Updated: January 20, 2022 7:52:00 am
AHEAD OF Assembly election in Uttarakhand, Colonel Vijay Rawat (retd), the younger brother of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat who was killed in a helicopter crash last month, joined the BJP on Wednesday at the party headquarters in Delhi. He is likely to contest the state polls.
Rawat joined the party in the presence of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, BJP national general secretary Dushyant Gautam and Uttarakhand BJP president Madan Kaushik.
Born in Dehradun in 1962, Rawat served the Army for 34 years. He has been living in Jaipur since retirement, sources said. His son is also in the Army, serving as a Captain in Gorkha Regiment.
“I want to thank everyone that I have been given an opportunity to join the BJP,” Rawat told reporters. “I had this thought for a very long time. In newly formed Uttarakhand, my father was with the BJP after retiring from Army, and now I have got this opportunity…. The vision, thinking and thought process of our Prime Minister is wonderful, and is farsighted. All his policies and work are for this country.” He also praised Chief Minister Dhami for his leadership and vision for development of Uttarakhand.
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Dhami said, “Late Gen Bipin Rawat was the pride of Uttarakhand and always worked to strengthen the Army. Uttarakhand was his birthplace and that is why he wanted to work a lot for the state. I am happy that in order to take his thoughts further, his brother Col Vijay Rawat has joined the BJP… Our party has always respected the soldiers, and will always respect. You entry in the party will definitely strengthen us.”
Meanwhile, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in a letter to Nadda requested the party central leadership to not make him contest the Assembly polls as he wanted to focus on ensuring the party’s victory in the state.
Trivendra Singh Rawat, who represents Doiwala constituency, said there is change in the political leadership in the state in the form of young Chief Minister Dhami. “In the changed circumstances I should not contest in 2022 Vidhan Sabha elections. I have already apprised the party of my feelings,” he said.
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