Khatima, Election Result 2022 LIVE: No hat-trick for CM Dhami; loses his bastion to Congress
Chief Minister and two-time sitting MLA from Khatima, Pushkar Singh Dhami has lost the battle to Congress's Bhuwan Chandra Kapri. Khatima was the constituency that was the bastion of the eight-month-old chief minister.
In a major setback to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttarakhand, its eight-month-old chief minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami lost the seat of Khatima constituency. Dhami was twice been elected as the Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Khatima constituency. It was for the third consecutive year that Dhami is contesting from this assembly segment.
CM Dhami had started to trail as Congress’s Bhuwan Chandra Kapri, picked up the lead and beat the chief minister by over 7,000 votes. Dhami was hopeful of making a hat-trick from his constituency, however, the people of Khatima decide to vote in favour of the Congress candidate instead of the BJP CM.
After the exit polls results, Dhami claimed that the party will gain over 60 seats out of 70. Kapri has previously also been pitted against Dhami; in the 2017 elections, Kapri had lost by mere 2,709 votes. However, this time around, Kapri beat Dhami by a huge margin.
For the 2022 elections in Uttarakhand, eight candidates had contested the elections. Apart from BJP and Congress, Ramesh Singh of BSP and Sawinderjeet Singh Kaler of AAP were the candidates that had contested.
As for the issues that were raised in the region, the locals demanded better road infrastructure, AIIMS branch, health infrastructure, safeguarding the international boundary (as the assembly borders with Nepal) and addressing unemployment. Both BJP and Congress had promised to resolve these issues if they are voted to power. BJP, in particular, went a step further and promised to amend the Love Jihad law, bring the Uniform Civil Code, Rs 2000 per poor family of farmers in addition to PM's Kisan Saman scheme.