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Pushkar Singh Dhami to take oath as U’khand CM today in presence of BJP top brass, including Modi

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Pushkar Singh Dhami to be sworn-in as Uttarakhand Chief Minister for a second term today at a grand ceremony in the presence of BJP top brass, including Modi.
The ceremony, where the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues will take an oath, is scheduled to be held at 2.30 pm, the state BJP’s media in-charge Manveer Singh Chauhan said. Apart from Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president JP Nadda, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Himachal Pradesh counterpart Jai Ram Thakur will attend the ceremony, he said.

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Apart from Modi and Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president JP Nadda, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Dhami’s Himachal Pradesh counterpart Jai Ram Thakur will attend the ceremony.

The decision to make Dhami the chief minister was taken under the leadership of Rajnath Singh, BJP’s central observer for Uttarakhand. Dhami’s name was finalised at the BJP legislative party meeting that was attended by Rajnath Singh, Meenakshi Lekhi and the party’s poll in-charge for the state Pralhad Joshi.

The CM-elect has been given a second term despite losing his assembly seat. He had lost his Khatima seat in the Udhamsingh Nagar district by 6,579 votes to Congress candidate Bhuwan Chandra Kapri in the recently contested Uttarakhand Assembly elections. Due to this fact, there were whispers about MLAs Satpal Maharaj, Dhan Singh Rawat and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni being the top contenders for the CM post. However, a section of BJP leaders credited Dhami for the party’s big win in the polls and wanted him to be the chief minister again.

BJP won 47 of 70 Assembly seats in the Uttarakhand polls, regaining power in the state for a second consecutive term.

After being declared as CM, Dhami stated, “Firstly, I want to thank PM Narendra Modi for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to work as the CM of Uttarakhand for 5 years. We will fulfill all promises including the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code in the state.”

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