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Retain Old Faces or Bring in Fresh Blood: Pushkar Dhami’s First Task in Power

When Dhami’s predecessor Tirath Singh Rawat took over as CM of Uttarakhand, in March 2021 he retained the entire cabinet that he got from Trivendra Singh Rawat. Now all eyes are on Dhami for the same. It remains to be seen whether the 45-year-old will change the cabinet with state assembly elections less than a year away.

Newly elected Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami (C) with former CM TS Rawat (L) and BJP state President Madan Kaushik, in Dehradun. ( PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Pushkar Singh Dhami became the youngest Chief Minister of Uttarakhand when he took his oath on Sunday (July 4). The 45-year-old was elected as the CM in the BJP legislature meet on Saturday which was attended by the state MLAs. 

 Dhami retained the outgoing CM Tirath Singh Rawat’s cabinet. 

State BJP President Madan Kaushik is also a veteran in state politics. Kaushik was parliamentary affairs minister in Trivendra Singh government when he as shifted to the organisation in the March reshuffle.

He swapped placed with another senior leader Banshidhar Bhagat who became the senior most minister in Tirath Singh cabinet.

Tirath Singh Rawat whom Dhami replaced had retained the entire cabinet that he got from Trivendra Singh Rawat.

Most of the ministers in the state cabinet are senior and politically more experienced than Dhami.

Several ministers have also joined the BJP from Congress and have their own experience while being a part of the Congress-led government in the hill state.

Some MLAs like Satpal Maharaj have also served in the Union council while some have experience of being MLAs and ministers in the undivided Uttar Pradesh.

It also remains to be seen whether these ministers with their years of experience will be comfortable working under such a young Chief Minister who has never even served as a minister in the state government and it is something that will be closely watched. 

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