In this regard, BJP sources say that Chief Minister Rawat’s eyes are fixed on the Gangotri assembly seat of Uttarkashi district, which is vacant for the last two months after the death of the BJP MLA. Gangotri MLA Gopal Singh Rawat died of cancer in April.
The Chief Minister took charge of the state on March 10 and as per the constitutional obligation, he has to become a member of the Legislative Assembly within six months.
Apart from this, some BJP MLAs like Vinod Chamoli, MLA from Dharampur assembly seat in Dehradun city and Mahendra Bhatt, MLA from Badrinath have also offered to give up their seats for him.
Sources say that Rawat can take a decision in this regard soon. In Delhi last weekend, Chief Minister Rawat met three top party leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda. It is believed that during this discussion on contesting the Chief Minister’s election took place. Before meeting the party high command, Chief Minister Rawat himself had visited Uttarkashi, where several leaders requested him to contest from the Gangotri seat.
Confirming this, BJP State President Madan Kaushik said that the leaders of Uttarkashi district have requested the Chief Minister to contest the by-election from Gangotri, while many MLAs are also ready to give up their seats for him. “The party will take a decision on it after considering all aspects,” he said.
The by-election to Gangotri seat is to be held within six months and another by-election in the state will be postponed if Rawat contests from there. But the Chief Minister’s dilemma is that the pilgrimage priests there are agitating for the demand to dissolve the Chardham Devasthanam Management Board formed during the tenure of former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. For the past several days, the pilgrim priests have intensified their agitation and are pressurizing the Chief Minister to dissolve the board.
When contacted, state BJP media in-charge Manveer Singh Chouhan said that a decision would be taken soon regarding the chief minister’s seat.