After four years in power, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned from his post. He met with BJP party leadership in Delhi on Monday before submitting his resignation to the governor Baby Rani Maurya.
It is touted as BJP’s course-correction in Uttarakhand. His exit had almost become certain when he rushed to the capital to meet with party high command. Now, that he has formally quit the CM’s post the plot thickens in Uttarakhand politics.
Trivendra Singh Rawat, 60, is likely to be replaced by one of his ministers, Dhan Singh Rawat as Chief Minister. Dhan Singh Rawat, who was in Garhwal, took a private chopper to state capital Dehradun this afternoon.
Despite several meetings with BJP leadership, Trivendra Singh Rawat failed to convince them. The BJP leaders reportedly received feedback from party MLAs in Uttarakhand that the Chief Minister’s performance is below par, and it could cost the party in polls due by February.
The move to replace him barely a year before elections is quite unusual.
Mr. Rawat’s government came under fire for poor handling of the Chamoli flash flood. Its move to push for work on projects suspended by the Supreme Court got severely criticised.
Just before Mr. Rawat met with the party leadership in Delhi, there was a meeting among BJP chief JP Nadda, Home Minister Amit Shah and senior BJP leader BL Santosh.
The decision on change of leadership in Uttarakhand gathered steam after two central party observers, Raman Singh and Dushyant Gautam went to Dehradun on Saturday for an assessment.
The two leaders gave their report after extensive meetings with MLAs, ministers, and also with the Chief Minister and leaders of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh).
Their report to the party president changed the course of politics in the state. According to sources they are heading back to Dehradun and a meeting of MLAs may take place tomorrow to choose a new Chief Minister.