Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017

The Election Commission of India has declared that polling will be held in Uttarakhand in a single phase on February 15, 2017. Results will be declared on March 11, 2017. The term of the current legislative assembly is going to end on March 18, 2017 The BJP has already started campaigning aggressively for the upcoming Assembly elections. BJP national president Amit Shah sounded the poll bugle with his ‘Shankhnaad Rally’ in Haridwar. He appealed voters to remove the ‘corrupt’ Congress government and bring BJP to power to usher development in the state. Besides minor regional parties, the BJP, Congress and BSP are the main political contenders in this state.

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 .

Issues of the State

Uttarakhand was formed in November, 2000 in response to demands for a separate state to address the unique needs and requirements of the hill people. But ever since the state came into being, it has been mired in political instability with only one government able to complete a full five year term in the last 16 years. While the demand for branching out from Uttar Pradesh was valid, the purpose for its creation has not been served yet. Uttarakhand’s people want sustainable development, livelihoods and infrastructure that is equipped to handle ecological disasters that the region is prone to. Instead, unemployment remains high and the vulnerability to ecological disasters has only increased. While the state is rich in minerals, irregular mining has made the hill region more prone to floods, landslides and related natural disasters, causing immense damage to life and property.

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.

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

Facts About Uttarakhand's Polity

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

Uttarakhand Assembly Election 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)

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

List of 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

List of Rajya Sabha Members of Uttarakhand

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

Chief Electoral Officer 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