Former Union minister Satpal Maharaj took oath at No. 2 position after Trivendra. Satpal was among the frontrunners for the post of CM.
Coupled with his organisational skills and experience, Rawat's loyalty to the party and RSS ideology catapulted him to the top post in the state.
After Uttarakhand became a separate state in 2000, he remained BJP’s organisational secretary till 2002. He was elected to the assembly in 2002 and 2007.
He will take oath as CM on Saturday in presence of PM Narendra Modi and BJP's national president Amit Shah.
“This is tentative plan for the PM’s visit to the state. His minute-by-minute programme is yet to come,” a source in the government told ET on Thursday afternoon.
BJP’s Uttarakhand unit has four former chief ministers — BC Khanduri, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Vijay Bahguna.
Outgoing chief minister Harish Rawat can't even enter the state assembly now after losing from from two seats – Kichcha and Hardwar Rural that he contested.
In this election, BSP did not do enough to reach out to MBCs, who had enabled the party to make its presence felt during the tough time of Ayodhya movement in early 1990s.
Voting trend suggested a division in Muslim votes, though the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance seems to have cornered a major chunk of Muslim votes.
BJP’s Ghazipur candidate Sangeeta Balwant is said to have put up a good show, SP’s Jamania nominee and former minister OP Singh appeared on a tough wicket.
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