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Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat to step down from Chief Minister post

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Just a year ahead of Uttarakhand Assembly elections, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is likely to tender his resignation on Tuesday amid a political crisis in the BJP state unit.

Sources said Rawat would step down as CM when he would meet the Governor at 4 pm.

The development comes a day after Trivendra Singh Rawat met central BJP leaders in Delhi. There has been speculation that BJP was mulling political changes in the state after several ministers and MLAs have expressed apprehensions over the working style of Rawat.

Rawat was named the chief ministerial candidate by the BJP after it stormed to power in 2017, winning 57 of 70 seats in the state assembly.

A section of state leaders are of the view that the party’s electoral prospects under him may not be very bright. Top sources in the party said at least 10 BJP MLAs, including four ministers, are camping in Delhi.

Two central leaders, BJP vice-president Raman Singh and general secretary Dushyant Singh Gautam, who were sent as observers, have submitted their report to party president J P Nadda.

As per sources, some ministers have given an ultimatum to Raman Singh and Gautam that they would resign if CM Rawat was not removed.

To placate the dissenting MLAs, the party leadership might go for an expansion of the Rawat Cabinet. After the 2017 elections, Rawat had inducted seven Cabinet and two junior ministers with independent charge. As per rules, the state can have a maximum of 12 ministers, including the CM. A Cabinet post fell vacant after minister Prakash Pant passed away last year in May.

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Here are top five selling cars in India right now: Watch list

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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the largest-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in India in March 2021. It was followed by the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra Bolero, Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet. Let us have a look at the sales numbers of all these models for the month of March 2021.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 11,274 units

Continuing its hold over the sub-4metre compact SUV segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza emerged as the best-seller with sales of 11,274 units in March 2021. It is priced between 7.51 lakh and Rs 11.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hyundai Venue – 10,722 units

Following the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the Hyundai Venue with sales of 10,722 units in March 2021. The Venue is available in the price range of Rs 6.87 lakh to Rs 11.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Mahindra Bolero – 8,905 units

The third best-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in March 2021 was the Mahindra Bolero with sales of 8,905 units. It is offered in the price bracket of Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Nexon – 8,683 units

At the fourth position was the Tata Nexon with sales of 8,683 units in March 2021. The Nexon’s price starts at Rs 7.10 lakh and goes up to Rs 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Kia Sonet – 8,498 units

The fifth and final position on the list of the top five best-selling compact SUVs in March 2021 was occupied by the Kia Sonet, which registered sales of 8,498 units. Its price ranges from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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