Rawat sworn-in as new U’khand CM

BJP’s surprise choice for the top job in Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat was sworn-in as the State’s new Chief Minister today, replacing Trivendra Singh Rawat ahead of next year’s Assembly polls.
The oath of office was administered on Rawat by Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya at a simple function held at the Raj Bhawan here in the evening in the presence of a host of dignitaries.
Rawat alone was sworn-in today, which means the members of his Cabinet will be finalised and sworn-in later.
Rawat is currently the BJP MP from Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency as well as a national secretary of the party.
He was the president of the Uttarakhand BJP from 2013-15.
Known as a simple and down-to-earth leader, Rawat takes over the reins of power in Uttarakhand at a time when the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is preparing for the State Assembly polls due early next year. His principal challenge will be to ensure the party another term in office. (PTI)