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Uttarakhand bypolls: Why CM Dhami is looking more confident and relaxed

In the brief history of the hill state, there has not been a single instance where a chief minister lost a by-election

Pushkar Singh Dhami
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Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami submits his nomination papers for contesting by-elections. Dhami fulfilled a big election promise of providing 3 LPG cylinders free to nearly 184,000 Antyodaya card holders

Shishir Prashant
Leading from the front, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami , 46, steered the BJP through choppy waters to a mammoth victory in the Uttarakhand Assembly election this year. For the first time in the hill state, the same party came to power for a second term.

Dhami, the youngest chief minister in the state, however, lost in Khatima, defeated by the Congress’ Bhuwan Chandra Kapri by over 6,500 votes. But the BJP high command kept faith in him and allowed him to continue as chief minister. And remember, Dhami was a surprise choice of the party when he was made chief

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First Published: May 23 2022 | 6:10 AM IST

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