New Delhi: Pushkar Singh Dhami, is set to return as Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister. The decision was made public when the BJP’s legislative party met on Monday, March 21. The meeting at the state party headquarters in Dehradun included the BJP’s central observers for the state, Union minister Rajnath Singh, and senior politician Meenakshi Lekhi.
The announcement by Defence minister Rajnath Singh ended the 11-day suspense over who will become the CM of the state.
Extending his congratulations to Pushkar Singh Dhami, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on his official Twitter handle writes, “I am confident that under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and under the leadership of Dhamiji, Uttarakhand will develop multidimensionally and at a very fast pace.”
उत्तराखंड में भाजपा विधायक दल की बैठक में श्री @pushkardhami को नेता चुने जाने पर मैं हार्दिक बधाई और शुभकामनाएँ देता हूँ।
मुझे पूरा विश्वास है कि प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi के दिशा निर्देशन में और धामीजी के नेतृत्व में उत्तराखंड का बहुआयामी और बहुत तेज़ गति से विकास होगा।
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— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) March 21, 2022
The Bharatiya Janata Party retained power in Uttarakhand for a second consecutive term after winning 46 seats in the recently concluded state assembly polls. However, Pushkar Singh Dhami lost from his Khatima constituency in Udhamsingh Nagar district. Pushkar Singh Dhami, who had won two consecutive terms from here in 2012 and 2017, lost the election to Congress candidate Bhuwan Chandra Kapri by a margin of 6,579 votes.
He resigned from his post of Uttarakhand CM on March 11.
However, a section of BJP leaders credit Dhami for the party’s big win in the state Assembly polls and wanted him to be the chief minister again so that he gets a full five-year term to deliver on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of development for the state.