The suspense is over. The BJP on Friday named Trivendra Singh Rawat, a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak, for the post. Rawat’s name was proposed in the legislative party meeting where members gave their consent. Rawat is the ninth chief minister of the hill state.
56-year-old Rawat was elected from the Doiwala seat and is known for his organizational skills within the Sangh Parivar. He also enjoys good rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. He was in Amit Shah’s team during 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign.
Rawat is currently the convener of the Modi government’s flagship ‘Namami Gange’ programme. He is also the party in charge in Jharkhand. A former RSS pracharak, Rawat worked under senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh Lalji Tandon in his early days in politics.
When Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000, Rawat was the party’s Uttarakhand general secretary (organisation). He won the 2002 and 2007 State Assembly polls from the Doiwala seat.
He became a Cabinet minister when, in the 2007 Assembly polls, the BJP formed its government here.
The BJP registered a landslide victory in Uttarakhand bagging 57 seats. According to a political observer, Rawat is an ideal choice as he doesn’t come with a baggage.