• Trouble in BJP Brigade: Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat resigns

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    New Delhi: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has tendered his resignation on Tuesday as the state’s ruling BJP opted for course-correction a year before polls, amid growing resentment in the ranks. His exit was certain after his trip on Monday to Delhi, where he had met with the BJP leadership.

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    Just days short of completing four years as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Mr Rawat handed his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya, becoming the latest in Uttarakhand’s legacy of Chief Ministers exiting before term.

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    A first-timer, he was chosen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the BJP swept the Uttarakhand election in 2017, winning 57 seats in the 69-member assembly. The Congress won just 11 seats.

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    "I have been working in politics for a while now and my party gave me an opportunity to work as the state Chief Minister for four years - the golden years of my life. Despite coming from a rural background, I was entrusted with the responsibility to lead the state; that is only possible in a party like BJP," said Mr Rawat.

    "Now that party has taken a collective decision to entrust the responsibility of state chief ministership to some other leader."

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