Pushkar Singh Dhami takes oath as Uttarakhand chief minister | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Pushkar Singh Dhami on Sunday took oath as the 11th chief minister of Uttarakhand.
He was administered the oath of office by governor Baby Rani Maurya at a ceremony held in Raj Bhawan in Dehradun.
BJP MLAs Satpal Maharaj, Harak Singh Rawat, Bansidhar Bhagat and Yashpal Arya also took oath as ministers in the new Uttarakhand cabinet. They were also part of the previous cabinet.
Dhami has replaced Tirath Singh Rawat, whose 4-month tenure came to an end amid uncertainty over the Election Commission holding bypolls in the state. Rawat, a BJP MP, had to get elected as an MLA within six months of taking office to continue in his post.
Dhami, 45, was picked for the top post during the BJP’s legislature meeting on Saturday.
According to reports, several senior BJP leaders in the Uttarakhand unit were unhappy over Dhami’s elevation.
The BJP went into a damage control mode and spent most of the morning pacifying the senior leaders.
Ahead of his oath, Dhami himself called on some of the leaders who were said to be sulking over his appointment.
Dhami met Satpal Maharaj at his residence in Dalanwala and offered him a bouquet of flowers.
He is understood to have persuaded the senior leader, whose name was among the half-a-dozen names doing the rounds until Saturday as probables for the chief minister’s post.

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