Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat resigns

New Delhi, Mar 09: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned on Tuesday as the state’s ruling BJP opted for course-correction a year before polls, amid growing resentment in the ranks. His exit was certain after his trip yesterday to Delhi, where he had met with the BJP leadership.
Mr Rawat, 60, handed in his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya just days short of completing four years in power. He took office in 2017 after the BJP swept the Uttarakhand election, winning 57 seats in the 69-member assembly. The Congress won just 11 seats.
A state minister, Dhan Singh Rawat, is widely tipped to take over as Chief Minister. Dhan Singh Rawat, who was in Garhwal, took a private chopper to state capital Dehradun this afternoon.
Trivendra Singh Rawat had several meetings in Delhi with the BJP leadership, who reportedly received feedback from party MLAs in Uttarakhand that the Chief Minister’s below par performance would cost the party in polls due by February.
The move to replace him a year before elections is unusual, given that it is often seen as a vote of no-confidence by the party in its own government.
Mr Rawat’s government had been under scrutiny over its handling of the Chamoli flash flood. Its move to push for work on projects suspended by the Supreme Court was criticised.

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