Uttarakhand result highlights| BJP gets 56 seats to floor Congress, Rawat resigns
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 56 of Uttarakhand’s 70 seats to wrest power from the Congress, which managed to win only 11.
Result of Lohaghat assembly constituency will be declared on March 15 after a re-polling at a booth where results in an EVM didn’t show up due to technical glitch, the Election Commission has said.
Bitten by Modi wave swaying Uttarakhand, chief minister Harish Rawat, who lost from both the seats he contested, tendered his resignation to governor KK Paul on Saturday evening.
The Congress’ debacle showed its poor connect with the grassroots workers, especially after it lost 11 leaders to the BJP, including Harak Singh Rawat, Yashpal Arya and former CM Vijay Bahuguna.
Also, what worked for the BJP’s cause was the one-man show by outgoing chief minister Rawat, who has been accused of corruption following more than one ‘sting operation’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi promise of central funds and all around development of the state clicked with people.
The BJP has wrested power from the Congress, but would have tough time to select the chief minister with many senior leaders, including former atleast three CMs, vying for the post.
The BJP’s parliamentary party is meeting in Delhi on Sunday to decide on the future course. The new CM is likely to be elected after Holi.
Here are the highlights of Uttarakhand assembly election results:
9/30pm: The Election Commission has ordered a re-polling at booth number 128 of Lohaghar assembly constituency on March 15 after results in an EVM didn’t show up due to a technical glitch. The results will be announced at 6pm that day, the EC said.
5.34pm: Latest trends: BJP 56, Congress 11, Independent 2
5.20pm: I’m Sudama of Congress, says Harish Rawat, who lost both the seats he contested
5.10pm: Kazi Mohammad Nizamuddin of the Congress defeated BSP’s Sarbat Karim Ansari by 2,668 votes to win Manglore seat.
5pm: Deshraj Karanwal of the BJP emerged victorious in Jhabreda seat by defeating the Congress’ Rajpal Singh with a margin of 2,253 votes.
4.50pm: Victory in Uttarakhand is special; I assure people of the state that BJP will serve them with dedication, says PM Modi.
4:17 pm: Harish Rawat says, “Salute Modi wave and EVM magic. The EC should check misuse of money power in polls. ”
4:06 pm: Indira Hridyesh of Congress wins from Haldwani by 6557 votes.
4:00 pm: Speaker Govind Singh of Congress Kunjwal wins Jageshwar seat.
3:30 pm: Chief minister Harish Rawat met governor KK Paul to tender his resignation. He has been asked to continue till the formation of next government.
3:05 pm: Rekha Arya of BJP wins from Someshwar seat.
2:45 pm: BJP candidate Satpal Maharaj wins by 8,200 votes from Chaubattakhal.
2:33 pm: Current Uttarakhand result status
2:02 pm: Sanjeev Arya of BJP wins from Nainital.
1:52 pm: BJP state president Ajay Bhatt loses from Ranikhet.
Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay says, “Congress is like a phoenix, will rise again.”
1:35 pm: Independent Ram Singh Kaida wins from Bhimtal.
Congress headquarters in Dehradun wears a deserted look.
1:16 pm: CM Harish Rawat to meet Governor KK Paul at 3 PM today. Likely to tender resignation.
1:11pm: BJP state president Ajay Bhatt trailing by 4,000 votes in Ranikhet.
Gopal Rawat of BJP leading by more than 6,800 votes in Gangotri.
BJP’s Naveen Dumka wins Lalkuan seat.
1:07 pm: Veteran Congress leader and state finance minister Indira Hridyesh now leads by 5000 votes in Haldwani.
12:57 pm: Saurabh Bahuguna of BJP wins Sitarganj seat by 28,450 votes.
12:53 pm: Congress Furqan Ahmad wins from Kaliyar seat by 1,400 votes.
BJP state in-charge Shyam Jaju speaks on selection of chief minister.
12:45 pm: BJP’s Rajesh Shukla won by 42 votes defeating chief minister Harish Rawat from Kiccha.
12:40 pm: Spiritual guru and BJP candidate Satpal Maharaj leading by about 4,000 votes from Chaubattakhal.
12:30 pm: Pritam Singh of Congress wins from Chakrata by 4,400 votes.
BJP’s Pardeep Batra wins from Roorkee.
12:20 pm: Harish Rawat loses from Kichha as well.
BJP candidate Suresh Rathor wins from Jawalapur.
12:10 pm: Haldwani Mayor and BJP candidate Jogendra Pal Singh Rautela leads by 3104 votes over finance minister Indira Hridyesh of Congress.
BJP supporters celebrating in Uttarakhand.
11:57 am: BJP’s Pranav Singh wins by 10,000 votes in Khanpur seat.
Trivendra Singh Rawat, the forerunner for the post of chief minister, speaks to reporters.
11:49 am: Harish Rawat loses from Haridwar rural, BJP Swami Yatishwranad wins by 12,000 votes.
BJP’s Sanjay Gupta wins from Laksar seat by 5000 votes.
11:35 am: Shocker for sitting Congress MLA Rajkumar who is trailing by around 2000 votes in Rajpur seat, was considered to be a strong bet.
11:23 am: Swami Yatishwranad leading ahead of chief minister Harish Rawat by 11,000 votes in Haridwar rural.
11:10 am: Harish Rawat trailing in Haridwar Rural but closing the gap in Kichha.
10:57 am: Former chief minister BC Khanduri’s daughter Ritu leading by over 2,000 votes from Yamkeshwar.
•BJP’s Harbans Kapoor leading in Dehradun Cantt by 8,174 votes.
•BJP’s Satpal Maharaj leading by more than 3,000 votes in Chaubattakha.
•Harish Rawat behind by 11, 000 votes from Haridwar rural seat.
•Ranjeet Rawat of Congress ahead by 1,204 votes on Ramnagar seat.
10:52 am: BJP Swami Yatishwranad leading by 8000 votes from Haridwar rural.
Congress Rajpal Singh is leading by 2000 votes in Jhabrera seat.
Congress is leading by 3000 votes in Mangalore seat.
10:40 am: BJP’s Ganesh Joshi leading with 3572 votes in Mussoorie.
•Navprabhat of Congress leading by 341 votes.
• Munna Singh Chauhan behind in third phase.
•Pradeep Singh Pal of Congress ahead on Didihat seat. Prakash Pant leads on Pithoragarh seat
• Subhash Pandey of BJP ahead of Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal of Congress in Jageshwar seat.
• Haldwani mayor and BJP candidate Jogendra Pal Singh Rautela ahead of Indira Hridyesh of Congress by 4121 votes after 4 rounds.
10:24 am: Congress rebel and Independent candidate Ram Singh Kaida leading from Bhimtal after fourth round.
Congress’ Pritam Singh and Ranjeet Rawat leading from Chakrata and Ramnagar respectively.
10: 15 am: Chief minister Harish Rawat lagging behind in both Haridwar rural and Kichha. Rawat behind by 6500 in fifth round from Haridwar rural seat.
Key BJP candidates are leading in the following constituencies
•Satpal Maharaj from Chaubattakhal .
• Rekha Arya from Someshwar .
• Harak Singh Rawat in Kotdwar.
• Daleep Singh Rawat in Lansdowne.
• Party’s youngest candidate Vinod Kandari in Deoprayag.
10:00 am: Close fight between BSP and Congress in Mangalore seat. Congress candidate Qazi Nizamuddin is leading by 1,000 votes.
Khanpur BJP candidate Pranav Singh is leading by 6,000 votes.
Congress contestant Ambrish Kumar from Ranipur seat is leading by 1300 votes
9:50 am: Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay ahead by 650 votes in Sahaspur seat.
Three-time Congress MLA Pritam Singh ahead by 4,554 votes in Chakrata seat.
Seven- time BJP MLA Harsbans Kapoor ahead by 3,444 votes in Dehradun Cantt seat.
9:26 am: Harish Rawat trailing by 6000 vote from Haridwar rural seat. BJP’s Swami Yatishwranad is leading.
9:10 am: BJP leading in 27 constituencies, Congress in 3.
CM Harish Rawat also trails from Kichha seat.
9:07 am: BJP is leading in as many as 23 seats as compared to 10 of Congress after the first round of polling.
Ganesh Joshi, BJP lawmaker who beat up police horse Shaktiman, is leading from Mussoorie seat by 2700 votes
9:00 am: In Haridwar rural seat, BJP candidate Swami Yatishwranad leading by 2500 votes.
8: 57 am: BJP ahead in Haridwar rural seat in first round of counting. CM Harish Rawat is contesting from this seat.
BJP also leading in Jhabrea seat.
8:55 am: Water-proof tunnel set up to take EVMs from storeroom to counting centres.
8:50 am: Early trends- Uttarakhand: BJP; 4, Congress: 2, Others 0
Early trends suggest CM Harish Rawat leading from Haridwar rural.
In Nainital district, BJP ahead on 2 seats, Congress on 1.
Kailash Gehtodi of BJP ahead on Champawat seat . Mayukh Meher of Congress ahead on Pithoragarh seat
8: 42 am: BJP and Congress leading in one seat each.
8:42 am: MeT has predicted rains across most places in kumaon and many places in Garhwal region today.
8:38 am: EVMs of Sahaspur constituency being carried towards counting centre at Sports College, Raipur in Dehradun right now.
8:20 am: Counting begins for 6 seats at Haldwani centre.
8:00 am: Counting starts for 9 assembly seats in Dehradun city.
8:00 am: Counting of votes in the five states including Uttarakhand begin.