The BJP on Thursday released its first list of 59 candidates for the Uttarakhand Assembly polls. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Uttarakhand BJP president Madan Kaushik will contest from Khatima and Haridwar Assembly constituency respectively.

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Union Minister and BJP state election in-charge Pralhad and national general secretary Arun Singh released the first list. Ten sitting MLAs have been replaced with new faces.

Joshi said that among the 59 candidates 31 are graduates, 18 are post graduates, four are spiritual leaders and more than 10 percent are women. The six women candidate are Rekhan Arya (Someshwar), Chandra Pant (Pithoragarh), Sarita Arya (nainital), Renu Bisht (Yamkeshwar) Kunwarrani Devyani (Khanapur) and Savita Kapoor (Dehradun Cantt). The BJP has fielded Saurabh Bahuguna, son of former Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, from Sitarganj. Senior leader Satpal Maharaj has fielded from Chaubattakhal and Dhan Singh Rawat from Srinagar.

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