Former RSS activist Trivendra Singh Rawat to be Uttarakhand CM

Rawat worked closely with Shah during the 2014 general election. Shah was in charge of UP and Rawat was his deputy.?(Image source: Facebook) Photograph:( Facebook )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 17, 2017, 09.30 AM (IST)


Trivendra Singh Rawat,56, has been elected as the BJP Legislative Party leader in Uttarakhand. He is set to take oath as Uttarakhand chief minister tomorrow.

"PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will attend the swearing in ceremony tomorrow," Shyam Jaju, BJP Uttarakhand state in-charge said. Chief minister-designate Trivendra Singh Rawat met governor Krishna Kant Paul and claimed the support of 57 MLAs as he staked claim to form the government.

Rawat was the front-runner for the post of Uttarakhand chief minister, is a former RSS pracharak(activist). He was with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS), a volunteer organisation linked to the Bharatiya Janta Party(BJP), from 1983 to 2002. 

Rawat was the first organising secretary of the Uttarakhand region - when Uttarakhand was a part of Uttar Pradesh - and then organising secretary of Uttarakhand after it became an independent state. 

He is currently the MLA of Doiwala, an assembly seat he first won in 2002. He is also currently in-charge of the BJP's Jharkhand unit. 

He was Uttarakand's agriculture minister from 2007 to 2012.

Rawat is known to be close to BJP president Amit Shah. The two worked closely during the 2014 general election when Shah was in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Rawat at that time was his deputy.