SunstarTV Bureau: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday resigned as the state’s ruling BJP opted for course-correction a year before polls, amid growing resentment in the ranks.
Rawat, who became the CM after the BJP swept the assembly elections here in early 2017, tendered his resignation after meeting Governor Baby Rani Maurya.
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.
Addressing a press conference after resigning, Rawat said that it was a collective decision by the BJP that someone else should get a chance to serve as the next CM of Uttarakhand.
“Serving the state for four years was a golden opportunity for me which the party gave me. Extremely thankful to the party for giving the opportunity to a man hailing from a small village,” he added. The now-former CM added that a legislative party meeting would take place at 10am on Wednesday after which which his successor would be announced.
The BJP’s central observers for Uttarakhand, Raman Singh and Dushyant Kumar Gautam, will reach Dehradun later in the day for Wednesday’s meeting.