Pushkar Singh Dhami was chosen chief minister of Uttarakhand by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, after the party won a second straight term in office in the Himalayan state. Despite the fact that Dhami, 46, lost the February poll in Khatima, which he had previously won in assembly elections, the party seems to have given him a second chance based on the length and breadth of his work as chief minister since taking over from Trivendra Singh Rawat last year. LIVE UPDATES CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Dhami, a representative of the Thakur community, was sworn in as chief minister in July of last year. Due to his previous position as head of the BJP’s youth wing, Dhami maintains positive relationships with the party’s younger cadres. Dhami, according to the party, was instrumental in keeping anti-incumbency at bay to a certain degree.
Originally from the Thakur caste, Dhami was born in September 1975 in Pithoragarh district and grew up in that area. He has been employed with the RSS and its affiliates for over three decades. His political career began in Uttar Pradesh, where he served as an ABVP member in the Awadh Prant area for more than a decade before joining the Congress.
Additionally, he worked for the Uttarakhand Yuva Morcha of the Bhagat Singh Koshyari government from 2002 to 2008, and he served as Officer on Special Duty to Koshyari when he was the state’s chief minister in 2001-02.
In 2012, he was elected to the Khatima Legislative Assembly for the first time, and he was re-elected to the same position in 2017.
“Wait and see, we will bust this myth,” Dhami had said in an interview with News18 earlier this year. When asked if his administration would be re-elected for a second consecutive term in Uttarakhand, he said, “Uttarakhand will make history by giving the BJP one more opportunity.”
Dhami has previously said that if elected to power in Uttarakhand in 2022, his administration will put the Uniform Civil Code into effect if elected. In addition to realising the spirit of the Constitution, it will be a key step towards realising the goals of India’s constitutional framers. “It would also be a significant step towards the implementation of Article 44 of the Indian Constitution, which introduces the notion of equitable legislation for all inhabitants of society, regardless of their religious affiliation,” Dhami stated in his native Hindi.
With 47 seats gained in the February assembly election, the BJP has become the state’s official ruling party for the second time in a row, marking a remarkable achievement in a state where the anti-incumbency factor has prevented any political party from retaining power since its inception in 2000.