BJP`s Prakash Pant to contest against U`khand CM

BJP Tuesday announced the candidature of Prakash Pant for contesting the Sitarganj bypoll against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna.

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2012, 15:01 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP Tuesday announced the candidature of Prakash Pant for contesting the Sitarganj bypoll against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari cleared Pant`s name after approving the recommendations of party`s Uttarakhand State Election Committee for the bypoll. A total of three names had been recommended by the Committee.

Pant, a former Minister in the previous BJP governments, had lost the Pithoragarh assembly seat in the March assembly polls in the state.
Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, who till now was a Lok Sabha member from Tehri, is contesting the Sitarganj bye- election as a Congress candidate and filed his nomination papers on June 14.

The Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal have decided not to field a candidate against Bahuguna.

The bypoll, which is slated on July 8, was necessitated following the resignation of BJP legislator Kiran Mandal last month.