Harish Rawat sworn in as new CM of Uttarakhand

Posted on Feb 1 2014 - 11:16pm by IBC News

Dehradun , Feb.1: Congress leader Harish Rawat on Saturday took oath as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after he was named for the post by the Congress Party.

Rawat succeeded Vijay Bahuguna, who resigned as chief minister on Friday.

Uttarakhand governor Aziz Qureshi administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rawat.

Along with Rawat, Harak Singh Rawat and Indira Hridayesh also took oath as Ministers in his cabinet.

Earlier today, the Congress Party announced that Rawat’s name as the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

Announcing the party’s decision, Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said, “Yesterday, Vijay Bahuguna had resigned from the post of Chief Ministership. Today, all the MLAs’ had a meeting. We had attended the meeting as representatives of AICC.”

He said Bahuguna had presented a proposal, in which the Congress Uttarakhand legislators appealed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi to choose a new leader of the state.

“Gandhi, who is on a tour of Karnataka, agreed on Harish Rawat’s name for the post of CM. Afterwards, the Congress legislators in Uttarakhand supported Gandhi’s decision,” he added.

It is believed that the way Bahuguna handled the flash floods and the massive rescue and rehabilitation work in the state last year brought his leadership skills into question.

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