Dehradun: A retired army major general who rose to prominence in BJP, Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri was named as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after a gap of three years.
Forced out of office in 2009 following a campaign by his bete noire former Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari after the party lost all five Lok Sabha seats in the hill state, 76-year-old Khanduri's return to power comes at a time when the party is preparing for assembly polls due next year.
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Sunday resigned as Uttarakhand chief minister paving the way for BC Khanduri to take over the top post.
Nishank, along with some party leaders, went to Raj Bhavan and handed over his resignation to Governor Margaret Alva, Raj Bhavan sources said here.
Seeking to salvage its sagging image in poll-bound Uttarakhand, BJP had on Saturday announced that 76-year-old Khanduri, a former chief minister of the state, would replace Nishank.
After two long rounds of talks with Nishank in Delhi, the BJP top brass had convinced him to step down from the post in the wake of a series of alleged scams against his government.
"Keeping in view the forthcoming elections in Uttarakhand, BJP has decided for a change in leadership. Khanduri will be the new chief minister of the State," party president Nitin Gadkari had told reporters on Saturday after the four-hour meeting.