Uttarakhand assembly elections: Vijay Rawat, brother of late CDS General Bipin Rawat, joins BJP | India News


NEW DELHI: Colonel Vijay Rawat (retired), the younger brother of Late Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday joined the BJP in the presence of Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni.
The BJP may field him as its candidate in poll-bound Uttarakhand, news agency PTI said quoting sources.
CDS General Bipin 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 Rawat.
Vijay Rawat said that his father, also a former army officer, was associated with the BJP and expressed happiness at working for the party. He lavished praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he has a unique vision and mindset.
PM Modi thinks out of the box and all his efforts are directed towards the country’s betterment, Rawat said.
Welcoming Vijay Rawat into the party, Dhami said the late CDS wanted to work for the state after retirement and his younger brother will advance his vision.
The BJP is inspired by nationalist ideology and has always worked for security personnel’s welfare, Dhami said.
Noting that Rawat’s family has been joining the army for three generations, the Uttarakhand chief minister said Vijay Rawat’s decision to join the BJP will boost its strength.
Earlier today Vijay Rawat had met Pushkar Singh Dhami in the national capital.
“Today in Delhi, met Col. Vijay Rawat ji, brother of the first CDS of the country and the pride of Uttarakhand Late Bipin Rawat ji. We salute the service to the nation done by Bipin Rawat ji and his family. I will always work to make Uttarakhand according to their dreams,” Dhami said in a tweet.

(With inputs from agencies)

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