Trivendra Singh Rawat steps down as Uttarakhand CM, resigns
Rawat now becomes the second chief minister, after Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel, under the Modi-Shah regime who has been asked to resign midway of tenure.
Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned as the chief minister of Uttarakhand Tuesday, following a meeting with party president J.P. Nadda Monday night.
Rawat met Governor Baby Rani Maurya and submitted his resignation. He is likely to hold a press conference at around 4.30 pm.
Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat resigns
Rawat, who was scheduled to complete four years in office on 18 March, was summoned to Delhi amid mounting pressure from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership to replace him ahead of the assembly elections due next year.
Rawat now becomes the second chief minister, after Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel, under the Modi-Shah regime who has been asked to resign midway of tenure. Meanwhile, with this, Rawat joins the list of Uttarakhand CMs who have been unable to complete their term. Also, the only Uttarakhand CM who completed five years in office was late Narayan Dutt Tiwari (2002-07).
Who could be Rawat's successor?
State tourism minister Satpal Maharaj, Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Also, former state BJP president and Lok Sabha member Ajay Bhatt, former CM and Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, minister of state for higher education Dhan Singh Rawat, Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand Anil Baluni and RSS state general secretary Suresh Bhatt are said to be among the contenders for the key post.