Is CM Rawat scared of losing the Assembly election ?
As per the rules, the CM has to become an MLA within 6 months of taking the Oath. His 6 month term expires on September 10
Ever since Tirath Singh Rawat has taken the Oath of Uttarakhand’s CM, a big question floating around in the political circles of the state is that from where Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat will contest the assembly elections? After the disastrous 2nd wave of Covid, the government’s priority was to control the pandemic and this issue was drowned for a while but now that the Corona wave in Uttarakhand is decreasing, the question again resurfaced and everyone is waiting for an announcement in this regard.
Three months have been passed since the change of leadership in Uttarakhand, but it is not yet decided from which assembly seat Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat will contest. During his three-day visit to Delhi earlier this month, speculations rose that his assembly seat will be finalized during the trip but more than 2 weeks have passed since then and the situation is still not clear.
Assembly elections are due in Uttarakhand on February 2022. Many leaders of the organization also said that if he is not able to contest the elections, then by dissolving the assembly, he can remain the caretaker chief minister till the assembly elections. Let us tell you that the Gangotri seat in Uttarakhand is vacant due to the death of its MLA Gopal Singh Rawat and a by-election is to be held here. The discussion of CM contesting from here is in full swing. Pressure is building on Rawat to contest from this seat. However, the BJP still has to take its final call on this.
Two seats in the assembly are vacant
Gangotri and Haldani have two vacant assembly seats in Uttarakhand. The Gangotri seat fell vacant after the death of MLA Gopal Rawat on April 22. While the Haldani seat fell vacant after the death of Congress MLA Indira Hridayesh. It is being said that Tirath Singh can contest from Gangotri.The BJP high command is not in favor of holding two by-elections in Uttarakhand as per the sources. There are many other options open to the CM to contest the elections.
There is also one aspect that, if Tirath Singh Rawat does not contest from Gangotri, then as the first option, Ritu Khanduri should be made to contest the Lok Sabha elections by vacating the Yamkeshwar seat and then Rawat contested from here and reached the assembly. In the other option, Satpal Maharaj should be sent to the Lok Sabha by getting him to resign and Tirath Singh should contest from here. Although all these are speculations, there is certainly confusion about the place of contesting elections for the CM in the BJP organization.
There is very little time left for the assembly elections in Uttarakhand. Sources said that in such a situation, the BJP high command is not in favor of vacating any other assembly seat other than Gangotri and holding two by-elections in Uttarakhand. The high command believes that if the Gangotri seat is vacant, then the Chief Minister should be given a chance to contest from there. Vijaypal Sajwan is a strong contender from Congress in the Gangotri seat. He has also been an MLA from this seat before. Sajwan has already made it clear that if the Chief Minister contests from Gangotri, he will enter the fray with full strength. In such a situation, now Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has to decide about his seat. However, many options are open to him because five MLAs of his party have already announced to vacate the seat for him. So the question remains if the CM is scared to contest the by-election from the Gangotri seat? We need to wait and watch to get the answer to this question