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Uttarakhand elections: What may work and what may not for top candidates

The assembly election in Uttarakhand is being billed as a star-studded battle between the Congress and the BJP for control of the Himalayan state.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 15, 2017 13:26 IST
Nihi Sharma
Uttrakhand chief minister Harish Rawat with former Delhi state minister Rajkumar Chauhan releasing 'Rawat Kay Sankalp' at party office in Dehradun.
Uttrakhand chief minister Harish Rawat with former Delhi state minister Rajkumar Chauhan releasing 'Rawat Kay Sankalp' at party office in Dehradun.(PTI File Photo)

The assembly election in Uttarakhand is being billed as a star-studded battle between the Congress and the BJP for control of the Himalayan state.

An HT analysis of the 69 constituencies and possible scenarios for individual candidates:

* Harish Rawat (Congress): Kiccha and Haridwar (rural)

What may work

Rawat’s development work in Kiccha, that falls in Kumaon region with 29 seats, and in Haridwar district having 11 assembly segments. Also the fact that he is tipped to become CM again if the Congress wins.

What may not

Anti-incumbency and a division of Muslim-Dalit votes in Haridwar (rural)

* Kishore Upadhyay (Congress): Sahaspur

What may work

He is the party’s state president and a probable minister if his party wins the state

What may not

Considered an outsider; rebel candidate Aryendra Sharma, who was Congress nominee in 2012, may eat into Upadhyay’s vote base; also a division of minority votes

* Indira Hridyesh (Congress): Haldwani

What may work

The veteran leader’s connect with the people, focus on development work. She is also the sitting legislator

What may not

Her allegedly arrogant style of functioning; two Muslim candidates may also divide her vote bank

* Pritam Singh (Congress): Chakrata

What may work

A family bastion from where he has never lost since the assembly elections in 2002. Only assembly segment from where Congress got more seats than BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls

What may not

BJP challenger Madhu Chauhan public rapport and development work when she was a zila parishad chairperson.

* Ranjeet Rawat (Congress): Ramnagar

What may work

His close association with Harish Rawat and his constituency falling in CM’s bastion – Kumaon

What may not

Failure to deal with growing human-animal conflict and rampant illegal mining, allegedly by a section in the Congress government

* Ajay Bhatt (BJP): Ranikhet

What may work

If the BJP wins, he is likely to get an important portfolio

What may not

A Brahmin in a Rajput-dominated seat and rebel candidate Pramod Nailwal, who was with the BJP earlier

* Harak Singh Rawat (BJP): Kotdwar

What may work

Ghar-wapsi to BJP after almost two decades, his experience in Uttarakhand politics and connect with locals

What may not

His flamboyant image, incumbency and rebellion against CM Harish Rawat

* Satpal Maharaj (BJP): Chaubattakhal

What may work

His image as a spiritual leader, connect with people because of his family and money power

What may not

His rival, Congress’ Rajpal Bisht has been in constant touch with voters despite losing the 2012 polls

* Yashpal Arya (BJP): Bajpur

What may work

His loyal friends in the Congress, he was a cabinet minister in the Harish Rawat government, and the BJP’s core vote bank

What may not

Dissent in BJP, incumbency, division of SC votes as Congress has fielded a women candidate related to BJP MP Ajay Tamta

* Saurabh Bahuguna (BJP): Sitarganj

What may work

Young face, son of former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna and probability of he becoming a minister if the BJP wins

What may not

Opposition by the local BJP and dominance of Bengali and Sikh votes