Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017 Dates
|Poll Event ||Dates|
|Date of Notification ||20.01.2017 (FRI)|
|last Date of Making Nomination||27.01.2017 (FRI)|
|Scrutiny of Nominations ||30.01.2017 (MON)|
|Withdrawal of Candidature||01.02.2017 (WED)|
|Date of Poll||15.02.2017 (WED)|
|Date of Counting ||11.03.2017 (SAT)|
|Date of Completion ||15.03.2017 (WED)|
Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017
Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Uttarakhand in single phase on February 15, 2017. The term of the current legislative assembly is going to end on March 18, 2017. Apart from the regional parties, the Congress and BJP are the main political contenders in this hill state. Voters of Uttarakhand have voted alternatively for Congress and 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. Although small in size, Uttarakhand is an important state to win in 2017 for both the Congress and BJP. While Congress would want to retain power and relevance, the BJP would want to consolidate its influence and prove that the political game on display in the state few months ago was reflective of the popular mood in favour of it. Counting of votes will take place on March 11, 2017.
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 Minister||From||To||Party Name|
|1||Harish Rawat||May 11, 2016||Incumbent||INC|
|(President's rule)||Apr 22, 2016||May 11, 2016||N/A|
|2||Harish Rawat||Apr 21, 2016||Apr 22, 2016||INC|
|(President's rule)||Mar 27, 2016||Apr 21, 2016||N/A|
|3||Harish Rawat||Feb 1, 2014||Mar 27, 2016||INC|
|4||Vijay Bahuguna||Mar 13, 2012||Jan 31, 2014||INC|
|5||B. C. Khanduri||Sep 11, 2011||Mar 13, 2012||BJP|
|6||Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank||Jun 24, 2009||Sep 10, 2011||BJP|
|7||B. C. Khanduri||Mar 8, 2007||Jun 23, 2009||BJP|
|8||N. D. Tiwari||Mar 2, 2002||Mar 7, 2007||INC|
|9||Bhagat Singh Koshiyari||Oct 30, 2001||Mar 1, 2002||BJP|
|10||Nityanand Swami||Nov 9, 2000||Oct 29, 2001||BJP|
List of Governors of Uttarakhand
|S.No.||Name of Governor||From||To|
|1||Krishan Kant Paul||Jan 08, 2015||Present|
|2||Aziz Qureshi||Apr 28, 2012||Jan 08, 2015|
|3||Margaret Alva||Jul 19, 2009||Apr 28, 2012|
|4||Banwari Lal Joshi||Oct 29, 2007||Jul 18, 2009|
|5||Sudershan Agarwal||Jan 8, 2003||Oct 22, 2007|
|6||Surjit Singh Barnala||Nov 9, 2000||Jan 8, 2003|
Cabinet Ministers of Uttarakhand
|Ministries||Name 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 , Planning||Indira 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 Justice||Mr. 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 Institute||Mr. 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 Tamta||INC |
|Shri Raj Babbar||INC|
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 Jan 23, 2017