Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat resigns, BJP to elect new leader

The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat put up his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya late on Friday night, fiishing his tenure just four months after he took oath, and facilitated for the appointment of a third Chief Minister for the State this year.

As per reports, the legislature party meeting will begin at the BJP headquarters at 3 pm in the presence of central observer Narendra Tomar and BJP general secretary in charge of Uttarakhand Dushyant Kumar Gautam. All the MLAs have been asked to be present at the meeting, Pradesh BJP president Madan Kaushik, who will chair the meeting, said. According to media reports, Tirath Singh Rawat met with BJP president J.P. Nadda on July 2 in Delhi meeting where he was asked to put in his papers.

In a letter to Nadda, Tirath Singh Rawat is believed to have said that due to the difficulties in holding a by-poll within the September 10 deadline for being elected to the Uttarakhand Assembly, he was stepping down. Sources said that Tirath Singh Rawat’s frequent courting of controversies and the scandal of fake RT-PCR tests during the Kumbh Mela in the State earlier in 2021, and mismanagement of that issue has also cost him dear.

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