New Delhi: BJP on Thursday (January 20) announced its list of candidates for the ensuing polls to the Uttarakhand state assembly. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to contest election from Khatima assembly segment and the state unit chief of the party, Madan Kaushik, has been fielded from the prestigious Haridwar assembly seat. The saffron party on Thursday announced the names of 59 candidates for the 70-member assembly.
Among others, BJP candidates are Subodh Uniyal from Narendra Nagar, Pritam Singh Panwar from Dhanualti, Ganesh Joshi from Mussoorie, Madan Kaushik from Haridwar, Dr Dhan Singh Rawat from Srinagar, Satoal Maharaj from Chaubattakhal, Bishen Singh Chufal from Didihat, Arvind Pandey from Gadarpur Saurabh Bahugna from Sitarganj, Swami Yatishranand from Haridwar Rural, Rajkumar from Purola Bharat Singh Choudhary from Rudraprayag, Mahendra Bhatt from Badrinath, Naveen Dumka from all Kuan Bashindhar Bhagat from Kaladhungi, Suresh Rathor from Jwalapur, Pradeep Batra from Roorkee and Adesh Chauhan from Ranipur Bhel.
According to sources, the party has so far fielded five women, 54 general caste candidates, and three are from the Baniya community and 14 Brahmins. The BJP has fielded Ramsharan Nautiyal, father of Bollywood singer Jubin Nautiyal from the Chakrata assembly seat.
Uttarakhand will go to the polls on February 14, and the results of the elections, along with four other states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur and Goa, will be out on March 10.
Notably, Late Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat’s younger brother, Colonel (retired) Vijay Rawat, joined the BJP on Wednesday.
In another development, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has written to BJP national president J P Nadda expressing his unwillingness to contest the assembly polls this year. Rawat represented the Doiwala assembly segment and was chief minister between March 18, 2017, and March 10, 2021