Dehradun, Mar 18: Trivendra Singh Rawat, who has a long association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP is now firmly in the saddle as the chief minister of the Himalayan State of Uttarakhand.
He was sworn-in as the chief minister on Saturday at Dehradun in presence of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.
Rawat, who has associated with RSS since 1979 has been its Pracharak in Dehradun in 1985, was made the Organisation Secretary of the BJP after nearly 14 years. He had worked with UP BJP leader Lalji Tandon. He was also associated with the statehood agitation for Uttarakhand and suffered jail terms several times.
He did his post-graduation in journalism from Garhwal University and remained BJP’s Organisational Secretary till he got elected from Doiwala seat for the first time in 2002. He won in 2007 and was made the Agriculture Minister. But in 2013 vVidhansabha and 2014 by-election from the same seat, he lost the election.
During the 2014 Lok Sabha election, he worked closely with the BJP President Amit Shah in UP and in Jharkhand when he was the state in charge of the party.
Senior BJP leaders in the state believe that Trivendra Singh is capable of carrying out the responsibility of the chief minister. They consider him as fit for the job.
Born in Khairasain village in Pauri Garhwal region, Rawat is the ninth and youngest in his family that still retains its rural roots. One of his elder brothers is the postmaster at Khairasain, while another grows aromatic plants near Jahariyakhal.
The Doiwala MLA’s major challenge will be to keep the BJP’s flock of 57 MLAs together, including the other contenders for the post of Chief Minister and 11 defectors from the Congress.