BJP and Congress in direct fight in Tehri, Garhwal, Almora- Pithoragarh & Nainital- Udham Singh Nagar, BSP makes contest triangular in Haridwar
A 78,56,268 strong electorate of Uttarakhand will vote to elect their members of parliaments from five Lok Sabha constituencies of the state from among 52 candidates on Thursday. The voting would start at 7 am and continue till 5 PM on the day.
Out of the five constituencies of the state, both the major political parties, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress are in direct fight with each other in four while in Haridwar constituency, BSP has made the contest a triangular one.
In the election campaign, which ended on Tuesday, BJP’s star campaigners virtually carpet bombed the state with rallies and public meetings in every part of the state. Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who addressed public rallies at Rudrapur and Dehradun, the national president of BJP Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Railway minister Piyush Goyal, Union minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot and Shahnawaz Hussain addressed public meetings in support of the BJP candidates in the state. Hit by resource crunch, Congress on the other hand banked heavily on its president Rahul Gandhi who addressed four rallies in the state. Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot also campaigned in the state. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati took time out of her gruelling campaign in electorally important Uttar Pradesh to address rallies at Roorkee and Rudrapur in Uttarakhand.
The Congress is hoping to cash on the anti incumbency of the five years of the Narendra Modi government at centre in these elections and has highlighted failures of the Trivendra Singh Rawat government in the state in the campaign. It is also hoping that its social welfare scheme NYAY which promises to provide Rs 72,000 a year to the poor would tilt the balance in its favour. The BJP on the other hand is banking heavily on the personal charisma of PM Modi and is trying to reap electoral harvest by raking Nationalism, the issue it grabbed with both hands after the Pulwama attack and punitive strikes inside Pakistan territory by the Indian Air Force. One of the highlight of the campaign was that the BJP leaders insisted that people should vote to elect PM (read Modi) and not a MP.
In these elections, the personal prestige of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is at stake. Leading from the front, CM Rawat has addressed 50 rallies in different parts of the state for the party. Apart from him, the political carrier of former chief minister and national general secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Harish Rawat is at stake. He is the Congress party candidate from Nainital- Udham Singh Nagar constituency. Rawat had suffered humiliating defeats from Kichha and Haridwar Rural constituencies in the assembly elections of 2017, a loss in this election could deliver a mortal blow to his politics. Similarly, much is stake for the president of the state unit of the BJP, Ajay Bhatt who is taking on the challenge from the Harish Rawat from the Nainital- Udham Singh Nagar constituency. Incidentally Bhatt was not able to win from Ranikhet assembly constituency in the elections of 2017 when the party he led at the hustings, swept to victory from 57 out of 70 assembly constituencies. Apart from these leaders much is at stake for the Pradesh Congress Committee ( PCC) president Pritam Singh who is taking on the two time MP Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah of BJP who belongs of erstwhile ruling family of Garhwal. A win here would boost the stature of Pritam further in the Congress party while a loss would give ammunition to his detractors within the party. In Garhwal constituency Congress is hoping to cash on the name of the former CM Major General (retd) B C Khanduri and is hoping that his son Manish Khanduri would be able to covert the goodwill Khanduri senior enjoys among electorate to votes. In Almora the personal prestige of the Union minister of state Ajay Tamta and veteran congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Pradip Tamta is at stake.
1 Tehri constituency
Total voters- 1493524
Tran Genders- 59
Service voters- 12329
Total contestants- 15
Prominent candidates- Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah ( BJP) and Pritam Singh ( Congress)
2 Garhwal constituency
Total Voters- 1355776
Male – 674632
Tran Gender- 23
Service voters- 34433
Total Contestants- 9
Prominent contestants- Manish Khanduri (Congress) and Teerath Singh Rawat ( BJP)
3 Almora- Pithoragarh Constituency
Total Voters- 1337803
Trans Gender- 7
Service Voters- 28718
Total contestants- 6
Prominent contestants- Pradip Tamta (Congress), Ajay Tamta ( BJP)
4 Nainital – Udham Singh Nagar
Total Voters- 1828433
Trans Genders- 34
Service Voters- 10162
Total Contestants- 7
Prominent Contestants- Harish Rawat ( Congress), Ajay Bhatt ( BJP)
5 Haridwar Constituency
Total Voters- 1840732
Trans Gender- 136
Service Voters- 5203
Total Contestants- 15
Prominent Contestants- Ambrish Kumar (Congress), Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘ Nishank’ ( BJP) and Dr Antriksh Saini ( BSP).
Thursday, 11 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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