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Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat resigns over corruption charges

The Chief Minister’s resignation comes at a time when the legislative elections in the state are less than a year away and could put the BJP at a disadvantage.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday (March 9) submitted his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya after being accused of corruption. Rawat along with and senior ministers Satpal Maharaj, Ajay Bhatt, Subodh Uniyal along with several MLAs was in the national capital on Monday (March 8) to meet the BJP’s senior leadership.

This comes after Rawat had approached the Supreme Court against a judgement by the Uttarakhand High Court. The HC had ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to register an FIR against the Chief Minister in a bribery case.

It was expected that the top court will announce its verdict on March 10 and sources say that the BJP leadership wanted to avoid any embarrassment by asking Rawat to resign from his office.

The bribery case is related to an allegation that the relatives of the Chief Minister received bribes worth Rs 25 lakh from a Ranchi-based man who was promised the post of Chairman in the Gau Seva Committee in Jharkhand.

The Chief Minister’s resignation comes at a time when the legislative elections in the state are less than a year away and could put the BJP at a disadvantage.

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