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Uttarakhand CM Tirath Rawat returns to Dehradun, likely to submit resignation soon | India News


DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat returned to Dehradun on Friday evening and is expected to submit his resignation to governor Baby Rani Maurya soon, sources have confirmed to TOI.
He has also called a press conference at media centre of Uttarakhand Secretariat at 9:30pm on Friday.
Sources said that the CM may meet the governor before addressing the press conference.
Rawat was hastily summoned by the BJP leadership to Delhi on Wednesday morning soon after the BJP’s Chintan Shivir concluded on Tuesday in Ramnagar near Nainital.
After a late-night meeting with BJP chief JP Nadda and home minister Amit Shah, he was scheduled to return on Thursday evening. However, he was asked to stay back. He met Nadda again on Friday morning before leaving for the state capital.
After the meeting with Nadda, Rawat told reporters, “We discussed development projects related to Uttarakhand and the 2022 assembly elections.”
On being asked about the bypolls, he said, “It is the decision of the Election Commission (EC). Whatever the Centre decides, we will move ahead in that direction. We will follow the strategy decided by the Centre.”
Rawat, who is Lok Sabha MP from Pauri Garhwal, has to get elected to the state assembly before September 10 in order to remain in the chief minister’s post.
Sources told TOI that the EC may not hold a byelection in either Haldwani or Gangotri, the two assembly seats currently vacant in Uttarakhand, as these vacancies occurred less than a year before the term of the assembly ends on March 23, 2022.
Moreover, political watchers said that the poll panel may not find it easy to go for a bypoll in Uttarakhand especially in the wake of recent observations made by the court against the EC for risking people’s lives by holding elections amid a pandemic.
Also, byelections are due in other parts of the country and the hill state cannot be seen to be made an exception.
(With inputs from Akhilesh Singh)


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