Trivendra Singh Rawat was sworn in as Uttarakhand chief minister in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday in Dehradun. After the ceremony, Modi tweeted, " Congratulations to Trivendra Singh Rawat and the entire team sworn in today. Am sure they will hard and fulfill the aspiration of the people. The new Uttarakhand government will return the tremendous affection shown by the people of the state with record development."
The entire list of ministers is yet to be decided. Rawat will hold a meeting with other party leaders and decide on the portfolio of ministers.
Trivendra, an MLA from Doiwala, has a strong RSS background and long experience in ministerial positions.
Satpal Maharaj, Prakash Pant, Harak Singh Rawat, Madan Kaushik also took oath as cabinet ministers.
Former minister and Pithoragarh MLA Prakash Pant's name was also considered for the top post, but the BJP's parliamentary board chose Rawat in the end.
Rawat has also severed as the BJP Jharkhand chief and BJP Uttarakhand chief in the past. The BJP won a landslide victory in Uttarakhand. It bagged 56 out of the 70 seats and dislodged Harish Rawat of the Congress.