New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday won from the Pithoragarh constituency in Uttarakhand. It must be noted that BJP’s Chandra Pant won the elections against her rival Congress candidate Anju Lunthi by securing 3267 votes.
The assembly election to the Pithoragarh was conducted on Monday.
The polling which began at 8 AM on Monday went on peacefully with a voter turnout of 47.48 per cent by 5 PM, stated news agency PTI quoting Pithoragarh District Magistrate-cum-Returning Officer VK Jogdande. As many as 145 polling booths were set up in the constituency for 1,05,711 voters, added the report.
However, the Deodar village residents had boycotted the by-election since their demand to construct a link road was not met. Despite much persuasion by officials, none of the 461 voters in the village turned up to vote, Assistant Returning Officer Vidya Sagar Kapri said.
The election for Pithoragarh seat in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand was necessitated after the death of sitting MLA and Cabinet Minister Prakash Pant. He died due to cancer in a hospital in Houston of the United States in June this year. It must be noted that Pant had held the finance and parliamentary affairs ministries in Trivendra Singh Rawat cabinet.
Thus in the Uttarakhand assembly election 2019, Pant’s wife Chandra contested against Congress candidate Anju Lunthi and Samajwadi Party candidate Lalit Mohan Bhatt.
(With agency inputs)