As the result of Uttarakhand Assembly elections is all set to be declared on March 11, fate of around 628 candidates are have been sealed by more than 74 lakh voters in the hill state that went for polling in a single phase elections on February 15. With a record 68 per cent voter turnaround this year, an unprecedented enthusiasm was seen among the electorates. Polling happened across 13 districts including 7 in Garhwal region and 6 in Kumaon region of the state. The current elections in the state is touted to be a two-way contest between the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Although the BSP is also in the race, the battle here is primarily between the Congress and the BJP. The elections in Uttarakhand were first conducted in 2002 and both the Congress and the BJP have swapped power ever since. Out of the total 70 constituencies in the state, 1 constituency – Karnaprayag will vote on March 9 because of the sudden death of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi.
While many political bigwigs have acquired the centre stage, candidature of about a dozen of independent candidates have added spice to the election recipe and they hold good chances of changing the aftermaths of the elections. Congress and BJP have experienced some internal conflicts within their parties as several party leaders were denied tickets to accommodate new candidates. BJP has given tickets to as many as 15 new candidates, out of the total 70 and similarly Congress has too given priority to various outsiders and rebels.
Roorkee is constituency No. 31 of Uttarakhand legislative assembly. It is situated in Hardwar district in the Garhwal region of the state. It is an open constituency. Uttarakhand has 70 assembly constituencies.
Number of voters
As per the Election Commission data, Roorkee has a total of 96,239 registered voters out of which 52,011 are male and 44,228 are female registered voters.
What are the key issues
Setting up hostels for youth, easing of traffic, construction of roads and flyovers, and introduction of domestic gas pipelines are some key issues in this constituency.
Who was the winner last time
During the 2012 Assembly elections, Congress won this constituency by a slim margin of just 801 votes. Pardeep Batra who won from Congress bagged 23,164 votes followed by Suresh Chand Jain of BJP who got 22,363 votes. The voter turnout was 63.77 per cent.
Who are the competing candidates
Suresh Chand Jain (Congress), Pradeep Batra (BJP), Ram Subhag Singh (BSP) and Sunita Singh (SP).
Why this constituency is important?
Rorkee is one of the most important and interesting constituencies of Uttarakhand as voters here are confused about whom to vote. It is very clear that both Congress and BJP are main competitors as per previous Assmebly election results. The main contest is between the candidates of the two parties, who have now switched sides. Suresh Chand Jain who was with the saffron party for the past 15 years have recently joined Congress and similarly Pradeep Batra who belonged to Congress has now joined forces with the BJP