The BJP stormed to power in Uttarakhand last March, winning 57 of the 70 assembly seats, a first for any party in the state which has battled political instability ever since it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000.
Considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since his RSS days, Trivendra Singh Rawat pipped his rivals in the BJP to become the state’s eighth chief minister. The 57-year-old from Pauri Garhwal completes a year in office on March 17.
During a visit to New Delhi, Rawat spoke to Kumar Uttam on his achievements, challenges from within and outside, and how he prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Excerpts:
You complete one year in office next month. How do you rate your government?