Hours after meeting Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, Colonel (retd) Vijay Rawat, brother of late Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, on Wednesday joined the ruling BJP ahead of upcoming elections in the state.
I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to join BJP. My father was with BJP after retiring & now I’ve gotten a chance. PM Modi’s vision & thinking is very wise & futuristic: Colonel Vijay Rawat.
Col Vijay Rawat, now retired, met Dhami in Delhi. “I like his (Uttarakhand CM) vision for State. It matches what my brother (late CDS Bipin Rawat) had in his mind. The BJP has same mindset,” he had told news agency ANI after the meeting .
Asked earlier if would join the saffron party, Rawat had said, “In case they ask me, I’ll serve people of Uttarakhand.”
CDS Rawat, who hailed from Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand, died in a helicopter crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on December 8 along with 13 others, including his wife Madhulika.
Election to the 70-member Uttarakhand assembly is scheduled to be held on February 14. The counting of votes will be done on March 10.
(With inputs from agencies)