Trivendra Singh Rawat
The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat.jpg
8th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
In office
18 March 2017 – 10 March 2021
Preceded byHarish Rawat
Succeeded byTirath Singh Rawat
Cabinet Minister
Government of Uttarakhand
In office
27 March 2007 – 13 March 2012
MinistryAgriculture & Animal Husbandry, Dairy Farming & Fisheries
Member of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byHira Singh Bisht
Succeeded byBrij Bhushan Gairola
In office
Preceded byconstituency created
Succeeded byRamesh Pokhriyal
Personal details
Born (1960-12-20) 20 December 1960 (age 62)[1]
Khairasain, Uttar Pradesh (now in Uttarakhand), India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party

Trivendra Singh Rawat (born 20 December 1960)[2] is an Indian politician who served as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand between 2017 and 2021.

Rawat was a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from 1979 to 2002 and held the post of organizing secretary of the Uttarakhand region, and later the Uttarakhand state, after the state's formation in 2000. He was elected from Doiwala in the State's first legislative assembly elections in 2002. He retained his seat in the 2007 elections and served as the State's Minister of Agriculture.[3][4]

As a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rawat served as Jharkhand's in-charge and Uttarakhand cadre's president. Winning from Doiwala again in 2017, he was named the Chief Minister after his party won majority and formed the government.[5] Rawat resigned from the post on 9 March 2021 citing a "collective decision" made by the party. [6] He did not contest 2022 assembly election.

Early life and career

Rawat was born on 20 December 1960[1] in the village of Khairasain in the Kotdwar tehsil, in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. He was the ninth and youngest child in the family. He obtained his master's degree in journalism from Birla Campus in Srinagar affiliated to the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.[7]

Rawat joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1979 before becoming its pracharak (campaigner) for the Dehradun region in 1985. Subsequently, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the political party associated with it. He was made BJP's organizing secretary for the Uttarakhand region and worked with the senior leader Lalji Tandon at the time. He was also actively involved in the Uttarakhand movement, during which he was arrested several times. After the region received statehood in 2000, Rawat was made the state cadre's BJP president.[7]

Rawat lost a by-election from Doiwala in 2014, when the seat was vacated by former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.

Chief Minister

In 2017 he won the same Assembly constituency of Doiwala. His 27 July 2017 tweet about linguistic preferences sparked off controversy and he was accused of preferring Garhwali language over the Kumaoni language.[8]

In July 2019, Rawat said that cow is the only animal that exhales oxygen and that living in close proximity to cows could cure tuberculosis.[9][10] This unscientific statement sparked off a controversy.[11]

On 9 March 2021, Rawat resigned from the post of the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. This was following meetings with the BJP leaders in Delhi, whom the observers from centre gave their report about the growing dissent against Rawat among MLAs and ministers, including mismanagement during the Chamoli flash floods.[12][13][14]

In May 2021, Rawat said that coronavirus is also a living organism which has a right to live, just like humans.[15] The virus is changing its form constantly. The opposition criticized him and said that his statement is foolish and nonsense, and he has lost his mind and has no vision.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Trivendra Singh Rawat journey from RSS pracharak to CM - त्रिवेंद्र सिंह रावत का आरएसएस प्रचारक से मुख्‍यमंत्री तक का सफर" (in Hindi). 18 March 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Trivendra Singh Rawat, an RSS 'pracharak' who struck it rich in politics". The Economic Times. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Trivendra Singh Rawat, ex-RSS pracharak, to be CM of Uttarakhand". The Indian Express. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Who is Trivendra Singh Rawat?". The Indian Express. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Uttarakhand: BJP MLA Trivendra Singh Rawat to take oath as chief minister". The Indian Express. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Trivendra Singh Rawat quits as Uttarakhand CM, says collective decision taken in Delhi". The Indian Express. 10 March 2021. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  7. ^ a b Upadhyay, Kavita (18 March 2017). "Grassroots worker now set to lead". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  8. ^ Pant, Neha (30 July 2017). "CM tweets in regional languages bring out Garhwal-Kumaon divide". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Cow is the only animal that exhales oxygen, says Uttarakhand CM". The Hindu. PTI. 26 July 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 July 2019.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ "Cow is the only animal that exhales oxygen, says Uttarakhand CM". 27 July 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  11. ^ "'Cows exhale oxygen, can cure tuberculosis': Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat's bizarre claims spark row". Firstpost. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  12. ^ Ghosh, Deepshikha (9 March 2021). "Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat Resigns". Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Trivendra Singh Rawat steps down as Uttarakhand CM, submits resignation to Governor". The Indian Express. 9 March 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  14. ^ P, Neelam (9 March 2021). "Trivendra Rawat quits as CM, thanks BJP for 'golden opportunity' to serve Uttarakhand". ThePrint. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Covid virus has a right to live, says ex-CM Trivendra Singh Rawat. Barbs follow". Hindustan Times. 13 May 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  16. ^ PTI (14 May 2021). "Coronavirus Has "Right To Live" Like Rest Of Us: Ex-Uttarakhand Chief Minister". NDTV. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
Preceded byHarish Rawat Chief Minister of Uttarakhand 18 March 2017 – 10 March 2021 Succeeded byTirath Singh Rawat