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Uttarakhand political crisis Highlights: Pushkar Singh Dhami meets governor, to take oath as CM tomorrow

The decision was taken in the Uttarakhand BJP legislature party meeting held on Saturday, a day after Tirath Singh Rawat had resigned as the chief minister.

By: Express Web Desk | Dehradun, New Delhi |
Updated: July 4, 2021 7:29:04 am
Pushkar Singh DhamiPushkar Singh Dhami meets Governor Baby Rani Maurya at Raj Bhawan in Dehradun (ANI)

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.

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Uttarakhand Highlights: Pushkar Singh Dhami, sitting MLA from Khatima, to be the next CM. Follow this space for the latest updates.

21:50 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Will turn challenge of 2022 into opportunity: Dhami

Pushkar Singh Dhami, who is all set to become the next chief minister of Uttarakhand, Saturday said he will turn the challenge of 2022 assembly polls into an opportunity.  

"Yes of course it is a challenge but we will turn it into an opportunity," he told reporters soon after meeting Governor Baby Rani Maurya to inform her about his election as the leader of the BJP's legislature party.

"This is the true spirit of Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (the entire universe is family). This is the spirit behind the Prime Minister's Mantra of  Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas sab ka vishwas," he said.

Asked whether there would be a cabinet reshuffle in the state, he said he would be able to say something on it only after he had done proper homework. When asked whether he will work for the unemployed youth, he said he will definitely make an effort to get them jobs. (PTI)

21:00 (IST)03 Jul 2021
BJP reposes faith in young leader to row party boat ashore in poll-bound state

Pushkar Singh Dhami, who emerged as the BJP's choice for Uttarakhand chief minister on Saturday, takes over at a time when the party gears up for the assembly elections in the state early next year.

The 45-year-old MLA from Khatima for whom chief ministership is a career highpoint, simultaneously inherits a pile of problems from his predecessors with little time in his hands to set things right. Be it a Covid-battered economy, a suspended Chardham yatra, a massive fake Covid testing scam during Kumbh in Haridwar or an ongoing agitation by the priests of Gangotri and Yamunotri against the Devasthanam Board, Dhami has quite a few challenges to grapple with.

However, by choosing Dhami as UIttarakhand's new chief minister, the BJP has reposed faith in a young leader to row the party boat ashore in the poll-bound state. The main challenge before Dhami lies in spurring the party to yet another victory in the state for a second consecutive term in office in 2022. (PTI)

20:11 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Dhami faces challenge in face of 'factionalism within party'

As Dhami takes over less than a year ahead of the next assembly elections, his biggest challenge lies in leading the BJP to another victory and retaining power in Uttarakhand, where the party has been plagued by factionalism. Changing chief ministers twice in a short span has not helped the party's image, with the opposition Congress accusing it of causing "political instability" and betraying the people.

"We accept the challenge and we will take forward the party and serve the people," Dhami said when asked whether taking over as CM just months ahead of assembly polls will be an uphill task.

The chief minister-elect thanked the party leadership for reposing faith in him and said that he will work with everyone's cooperation.

Dhami's name was proposed by outgoing chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat and Pradesh BJP president Madan Kaushik and seconded by a number of MLAs, including former chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Tomar told reporters outside the state BJP headquarters here. No other name was proposed for BJP legislature party leader, Tomar said. (PTI)

20:07 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Dhami visits Shaheed Smarak in Dehradun

Pushkar Singh Dhami visits Shaheed Smarak in Dehradun

19:03 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Dhami, new Cabinet Ministers to take oath at 6 pm in Raj Bhavan on Sunday

Pushkar Singh Dhami will take oath as the Uttarakhand Chief Minister tomorrow at 6 pm at Raj Bhawan, states the Uttarakhand Governor's Office. The newly appointed Uttarakhand Cabinet Ministers will also take oath with him. (ANI)

17:59 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Fortunate to get this opportunity...will discuss change in Cabinet later: Dhami

"My party has always kept me under its wings, just like my mother. I consider myself fortunate enough that the party gave me this opportunity. I pledge to serve people even in remote areas of the state. We'll discuss the change in Cabinet later, " Pushkar Singh Dhami was quoted as saying by ANI.

17:36 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Dhami to be sworn in as CM tomorrow: Narendra Singh Tomar

“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. Oath taking ceremony to be held tomorrow,” says Union Minister and BJP leader Narendra Singh Tomar in Dehradun. (ANI)

17:28 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Dhami meets Governor in Dehradun

Pushkar Singh Dhami meets Governor Baby Rani Maurya at her residence in Dehradun

17:21 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Wish his father was with us today to see this moment, says Dhami's mother Vishna Devi

“I'm very happy but feeling a little sad that his father is not with us to see him (Pushkar Singh Dhami) as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He worked very hard for this," says Pushkar Singh Dhami's mother Vishna Devi in Khatima. (ANI)

17:19 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Scenes from Khatima after Dhami is chosen as next CM

Scenes of joy engulf Khatima after Dhami is chosen as the next CM

17:17 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Want to thank BJP high command for decision, says Geeta, wife of Pushkar Singh Dhami

'I want to thank the party's high command, PM Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and JP Nadda, and the people of the Khatima constituency. He came from a middle-class family and is aware of the problems of people,' Pushkar Singh Dhami's wife Geeta in Khatima quoted as saying by ANI.

17:12 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Who is Pushkar Singh Dhami, the next Uttarakhand CM?

Pushkar Singh Dhami (45), who was elected leader of BJP legislature party on Saturday, will be sworn in as the 11th chief minister of Uttarakhand.

A two-time MLA from Khatima in Udham Singh Nagar district, Dhami will replace Tirath Singh Rawat who had resigned from the CM on Friday night after a constitutional crisis occurred over his election to the state assembly.

He was elected MLA from Khatima for the first time in 2012 and the second time in 2017. At present, he is also BJP’s state vice-president. Read full report by Lalmani Verma

16:32 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Scenes after Dhami was chosen as next CM

Scenes after Pushkar Singh Dhami was chosen as the next CM

16:29 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Dhami reaches Raj Bhawan in Dehradun

Pushkar Singh Dhami reaches Raj Bhawan in Dehradun to meet Governor Baby Rani Maurya

16:05 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Party appointed a common worker...will work for people's welfare: Dhami on his selection

“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,” Pushkar Singh Dhami was quoted as saying by ANI.

15:51 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Pushkar Singh Dhami, sitting MLA from Khatima, to be the next CM

Pushkar Singh Dhami, the sitting MLA from Khatima, is set to be the new chief minister of Uttarakhand. The decision was taken in the meeting of the Uttarakhand BJP legislature party held on Saturday, a day after Tirath Singh Rawat had resigned as the chief minister. 

15:22 (IST)03 Jul 2021
BJP has thrown Uttarakhand into political instability, betrayed people: Congress

The Congress on Saturday hit out at the BJP leadership, saying instead of ushering in development, it has thrown Uttarakhand into political instability and betrayed its people by repeatedly changing chief ministers.

BJP leader Tirath Singh Rawat resigned as the state's chief minister on Friday after holding the post for less than four months. He had replaced Trivendra Singh Rawat in March.

The BJP has insulted the 'devbhoomi' of Uttarakhand, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its president J P Nadda are responsible for the current situation, the Congress alleged.

Starting with Nityananad Swami, the BJP will have eight chief ministers in the state, senior Congress leader Harish Rawat said and added that in the latest four and a half years of the BJP's rule in Uttarakhand, there will be three chief ministers. The Congress condemns the BJP for insulting the state and its people by not doing anything to solve its problems, he said. (PTI)

15:00 (IST)03 Jul 2021
BJP leaders reach headquarters in Dehradun for party meeting

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and other BJP leaders reach State Headquarters in Dehradun for the legislative party meet to elect new Uttarkhand CM.

14:07 (IST)03 Jul 2021
BJP will win 2022 elections, says Tirath Singh Rawat

BJP leader Tirath Singh Rawat said in Dehradun on Saturday that the BJP will win 2022 elections.

"The Legislature party meeting will be held at 3 pm today. It is certain that BJP will win 2022 elections," he told news agency ANI.

13:51 (IST)03 Jul 2021
We will win more seats than Congress in Uttarakhand elections next year: BJP MP Ajay Bhatt

Referring to the 2022 Uttarakhand elections, BJP MP Ajay Bhatt Saturday said that the party will win more seats than Congress.

"BJP does not compromise on safety & betterment of the people; First nation, then party & finally us is our motto. We will win more seats than Congress; they will get an answer during counting," he told news agency ANI.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat at his residence in New Delhi on Friday. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

Speaking to mediapersons after submitting his resignation, Tirath Singh Rawat thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda for trusting him with the chief minister's post. “Considering the constitutional crisis… I found it appropriate to resign,” he said.

Rawat had returned to Dehradun just hours earlier, after three days in Delhi, where he met Nadda twice and Shah once. Amidst uncertainty over his continuance in the post, this had been Rawat’s third visit to Delhi within a month.

Rawat, who continues to be an MP, had been handpicked by the central leadership as CM, in place of Trivendra Singh Rawat, after the latter ran foul of the RSS as well as many within the BJP. 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. Uttarakhand goes to polls next year.

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