PM Modi gracing Rawat's swearing-in will please Uttarakhand: BJP

| Updated: Mar 18, 2017 12:29 IST

Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Mar.18 (ANI): Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah's decision to participate in Trivendra Singh Rawat's swearing in ceremony as Uttarakhand Chief Minister, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said their presence was important to please the people of the state, who had placed their trust in their leadership. Speaking to ANI here, BJP leader Rahul Sinha said, "The BJP's thumping victory in the Uttarakhand Assembly elections attributed to the good governance and confidence the electorate reposed in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah." Sinha further said in order to make Uttarakhand people happy, it was important for the two leaders to attend swearing-in ceremony today. The BJP in Uttarakhand on Friday elected Trivendra Singh Rawat as its legislative party leader. Rawat defeated Congress' Hira Singh Bisht in the Doiwala constituency with a margin of over 24,000 votes. The 56-year-old BJP leader, who holds a masters degree in journalism, is currently in-charge of the party's Jharkhand unit. He was elected to the assembly for the third time and was state agriculture minister in 2007-2012. Rawat, who is considered to be close to BJP chief Amit Shah, was given responsibility of regional election in-charge during 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP emerged victorious. The BJP won with a clear majority in the state with 57 seats in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, thereby ousting the Congress that managed to win just 11 seats this time. (ANI)