Dehradun, March 17: Trivendra Singh Singh Rawat was on Friday elected as Bharatiya Janata Party Legislative Party Leader in Dehradun and he will be sworn in as the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on Saturday. Prakash Pant, former MP Satpal Maharaj and Trivendra Singh Rawat were front-runners for the post. The meeting on Friday was attended by all elected MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttarakhand.
In the recently conducted assembly elections, Bharatiya Janta Party succeeded in winning a whopping 57 seats whereas the Congress was reduced to a meagre 11 seats. The swearing-in ceremony is likely to be organised at the Raj Bhawan in Dehradun, where Governor of Uttarakhand Krishna Kant Paul will be administering the oath of secrecy and office to Trivendra Singh Rawat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
The Legislative Party meeting on Friday was attended by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey, state’s election in-charge Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP’s state in-charge Shyam Jaju. The leaders elected Rawat as the next CM-designate at the meeting.
Rawat has been a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh pracharak before he entered mainstream politics. He has worked closely with BJP chief Amit Shah and is also believed to be a favourite among the big names in the party. Here are some facts about Rawat who is now set to be the Uttarakhand Chief Minister:
- Rawat began his career as an RSS activist in 1983 and worked with the outfit till 2002. While working as an activist, he was instrumental in strengthening the organisational structure of the RSS.
- He also held the position of Organising Secretary of the Uttarakhand Region.
- He has worked closely with Bharatiya Janta Party President Amit Shah prior to Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
- He has won the Doiwala seat in Uttarakhand Assembly elections for the third time in a row. He won this seat by defeating his nearest rival Congress Contestant Hira Singh Bisht by a huge margin of 24869 votes.
- Trivendra Singh Rawat, 56, has also been the Bharatiya Janta Party in-charge of the Jharkhand state unit.
- However, his political career has been marred by controversies. He was allegedly involved in Seed Scam in the previous Bharatiya Janta Party government in which he served as the Agriculture Minister. However, he has refuted any charges against him.
- As per his affidavit to the Election Commission, Trivendra Singh Rawat holds assets worth Rs 1 crore. His affidavit states that he pursued Masters in History from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University. He has also stated that there are no criminal cases against him.