After being chosen as the next Uttarakhand CM, Pushkar Singh Dhami met Governor Baby Rani Maurya at Raj Bhawan in Dehradun on Saturday. Union Minister and BJP leader Narendra Singh Tomar said Dhami will take oath as the CM on Sunday. “During the legislature party meeting, it was decided to appoint Pushkar Dhami as Uttarakhand BJP legislature party leader. We went to the Governor to discuss the party’s decision. The oath-taking ceremony will be held tomorrow,” Tomar was quoted as saying by ANI.
The decision to choose Dhami, the sitting MLA from Khatima, as the next chief minister of Uttarakhand was taken in the Uttarakhand BJP legislature party meeting held on Saturday, a day after Tirath Singh Rawat had resigned as the CM. Dhami will be the third chief minister of Uttarakhand in four months.
Interacting with the media after the announcement, Dhami said he would work for the welfare of the people within the short span of time for which he would be at the helm. “My party has appointed a common worker, son of an ex-serviceman, who was born in Pithoragarh to serve the state. We’ll work together for people’s welfare. We accept the challenge of serving people with the help of others, in a short time span,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Rawat had on Friday handed over his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya at around 11 pm, hours after returning from Delhi where he was summoned by the top BJP leadership on Wednesday. Rawat, who continues to be an MP, had been handpicked by the central leadership as CM, in place of Trivendra Singh Rawat. Having been sworn in on March 10, he had time to get elected as an MLA till September 10. However, apart from Covid curbs making holding a bypoll difficult, as per the Representation of the People Act, a by-election for a seat should not be held if the term of a House is less than a year.