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Tirath Singh Rawat, a face without any controversy holding numerous experiences of party organizational affairs submitted his resignation to Governor Bay Rani Maurya amid the lingering constitutional crisis in the state of Uttarakhand.

Ahead of assembly polls next year in 2022, to improve the image of the BJP government, Tirath Singh Rawat became the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after Trivendra Singh Rawat handed his resignation. But, the twist of fate, and the bizarre consequences of the Covid crisis ended Tirath’s tenure as BJP officials called him to Delhi after remarks of ‘constitutional crisis’ hyped in the state to discuss and deliberate over the new tactics of winning the state assembly election next year. 

The Uttarakhand Assembly’s term will end in March 2022. After taking oath as CM he was required to be elected as a member of the Uttarakhand Assembly (MLA) within six months. According to India’s constitution, anybody can be appointed as the chief minister(CM) without being a legislator. But within six months of his appointment, he should become a member of the state assembly. 

However, the Representation of the People Act (RPA), doesn’t allow for by-polls for a seat to be held if the incumbent elected has less than one year tenure to serve. 

“Given the constitutional crisis, I felt it was right for me to resign. By-polls could not be held due to COVID-19,” Tirath said. 

When BJP chose Rawat, they had salt assembly by-poll in their mind. But, due to contracting the virus ahead of the election in the salt constituency, the timings proved to be tragic. 

According to some sources, it may be possible that Tirath Singh Rawat’s unorganized and inefficient management of the corona crisis and the leap of controversial remarks cost him his seat. 

News of his resignation was going rounds when he held a late-night press meet on July 2. Late in the night, he handed his resignation to the governor. 

The names of the next Chief Ministerial Candidate are still unknown, but Dhan Singh Rawat, MLA Pushkar Dhami, and Ritu Khanduri Bhushan, MLA from Yamkeshwar can be the next choice of BJP ahead of assembly elections in 2022.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will hold an initial round of meetings to settle the emerging constitutional crisis. 

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