Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat did not expect to win 57 seats in the state assembly elections 2017. Speaking to IE, the newly appointed Chief Minister said that the Bhartiya Janata Party had expected about 44 seats in the state but people gave them more than they had asked for. He said that the reason for such an overwhelming victory was the people’s faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On being asked about the reason for his name being chosen as the CM, he admitted that he had never demanded anything, not even the assembly poll ticket. He, in fact, says that when he first received the ticket, he had denied it. His only interest lied in the organisational work for the party. And for the last 36 years, he had been tirelessly working, first for the RSS and then the BJP. Receiving the party ticket was getting pearls without asking for them, he says. He adds that the party had given him responsibilities and he would meet them. 5 of the 9 ministers who took their oaths with Rawat were former Congress leaders. Speaking if they and the need to induct the Rawat says that they were not rebels and had left their ministries to come to this side, which was a sacrifice on their part.
Speaking about the migration from hills, he says that the best way to tackle the problem would be to provide health, education and employment in hilly villages. The state government would focus on creating employment opportunities such as horticulture, animal husbandry among others. He added that the government would bring major policy changes to bring medicare to remote villages. He also spoke about stopping tax evasion. When asked about the government’s agenda to ease the debt, he said that the forest sources in the state had become a liability and the income from them is not even enough to meet the salary demands of forest employees. He further said that that the state had minerals, but was unable to use them. He even spoke about illegal, that mining and leakage in the hydro sector. He assured that they could fix all the problems of the states when they can solve the problem of illegal mining.
Rawat also spoke about the controversies following the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Rawat said that Mahant Adityanath was a sanyasi and had left his home and lived in a mutt. Speaking about Adityanath’s provocative speeches, he that if anybody speaks the truth and others gets offended, then it was unfair to the person. He added that he knew several such leaders who made aggressive and offensive statements but never face such questions. He said that Adityanath was a dynamic and frank leader and he would be best for Uttar Pradesh where law and order problems are on the rise.