Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday met Governor Baby Rani Maurya at the Raj Bhawan here and submitted his resignation. Addressing the media later, Rawat thanked the party for giving him 'a golden opportunity to serve the people of Uttarakhand for four years'.
"I had never thought that I would get such an opportunity. The party has now decided that the opportunity to serve as CM should be given to someone else," he told reporters. "I have submitted my resignation as the CM to the Governor today," the BJP leader added.
When reporters asked Rawat about the reason behind his resignation, he replied: "It is party's decision".
Meanwhile, Rawat informed that the BJP legislature party meeting is scheduled to be held at 10 am on Wednesday at the party office.
Earlier on Monday, Rawat met central BJP leaders in Delhi amid speculation that the party is mulling political changes in the state. Ajay Bhatt and Anil Baluni, two senior leaders from the state who are members of Parliament, are being seen as two other strong probables for the top post. Dhan Singh Rawat has emerged as a frontrunner to replace Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. Reports say that the party may also bring in a deputy chief minister, who will be from the Kumaon region. Pushkar Singh Dhami is likely to be the deputy chief minister.
The central BJP leadership had recently sent two observers, party vice president Raman Singh and general secretary Dushyant Kumar Gautam, to Uttarakhand to get feedback from the party's core group in the state amid reports of discontent against the chief minister.