Dehradun: It was only a matter of time and it finally happened. After days of murmurs of alleged dissent, charge of non performance and clear signs of resentment from within the rank and file of the Uttarakhand BJP over bad functioning style, Trivendra Singh Rawat had to resign. Rawat’s resignation led to the entry of BJP Lok Sabha MP Tirath Singh Rawat as the next CM.
Uttarakhand’s Dark Knight
Referred to as the dark horse in the race for CM by poll watchers, the 56-year-old Tirath Singh Rawat was sworn in as the new chief minister at 4 pm on Wednesday evening. The Garhwal Member of Parliament took oath after he was elected by the BJP Legislature Party.
In the past, Rawat has played the role of the chief of the party in Uttarakhand in 2013-15 and been MLA from the state in the past. Tirath was the best suited successor given the long time that he has given to the party. Rawat was a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council before Uttarakhand came into existence. Previously held the post of Education Minister in 2000-2002. The decision on his leading the state was taken in the presence of party’s central observers – former Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Rajya Sabha member Dushyant Gautam. He has thanked legislators and party leaders for the opportunity.
Amit Shah Connection
Known to stay low key, Tirath Singh Rawat is known to have a great rapport with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and was reportedly part of the much publicized vistarak programme of organisational strengthening.
Rawat has his task cutout
For Rawat as of now the task is cut out. If highly placed sources are to be believed then on a priority basis Rawat will have to work on two things first. He will have to lead charge to roll back the Chardham Devasthanam Management Board Act aiming to extend government control over 51 Hindu shrines, including Badrinath and Kedarnath, which led to massive agitations. Secondly he will have to ensure setting up of the Gairsain Commissionerate. The move is being closely watched by political watchers given that Uttarakhand is facing polls in February next. For many this could be BJP’s way of sending a message out that they acted at the nick of time while responding to public criticism.