In a significant political development, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has resigned from his post.
He submitted his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya late on Friday evening.
“Due to constitutional crisis, I have submitted my resignation to the Governor,” Rawat told reporters at Dehradun.
He also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP Chief J.P. Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for showing confidence in him.
A BJP legislative party meet will be held at party headquarters Dehradun at 3 p.m. on Saturday to select his successor and central observer, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, state unit in-charge and national General Secretary, Dushyant Gautam, and Kaushik will be present in the meeting.
Sworn in as Chief Minister on March 10, replacing Trivendra Singh Rawat, Tirath Singh Rawat is currently a Lok Sabha MP and as per the rules, had to become an elected MLA within six months of taking over. However, it was unlikely bypolls would be held before his deadline of September 10.