New Delhi, July 02 2021 || News Desk

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat resigned late on Friday night, less than four months after taking over, and hours after holding a press conference to talk about the achievements of his government. BJP assessment says he could lose bypoll. Speaking to media persons after submitting his resignation, Rawat thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda for trusting him with the post. “Considering the constitutional crisis… I found it appropriate to resign,” he said.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat resigned late on Friday night, less than four months after taking over, and hours after holding a press conference to talk about the achievements of his government. BJP assessment says he could lose bypoll. Speaking to media persons after submitting his resignation, Rawat thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda for trusting him with the post. “Considering the constitutional crisis… I found it appropriate to resign,” he said.

Rawat reached Raj Bhavan at around 11 pm with Cabinet colleagues and handed over his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya, citing the constitutional provision requiring him to get elected to the Assembly within six months, and the unlikelihood of that.

To continue as CM, Rawat, a Lok Sabha MP, needs to be elected to state assembly by 10 Sept. BJP leaders say the resignation is because there is no clarity if EC will hold bypolls on time.

Tirath Singh Rawat served as the 9th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India from Garhwal in the 2019 Indian general election as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and also former Minister of Education of Uttarakhand. Rawat replaced Trivendra Singh Rawat as chief minister of the hill state on 10 March

Rawat had returned to Dehradun just hours earlier, after three days in Delhi, BJP president J.P. Nadda Friday, for the second time in three days, to discuss the political crisis and his election to the state assembly before 10 September. Amidst uncertainty over his continuance in the post, this had been Rawat’s third visit to Delhi within a month.

The BJP has called a meeting of its legislative group on Saturday afternoon at the party headquarters in Dehradun.

Tirath Singh Rawat’s resignation so close to elections is not likely to end BJP’s woes in Uttarakhand. Choosing a new CM will set off fresh tremors in the faction-ridden state unit, and explaining the frequent change of guard to the electorate won’t be an easy task.

Rawat, who continues to be an MP, had been handpicked by the central leadership as CM, in place of Trivendra Singh Rawat, after the latter ran foul of the RSS as well as many within the BJP. Having been sworn in on March 10, he had time to get elected as an MLA till September 10. Rawat, replaced Trivendra Singh Rawat as chief minister of the hill state on 10 March

However, apart from Covid curbs making holding a bypoll difficult, as per the Representation of the People Act, a by-election for a seat should not be held if the term of a House is less than a year. Uttarakhand goes to polls next year.

A way though may have been found around it, as legal experts reportedly told the BJP. Rawat appeared to have been counting on it, telling reporters in Delhi before leaving for Dehradun that the Election Commission would decide, and he would go by whatever it ruled.

At present two Assembly seats are lying vacant in the state — Gangotri and Haldwani, due to the death of their sitting MLAs Gopal Singh Rawat (BJP) and Indira Hridayesh (Congress) respectively.

State leaders are questioning the role played by the central leadership in the entire episode, which has left the party in the unenviable position of going before the electorate with two changes of CMs within months.

Tirath Singh Rawat served as the 9th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India from Garhwal in the 2019 Indian general election as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and also former Minister of Education of Uttarakhand. Rawat replaced Trivendra Singh Rawat as chief minister of the hill state on 10 March

Earlier, The Uttarakhand High Court’s point of view towards the third wave of Corona, a day earlier, the Chief Minister of the state seems to have come to ‘batting on the front foot’ after the harsh comments made on the state government and the government’s bureaucracy. After the High Court’s comments, on the questions raised on the government’s preparedness in view of Corona as well as its working style, Chief Minister Rawat said that the state government is fully prepared to deal with the third wave of Corona.

Even said that in view of the third wave of Covid, the Chief Minister’s residence is also going to be prepared for the treatment of corona. That is, he will also give the Chief Minister’s residence to fight the third wave of Corona.

Chief Minister Rawat said, our government has made so much preparations for the possible third wave of corona in the state that we will have no problem in controlling it. He said that he is also going to prepare the Chief Minister’s residence to fight for Covid. ‘I will make whatever sacrifice possible for the service of the public.

Chief Minister Rawat, after launching the helpline for senior citizens on Thursday, spoke to the media that no one knew about the second wave of Covid that people would get infected so fast, despite this we made arrangements. During that time, he went to all the 13 districts and understood the pain of the victims, when people were afraid to go to their people.

There is no need for anyone in the state to fear or doubt for the third wave. There will be no problem of any kind. The government is also fully prepared to deal with the third wave of Corona. He informed that arrangements have been made for the children as well as their parents in hospitals like IDPL Rishikesh, AIIMS and STH Haldwani etc.

The Chief Minister said he is also going to prepare his residence for the treatment of Covid. In every district, DM and CMO have been asked to keep two to three hotels ready for this. At the same time, speaking about the by-election, he said that he is a Chief Minister as well as an MP. They have to contest elections. The party has to take a decision on this. He has been carrying out the responsibility given to him by the party leadership till now.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat had earlier defended Haridwar Kumbh Mela amid demands to cancel the mega event given the Covid pandemic. Rawat has convened a high-level meeting on Friday 16APR to discuss the issue. The issue of scarcity of Remdisivir in the state is also expected to be discussed in the high-level meeting.

Haridwar reported 594 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday 13APR, thus, taking the number of active cases to 2,812. Haridwar’s coronavirus count was 408 on Monday 12APR. According to sources, the total number of people who tested positive for Covid19 went up to more than 2000 on 17APR and this figure is likely to increase if immediate measures are not taken.

Rawat had earlier defended the Kumbh Mela and asked people to not compare it with the Nizamuddin Markaz. “There should be no comparison between Kumbh and Markaz. The Markaz was held in a closed space, in a Kothi-like structure whereas the Kumbh is being held in the open on the sprawling ghats of the Ganga,” he said on a weekly talk show organised Hindustan Times.

The chief minister was replying to a question as to why the two religious events should not be equated (Nizamuddin Markaz and Kumbh) as Kumbh also draws crowds and could strengthen the second wave of the coronavirus infection. It is rather ironic and sad when the Chief Minister of the state makes such statements, making religious sentiments stronger and valuable than human lives.

Uttarakhand has been witnessing a constant rise in Covid cases. On Thursday, the state recorded 1714 cases. There are 12,484 active cases in Uttarakhand as of now.

On Saturday 17APR, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, had a telephonic conversation with Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Poojya Swamy Avdheshanand Giri Ji and asked about the health of all the Sants. He thanked the Sant Samaj for their full cooperation with the administration.

At the same time, Prime Minister requested to keep Kumbh symbolic from now on as two Shahi Snans have already taken place. This will strengthen the fight against the pandemic.

Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism. It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years, to celebrate every revolution Brihaspati completes, at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: the Prayagraj/Allahabad (Ganges-Yamuna Sarasvati rivers confluence), Haridwar (Ganges), Nashik (Godavari), and Ujjain (Shipra). The festival is marked by a ritual dip in the waters, but it is also a celebration of community commerce with numerous fairs, education, religious discourses by saints, mass feedings of monks or the poor, and entertainment spectacle. The seekers believe that bathing in these rivers is a means to prāyaścitta (atonement, penance) for past mistakes and that it cleanses them of their sins.

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