The Uttarakhand government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ordered the expulsion of nearly 100 leaders named to various state-run bodies by former chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who resigned on March 9.
“With the exception of those named in constitutional roles for a fixed term, all other appointments, including advisors, chairman, and vice-chairman in boards, companies, and so on, stand canceled,” read an order signed by chief secretary Om Prakash.
The order called for BJP leaders loyal to Trivendra Singh Rawat to be removed from these bodies. During his reign, about ten leaders appointed to government bodies were given the title of a cabinet minister, and over 25 were given the title of minister of state.
There were some objections to these nominations, according to a senior party official. The new chief minister, Tirath Singh Rawat, has been granted carte blanche to nominate leaders to government boards, according to the leader.
In the wake of opposition against him, the BJP asked Trivendra Singh Rawat to resign less than a year before the assembly elections in the hill state. Tirath Singh Rawat has reviewed his predecessor’s controversial decisions since taking office.
Trivendra Singh Rawat’s name was not on the list of star campaigners for the bypoll to Salt constituency earlier this week. After much deliberation, the party agreed to include his name in the revised list that was published on Thursday.