Pushkar Singh Dhami sworn-in as Uttarakhand’s 11th CM; 8 other ministers take oath
At 45, BJP's Pushkar Singh Dhami is the youngest chief minister of the hill state, which came into existence in November 2000.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pushkar Singh Dhami on Sunday took oath as the eleventh chief minister of Uttarakhand, a day after he was elected as the leader of the BJP's legislature party in the hill state, thus paving the way for his elevation as to the state's top post.
Along with him, BJP MLAs Satpal Maharaj, Harak Singh Rawat, Bansidhar Bhagat, Bishan Singh Chuphal, Subodh Uniyal, Arvind Pandey, and Ganesh Joshi and Yashpal Arya also took oath as ministers in the new State Cabinet.
The oath-taking ceremony was held at the Raj Bhavan at 5 pm. Oath of office was administered on Dhami by Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya.
The name of Dhami, a two-time MLA from Khatima in Udham Singh Nagar district, was announced by Tomar, the party's central observer. The two-time MLA from Khatima constituency has never been a minister in the state government but Dhami became the youngest chief minister of Uttarakhand. He is the third chief minister of the state in nearly four months.
Dhami replaced Tirath Singh Rawat who resigned late on Friday night.
The son of an ex-serviceman, Pushkar Singh Dhami was born in 1975 in Kanalichhina village in Pithoragarh district. He holds a law degree and served as a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer. He also had been a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Dhami served as the president of BJP Yuva Morcha, Uttarakhand twice between 2002 and 2008.
He is believed to be a protege of former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
"A common party worker has been given a chance to serve the state. I am thankful to the party's high command," Dhami told media persons here.
Dhami was a "unanimous" choice of all 56 members of the BJP's legislature party, according to former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat. "We're sure that Uttarakhand will attain new heights of development in the coming period under his leadership," Rawat said.
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