Late on Friday evening, Uttarakhand chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat resigned from his post. His resignation, which came less than four months after he was sworn in as the CM of the hill state, has put the spotlight on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee who has to get elected as an MLA within six months.
Given the constitutional crisis, I felt it was right for me to resign- Tirath Singh Rawat
Tirath Singh Rawat was in the national capital for the past three-four days during which he met the top leadership of the BJP including JP Nadda. Subsequently, he resigned from his post. Quoting the Election Commission for not conducting the by-poll, Tirath Singh Rawat tendered his resignation to Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya. In a brief statement in Hindi, he is reported to have said, “Given the constitutional crisis, I felt it was right for me to resign. By polls could not be held because of Covid-19.” The latest development has its ramifications for Trinamool Congress (TMC) supreemo Mamata Banerjee as well.
Tirath Singh Rawat and Mamata Banerjee are on same page!
Tirath Singh Rawat was supposed to get elected as an MLA by September 10. Mamata Banerjee, who took oath as the West Bengal CM on May 5, should get elected by November 5. Mamata lost to her former confidante and BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram by a narrow margin of 1,956 votes.
So the point is – If the Election Commission does not hold by-poll for an MLA seat in West Bengal in the next four months, Mamata Banerjee would be forced to resign as CM. She may have to choose her successor who most likely would be a sitting MLA.
“Article 164(4) of the Constitution says, “A Minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of the Legislature of the State at the expiration of that period cease to be a Minister.”