Uttarakhand local urban bodies poll results: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 5 of the 7 mayoral seats and 34 of the 84 chairman and president posts in the Uttarakhand civic polls. According to official data, Independents sprang a surprise by grabbing 23 posts. The opposition Congress won 25 of the chairman and president posts. The BSP Mayawati won one post.
The five mayoral seats won on by BJP are Dehradun, Rishikesh, Kashipur, Rudrapur and Haldwani. The Congress won in Haridwar and Kotdwar. BJP’s mayoral candidate for Dehradun, Sunil Uniyal Gama, who is said to be very close to the chief minister defeated his nearest rival Dinesh Aggarwal of the Congress by over 35000 votes. Other victorious BJP mayoral candidates included Anita Mamgai (Rishikesh), Usha Chaudhry (Kashipur), Rampal Singh (Rudrapur) and Jogendra Rautela (Haldwani).
Uttarakhand Chief Minister and BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat termed the result historic and said the people had reposed their faith in the saffron party.
Polling for 84 urban bodies, including seven municipal corporations, 39 municipal councils and 38 nagar panchayats were held on Sunday. Over 60% of the 23.53 lakh voters had exercised their franchise.