U’khand Govt. will return people’s affection with record development: PM

New Delhi [India], Mar. 18 : Congratulating Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the new state government will return the tremendous affection shown by the people with record development.

"Congratulations to Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat (and) the entire team sworn in today. Am sure they will work hard (and) fulfil people's aspirations," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. "The new Uttarakhand government will return the tremendous affection shown by the people of the state with record development," he added.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rawat, who took oath as the ninth Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, will hold his first Cabinet meeting at 4:30 p.m.

today. Rawat was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Krishna Kant Paul. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Uma Bharti were among the several dignitaries, who attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Prakash Pant, Harak Singh Rawat, Satpal Maharaj, Madan Kaushik and Rekha Arya were sworn-in as Cabinet Ministers.

Ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, Rawat paid tributes at the Shaheed Smarak here. The former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) Pracharak, who succeed Congress leader Harish Rawat, yesterday assured that he would provide a corruption-free government and would work for the upliftment of the poor.

Rawat, a BJP loyalist, guided the saffron party to electoral victory in the 2014 Jharkhand Assembly elections.

In the recently-concluded assembly polls, the BJP won with a clear majority with 57 seats in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, thereby ousting the Congress that managed to win just 11 seats this time.

Source: ANI