New Delhi: BJP MLA Pushkar Singh Dhami on Saturday was appointed as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. The decision to elect the 45-year-old as the CM was taken at the BJP legislature meet in Dehradun which was attended by the 57 BJP MLAs from Uttarakhand.
Dhami is a two-time MLA from Khatima and has served as an Officer on Special Duty to former Uttarakhand CM and current Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
BJP’s central observer and Union Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, and state in-charge Dushyant Kumar Gautam were also present in the meeting.
Tirath Singh Rawat had resigned as the Chief Minister on Friday evening after meeting the top leadership of the BJP in Delhi.
He is the third CM to be elected within a span of four months in the hill state where assembly elections are due next year.
Dhami is a Rajput who comes from the Kumaon region. With his appointment, the BJP has tried to strike a balance in the state as the current state party president Madan Kaushik is a Brahmin and hails from the Garhwal region.
The BJP also wants to bring in fresh blood and Dhami’s appointment is being seen as a direct challenge to Congress’ Harish Rawat who is also a Kumaoni Rajput and is likely to be the face of his party in the upcoming state assembly elections.
After Tirath Singh’s resignation, the names of various MLAs were doing rounds as the BJP had said that a sitting legislator of the state assembly would be chosen as the CM.
The frontrunners to the post were Dhan Singh Rawat, Pushkar Singh Dhami, and Satpal Maharaj, according to a PTI report.
The report added that a section of MLAs wanted former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat to be reinstated.
Tirath Singh Rawat was a sitting MP from Pauri when he was elected as the Chief Minister which meant that he had to win from a legislative seat by September 10 to keep his post.
However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, conducting the bypolls in the state looked like a difficult task.