Former chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that in the past three months, Tirath has taken some good decisions but had to quit because of a political crisis in Uttarakhand. “Tirath said there is a political crisis in the state it is true, therefore he took the decision. At 3 pm we have a meeting and by evening we will decide who will form the government in the state,” Trivendra added. BJP state president Madan Kaushik hinted that the new chief minister may be among the MLAs.
After late night resignation of Uttarakhand chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat, the state BJP legislature party will meet today to elect its new leader, who will be later sworn in as the next CM of the state where assembly elections are due early next year. Pauri MP Rawat took over as the chief minister of the hill state on March 10 this year and the six-month deadline for him to be elected as an MLA was to end in September.
The CM, however, resigned even before the deadline for him to be elected as an MLA ended. Accompanied by his ministerial colleagues, including Subodh Uniyal and Ganesh Joshi, Rawat handed over his resignation letter to Governor Baby Rani Maurya past 11 pm, hours after returning from Delhi. Some names have been doing the rounds for the post of the chief minister. Among them are state higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat, former BJP state president Banshidhar Bhagat, irrigation minister Satpal Maharaj and forest minister Harak Singh Rawat. Dhan Singh Rawat was among the top most contender last time too when Trivendra Singh Rawat had quit.
Two assembly seats are vacant in the state at present including Gangotri in Garhwal region and Haldwani in Kumaon. Speculation was rife about Rawat being fielded from Gangotri to retain the seat which fell vacant in April after the death of sitting BJP MLA Gopal Singh Rawat.
The other seat to fall vacant was Haldwani after the death of Leader of Opposition in Uttarakhand Assembly Indira Hridayesh. Political observers in the state feel that there is less than a year left to the next assembly elections in the state and in circumstances like these normally bypolls are not held. Earlier, when asked about Rawat’s visit to Delhi, cabinet minister and state government’s spokesman Subodh Uniyal said CMs, ministers and state level officials going to Delhi is a routine thing.
Rawat met party president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, amid speculation of another leadership change in the hill state. Returning to Dehradun, he addressed a press conference in Dehradun on Friday night. Contrary to expectations, he did not announce his resignation there. But shortly after the press meet he drove to the Raj Bhawan.