MLA Pushkar Singh Dhami is set to become the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He was selected for the top post at the BJP’s legislature meeting in Dehradun on Saturday. The 45-year-old Pushkar Singh Dhami is currently a BJP MLA from the Khatima constituency of the state. Dhami’s elevation to the top post is seen as a surprise move as the tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and legislator Dhan Singh Rawat were understood to be the top contenders for becoming the chief minister.
Pushkar Dhami will be the third BJP chief minister after the party swept assembly elections in the state in 2017. Pushkar’s appointment was necessitated as the former BJP CM Tirath Singh Rawat, who was appointed in March 2021, resigned on Friday after completing just four months as the CM.
As mandated in the Indian constitution, Rawat needed to become a member of the state assembly by September 10 in order to continue to remain the CM. However, the COVID-19 situation created uncertainty regarding the organization of by-polls forcing him to resign.
Earlier in the day, two national observers union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and national general secretary D Purandeshwari were sent to the state in view of the legislature meeting and the appointment of the new chief minister.