name for Uttar Pradesh where the party has performed exceedingly well has not yet been finalised. The announcement is expected tomorrow.
In Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat was seen to have left behind other probable candidates for the top post like Satpal Maharaj, whom the BJP imported from the Congress in 2014 and Prakash Pant, who was the state's first Speaker after it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000.
Besides being a former RSS Pracharak, Rawat is considered to be close to Amit Shah as he had worked with Shah in 2014 Lok Sabha elections when Shah was in charge of UP and Rawat was his deputy. Rawat has been minister for many years too.
The new Uttarakhand Chief Minister will be sworn in on Saturday at Dehradun's Parade Ground.