The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looked set to storm to a massive win in Uttarakhand on Saturday, as they are likely to clinch the 70-seat Assembly with a comfortable majority, relegating Harish Rawat's incumbent Congress party to a heavy defeat. While most exit polls had predicted between 35 to 40 votes for BJP, the margin of victory — the party is looking well on course to cross the 50-seat mark — has come as a bit of a surprise to most pollsters.
Most of Congress' key candidates suffered heavy defeats on Saturday, none more so than Chief Minister Harish Rawat himself, who had contested from two constituencies — Haridwar Rural and Kichcha — but lost from the former and is trailing from the other. A number of Congress MLAs had defected to BJP last year, and most of them have fared quite well.
Here's a list of the key candidates, and which way their fates were sealed:
LIST OF KEY BJP CANDIDATES:
|Shaila Rani Rawat||Kedarnath||Lost|
|Kedar Singh Rawat||Yamunotri||Won|
LIST OF KEY CONGRESS CANDIDATES:
|Govind Singh Kunjwal||Jageshwar||Won|
|Harish Rawat||Haridwar (Rural)||Lost|
|Surender Singh Negi||Kotdwar||Lost|
|Anusuya Prasad Malkhuri||Karnprayag||Lost|
|Suryakant Dhasmana||Dehradun Cantt||Lost|
LIST OF KEY BSP/INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES:
|Sarwat Karim Ansari (BSP)||Manglore||Lost|
|Bhagavat Singh (BSP)||Jhabrera||Lost|
|Ramkumar Rana (BSP)||Bhagwanpur||Lost|
|Manju Singh (Independent)||Sahaspur||Lost|
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Updated Date: Mar 11, 2017 19:15:41 IST