Uttarakhand BJP chief Madan Kaushik hints new CM likely to be MP

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After Tirath Singh Rawat tendered his resignation as chief minister of Uttarakhand, BJP chairman Madan Kaushik said on Saturday that the new chief minister would likely be a sitting MP.

Speaking to ANI, Kaushik said the new leader of the legislative party BJP will be elected at the legislative party meeting today.

“The supervisor and the manager will arrive here (Dehradun) today. At the meeting of the Legislative Assembly at 3 pm, we will elect the leader (CM). After that, we will meet with the governor for the formation of the government. it is possible that the CM will be part of the deputies “, he declared.

Tirath Singh Rawat has resigned amid uncertainty surrounding polls in Uttarakhand, which will face parliamentary elections early next year.

Kaushik further said that due to COVID-19 it was not possible to conduct polls and resignation was the only option.

“The electoral commission had no problem conducting polls but due to COVID this could not materialize. In such circumstances, resignation was the only option,” he added.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat resigned from his post on Friday. The resignation came less than four months after Tirath Singh Rawat took office as Chief Minister replacing Trivendra Singh Rawat.

Tirath Singh Rawat, who is the MP for Lok Sabha from Pauri Garhwal, took office as chief minister on March 10 this year. To continue as chief minister, he had to be elected to the state assembly within six months since he was not an MP.

Former Uttarakhand minister and congressman Navprabhat wrote earlier this week to the electoral commission urging it to “clear up the confusion” in the state over the bypolls.

The President of Congress cited Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act 1951, which requires the electoral commission to fill vacant positions in state legislatures through by-elections within six months of of the date of the vacancy, provided that the term of office of a member in relation to a vacant post is one year or more.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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