A day after Tirath Singh Rawat resigned as the chief minister of Uttarakhand, the BJP has sent a group of central observers to the state, led by Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar. The observers arrived in Uttarakhand’s capital Dehradun early on Saturday and are expected to have a meeting with the party’s state leadership. Later in the day, a legislature meeting of all BJP MLA’s of the state would take place at 3 PM to decide on the new chief minister.
The Two observers Tomar and national general secretary D Purandeshwari arrived in Dehradun in addition to state leaders for the party Dushyant Kumar Gautam and Rekha Verma. The central observers also met Tirath Rawat and the former CM Trivendra Rawat.
आज बीजापुर गेस्ट हाउस में केंद्रीय ग्रामीण विकास, कृषि एवं किसान कल्याण, पंचायती राज एवं खाद्य प्रसंस्करण उद्योग मंत्री आदरणीय श्री @nstomar जी और भाजपा राष्ट्रीय महासचिव माननीया @PurandeswariBJP जी से शिष्टाचार भेंट की। pic.twitter.com/pggYqZUQGl
— Tirath Singh Rawat (@TIRATHSRAWAT) July 3, 2021
बीजापुर गेस्ट हाउस में ग्रामीण विकास, कृषि एवं किसान कल्याण, पंचायती राज एवं खाद्य प्रसंस्करण उद्योग मंत्री आदरणीय @nstomar जी और पार्टी राष्ट्रीय महासचिव माननीया @PurandeswariBJP जी से शिष्टाचार भेंट की। pic.twitter.com/dddyJYuoyh
— Trivendra Singh Rawat (@tsrawatbjp) July 3, 2021
Current tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and legislator Dhan Singh Rawat are understood to be in the race for the top post. Trivdendra Singh Rawat, who was understood to be a possible candidate told news agency ANI on Saturday that he is not a part of the race.
Tirath Singh Rawat, who was appointed in March 2021, resigned on Friday after completing just four months as CM. Not being a member of the state assembly, Rawat needed to win an election within six months of appointment in order to retain his post. However, the COVID-19 situation created uncertainty regarding the organization of by-polls forcing him to resign. The short tenure of Tirath Rawat was filled with many controversies including the revelation of fake COVID-19 tests during the Kumbh Mela.