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Uttarakhand Election Result 2017, as it happened: BJP sweeps hill state with unprecedented mandate

The BJP was projected to win Uttarakhand Assembly polls by various exit polls on Thursday, with projections ranging from 35 to 53 seats for the party in the 70-member house

FP Staff March 11, 2017 19:46:54 IST
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Uttarakhand Election Result 2017, as it happened: BJP sweeps hill state with unprecedented mandate

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Mar 11, 2017 - 17:39 (IST)

How the towering figure of PM Modi helped BJP in fragmented Uttarakhand

Ambitious and influential local leaders have often engaged in one-upmanship in Uttarakhand, which has been to the detriment of the BJP. And since not one person was influential enough to tower above the others, this has always remained the condition. To compensate for this, the party chose to focus heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence in the state, choosing to play down the lack of local leadership. It was actually the Narendra Modi factor that helped BJP win the election.

Mar 11, 2017 - 17:00 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi congratulates BJP for victory

Mar 11, 2017 - 16:46 (IST)

Congress' ploy of focussing on Harish Rawat alone has backfired

Congress focussed on Harish Rawat to such an extent that the party alienated other local leaders who rebelled and moved to the BJP. It was these leaders who have won big in Uttarakhand, and have contributed to BJP's victory.

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Mar 11, 2017 - 16:29 (IST)

BJP state president Ajay Bhatt loses at Ranikhet to Congress' Karan Mahara

Mar 11, 2017 - 16:17 (IST)

How parties' leads through over the day

Mar 11, 2017 - 16:00 (IST)

Latest numbers as per Election Commission:

BJP: 32 wins, 25 leading

Congress: 8 wins, 3 leading

Independent candidates: 1 win, 1 leading

Mar 11, 2017 - 15:38 (IST)

Rawat to tender his resignation

They tell me Chief Minister Harish Rawat will tender his resignation now. Which is ironic, because the elections have been brutal on him. Tender and brutal are opposites.

Mar 11, 2017 - 15:15 (IST)

Rawat to meet governor Paul to resign after poll debacle

Chief Minister Harish Rawat will meet state Governor KK Paul to tender his resignation, after having accepted his defeat in the Assembly election. Rawat contested from two constituencies, but lost both. Moreover, his Congress party is staring at the prospect of an all-time lowest tally.

Mar 11, 2017 - 15:11 (IST)

No silver lining for Harish Rawat

Results are fast becoming clear in Uttarakhand, and the Congress party looks set for a decimation. Almost all the star names the party had come up with for the Assembly election have suffered heavy defeats. Even its state president and chief minister couldn't escape losses. The party has been swept away by the tsunami-like wave in favour of the BJP. It's time for introspection for Rawat. He has lost face and lost his constituency.

Mar 11, 2017 - 14:58 (IST)

New Delhi: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday lost from both the Haridwar (Rural) and Kichcha seats, as the ruling Congress was handed a humiliating drubbing by the BJP in the hill state.

Rawat lost the Haridwar (Rural) by 12,000 votes and the Kichcha seats.

His defeat comes as the Congress state unit president Kishore Upadhyay conceded defeat.

The BJP is leading in over 55 seats in the state.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday thanked the people of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand for the BJP's "historic victory" in the two states.

Rajnath Singh attributed the victory to "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to the public, his efficient leadership and our commitment to good governance.

"We thank all the people of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand for this historic victory and express gratitude towards them."

This, he said, was not a victory but a "mega victory".

"The BJP has changed the political picture of the country by touching the new era of success in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand," he tweeted.

The BJP was projected to win Uttarakhand Assembly Election by various exit polls on Thursday, with projections ranging from 35 to 53 seats for the party in the 70-member house.

The News 24-Today Chanakya poll gave the BJP 53 seats and the ruling Congress 15, and others two in the hill state. India Today-Axis predicted that BJP would get 46-53 seats, the Congress 12-21, and others 2-6 seats. India News-MRC exit poll projected 38 seats for the BJP, 30 for the Congress, two for others.

India TV-Cvoter predicted that BJP and Congress had an even chance at forming a government in the state, and projected 29-35 seats for both parties each. It projected two to nine seats for others.

The poll of polls done by CNN-News18 projected BJP to get 38 seats, Congress 26 and others six, and a similar exercise by NDTV projected the BJP getting 43 seats and the Congress 23 in the hill state.

Exit polls were telecast on Thursday evening at 5.30 pm, after balloting ended on a seat each in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, which polls were earlier countermanded following deaths of candidates.

Five states — Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and Manipur — witnessed assembly polls over eight phases in February-March. The counting of votes will take place on Saturday.

 

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