Dehradun, March 18, 2017: Long-time Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday takes oath as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah along with senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda and Uma Bharti attended the grand ceremony at the Parade Grounds here.
Rawat was sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of the hill state.
Meanwhile, Satpal Maharaj, Prakash Pant, Harak Singh Rawat, Yashpal Arya, Subodh Unilya, Rekha Arya, Dr Dhan Singh Rawat and Madan Kaushik sworn in as Uttarakhand cabinet ministers.
A former associate of Modi, Rawat was Agriculture Minister in the previous BJP government in Uttarakhand, which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000.
Elected from Doiwala, where he defeated Congress’s Hira Singh Bisht with a margin of over 24,000 votes, Rawat is widely regarded in the party for his organisational skills.
In the assembly polls, the BJP stunned the Congress by winning 57 of the 70 seats in Uttarakhand.
Rawat will be the fifth BJP Chief Minister in the state. The party formed its first government in the state in 2000 with Nityanand Swami as the first Chief Minister.