Uttarakhand elections: BJP wins 47 seats, Congress 19
Dehradun: The BJP has come back to power for the second consecutive term in Uttarakhand with a two-third majority in the 70-member Assembly.
The party has won 47 seats and got a vote share of 44.33 percent, a drop of nearly two percent from the previous 2017 Assembly elections. The BJP had secured a 46.51 percent vote share in the 2017 Assembly election. However, the BJP suffered a loss of 10 seats in comparison to the previous polls in 2017 when the party had come with an even bigger majority with 57 seats.
The incumbent Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, however, suffered a loss to Congress candidate Bhuwan Chandra Kapri by a margin of 6,579 votes in the Khatima constituency. Dhami got a total of 41,598 votes with a vote share of 44.8 percent as against Kapri who got 48,177 with a huge vote share of 51.89 percent.
However, some BJP MLAs including Kailash Gahtori and Suresh Gadiya have expressed their willingness to give up their respective seats for Dhami to contest as he suffered defeat in Khatima.
The Congress party, which was hoping to return to power in this election managed to win 19 seats. The party's top leader and former chief minister Harish Rawat lost his seat from the Lalkuwa seat to BJP's Mohan Singh Bisht by 17,527 votes.
Anupama Rawat, daughter of Harish Rawat defeated sitting minister Yatishwaranand from the Hardwar Rural seat by a margin of 4,472. (ANI)