Ending several days of speculation, the BJP has chosen Trivendra Singh Rawat as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. It may be recalled that BJP had won 57 seats in the 70-member assembly. Rawat comes from a RSS background, something that had made him a top choice for the Chief Minister’s post in Uttarakhand. Sources said that Rawat is close to BJP chief Amit Shah, which may have also influenced the decision in his favor. Rawat has been elected as the leader of the BJP legislative party in Uttar Pradesh, which paves the way for his appointment as the CM of Uttarakhand.
Rawat will take oath as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on Saturday. The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Dehradun. It is expected that the oath ceremony will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Shah. Speaking on his appointment as the CM, Rawat said that his first priority will be to improve services to people. He said that the condition of roads, schools and public healthcare was in poor state. He also mentioned the lack of job opportunities in Uttarakhand.