New Delhi/Dehradun, Jul 3 (UNI) Union Minister and senior BJP leader Narendra Singh Tomar reached Dehradun on Saturday afternoon to meet Uttarakhand BJP leaders for choosing the next chief minister of the state.
The development comes against the backdrop of Tirath Singh Rawat tendering his resignation to Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya from the post of the chief minister.
According to sources, Mr Rawat was in a legal limbo as he was not a member of the state Legislative Assembly and needed to become one before September 10 when the six-month period granted by Constitution expires.
Mr Rawat can cement his position if he wins a bypoll before September 10, but as per the sources, in view of the COVID-19 situation, the Election Commission seems to be reluctant in holding any polls in coming months.
Mr Tomar will likely choose the new CM from the existing MLAs to avoid any hurdle of membership within six months.
Former Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who was asked to step down from the CM post in March this year by the BJP high command, told mediapersons in Dehradun that he was not in a race to become a CM again.
This will be the third CM which Uttarakhand will get within one year.