Uttarakhand has seen only one Chief Minister since its formation who has completed a full term in office, and that was the first CM – Narain Dutt Tiwari.
So going by the state’s brief history it is unsurprising that Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned. Superstition has it that whoever moves into the official CM’s residence doesn’t complete a full term. CM Rawat (the first 2017-21) did move in.
Let’s see if CM Rawat the second does so as well. It would be a pity if he didn’t because the house is indeed beautiful and a compelling tribute to Uttarakhand’s unique stone and wood architecture.
The reason for Trivendra Singh Rawat’s departure was an internal rebellion amongst MLA’s, the disquiet had been ongoing for a while and with elections a mere 10 months away, it was a now or never decision.
To the BJP’s advantage, Prime Minister Modi still enjoys unparalleled popularity in the hill state and the Congress is still struggling to find its feet as an opposition.
AAP has made its intentions clear for Uttarakhand and a few years ago even announced a language institute that taught Garhawali and Kumaoni, both on the endangered language list of the UN. But their entry will impact the Congress more than the BJP.
Tirath Singh Rawat who was till most recently the MP for Pauri Garhwal having beaten Manish Khanduri, his ex boss General Khanduri’s son and Congress candidate by a handsome margin, is known to be a low profile and rooted leader.
CM Tirath Rawat has served in various capacities over the last two decades, including being state in charge, which gives him a good insight and hold on the Uttarakhand BJP.
Ten months prior to assembly elections in the state, he will not only have to steer the party to a consecutive victory, which has never happened in Uttarakhand; as well as make sure everyone is on board and all hands are on deck!