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Assembly Elections 2017: All you need to know about BJP’s Big Win in Uttarakhand

The Modi wave struck the entire state with Bhartiya Janata Party leaving everybody stunned with its massive victory in Uttarakhand on Saturday. The due credit of this feat belongs to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had a great influence on the voters of India be it youth, adults or the elderly. Now Modi can ensure BJP’s near domination of politics in India.

Led by Modi’s charismatic campaign, BJP took away the stash of Uttarakhand from Congress by winning 57 seats in the 70 member Assembly to the Congress’s 11. However, the Election Commission has ordered repolling in one of the booths of Lohaghat assembly seat in Uttarakhand where EVMs went out of order, forcing counting at the station to be stopped midway.

Strategies adopted by BJP to have a clear win in Uttarakhand

  • Since the ambitious and influential local leaders have often engaged in one-upmanship in Uttarakhand to attract the voters, but this has miserably failed with BJP as no such person was able to form his hierarchy above the others. Therefore the party only focused on PM’s presence that vanquished the lack of local leadership in the state and one can say that Modi’s image worked in favour of BJP to win the election.
  • PM addressed four rallies in Uttarakhand in which he never stressed on projecting a mirage of a deserved CM candidate who could dethrone Harish Rawat. On the contrary BJP only relied on collective leadership.
  • Half a dozen leaders aspired for the CM’s post. While the nomination of Satpal Maharaj for Assembly polls raised many questions within the party, a rank outsider, the former Congress MP from Pauri, a spiritual guru joined BJP on the eve of the general elections in 2014.
  • The crucial task of organising, aiding and managing the Uttarakhand polls was handed over to Union Ministers JP Nanda and Dharmendra Pradhan by BJP President Amit Shah. Other than these, RSS Pracharak and National Joint General Secretary Shiv Prakash also played a significant role in knitting strategies for the campaign.
  • The inputs and feedback from prant pracharak in-charge of West UP and Uttarakhand, Alok was regularly sought by the party in finalising the list of candidates.

BJP bagged 57 seats in Uttarakhand while Congress 11 and others got only 2

Party Won Leading Total
Bharatiya Janata Party 56 1* 57
Indian National Congress 11 0 11
Independent 2 0 2
Total 69 1* 70


Uttarakhand has always seen either BJP or Congress Government so the expectations were majorly from these two parties only. However nobody would have thought that BJP will clean swipe Congress in such a way:

  • CM Harish Rawat lost Haridwar (Rural) seat to BJP’s Yatishwaranand by over 12,000 votes.
  • Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat also lost the Kichha seat.
  • BJP candidate Saurav Bahuguna, son of Vijay Bahuguna, won Sitarganj competing against Malti Biswas of Congress Party with a margin of 28,540 votes.
  • Deshraj Karanwal of BJP bagged Jhabreda seat with a margin of 2,253 votes from Rajpal Singh of Congress.
  • BJP’s Mukesh Singh Koli won Pauri seat by defeating Congress’ Naval Kishore by 7,030 votes.
  • Furkan Ahmad of Congress overpowered BJP’s Daibhagwan by 1,439 votes to win PiranKaliyar seat.
  • Kazi Mohammad Nizamuddin of Congress defeated BSP’s Sarbat Karim Ansari by 2,668 votes to win Manglaur seat.
  • BJP’s Pradip Batra won Roorkee seat against Congress’ Suresh Chandra Jain by a margin of 12,542 votes.
  • Yashpal Arya of the BJP won Bajpur by defeating Sunita Tamta of Congress with a margin of 12,636 votes.
  • Mamta Rakesh of the Congress celebrated his triumph against BJP’ Subodh Rakesh by 2,513 votes to win Bhagwanpur seat.
  • Suresh Rathore won Jwalapur seat by defeating Congress’ S P Singh Engineer by a margin of 4,788 votes.
  • BJP’s Chander Ram Das won Bageshwar, defeating Congress’ Balkishan with a margin of 14,567 votes.
  • Congress candidate Harish Singh conquered Dharchula from BJP’s Virender Singh Pal with a margin of 3,085 votes.
  • BJP’s Vishan Singh Chufal defeated Independent Kishan Bhandari by 2368 votes in Didihat.
  • Gadarpur seat went to BJP’s Arvind Pandey who defeated Congress’ Rajendra Pal Singh with a margin of 14,106 votes. Sanjay Gupta of the BJP won Laksar seat by defeating Haji Tasleem Ahmad with a margin of 1604 votes.
  • Naveen Chandra Dumka of BJP defeating Congress’s Harish Chandra Durgapal by 27,108 votes to win Lalkuwa seat.
  • Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion defeated Mufti Riyasat Ali of the BSP with a margin of 13,735 votes in Khanpur.
  • Surendra Singh Negi of the BJP won Karnaprayag seat by defeating Anusuya Prasad Maikhuri with a margin of 2,280 votes.
  • Balawant Singh Bhouriyal of the BJP won Kapkot seat defeating Lalit Farwan of the Congress by 5,982 votes.