Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat resigned late on Friday night, less than four months after taking over the CM post.
Rawat reached the Raj Bhavan around 11 pm on Friday with Cabinet colleagues and handed over his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya.
Speaking to reporters outside the governor’s official residence, Rawat said he quit because of the “constitutional crisis” that emerged due to the requirement for him to get elected to the Assembly within six months.
“I submitted my resignation to the governor,” Tirath Singh Rawat told reporters. “I found it fit to resign to resolve the constitutional crisis that had emerged due to Sections 151 and 164 [of the Representation of the People Act].”
According to sources, Rawat’s resignation came at the prodding of the BJP high command, which took into account assessments that Rawat may lose the assembly bypoll if he contests, which would then have a very adverse impact on the party’s prospects in assembly elections early next year.
Party leaders, however, maintained for the record that Rawat was resigning because there is no clarity on whether the Election Commission would hold bypolls on time.