New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Tirath Singh Rawat took the charge of Uttarakhand Chief Minister on Wednesday, replacing Trivendra Singh Rawat, who completed nearly 4 years in office.
Tirath, 56, is a BJP MP took the oath today at Raj Bhavan in Uttarakhand, administered by governor Baby Rani Maurya.
He replaced Trivendra Singh Rawat, who resigned from the CM’s post after he was asked by the BJP to step down following a section of party MLAs objected to his style of functioning.
After taking the oath, Tirath had said, “We’ll take forward development works in the State. I’ll hold a meeting with authorities over Haridwar Kumbh. For the first ‘Shahi Snan’ tomorrow, a plan is being put in place to shower flower petals from helicopter. We welcome devotees to Kumbh Mela”
Congratulating Tirath Singh Rawat, PM Modi took to his Twitter handle and said the state will continue to progress under Rawat’s leadership.
Congratulations to Shri @TIRATHSRAWAT on taking oath as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He brings with him vast administrative and organisational experience. I am confident under his leadership the state will continue to scale new heights of progress.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 10, 2021
Let’s get to know this new chief minister of Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat, more closely-
-Born on April 9, 1964, Tirath Singh Rawat hails from Pauri district of Uttarakhand.
-He is the Lok Sabha MP from the Garhwal constituency.
-The 56-year-old leader holds a post-graduation degree in Sociology from Birla College, Srinagar, Garhwal in Uttarakhand and also holds a PG diploma in the field of journalism.
-His wife is a college lecturer.
-After the formation of Uttarakhand as a separate state, he became the first Education Minister of the state in 2000 under the BJP.
-He was the BJP chief in Uttarakhand from 2013 to 2015 and also an MLA from the state in the past.
-Rawat comes from a staunch Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) background. He served as a full-time RSS worker for a period of five years.
-He joined the Sangh’s student organisation, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) during his student days.
-He has also served as the Student Union President of Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.
-Rawat has also held the post of ABVP’s state organisation minister in Uttarakhand and later sworn in as ABVP’s national organisation minister.
-From the year, 1983 to 1988, he took up the responsibility of being a full-time RSS worker.
-After successfully discharging the responsibilities associated with the Sangh, he got an opportunity to enter mainstream politics with the BJP.
-In 2007, Rawat became the BJP’s Uttarakhand state General Secretary. He also served as the chairman of the hilly state Natural Disaster Management Advisory Committee.
-He was also appointed as an MLA from Chaubattakhal Assembly constituency in Uttarakhand in 2012.
-Due to his expertise in building the organisation, the BJP’s national leadership made him the state president of the Uttarakhand BJP in 2013.
-He was the state president of Uttarakhand BJP on December 31, 2015.
-Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his tenure as the party’s national president, appointed Rawat as BJP’s national secretary in 2017.
-The saffron party had fielded him from the Garhwal constituency during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and he won the election by a margin of more than 2.85 lakh votes.
-The BJP swept the elections in 2017, winning 57 seats in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly. Congress, on the other hand, won just 11 seats.