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BJP pits Pant against Uttarakhand CM

india Updated: Jun 19, 2012 12:39 IST

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The BJP on Tuesday announced the candidature of its senior leader Prakash Pant against Uttarakahand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna in the Sitarganj assembly by-election.

Senior leaders of the Uttarakhand unit said while three names were sent to the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership, Pant got the green signal to contest.

Pant has been a minister in successive BJP governments in the hill state. He lost the March assembly polls from Pithoragarh.

Bahuguna, when he became the chief minister, was a MP from Tehri. He is contesting from Sitarganj as a Congress candidate. He filed his nomination papers June 14.

The Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal have decided not to field a candidate against the chief minister citing political propriety.

The election will be held July 8. The seat fell vacant following the resignation of BJP legislator Kiran Mandal last month.