Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Tirath Singh Rawat late on Friday night submitted his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya at Raj Bhawan, Dehradun. This comes amid speculation over a change of leadership in the state as Tirath Singh earlier on Friday indicated that the BJP will wait for the Election Commission’s decision on holding a bypoll in the state.
There was speculation that the Election Commission might not hold a bypoll election enabling Rawat’s election to the state assembly.
Rawat is an MP from Uttarakhand's Pauri Lok Sabha seat and was a state MLA from 2012 to 2017. Prior to that, he served as state party chief from 2013 to 2015.
He entered active student politics and became the organizational secretary of ABVP Uttarakhand unit and later national secretary of ABVP.
When Uttarakhand became a state after being carved out of Uttar Pradesh, Tirath Singh was its first education minister.
He has also been a member of BJP's youth wing -- Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and was its state vice president of UP.
Like his predecessor, he also hails from Uttarakhand's Pauri Garhwal. His father was Kalam Singh Rawat and his mother Gaura Devi. Rawat holds a Master's degree in sociology and a diploma in journalism
Now ending the days of speculation over a leadership change in the state, Rawat has also tendered his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya.
In the 2017 Assembly election, BJP had a landslide victory, winning 57 seats in the 70-member House.