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U’khand CM Tirath Singh Rawat’s 4-month tenure ends with late-night resignation

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Dehradun: Politician Tirath Singh Rawat put an end to his four month long reign as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, late on Friday night, as he tendered his resignation to governor Baby Rani Maurya at the Raj Bhavan in Dehradun, at a little past 11pm on June 2.

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The reason given for Rawat’s resignation was that it was being done to avert a “constitutional crisis”. Rawat, who is Lok Sabha MP from Pauri Garhwal, needed to win an assembly seat by September 10, but with the Election Commission not likely to conduct a bypoll in the state, it left him with no other option but to tender his resignation, as per reports.

The decision followed hectic parleys throughout the week with Rawat meeting senior party leaders including BJP chief JP Nadda and home minister Amit Shah in Delhi after being urgently summoned there on Wednesday. He was scheduled to return on Thursday evening but was asked to stay back. Rawat met Nadda again on Friday morning.

After the meeting with Nadda, Rawat had told reporters, “We discussed development projects related to Uttarakhand and the 2022 assembly elections.”

On being asked about the bypoll, he said, “It is the decision of the Election Commission. Whatever the Centre decides, we will move ahead in that direction. We will follow the strategy decided by the Centre.”

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Soon after returning from Delhi on Friday evening, the CM addressed a press conference at the state secretariat in Dehradun. It was expected that he would announce his resignation there but instead he listed out the achievements of his government and announced that over 22,000 new recruitments would be done in over 21 government departments over the next six months.

Meanwhile, the BJP legislature party meeting is to be held at 3 pm on Saturday where the name of the new CM is likely to be finalised. Union agricultural minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been appointed by the party as the central observer for the meet.

To note, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Tirath Singh Rawat took the charge of Uttarakhand Chief Minister on March 10 this year, replacing Trivendra Singh Rawat, who completed nearly 4 years in office. He had 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.

Let’s know this former CM of Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat, more closely-

-Born on April 9, 1964, Tirath Singh Rawat hails from Pauri district of Uttarakhand.

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-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.

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-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.

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-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.

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