New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Pushkar Singh Dhami was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand at the Parade Ground in Dehradun. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and other BJP leaders including Yogi Adityanath and Pramod Sawant also attended the swearing-in ceremony.
Dhami will take over the reins of the state for the second time in a row.
Dhami, who lost from the Khatima constituency in the Uttarakhand, led the party’s poll effort as Chief Minister during the Assembly polls held last month.
The results were announced on March 10 and there was speculation if he will be the Chief Minister for a second time.
Dhami had lost to Congress candidate Bhuwan Chandra Kapri from Khatima by a margin of 6,579 votes in the state Assembly elections. He got a total of 41,598 votes with a vote share of 44.8 per cent against Kapri who got 48,177 with 51.89 per cent votes. Dhami had won twice from the seat.
The son of an ex-serviceman, Dhami was born in 1975 in Kanalichhina village in Pithoragarh district. He holds a law degree and worked as a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer. He also had been a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Dhami served as the president of BJP Yuva Morcha in Uttarakhand twice between 2002 and 2008. He is believed to be a protege of former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Dhami belongs to the Kumaun region. The last two chief ministers before him were from the Garhwal region.
The BJP won the popular mandate for the second consecutive term in Uttarakhand and won 47 seats in the 70-member Assembly.
(With inputs from ANI)