The BJP is learnt to have picked Trivendra Singh Rawat, a former RSS pracharak, as the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. Sources said that while Rawat was informed last night, he will be formally elected by the party’s MLAs on Friday. The two central observers, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey, and party’s state in-charge Health Minister J P Nadda will attend the meeting with new MLAs in Dehradun on Friday.
The oath-taking ceremony is scheduled to be held in Dehradun on March 18. “The new chief minister will take oath on March 18 at 3 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and several other senior leaders will be present on the occasion,” said state BJP president Ajay Bhatt. “We have asked all the MLAs to be present in Dehradun on March 17 and 18.”
Rawat, 56, who represents the Doiwala assembly constituency, is known to be close to BJP president Amit Shah. He is currently in-charge of the party’s Jharkhand unit.
He was with the RSS from 1983 to 2002, and held the key post of organising secretary of the Uttarakhand region at first and later the state. He first won the Doiwala assembly seat in 2002. Elected to the assembly for the third time, he was state agriculture minister in 2007-2012.