Pushkar Singh Dhami, 11th CM of Uttarakhand, faces political stability test


March 23, 2022 3:04 p.m. STI

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]Mar 23 (ANI): Newly sworn in chief minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami clearly faces a challenge to ensure political stability in the state after the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) secured a simple majority in the State Assembly, in addition to accelerating the completion of key infrastructure projects.
Dhami, 46, will be Uttarakhand’s 11th chief minister.
To avoid a repeat of the fate of former Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, who is a Lok Sabha MP but had to be replaced as there was no indirect vote of the Assembly within six months, Dhami is to be elected to the State Assembly.
One of the main challenges for Dhami would be to maintain political stability in the state which has seen a series of leadership changes in its short history.
Dhami, who lost from the Assembly constituency of Khatima, led the party’s polling efforts as chief minister in Assembly elections held last month, and the BJP’s decision to retain him is seen as recognition of his contributions.
With the BJP’s ranks in the state notorious for being factionally dominated, Dhami will have to reconcile the political ambitions of a host of party leaders, some of whom are senior to him.
Dhami will also have to accelerate several ongoing infrastructure projects in the state.
During his short tenure as chief minister of the hilly state, Dham had ushered in several development projects.
Dhami had said that a total of Rs 137 crore had been spent on the development of the projects inaugurated today.
“We aim to make Uttarakhand the best state in India. Prime Minister Modi visited Dehradun yesterday and inaugurated projects worth over Rs 18,000 crore,” Dhami had said.
The government of Uttarakhand under Dhami had also announced the repeal of the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act after nearly two years of protests against the legislation by priests associated with state shrines.
The law had placed the four shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri and 49 other temples under the responsibility of a shrine council.
Several names including former Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt, Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni, MP Dhan Singh Rawat and Minister of Tourism of Uttarakhand Satpal Maharaj were among the possible choices for the chief minister.
The son of a former soldier, Dhami was born in 1975 in the village of Kanalichhina in the district of Pithoragarh. He holds a law degree and worked as a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer. He had also been a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Dhami was chairman of BJP Yuva Morcha in Uttarakhand twice between 2002 and 2008. He is believed to be a protege of former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Notably, Dhami belongs to Kumaun region of the state while the last two chief ministers before him were from Garhwal region. (ANI)

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