Uttarakhand Bypolls: On Thursday, the BJP announced that Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will contest by-polls from the Champawat assembly seat to enter the state legislative assembly, which is a constitutional requirement for Dhami to continue in the top post. After losing the Khatima seat in the elections held in February 2022, Pushkar Dhami needs to be a legislator within a period of six months of taking oath as the Chief Minister.
The voting will take place on 31st May and the voting results will be announced on 3rd June.
Recently, Champawat MLA Kailash Chandra Gahtori resigned from his post to make a way for Dhami to contest the by-poll from there.
The BJP party created history in Uttarakhand by retaining power. It won 47 seats out of 70 assembly seats.
Pushkar Singh Dhami was first sworn in as the Uttarakhand Chief Minister in July, 2021. As a former president of the BJP youth wing, Dhami has cordial relations with the young cadre. The party believes Dhami helped in checking anti-incumbency to a certain level.
The other two constituencies where the by-polls will be conducted on 31st May are Brajrajnagar, Odisha, and Thrikkakara, Kerala.
The nomination process will start on 4th May when the notification will be issued and the last date for filing a nomination will be 11th May.
The last date for the nomination withdrawal for Thrikkakara is 16th May, for Brajrajnagar and Champawat it is 17th May.
The by-election to the Brajrajnagar assembly seat was necessitated following the demise of Kishore Kumar Mohanty of the BJD and the Thrikkakara by-poll was necessitated following the demise of P T Thomas of the Congress.