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Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat submits resignation to Governor, thanks BJP for golden opportunity

"The party gave me a golden opportunity to serve this state for four years. I had never thought that I would get such an opportunity. The party has now decided that the opportunity to serve as CM should be given to someone else now," said Rawat in Dehradun after meeting governor.

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat submits resignation to Governor, thanks BJP for golden opportunity-dnm
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Dehradun, First Published Mar 9, 2021, 5:34 PM IST
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Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday submitted his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya amid political drama in the state.

Trivendra Singh Rawat reached the Raj Bhawan in Dehradun amid speculation that the BJP top leadership has asked him to step down, reportedly over "poor performance" and several BJP MLAs being "unhappy" with his style of functioning.

"The party gave me a golden opportunity to serve this state for four years. I had never thought that I would get such an opportunity. The party has now decided that the opportunity to serve as CM should be given to someone else now," said Rawat in Dehradun after meeting governor.

BJP legislature party meeting is scheduled to be held at 10 am tomorrow at the party office, he said.

On Monday evening, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief JP Nadda, National General Secretary (Organisation) BL Santosh discussed the political development in the hill state.

BJP National General Secretary and state in-charge, Dushyant Gautam was part of discussion. Meeting was called after several MLAs questioned Rawat's style of functioning.

Reportedly, several ministers and around twenty MLAs had complained against the working style of Rawat. According to ANI, several MLAs and some ministers complained about the Rawat to the party leadership. Later, the BJP central high command sent Raman Singh as party observer for the emergency core group meeting, which was attended by Dushyant Gautam, general secretary in-charge of Uttarakhand BJP.

After the core group meeting party, Raman Singh and Dushyant Gautam submitted their report, the party high command summoned Trivendra Singh Rawat to Delhi.

Commenting on the resignation, former CM and Congress leader Harish Rawat said that the day's political developments were evidence that the BJP will not be able to come back to power.

"I can see a change in power happening. Even the BJP's central leadership has admitted that its present government in the state could not do much. No matter who they bring now they will not come back to power in 2022," Harish Rawat said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, state minister Dhan Singh Rawat is the frontrunner for the chief minister's post. Ajay Bhatt and Anil Baluni, two senior leaders from the state who are members of Parliament, are being seen as two other strong probable for the top post.

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