Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat’s resignation on Tuesday just a year before polls is seen as a course-correction by the party. While the rumors about his exit were doing rounds for months, his meeting with the BJP leadership on Monday in Delhi put end to all speculations.
Who is Trivendra Singh Rawat?
Trivendra Singh Rawat is known as a low-profile politician handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead Uttarakhand after BJP won 57 seats the 67-member assembly in 2017 elections. Also, it was the first time that Mr. Rawat, 60, was elevated to the position of chief minister. Before putting his paper, Mr. Rawat met BJP chief JP Nadda in Delhi.
Why did BJP ask for his resignation?
The central leadership was monitoring handling of Chamoli flash flood by the Rawat government in Uttarakhand. Also, the leaders in Delhi criticized Mr. Rawat pushing the projects suspended by the Supreme Court. Finally, BJP sent Raman Singh and Dushyant Gautam as observers to Dehradun and acted on their assessment. BJP JP Nadda even held talks with Home Minister Amit Shah and senior BJP leader BL Santosh … Read the rest