Updated: March 13, 2021 6:13:40 pm
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Monday cancelled his scheduled programmes for the day and left for Delhi to meet top BJP leaders. Sources in the CM office said that Rawat is likely to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah, party president JP Nadda and national general secretary (organisation) B L Santosh.
On cancellation of CM’s programme in Chamoli district today, a source in lthe CM office said, “Weather in Chamoli was not good today and movement of of helicopters was not possible. Hence CM decided to skip the events. He has gone to Delhi to some routine meetings with top party leaders.”
The development comes two days after party national vice-president Raman Singh held a meeting of party state core committee in Dehradun and talked to its members separately as well. Sources said that CM Rawat, while meeting Raman Singh later at his official residence, had also said that he will meet party leaders in Delhi soon.
As the meeting of core committee was called hurriedly and the Budget session in Gairsain adjourned sine die a day before schedule, rumours spread that the party may change the CM in Uttarakhand.
But after the Saturday meeting, party state president Bansi Dhar Bhagat rejected possibilities of a change of CM. Bhagat also said that no discussion was held about Cabinet expansion.
On speculations about change of chief minister, Bhagat said, “These rumours are only in the media, not in the party. The core committee meeting was called to discuss how to celebrate the completion of four years of the Rawat government on March 18, and how to take the government’s achievements to the people.”
Bhagat had stressed that Rawat will complete his five-year tenure.
In a meeting with party district presidents held in Chamoli on Sunday, sources said that a couple of district presidents had asked about the rumours. “But the CM asked us to not pay attention to what is running on social media about this. The CM asked us to prepare for March 18 events when government will celebrate completion of its four years.”
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