The political turmoil which began in Uttarakhand on Saturday, continued on Monday as chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat rushed to Delhi cancelling his previously-announced meetings in Gairsain and Dehradun.
According to reports, Rawat had been summoned to Delhi by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s central leadership after a notice was submitted to party president JP Nadda by observer Raman Singh, who had on Saturday met several MLAs in Dehradun and taken feedback from them on a possible leadership change.
As of now, Rawat had not met either Nadda or home minister Amit Shah although sources said that he was scheduled to meet both. However, he had a video conference with PM Narendra Modi.
State tourism minister Satpal Maharaj, Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, former state BJP president and Lok Sabha member Ajay Bhatt, former CM and Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, minister of state for higher education Dhan Singh Rawat, Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand Anil Baluni and RSS state general secretary Suresh Bhatt are said to be among the contenders for the key post.