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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Karan Manral, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 04:23 PM IST

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday resigned as the chief minister of Uttarakhand, a year before the hill state is scheduled to go to polls. Rawat, who became the CM after the BJP swept the assembly elections here in early 2017, tendered his resignation after meeting governor Baby Rani Maurya.

On Monday, Rawat met senior BJP leadership in Delhi amid complaints by a section of Uttarakhand BJP MLAs over his “style of governance.” He returned to state capital Dehradun on Tuesday morning, and was welcomed by his supporters at the Jolly Grant Airport. While in the national capital, the BJP leader met party chief JP Nadda, Union home minister Amit Shah and general secretary BL Santhosh.

However, the state unit of the BJP had denied Rawat would step down as the chief minister. “The reports of the CM being replaced are wrong. He will remain the CM of the state and under him the party will contest the next assembly elections in 2022,” said state party president Bansidhar Bhagat, who further said that Rawat in fact, went to Delhi to discuss the preparations for events to mark the completion of four years of the BJP government in Uttarakhand on March 18.

In the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP came to power winning 57 seats in the 69-member assembly. The Congress, on the other hand, won just 11 seats. While the BJP increased its tally from 31 in 2012, the Congress’ went down from 32.

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