Seven politicians have won in all the four assembly elections held in Uttarakhand since its formation in 2000 while five others completed a hat-trick of victories.
Among BJP MLAs, who have clinched the fourth consecutive victory, are Madan Kaushik and Harbhajan Singh Cheema.
Kaushik won from Haridwar constituency by a whopping margin of 35,927 votes and Cheema from Kashipur with 20,114 votes.
Yashpal Arya from Bajpur, Harak Singh Rawat from Kotdwar and Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion from Khanpur - the three joined the BJP from Congress - are also the fourth time winners.
Pritam Singh from Chakrata constituency and Govind Singh Kunjwal from Jageshwar are Congress leaders who managed to continue their dream run despite a robust “Modi Wave”. Both of them got the better of their BJP rivals although with thin margins.
“People of Uttarakhand wanted ‘parivartan’ (change) and the same has reflected in their mandate. I’m grateful to them for their blessings,” Harak Singh Rawat, a former Congress rebel, said.
BJP’s Shailendra Mohan Singhal – one of the former Congress rebels who was also eyeing a fourth straight win – lost to Congress’ Adesh Chauhan from Jaspur. Congress’ Dinesh Agarwal failed to clinch his fourth win from Dharampur seat.
Five politicians who scored a hat-trick are from the BJP. They are Banshidhar Bhagat from Kaladhungi, Ganesh Joshi (Mussoorie), Surendra Singh Jeena (Salt), Chandan Ram Das (Bageshwar) and Prem Chand Agarwal (Rishikesh).
Political analyst Jay Singh Rawat told HT: “One thing is clear that these MLAs (who’ve been winning consecutively) have carved a special identity among the electorate through their work and personality.”
“However, with the defeat of two such leaders, it also becomes apparent that anti-incumbency is not just against the ruling party but also against sitting legislators irrespective of their parties,” said the Dehradun-based analyst.
BJP’s Harbans Kapoor from Dehradun Cantt won the assembly elections for the record eighth time, while his party colleague Bishan Singh Chuphal from Didihat won for the fifth time.