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Trivendra Singh Rawat formally becomes Uttarakhand chief minister

Trivendra Singh Rawat-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttarakhand presented a Rs 45,585 crore budget. Photograph: (ANI)

ANI Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India Mar 18, 2017, 10.55 AM (IST)

Bharatiya Janata Party's Trivendra Singh Rawat has sworn in as the chief minister of Uttarakhand today (Saturday, March 18)

Rawat becomes the hill state's ninth chief minister following his party's sweep at the recently-concluded elections.

The BJP amassed 57 seats in the 70-member Uttarakhand state elections, with Congress coming a distant second with 11 seats.

Congress' Harish Rawat-led government was at the helm of Uttarakhand before Singh took oath at 3 pm (Indian Standard Time) in Dehradun, the state's capital city.

The former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker, who succeeded Harish Rawat on Friday, promised to alleviate poverty in the state.

Rawat also vowed to administer a corruption-free government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who belongs to the BJP, was present at the searing-in ceremony. Modi sent a congratulatory tweet to Rawat, and added: "Am sure they will work hard & fulfil people's aspirations."

Incidentally, the Rawat administration will have four cabinet ministers -- Harak Singh Rawat, Satpal Maharaj, Subhodh Oniyal and Yashpal Arya -- who were previously affiliated with the Congress. 

(WION with inputs from ANI)

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