Dehradun, March 17: After a sweeping victory in the Uttarakhand Assembly Elections, the contest for Chief Ministerial post has intensified within the Bharatiya Janata Party. Prakash Pant, former MP Satpal Maharaj and Trivendra Singh Rawat are front-runners for the post. Reports say that it is most likely that Rawat will get the CM’s post. However, the final decision will be taken on Friday in a meeting of elected MLAs. The decision for the post has become difficult in the wake of Assembly election results. While Bharatiya Janta Party succeeded in winning 57 seats, the Congress was reduced to a meagre 11 seats.
The meeting was being attended by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey, the state’s election in-charge Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP’s state in-charge Shyam Jaju. However, sources in the saffron party said that Bharatiya Janta Party leadership is likely to give preference to Trivendra Singh Rawat this time for the top post.
The reason behind choosing behind Trivendra Singh Rawat could be attributed to his strong links with Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh. He began his career as RSS activist in 1983. While working as an activist, he was instrumental in strengthening the organisational structure of the RSS. He held the position of Organising Secretary of the Uttarakhand Region.
Sources suggest that another reason behind his choice is the fact that he has worked closely with Bharatiya Janta Party President Amit Shah prior to Lok Sabha elections in 2014. His bid for Chief Ministerial Post has been emboldened by the fact that he has won the Doiwala seat in Uttarakhand assembly elections for the third time in a row. He won the seat by defeating his nearest rival Congress Contestant Hira Singh Bisht. He won the seat a huge margin of 24869 votes.
Trivendra Singh Rawat, 56, is also the Bharatiya Janta Party’s in-charge 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.