Tirath Singh Rawat will be the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after the resignation on Tuesday of Trivendra Singh Rawat.
Rawat is a BJP MP and was the party chief in Uttarakhand in 2013-15 and also an MLA from the state in the past. Addressing the media, Rawat thanked the party for giving him an opportunity to serve the state.
“The party gave me a golden opportunity to serve this state for four years. I had never imagined that I would get such an opportunity. The party has now decided that the opportunity to serve as the chief minister should be given to someone else,” he said, as quoted by ANI.
His name was picked over prominent candidates including Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Uttarakhand Minister Dhan Singh Rawat.
This comes a day after Trivendra Rawat resigned as the chief minister following disquiet in the BJP over his governance.
Rawat has the task of leading the BJP into polls due in February with just about a year to turn things around.
(Inputs from Agencies)