The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) closed in on a massive win in Uttarakhand on Saturday, as they clinched 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 managed to win 57 seats — has come as a bit of a surprise to most pollsters.
As Firstpost reported in another copy, there were a total of 637 candidates in the fray for the 70 Assembly constituencies of the state. Among them, 261 were independent candidates. In fact, in about a dozen constituencies, independent candidates made for a triangular battle alongside Congress and BJP representatives. In the plain districts of Udhamsinhnagar and Haridwar, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was considered to be a strong alternative, but didn't put up a fight.
Here are the party-wise results in Uttarakhand:
|Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)||57|
|Indian National Congress (INC)||11|
|Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)||-|
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Updated Date: Mar 11, 2017 19:02:20 IST