Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has resigned from his post late on Friday night. In a significant political development in the state, he has resigned after holding his office only for four months.
Rawat reached Raj Bhavan at 11 pm on Friday night with his Cabinet colleagues and handed over his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya. “Considering the constitutional crisis, I have submitted my resignation to the Governor,” Rawat told in a press conference in Dehradun.
Rawat, who continues to be an MP, had been handpicked by the central leadership as CM, in place of Trivendra Singh Rawat. Having been sworn in on March 10, he had time to get elected as an MLA till September 10. But bypoll can’t be held as per Representation of the People Act in Uttarakhand as the state goes to Poll next Year. In such a situation, citing constitutional provision requiring him to get elected to the Assembly within six months, and the unlikelihood of that Singh resigned from his post. The decision came after Singh met BJP national leaders in Delhi.
After Singh’s resignation, the BJP has called a legislative party meeting on Saturday evening to select his successor.