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Uttarakhand CM Dhami To Contest From Khatima, Says ‘Abki Baar 60 Paar’

Exuding confidence that BJP will win 60 seats in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, Dhami gave the slogan 'Abki Baar 60 Paar'.

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File photo of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. (Photo-ANI)

New Delhi: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Saturday announced that he will contest the state assembly polls from Khatima constituency. Exuding confidence that BJP will win 60 seats in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, Dhami gave the slogan ‘Abki Baar 60 Paar (Will cross 60 this time)’.

“I will contest the election from the Khatima constituency. We all are together and ready to contest polls. This time, we have given a slogan ‘Abki Baar 60 Paar’. The candidates’ list will be announced soon,” said Dhami after the BJP Core Committee meeting.

The Election Commission of India on January 8 announced the dates for Uttarakhand Assembly elections. The state will vote on February 14, while the counting of votes will take place on March 10 and results will be declared simultaneously.

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The term of the current Assembly elected in 2017 will expire on March 23, 2022. The 2017 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly election was the fourth Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) of the state of Uttarakhand which was formed in 2000 by dividing Uttar Pradesh.

In 2017, BJP won 57 seats in the hill-state to form the government. The Congress was limited to 11 seats, and two seats went to two independent candidates.

Trivendra Singh Rawat, who had been an RSS activist from 1983 to 2002, was sworn-in as the state chief minister after BJP secured a massive majority. However, in March 2021, he was replaced by Tirath Singh Rawat, who served for a very short term and as Pushkar Singh Dhami took over as the state CM in July 2021 to become the 11th chief minister of Uttarakhand.