Putting an end to the week-long speculations over Uttarakhand Chief Minister, winning Bharatiya Janata Party announced Trivendra Singh Rawat as the new CM of the state.
56-year-old Trivendra Singh Rawat is quite close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah as well as Rashtriya Sevak Sangh(RSS)
Before joining BJP, Rawat had been an activist of RSS from 1983 to 2002. He had served as the organising secretary of the Uttarakhand region as well. Besides, he had worked with Amit Shah in Uttar Pradesh before the general elections of 2014.
Rawat was hailed for his work as in-charge of BJP in Jharkhand unit. He has been elected from the Doiwala assembly seat in Uttarakhand for the third time.
Former agriculture minister Rawat was embroiled in a controversy as well when his name came up in ‘seed scam’. However, the Congress government reportedly failed to prove him guilty in an investigation they initiated against now Chief Minister.
“The case is being raked up to tarnish my image and I will soon file a defamation suit against those behind it (court case)” he has been quoted as saying to HT.
As far as educational qualification are concerned, Rawat holds a post-graduate degree in History and a diploma in Journalism from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.
As per his affidavit, he doesn’t have any criminal case filed against him and holds assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
BJP which won a massive majority of 57 seats out of total 70 in the Uttarakhand assembly, will organise the oath ceremony of Trivendra Singh Rawat at around 3 pm on March 18 in Pared ground of Dehradun.
Senior Party leaders like Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh are supposed to attend the oath ceremony.