Trivendra Singh Rawat has been elected the leader of the new BJP legislative party in Uttarakhand ending the suspense on the state’s new chief minister’s name.
He will now take oath of office on Saturday morning.
56-year-old Trivendra, three-time MLA from Doiwala, has had strong RSS background and long experience in ministerial positions.
Speaking to reporters in Dehradun, Rawat said that his priority would be to work towards removing poverty from the state.
He’s been a known confidante of the BJP president, Amit Shah, who had included him in his new team in 2013. The national leadership of the BJP had praised him for his work in Jharkhand, when he was made in-charge of the state.
Rawat had worked as a key RSS functionary between 1983 and 2002.
His name had also featured in ‘seed scam’ but the former agriculture minister said that the probe launched by the Congress government had failed to establish his guilt. He had told Hindustan Times, “The case is being raked up to tarnish my image and I will soon file a defamation suit against those behind it (court case).”
BJP had won a historic landslide in the just concluded Uttarakhand assembly polls by winning 57 out of the total 70 seats. Congress had managed to win just 11 seats.