Ground Report | New Delhi: Why Teerath Singh Rawat removed; The party of Teerath Singh Rawat is facing many hurdles in Uttarakhand. Teerath Singh Rawat had resigned from his post of chief minister in just 4 months. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat handed in his resignation to the Governor on Friday, four months after he took charge and just ahead of polls next year in the state.
Rawat who is in Delhi for the past three days for meetings with the BJP leadership was asked this afternoon by the ruling party to quit. Soon after, he sought an appointment with Governor. But before meeting with the Governor, he handed in his papers to his party chief JP Nadda.
BJP MLAs in Uttarakhand will meet today to pick a new leader. Rawat was sworn in as Chief Minister in March, with a little over a year to the Uttarakhand election, amid fierce dissent against then Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat.
But to keep the post, Mr Rawat, who is an MP, would need to win an assembly seat and become a member of the Uttarakhand legislative assembly by September 10.
To hold bypolls at this time would be a tough decision for the Election Commission after the massive controversy over the March-April election in five states, held alongside rising virus cases in the second surge.
Rawat even embarrassed his party by criticizing his predecessor’s policy decisions. Soon after taking over, Rawat made widely-condemned remarks on women wearing ripped jeans. He also said the US, not Britain, ruled India for 200 years.
His handling of the Kumbh Mela at the peak of the Covid spike and the comment that “no RT-PCR test was required” provoked a huge backlash.
Former chief minister and Congress leader Harish Rawat hit out at the BJP government in the state and said the party has made the position of its leaders ridiculous. In a series of tweets and a video, Mr Rawat also said Tirath Rawat had become a “joke” after no decision was taken on contesting elections.
Because of the above-mentioned reasons, BJP decided to remove Teerath Singh Rawat from his post. (Why Teerath Singh Rawat removed)