The wait is over. Everyone in Uttarakhand was anxious about who would be the new chief minister of the state. The top brass of the BJP showed faith once again in Pushkar Singh Dhami despite his loss of election in the recently concluded state assembly polls.
It is not wrong to say that today is an auspicious day for the people of Uttarakhand. They have got a new chief minister, but the face has not changed.
The 12th chief minister of Uttarakhand
At a grand swearing-in ceremony today, Pushkar Singh Dhami took oath as the 12th chief minister of Uttarakhand in the presence of PM Modi, home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, BJP national president JP Nadda, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur.
“The names of the eight cabinet ministers”
Eight cabinet ministers also took the oath along with the chief minister. Satpal Maharaj, Prem Chand Aggarwal, Ganesh Joshi, Dhan Singh Rawat, Subodh Uniyal, Rekha Arya, Chandan Ram Das, Saurabh Bahuguna.
Pushkar Singh Dhami extends his greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Later, Modi greeted the newly elected chief minister of the state as well, Mr. Dhami, after taking the oath as the chief minister of Uttarakhand, in Dehradun, greeted the people.
PM Modi attended the swearing-in ceremony.
At the swearing-in ceremony, Defence Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, UP CM designate Yogi Adityanath, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur were present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Apart from the top leaders of the BJP, several other dignitaries and a huge crowd also joined in the oath taking ceremony. After the programme PM Modi greeted the large crowd.
Earlier, the BJP was in a catch-22 situation over the choice of the chief minister of Uttarakhand. Dhami had lost to Congress candidate Bhuwan Chandra Kapri of Khatima by a margin of 6,579 votes.
Dilema ended after talks.
The party on Monday ended all the suspense with the announcement of the name of Dhami. The party decided that he would continue as the CM of Uttarakhand. The decision was taken at the party’s legislative meeting on Monday evening, attended by defence minister Rajnath Singh and Union minister of state Meenakshi Lekhi, who had been appointed observer and co-observer for Uttarakhand by the party.
A member of RSS,
The son of an ex-serviceman, Dhami was born in 1975 in Kanalichhina village in Pithoragarh district. He holds a law degree and worked as a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer. He was also a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Dhami served as the president of the BJP Yuva Morcha in Uttarakhand twice between 2002 and 2008. He is believed to be a protege of former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Dhami became the 12th chief minister of the hill state. He belongs to the Kumaun region. The last two chief ministers before him were from the Garhwal region.
The BJP won the popular mandate for the second consecutive term in Uttarakhand and won 47 seats in the 70-member assembly.
Credit should also be given to the Uttarakhand police and administration for keeping the situation calm. The Uttarakhand police did commendable work in the smooth finishing of the sweaing-in ceremony of Pushkar Singh Dhami. The cops maintained the law-and-order situation under control.