Ramesh Pokhriyal is new Uttarakhand CM

Ex-CM Khanduri himself proposed the name of the 51-year-old

 Khanduri himself proposed the name of Pokhriyal, who was elected unanimously, at a meeting of the BJP legislators here on Wednesday.

“I thank party members and Khanduriji. As chief minister, my efforts will be to work to fulfill Khandurji’s dream to make our state heaven on earth,” Pokhriyal said.

“I hope to live up to all expectations. Khanduriji has been my guiding force since I entered politics in 1991 and I will work on his mission to make Uttarakhand a model state,” he added.

The party had won three seats in 2004 but lost all three this year and Khanduri’s resignation was accepted on Tuesday. Pokhriyal was the frontrunner for the post along with Prakash Pant. He was the health minister in Khanduri’s government.

Pokhriyal entered politics in 1991 before Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh. He won from Karanprayag seat in 1991, 1993 and 1996. He was also the first finance minister of Uttarakhand. He lost from Thalisein assembly seat in 2002 but won again in 2007 and was a minister in Khanduri government. He later turned against Khanduri but subsequently came back to Khanduri camp.

Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, former chief minister, who wanted to oust Khanduri resigned as Rajya Sabha member in a move to pressurise the party to make him the chief minister but the post ultimately went to Pokhriyal.

Khanduri will now submit his resignation to Uttarakhand Governor B L Joshi on Thursday and then Pokhriyal will be sworn in.

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