Pushkar Singh Dhami, a two-term MLA from Khatima, is the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He was elected by the State legislature party as its leader on Saturday, following the resignation of Tirath Singh Rawat late on Friday.
Rawat had quit citing constitutional reasons, of not seeing his way clear to getting elected as a member of the Assembly in Uttarakhand within the stipulated six month period. He continues to be a Lok Sabha MP from the State.
“Given the constitutional crisis, I felt it was right for me to resign. Bypolls could not be held because of COVID-19,” Rawat had said in a brief statement on Friday.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and BJP general secretary D. Purandareshwari were the central observers who supervised the election of the new leader by the legislature party. The two held a meeting at the Bijapur guest house in Dehradun on Saturday afternoon.