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Uttarakhand CM swearing-in LIVE: Trivendra Singh Rawat takes oath; Modi, Amit Shah present

Long-time Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Trivendra Singh Rawat will take oath as the next chief minister of Uttarakhand on Saturday afternoon.

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Uttarakhand CM swearing-in LIVE: Trivendra Singh Rawat takes oath; Modi, Amit Shah present

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Mar 18, 2017 - 16:05 (IST)

Mar 18, 2017 - 15:27 (IST)

PM Modi leaves venue
 

Half of the candidates who took oath on Saturday were among the ministers in the Harish Rawat government last year. The ministers who took oath on Saturday are all prominent faces of uttarakhand politics. Only Madan Kaushik and Arvind Pandey are newcomers.


PM Modi didn't address the people and left the venue.

Mar 18, 2017 - 15:24 (IST)

Oath-taking ceremony ends

Mar 18, 2017 - 15:23 (IST)

Ministers of state take oath

Two ministers of state who took oath are Rekha Arya, who left Congress and joined BJP last year. She is an MLA from Someshwar seat. 

Dhan Singh Rawat, who is an MLA from Srinagar Seat, took oath. His name was floating around for the chief minister's post. He has good organisational skills and is a close ally of RSS.

Mar 18, 2017 - 15:19 (IST)

Oath-taking ceremony going on

Yashpal Arya, who left congress in January, takes oath. Arvind Pandey, MLA from Gadarpur takes oath. Subodh Uniyal, MLA from Narendra Nagarm takes oath. Tehri Garhwal, one of the Congress rebels, takes oath. 

Mar 18, 2017 - 15:15 (IST)

Mar 18, 2017 - 15:15 (IST)

Cabinet ministers swearing-in

Harak Singh Rawat, who was a minister in Harish Rawat government, takes oath as cabinet minister. Madan Kaushik, a three-time MLA also takes oath.

Mar 18, 2017 - 15:10 (IST)

Trivendra Singh Rawat takes oath as new chief minister

Satpal Maharaj, who is a spiritual guru and has lakhs of followers all over the country and has remained a two-time MP from Pauri, takes oath as cabinet minister. Prakash Panth also take oath as a cabinet minister.

Mar 18, 2017 - 15:07 (IST)

Trivendra Singh Rawat takes oath

Mar 18, 2017 - 15:04 (IST)

Cabinet positions almost finalised

Union minister JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan, Uttarakhand election in-charge Shyam Jaju and state BJP president Ajay Bhatt have decided the names to be in the cabinet. Prakash Pant (who was also in the race for chief minister post), Madan Kaushik (MLA from Haridwar), Yashpal Arya, Harak Singh Rawat are the leaders who are almost finalised for cabinet positions.                         Balancing many factors in the cabinet is also an issue. Placing new faces like Ritu Khanduri, Saurabh Bahuguna and Sanjeev Arya is debatable.

Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Uma Bharti have reached the venue.

Long-time Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Trivendra Singh Rawat will take oath as the next chief minister of Uttarakhand on Saturday afternoon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah are likely to attend the grand ceremony at the Parade Grounds in Dehradun.

Rawat will be sworn in as the ninth chief minister of the hill state.

Party sources told IANS that six ministers were also likely to be sworn in with Rawat.

Uttarakhand CM swearingin LIVE Trivendra Singh Rawat takes oath Modi Amit Shah present

Trivendra Singh Rawat. Image courtesy: Twitter

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.

He is also known as a 'Pracharak' (campaigner) in the RSS.

In the assembly elections, 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.

With inputs from IANS

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