Uttarakhand election results: Modi wave decimates Congress, Rawat resigns

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 11, 2017 18:54 hrs

Chief Minister Harish Rawat called on Governor KK Paul and tendered resignation. He has been asked to continue till the formation of the next government.

Rawat had lost from the both seats he contested – Haridwar rural and Kiccha. Three of the cabinet ministers – Indira Hridayesh, Pritam Singh and Preetam Panwar were the saving grace for Rawat.

Hridayesh and Pritam Singh won as Congress candidates while Preetam Panwar contested as an independent. State president Kishore Upadhyay who also lost poll said "Congress will emerge in the times to come."

On the other hand, BJP emerged as a clear winner wiping out Congress from the political scene in the Himalayan state.

BJP won 25 seats while it was leading in 32 seats. However its state president Ajay Bhatt lost in Ranikhet. Party parliamentary board will meet in New Delhi later in the day to decide CM face.

Earlier, jubilant BJP workers soaked in colours celebrated at party office in Dehradun as the BJP was heading towards a landslide victory in Uttarakhand.

The BJP was way ahead from magic figure of 36 needed to form the government.

Party state in-charge Shyam Jaju said in Dehradun that party parliamentary board will meet later in the day to decided next leader of the legislative party. Satpal Maharaj, Trivendra Rawat, Prakash Pant, Dhan Singh Rawat, BS Koshyari are some of the probable’s for the chief ministerial position.

In fact, Saturday proved a lucky after BJP but for ruling Congress it proved a bad day. The party tasted one of the worst defeats in Uttarakhand.

The party’s poster boy Harish Rawat lost from both the seats which he contested.

His cabinet colleagues were also heading towards defeat. Indira Hridayesh, one of the senior ministers of Rawat cabinet was trailing by 2000 votes in Haldwani.

The only saving grace for Congress in Dehradun district has been Chakrata seat, where Pritam Singh, cabinet minister won by 4000 votes.

BJP which played a master stroke last year by splitting Congress seems to have worked. Out of 10 seven Congress rebels which fielded were leading in the seats.

One of the turncoats Yashpal Arya won from Bajpur (SC) reserved seat. His son Sanjeev Arya contesting from Nainital was also all set to win.

Besides, some bad news was also coming for the BJP as its state president Ajay Bhatt who was trailing at Ranikhet seat.

“It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brand image that seemed to have worked for saffron party in the 16 year old state” says SS Pangti, a political commentator based in Dehradun.

In the last three assembly elections that Uttarakhand witnessed since its creation in 2000, the Congress got 36 seats in 2002 polls and just touched the majority mark.

In 2007 polls, BJP got 34 seats and formed government with the help of independents and in 2012 Congress with 32 legislators formed government with the support of independents and fringe parties.

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There are a total of 70 assembly seats in the state which are all being contested by the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP.

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2017, 14:17:35 PM
 
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Uttarakhand Analysis

The jubilant BJP workers soaked in colours celebrated at party office in Dehradun as the BJP was heading towards a landslide victory in Uttarakhand. The BJP was way ahead from magic figure of 36 needed to form the government.

Party state in-charge Shyam Jaju said in Dehradun that party parliamentary board will meet later in the day to decided next leader of the legislative party.

Satpal Maharaj, Trivendra Rawat, Prakash Pant, Dhan Singh Rawat, BS Koshyari are some of the probable’s for the chief ministerial position.

In fact, Saturday proved a lucky after BJP but for ruling Congress it proved a bad day. The party tasted one of the worst defeats in Uttarakhand.

The party’s poster boy Harish Rawat lost from both the seats which he contested. His cabinet colleagues were also heading towards defeat.

Indira Hridayesh, one of the senior ministers of Rawat cabinet was trailing by 2000 votes in Haldwani. The only saving grace for Congress in Dehradun district has been Chakrata seat, where Pritam Singh, cabinet minister won by 4000 votes.

BJP which played a master stroke last year by splitting Congress seems to have worked. Out of 10 seven Congress rebels which fielded were leading in the seats. One of the turncoats Yashpal Arya won from Bajpur (SC) reserved seat.

His son Sanjeev Arya contesting from Nainital was also all set to win. Besides, some bad news was also coming for the BJP as its state president Ajay Bhatt who was trailing at Ranikhet seat.

“It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brand image that seemed to have worked for saffron party in the 16 year old state” says SS Pangti, a political commentator based in Dehradun.

In the last three assembly elections that Uttarakhand witnessed since its creation in 2000, the Congress got 36 seats in 2002 polls and just touched the majority mark.

In 2007 polls, BJP got 34 seats and formed government with the help of independents and in 2012 Congress with 32 legislators formed government with the support of independents and fringe parties.


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Nine Congress turncoats who joined BJP last year are leading in their respective seats.

Former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna's son Saket Bahuguna was leading by 10,000 votes in Sitarganj seat. Ritu Khanduri, daughter of former CM BC Khanduri is leading by 2000 votes from Chaubattakhal seat.

Sanjeev Arya, son of former minister Yashpal Arya leading from Nainital.

Interestingly, chief minister Harish Rawat and his all 11 ministers trailing from respective seats. CM Rawat contesting from two seats.


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The BJP meanwhile will meet on today noon to discuss poll results. The party MP Ramesh Pokhriyal said the trends indicates that people have voted for a clean system. 
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Overall BJP leads on 44 seats while Congress on 22 seats. BJP candidate Ganesh Joshi who became infamous for hitting a horse named Shaktiman also leads from Mussoorie. The trends seem on the line of exit polls which predicted a clean sweep for BJP in the hill state. 
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Chief Minister Harish Rawat continues to trail from Haridwar rural seat by a margin from 6000 votes. BJP sitting MLA Swami Yatesawaranand leads.

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Chief Minister Harish Rawat is trailing from Haridwar rural seat after the first round of counting of votes, Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay leading at Haridwar rural seat. The trends suggest BJP leading in 10 seats and Congress in 4. Upadhyay hoped that party will be able to form government.
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Congress president Kishore Upadhyay says despite early leads to BJP, Congress will win.
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CM Harish Rawat leading in Haridwar rural seat 
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Counting begins for the 70 assembly seats of Uttarakhand. 637 candidates are in the fray including 61 women. Out of 95 postal ballots, the counting is going on for around 60,000 ballot votes. The ballot votes play a crucial role in particularly in those seats where the contest in close.    

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Counting begins at 15 centres in Uttarakhand


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Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the party has taken various initiatives in the hill state. While the Congress is playing victim card against BJP for imposing President’s Rule last year, the BJP is banking on Narendra Modi for a victory in the Assembly elections.
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Congress, BJP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, and Progressive Democratic Front contested the elections. Currently, Uttarakhand is under the leadership of Chief Minister Harish Rawat who belongs to the Congress Party.

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Hello and welcome to our Live coverage and as the counting clock ticks by, Uttarakhand is all but poised. 
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Poll of Exit polls put out by NDTV based on surveys done by India-TV-CVoter, News24-Today's Chanakya, India Today-Axis, India News-MRC and ABP-Lokniti CSDS polls has BJP winning Uttarakhand. The predicted tally is BJP winning 42 seats, the Congress 24 and Others 4 in the 70-member assembly.

The swing towards the BJP was betrayed by the fact that many key Congress leaders decided to join the BJP ahead of the elections. This did lead to some heartburn in the BJP particularly when some of these new arrivals won party seats ahead of established veterans. But then if the BJP reclaims power as predicted, it will all be quickly forgotten. Will it? Join us at 8 am on Saturday to find out.


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