Trivendra Singh Rawat

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Trivendra Singh Rawat
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8th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
Assumed office
18 March 2017
Governor Krishan Kant Paul
Preceded by Harish Rawat
Member of Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
12 March 2017
Preceded by Hira Singh Bisht
Constituency Doiwala
Personal details
Born December 1960 (age 57)
Khairasain, Pauri Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh (now in Uttarakhand), India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party

Trivendra Singh Rawat (born December 1960)[1] is an Indian politician and is the eighth and current Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

Rawat was a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from 1979 to 2002 and held the post of organizing secretary of the Uttarakhand region, and later the state, after its formation in 2000. He was elected from Doiwala in the State's first legislative assembly elections in 2002. He retained his seat in the 2007 elections and served as the State's Minister of Agriculture.[2][3] As a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he served as Jharkhand's in-charge and Uttarakhand cadre's president. Winning from Doiwala again in 2017, he was named the Chief Minister after his party won majority and formed the government.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Rawat was born in December 1960 in the village of Khairasain in the Kotdwar tehsil, in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand (formerly in Uttar Pradesh). He was the ninth and youngest child in the family. He obtained his master's degree in journalism from Birla Campus in Srinagar affiliated to the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.[5]

Rawat joined the right-wing organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1979 before becoming its pracharak (apostle) for the Dehradun region in 1985. Subsequently, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the political party associated with it. He was made BJP's organizing secretary for the Uttarakhand region and worked with senior leader Lalji Tandon at the time. He was also actively involved in the Uttarakhand movement, during which he was arrested several times. After the region received statehood in 2000, Rawat was made the state cadre's BJP president.[5]

Rawat lost a by-election from Doiwala in 2014, when the seat was vacated by former chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. In 2017 he won the same Assembly constituency of Doiwala.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trivendra Singh Rawat, an RSS 'pracharak' who struck it rich in politics". The Economic Times. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Trivendra Singh Rawat, ex-RSS pracharak, to be CM of Uttarakhand". The Indian Express. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Who is Trivendra Singh Rawat?". The Indian Express. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Uttarakhand: BJP MLA Trivendra Singh Rawat to take oath as chief minister". The Indian Express. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Upadhyay, Kavita (18 March 2017). "Grassroots worker now set to lead". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 

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Preceded by
Harish Rawat
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
18 Mar 2017 – Till Date
Succeeded by
Incumbent