Trivendra Singh takes oath as Uttarakhand CM

RSTV Bureau
Dehradun : BJP legislature party leader Trivendra Singh Rawat meeting Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul to stake claim for forming the government in the State, in Dehradun, March 17, 2017. Photo - PTI

Dehradun : BJP legislature party leader Trivendra Singh Rawat meeting Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul to stake claim for forming the government in the State, in Dehradun, March 17, 2017.
Photo – PTI

BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat took oath as Uttarakhand Chief Minister on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday, all the 57 newly-elected legislators of the BJP selected Trivendra Singh Rawat as their legislative party leader.

Rawat, who won from Doiwala seat, has a long experience in ministerial positions. In charge of party affairs in Jharkhand, he is also credited for guiding the party to victory there. Besides, he is also known for his proximity with the party’s central leaders, a fact which seems to strengthen his chances.

The legislature party meeting was held at 3 PM on Friday in the presence of the central observers and party in charge of Uttarakhand affairs Shyam Jaju, Pradesh BJP president Ajay Bhatt.

BJP leaders Satpal Maharaj and Prakash Pant proposed the name of Mr Rawat which was accepted by BJP MLA’s. BJP has sent two central observers – Saroj Pandey and Narendra Tomar, to oversee the election of the new legislature party leader.

The swearing-in is likely to be a grand affair on Saturday where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah along with select ministers from the Union government and central office bearers are likely to be present.

The BJP scored a massive victory in the recently held Assembly elections winning 57 of the 70 seats.

“The factor working in favour of Pant is his long association with the organisation as well as his ministerial and legislative experience,” a senior party leader requesting anonymity said.

Security arrangements are being made at the Parade Grounds, keeping in mind the VVIPs who will attend the event. Senior police and district officials along with some BJP legislators have been visiting the venue to oversee arrangements for the Saturday event.