The nomination process for the 70 seats of Uttarakhand that began on Thursday, started on a rather dull note with the candidates belonging to major parties refraining from filing papers.
The Congress is yet to name its candidates for the various seats in the state. A single nomination was filed by an independent candidate in Yamkeshwar assembly segment of Pauri. The state capital saw the procurement of 32 forms by various candidates with not a single nomination.
The last day for nominations is January 12 and scrutiny would be held on January 13 while the last date of withdrawal of candidature is January 16. The state of Uttarakhand will go to the polls on January 30.
In Haldwani, the nomination process remained very slow due to the BJP and the Congress candidates not filing their nominations.
Chief electoral officer of Uttarakhand Radha Raturi held a press conference in the secretariat in which she apprised newsmen that no decision had been taken on banning setting up of stalls by parties near the polling booths and they might continue as before. The state had requisitioned adequate security forces and additional homeguards would be requisitioned from Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. On being informed that several persons with political affiliations had been appointed as sector magistrates, the CEO said that they would be removed soon.
Around 11 nomination forms were taken in Bageshwar and Kapkot on Sunday, which included those by former minister Ram Prasad Tamta, and Chandan Ram Das of the BJP.
No nominations were filed from Nanakmatta and Sitarganj assembly segments. Three candidates took the nomination forms for these two segments. Around 8 nomination forms were taken in the Khatima assembly segment.
No nomination on first day in Haridwar
The filing of nomination papers began on Thursday under strict security arrangements but blame it on foggy weather throughout the day not a single nomination paper was filed by the party candidate today. Though final list of nominees is still to be announced by the Congress, none from the BJP and BSP turned up at Roshanabad collectorate. Many frustrated BJP party workers who did not get tickets are looking for other ways and those who have got are waiting for the auspicious time to file their nomination.
With no sun peeping out of the foggy skies, people remained indoors and the returning officer Jyoti Yadav reported zero entry for nomination at the closing announcement, at 3 pm on Thursday.
Ample security arrangements have been made by police department by deputing 25 sub-inspectors, 3 women and one traffic sub-inspector, 8 head constables, 86 constables, 30 women constables, five constables traffic police and one company PAC. Different room numbers have been allotted at the collectorate for Haridwar, Ranipur, Laxor, Haridwar grameen, Khanpur, Roorkee, Kaliyar, Manglore, Jwalapur, Jhabreda and Bhagwanpur seats contesting candidates.
“Weather is awful here. What can be predicted of voters on the D-day when even contestants are looking for a bright day for filing their papers. Contesting election in January is in no way suitable for the hill state,” says one of the BJP ticket holders.