Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri submitted his resignation to the Governor B L Joshi on Thursday at the Raj Bhawan in Nainital. Accepting his resignation the Governor has asked him to continue in office as a care taker Chief Minister till his successor Dr Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank takes over.
Khanduri was accompanied by Nishank,who was elected leader of the BJP legislature party in New Delhi on Wednesday. The state BJP President Bachi Singh Rawat was also present. During the meeting with the Governor,Pokhriyal staked claim for government formation.
Later in the day Khanduri said in Dehradun that it was the loss on all the five seats in the Lok Sabha elections that had triggered the crisis in the state unit of the BJP that led to his resignation. Why all the seats were lost is to be analysed by the party. The results had taken us by complete surprise as we were expecting victory on at least three seats, he said.
Going down the memory lane on his entry into politics and his subsequent rise to the office of the Chief Minister,Khanduri said,I made a sincere effort based on my ability,experience and dedication. I regret that I could not make the dreams I had dreamt about the state could not become a reality.
Being one amongst those who had launched the struggle for making this state into a reality,I wanted to bring the dreams of the agitators into practice. I did what I could but circumstances prevented it. It is my misfortune that I could not do it, Khanduri said while expressing confidence that his successor would make all those dreams a reality.
He said that the first two years of his tenure were marked by implementation of the election Model Code of Conduct as the state faced one election after the other. But for the remaining three years he had big plans in mind.
Regarding his future course of action,Khanduri said,I was never able to plan my political future. I will do what my party tells me to do.
He said that he had tried his best to work for development,providing employment to the people and for doing away with a corruption society during his stint as the Chief Minister.