Puskhkar Singh Dhami keeps Uttarakhand CM seat despite poll defeat
- BJP had contested the Assembly polls in Uttarakhand under Pushkar Singh Dhami's leadership
- the party won 47 out of a total of seventy assembly seats in the state
- Dhami lost in Khatima, a seat he had been winning since the 2012 Assembly polls
The announcement was made after a legislative party meeting at the party's office on Balbir Road in Dehradun. The meeting to elect the new CM had begun here around 5 pm and was attended by BJP's central observers for Uttarakhand Rajnath Singh, Meenakshi Lekhi and the party's poll incharge for the state, Pralhad Joshi.
"Pushkar Singh Dhami has been elected as the Leader of the Legislative Party. I congratulate him, I am confident that under his leadership Uttarakhand will make rapid progress," Rajnath Singh told reporters.
The names of Chaubattakhal MLA Satpal Maharaj, Shrinagar MLA Dhan Singh Rawat and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni were also doing the rounds for the top post.
The party registered a big win in Uttarakhand, getting 47 out of a total of seventy assembly seats in the state, the results of which were announced on March 10.
Dhami lost in Khatima, a seat he had been winning since the 2012 Assembly polls, putting the party in a dilemma on the CM choice.
A section of BJP leaders, however, credited him for the party's big win in the state Assembly polls and wanted him to continue as CM so that he gets a full five-year term to deliver on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of development for the state.
Dhami had been brought in as a replacement for Tirath Singh Rawat in July 2021.