Uttarakhand Assembly elections 2017: BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat front runner to be CM

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New Delhi | Updated: March 16, 2017 3:29 PM

With BJP all set form government in Uttarakhand, the party is yet to name it's chief ministerial candidate. As per reports by CNN News 18, Trivendra Singh Rawat leads the race to occupy the chair of the top post in the state.

During the election, the Congress was weakened by the large-scale defections as well as Modi wave. (AP)

With BJP all set form government in Uttarakhand, the party is yet to name it’s chief ministerial candidate. As per reports by CNN News 18, Trivendra Singh Rawat leads the race to occupy the chair of the top post in the state. In the Assembly election results, that was declared last Saturday, the BJP won in 56 seats out of 71. It was followed by Congress way behind which won 11 seats.

During the election, the Congress was weakened by the large-scale defections as well as Modi wave. Before the elections, five rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped in mobalising massive support for the BJP. The Congress’ defeat at the hands of the BJP in the state is being aseen by poll watchers to the rebellions during Harish Rawat’s tenure which saw several party leaders leaving it one after another.

As many as 12 tall Congress leaders contested the Assembly polls in the state as BJP candidates. Except two, all others won their elections to help BJP get to the power in Uttarakhand. Even Vijay Bahuguna’s son Saurav Bahuguna, who was fielded by BJP from his father’s Sitarganj constituency, from where he won by 28,450 votes.

Same way, Yashpal Arya’s son Sanjeev, who contested from Nainital, which he won by 7,247 votes.

Former PCC chief and a big dalit leader from Kumaon region Yashpal Arya who had joined BJP shortly before state elections also scored an impressive victory from Bajpur.

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Even Chief Minister Harish Rawat had lost both the seats he contested in Uttarakhand elections.

(With inputs from PTI)

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