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2017 Uttarakhand Assembly Elections: All You Need to Know

Chief Minister Harish Rawat addresses a press conference in Dehradun. (File Photo: Getty Images)

Chief Minister Harish Rawat addresses a press conference in Dehradun. (File Photo: Getty Images)

The BJP has been alternating with the Congress in this state and is waiting to capture power again

The BJP has been alternating with the Congress in this state and is waiting to capture power again

Uttarakhand will go to the polls on: 15 February (single phase)

Date of notification: January 20

Last date of nomination: January 27

Population in 2011: 1.01 crore

Assembly seats: 70

Reserved for candidates belonging to scheduled caste: 13

Reserved for candidates belonging to scheduled tribes: 2

Parties in power: Congress, BSP, Progressive Democratic Front

Chief Minister: Harish Rawat

Other contenders: BJP comprises BSP, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (progressive) and independents

Party-wise seats in assembly poll 2012 (total seats 70)

PARTY WON VOTE %

Indian National Congress 32 33.79

Bharatiya Janata Party 31 33.13%

Independent 3 12.34%

Bahujan Samaj Party 3 12.19%

Uttarakhand Kranti Dal(P) 1 1.93%

Lok Sabha Result 2014 (Total Seats 5)

PARTY WON VOTE %

BJP 5 55.93%

Issues Likely to Dominate

- Demonetisation

- Sustainable development

- Livelihoods and infrastructure that is equipped to handle ecological disasters that the region is prone to.

- 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.

first published:January 04, 2017, 13:40 IST