Dehradun: A week after historic win in Uttarakhand, BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat was on Saturday sworn in as new chief minister of the hill state.
Governor K.K. Paul administered the oath of office and secrecy to 56-year-old Rawat, a former RSS pracharak, and nine ministers at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and other national and state party leaders.
Satpal Maharaj, Harak Singh Rawat, Madan Kaushik, Arvind Pandey, Subodh Uniyal, Yashpal Arya and Prakash Pant have been made Cabinet ministers. Rekha Arya and Dhan Singh Rawat took oath as ministers of state.
Earlier on Friday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party unanimously elected Rawat as its leader following which he met governor Paul and claimed the support of 57 party legislators.
The BJP received a historic mandate in Uttarakhand, winning 57 of the 70 seats with a vote share of 46.5%.
Rawat is a former full-time member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ideological parent of the BJP. He was also a minister in the BJP-led government that ruled the state from 2007 to 2012. Rawat was appointed the party’s national secretary in 2013 and later made co-incharge of the party’s affairs in Uttar Pradesh in 2014. He was BJP in-charge of Jharkhand ahead of the crucial assembly election, a responsibility he discharged well to further strengthen the party leadership’s trust in him.