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EC revises voting percentage of Uttarakhand to 65.64% from 68% | Counting of votes will take place on March 11, 2017.

Uttarakhand Elections 2017 – Updates and Results

Uttarakhand Elections Latest News And Updates

February 22, 2017 12:13 PM
The election commission has revised the voting percentage for Uttarakhand. It now has given figures which are less than the earlier figure of 68 %. ..... Read More
February 15, 2017 01:50 PM
As the day is progressing the voting is finally picking up in the hill state of Uttarakhand. It reached 39% till 1 P.M and is expected to rise even ..... Read More
February 15, 2017 09:30 AM
Voting began in Uttarakhand for 69 seats in Uttarakhand. This is the fourth election since the state of Uttarakhand came into existence in 2000. The..... Read More
February 14, 2017 01:01 PM
It is bloody politics in Uttarakhand where the Congress and the BJP are locked in a do or die battle. This battle took an ugly turn when the Bharati..... Read More
February 13, 2017 12:11 PM
As the Election Day is coming closer, the election activity in the state is also getting hectic.Prime Minister Narendra Modi while touring the state..... Read More

Quick facts for Uttarakhand Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies5
Assembly Constituencies 70
Ruling PartyIndian National Congress
Opposition PartyBJP
Chief MinisterHarish Rawat
GovernorKrishan Kant Paul
Chief Electoral OfficerRadha Raturi
AddressRoom No.- 4, Subhash Road, North Block, Secretariat- 4, Dehradun, (Uttarkhand) -248001


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Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017 Dates

Poll Event Dates
Date of Notification 20.01.2017 (FRI)
last Date of Making Nomination27.01.2017 (FRI)
Scrutiny of Nominations 30.01.2017 (MON)
Withdrawal of Candidature01.02.2017 (WED)
Date of Poll15.02.2017 (WED)
Date of Counting 11.03.2017 (SAT)
Date of Completion 15.03.2017 (WED)

Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017

The electorate of Uttarakhand exercised their franchise on February 15, 2017 for 69 constituencies. Record voting (68%) took place in Uttarakhand. The state voted in single phase. The term of the current legislative assembly is going to end on March 18, 2017. Traditionally, voters of Uttarakhand have voted either for Congress or the BJP ever since this state came into existence in the year 2000.

The Congress is currently in power in the state and BJP is the main opposition party. Apart from them, BSP and a number of independents and regional parties also tred their luck in the hill state. Although small in size, Uttarakhand is an important state for both the Congress and the BJP. Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000 and has seen three elections since. All the contests so far have been very close. As many as 19 seats were won with a small margin of fewer than 2000 votes in last elections. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank of the BJP, who served as the Uttarakhand chief minister between 2009 and 2011 himself won the last election by a whisker in the last election.

Prime Minister Modi and Congress vice president had extensively campaigned for their respective parties and did their best to woo 75 Lakh voters of the state. A whopping 628 candidates were in the fray for 69 seats. The Election Commission has done elaborate arrangements for the Election Day. A total of 10,685 polling booths had been set up in the state. The vote would be cast for Karnprayag constituency on March 9 due to the death of BSP candidate Kuldeep Kanvasi.

Key electoral issues in Uttarakhand

Besides unemployment and migration, lack of power and other infrastructures like road constitute major electoral issues in the state. According to a data, more than 7 lakh people, of whom 90 per cent are educated, are unemployed in the state. But this data only takes into account those who are registered with the state’s employment exchange bureaus. That means the number of unemployed people could be much more than what meets the eye.

Religious tourism is the lone employment generating source in the state. Migration of people from the state is linked with unemployment. As many as 1,100 villages in this mountain state are complete empty, while there are 664 villages in the Garhwal region with just a handful of residents who are either old or sick.

Uttarakhand Opinion Poll 2017

Opinion polls surveyed by India Today or ABP News have shown positive outcome for the BJP in the assembly election. Only one local news outlet, Uttarakhand Post has given the Congress an edge over its rival, the BJP. Yet, the overall mood of the voters indicates that they want a change for the sake of the state’s development and prosperity. Click to Know more survey results..

About Uttarakhand Elections

Elections to the state's first Legislative Assembly were held in 2002. For the first election in the state, 28 political parties including national, state and registered parties participated, with 927 contestants in the fray. The number of electors was 52,70,375, out of which 54.34% cast their votes. Since then, Uttarakhand has held regular elections to the Legislative Assembly.

The last assembly elections were held in 2012. Polling was conducted in all 70 constituencies in single phase. The Indian National Congress won 32 seats while the BJP got 31. Although it did not secure majority, the Congress emerged as the single largest party and formed government by allying with the PDF. Congress member Vijay Bahaguna was appointed the chief minister. After Bahaguna's resignation, Harish Rawat became the state's new chief minister in 2014.

With nine Congress MLAs resigning from the party, main opposition BJP made a failed attempt at toppling the government in Uttarakhand. It imposed President's rule in the state in March 2016 which was later revoked by the Supreme Court of India.

Assembly Constituencies in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand has 70 state assembly constituencies out of which 13 are reserved for candidates belonging to scheduled castes and 2 are reserved for candidates belonging to scheduled tribes.

Some of the constituencies in the state are Purola, Yamnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, Karnprayag, Kedarnath, Rudraprayag, Deoprayag, Ghanshali, Narendranagar, Pratapnagar, Tehri, Dhanolti, Chakrata, Vikasnagar, Dharampur, Rishikesh, Hardwar, Roorkee,Pauri, Yamkeshwar, Gangolihat, Nainital, Bageshwar, Almora, Lohaghat, Haldwani, Kaladhungi, Kashipur, Rudrapur, Khatima, and Nanak Matta .

State Legislative Assembly

Uttarakhand has a unicameral legislature comprising one house only, that is, the State Legislative Assembly, which is also known as the Vidhan Sabha. The assembly consists of 70 directly elected members and one nominated member from the Anglo Indian community. The members of the state assembly are elected every five years. The total number of constituencies in the state is 70. The seat of the Legislative Assembly is at state capital Dehradun. Uttarakhand is represented in Indian Parliament by five directly elected members of the Lok Sabha and three indirectly elected members of the Rajya Sabha. The Speaker of the current Legislative assembly is Govind Singh Kunjwal. Harish Rawat is the chief minister and Krishan Kant Paul is the Governor of the state.

Uttarakhand Assembly Election Results:

Main Political Parties of Uttarakhand-

The main political parties in the state are:
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party
  • The Indian National congress
  • The Bahujan Samaj Party
  • Uttarakhand Kranti Dal

List of Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand

S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
1Harish RawatMay 11, 2016IncumbentINC
(President's rule)Apr 22, 2016May 11, 2016N/A
2Harish RawatApr 21, 2016Apr 22, 2016INC
(President's rule)Mar 27, 2016Apr 21, 2016N/A
3Harish RawatFeb 1, 2014Mar 27, 2016INC
4Vijay BahugunaMar 13, 2012Jan 31, 2014INC
5B. C. KhanduriSep 11, 2011Mar 13, 2012BJP
6Ramesh Pokhriyal NishankJun 24, 2009Sep 10, 2011BJP
7B. C. KhanduriMar 8, 2007Jun 23, 2009BJP
8N. D. TiwariMar 2, 2002Mar 7, 2007INC
9Bhagat Singh KoshiyariOct 30, 2001Mar 1, 2002BJP
10Nityanand SwamiNov 9, 2000Oct 29, 2001BJP

List of Governors of Uttarakhand

S.No.Name of GovernorFromTo
1Krishan Kant PaulJan 08, 2015Present
2Aziz QureshiApr 28, 2012Jan 08, 2015
3Margaret AlvaJul 19, 2009Apr 28, 2012
4Banwari Lal JoshiOct 29, 2007Jul 18, 2009
5Sudershan AgarwalJan 8, 2003Oct 22, 2007
6Surjit Singh BarnalaNov 9, 2000Jan 8, 2003

Cabinet Ministers of Uttarakhand

MinistriesName of Minsiter
Chief Minister, Suarez, corruption eradication and public service, encryption, personnel and disciplinary action instituted by the All India Services, State Government Judicial / Legal field nomination / appointment, alertness, general Prchchasn, State Property, IT, industrial development, disaster management and rehabilitation, information Technology, environment and solid Waste prevention, minority welfare, marginal field development, field development and management, rearing sheep and goats. tourism, culture, pilgrimage management and religious fair, Schcktikarn Women and Child Development, alternative Energy, youth welfare, externally aided projects Shri Harish Rawat
Finance ,commerce , Stamp and Registration , entertainment , Parliamentary Affairs , legislative , Election , Census , IDO , Protocol , Higher Education , PlanningIndira Hradyesh
Revenue, irrigation, flood control, cooperation, technical education, rural Abhiyntrn services, Rural Roads & Drainage, India - Uttarakhand River projects in Nepal. Mr Yash Pal Arya
Agriculture, agricultural marketing, agricultural Chcicsha, gardens, silk development, Sainik Welfare, Medical Chcicsha, rainwater harvesting, mountain villages Ckbndi biotechnology.Mr. Hrk Singh Rawat
Medical Services, Family Welfare, AYUSH, Ayush and Greek Chcicsha, Science & Technology, Cane Development and Sugar Industries, Ardwsanik Welfare Council. Mr. Surendra Singh Negi
Food and Civil Supplies, Minor Irrigation, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Home, backward area development. Mr Pritam Singh
Game, Forest and Wildlife, Law and JusticeMr. Dinesh Agarwal
Chcicsha school, adult Chcicsha, Sanskrit Chcicsha drinking water and sanitation, student welfare. Mr. Minister, Prasad Naithani
Urban development, urban housing scheme, Rajiv Gandhi, Pchchupaln, fishing, fodder and pasture development, civil defense, home guards and prison. Mr Pritam Singh Panwar
Labor, employment, small and micro industries, khadi and village industries, Dairy Development, Industrial Training InstituteMr. Harish Chandra Durgapal
Social welfare, transport, rural development and food processing tanks. Mr. Surendra Rakesh

Rajya Sabha Members from Uttarakhand

Name Party
Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra INC
Shri Pradeep TamtaINC
Shri Raj BabbarINC


Uttarakhand Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

The five constituencies for Uttarakhand which took part in the 16th Lok Sabha elections saw a sweeping victory by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Almora, Garhwal, Hardwar, Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar and Tehri Garhwal were the five constituencies in the state which were bagged by the BJP. The state of Uttarakhand is headed by its present Chief Minister of the state is Harish Rawat. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress(INC), Communist party of India (CPI)etc. are some of the leading political parties of the state besides regional parties like Samajwadi Party (SP), Janata Dal (Secular) [JD(S)] and Janata Dal (United) [JD(U)]. In the last assembly and the Lok Sabha polls, INC has been leading the state politics. Mala Raj Laxmi Shah, Satpal Mahara, Pradeep Tamta, N D Tiwari were few of the prominent leaders of the state. The opinion and the exit polls suggested that BJP would lead the state's seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls.

Uttarakhand or Uttaranchal, one of India's newest hill states was carved out of northern Uttar Pradesh on 9th November 2000. It is the 27th state of the country. The state is represented in Indian Parliament by 5 seats out of which one is reserved for the candidate from the Schedule Castes.View detailed Lok Sabha Elections 2014 Results

Last Updated on Feb 16, 2017