After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained power in Uttarakhand in the recently concluded Assembly elections, Pushkar Singh Dhami is set to continue as the Chief Minister of the state. The decision was announced on Monday after a BJP legislature party meeting. The BJP’s central observers for the state- Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Meenakshi Lekhi were also a part of the meeting in the party’s state headquarters in Dehradun.
Prior to the decision of making Dhami the CM, other leaders who were in the race were – Satpal Maharaj, Dhan Singh Rawat, Ritu Khanduri, former Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister of State Ajay Bhatt, and MP Anil Baluni. As per Rajnath Singh, all 47 MLAs of the BJP in Uttarakhand unanimously elected Pushkar Dhami as the Legislative Party leader.
Rajnath Singh added that Dhami had left his mark in the state over the last 6 months and expressed confidence that the state would make rapid progress under his leadership. Dhami had lost his own election from Khatima and will need to be re-elected to the Uttarakhand assembly within 6 months.