Trivendra Rawat resigns as CM, three frontrunners in the race to replace him

New Delhi: A major political turnaround took place in Uttarakhand on Tuesday as Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat tendered his resignation. He submitted his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya after reaching Raj Bhavan, a day after the meeting party
president J P Nadda in Delhi. Addressing a press conference after tendering his resignation, the 60-year-old leader thanked the
BJP for letting him serve the “dev bhoomi” of Uttarakhand for four years.The party gave me a golden opportunity to serve this State for four years. I had never thought that I would get such an opportunity. The party has now decided that the opportunity to serve as CM should be given to someone else now,” he said. Rawat added that the party legislators will hold a meeting at 10 am on Wednesday, following which the name of the new chief minister may be announced.Rumours are rife that first-time MLA Dhan Singh Rawat may replace Trivendra Rawat.

Ajay Bhatt and Anil Baluni,two senior leaders from the state who are members of Parliament, are also being seen as two other strong probables for the top post.Sources said the party may also bring in a deputy chief minister, who will be from the Kumaon region.Pushkar Singh Dhami is likely to be the deputy chief minister, they added.A section of state leaders are re-
portedly miffed with Rawat’s leadership and are of the view that the party’s electoral prospects under him may not be very bright.Rawat has been accused of indecision and many in the party believe that this may go against the BJP’s ambitions as the states goes to polls next year.

Reacting to the recent developments, Former Uttarakhand CM and Congress leader Harish Rawat “I can see a change in power happening. Even the BJP’s central leadership has admitted that its present govt in the State could not do much. No matter who they bring now they will not come back.