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Former Uttarkhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Gets HRD Ministry in Modi Govt 2.0

Pokhriyal has been elected as a member of the Lok Sabha from the Haridwar parliamentary constituency for the second consecutive term.

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Updated:May 31, 2019, 1:56 PM IST
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Former Uttarkhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Gets HRD Ministry in Modi Govt 2.0
BJP leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, along with his daughter Aarushi Pokhriyal, shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting votes at a polling station, during the first phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in Dehradun. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Former Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has been allocated the Ministry of Human Resource Development. He will be taking over from Prakash Javadekar, who has been given the Environment and Information and Broadcasting ministries.

Pokhriyal has been elected as a member of the Lok Sabha from the Haridwar parliamentary constituency for the second consecutive term. He won the Haridwar seat with a margin of 2,58,729, having bagged 6,65,674 votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. He defeated Congress candidate Ambrish Kumar.

Haridwar is an important constituency with over 50% Muslim and Dalit population.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Pokhriyal had defeated Renuka Rawat, Congress candidate and wife of former chief minister Harish Rawat, by winning 50.38% of the votes.

In the 2009 general elections, Harish Rawat had won this seat polling 57.83% of the votes. He had then defeated the BJP’s Swami Yatishwaranand Giri.

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