Daily briefing: Rawat resigns at Uttarakhand CM; Mamata files nomination from Nandigram today

A year before his term ends, Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on Tuesday, saying the time had come to pass on the baton.

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A year before his term ends, Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on Tuesday, saying the time had come to pass on the baton. Sources said there was growing discontent in the Uttarakhand unit of the party over the centralisation of power with the Chief Minister’s Office, the composition of Rawat’s Cabinet, the high-handedness of the bureaucracy and growing anti-incumbency.

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Bhulte pari nijer naam, bhulbo nako Nandigram (I can forget my name, but never forget Nandigram)” — Mamata Banerjee, who held her first meeting in the constituency on Tuesday, will file her nomination today. Telling the BJP not to teach her to be a “good Hindu”, Mamata said, “Don’t play the Hindutva card with me. I am a Hindu Brahmin girl…”

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Until tomorrow,

Leela Murali and Rahel Philipose

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