Congress President Kishore Upadhyay charged BJP with publishing advertisements worth crores of rupees on the front pages of newspapers and buying prime time slots for the party's campaigns on private news and entertainment channels.
Maximum voting was recorded in Uttarkashi district (73 per cent), followed by Nainital and Haridwar (both 70 per cent). Almora (52 per cent) in Kumaon recorded the lowest polling until 5 pm.
The teams, accompanied by mules and security personnel, will take another two days to return with the electronic voting machines and other materials.
The election in the poll-bound hill state is considered a direct contest between the ruling Congress and BJP. But the presence of about a dozen rebel candidates in the fray as independents may upset the calculations.
Over 74 lakh voters will seal the fate of 628 candidates in EVM machines between 8 AM to 5 PM when polling concludes, state Election office informed.
The polling to Karnaprayag constituency of the state was adjourned due to the death of BSP candidate Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi and it will now be held on March 9.
Narayan Singh Rana, RSS swayamsevak, is the father of Sushma, who is married to Pankaj Singh, son of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
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On the direction of the Commission, a case was registered against Rahul Gandhi, Harsih Rawat and party candidate from Haridwar Brahmaswaroop Brahmachari last night.
Karnaprayag is a high profile constituency from where Deputy Speaker of the state assembly Anusuya Prasad Maikhuri is contesting.
The Congress termed it as a conspiracy of the BJP and the channel involved to build an atmosphere against the party ahead of the Uttarakhand Assembly polls.
It was alleged that Joshi hit the horse, breaking its hind leg.
People of the state will have to make the lotus bloom if they wanted a clean government capable of bringing about real development, Rajnath Singh said.
Security agencies are keeping strict vigil along the 240 km-long Indo-Nepal border that falls in the region to nab "anti-national elements that could disrupt the polling process."
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Rahul and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also jointly announced the Samajwadi Party (SP) - Congress' Common Minimum Programme.
The Congress leader was in Haridwar for a campaign rally.
In 2012, this seat was represented by former CM Vijay Bahuguna who led the defection last year to the BJP against what the rebels termed was Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s “arrogance”.
Addressing two rallies in Pauri Garhwal and Pithoragarh, Modi once again raised the issue of surgical strikes and said that while it was a “big event in the military history”, the Congress questioned it.
The BJP has given tickets to as many as 13 Congress rebels.
Reminding the 2013 calamity, Rawat said he rebuilt a state ravaged by the catastrophic flashfloods and put things back on track.
Likening himself to millet, he said like the mountain foodgrain, the more he is ground, the better he will become.
Rawat had to fly to Almora to address a rally around the same time and his chopper was not allowed to take off for around 1 hour
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday held a 75-km roadshow in Haridwar and hit back at BJP on the issue of corruption.
Interestingly, many rebel Congress leaders, now in BJP, are contesting from seats located in the district including Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion from Khanpur and Pradeep Batra from Roorkee.
Although Prime Minister Modi was addressing a rally in Uttarakhand’s Srinagar, his dominance and the BJP’s strength could be gazed by the number of supporters that thronged Gandhi’s road show.
Modi also accused the Congress of insulting the armed forces by earmarking a mere Rs 500 crore for One Rank One Pension during its rule.
The Prime Minister urged the people to vote overwhelmingly in support of BJP this time to drive it on the path of development.
Uttarakhand goes to polls on February 15.
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Again talking about surgical strikes, the PM added, “Entire world is discussing that the Indian Army has this power... but Indian politics has stooped so low that they are asking for proof of surgical strikes.”
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The senior Congress leader also trained guns at Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis for continuously referring to dossiers of some political leaders in Maharashtra (kundali).
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In a complaint to the CEC, Rawat said why only his helicopter was being checked "when BJP leaders from New Delhi were bringing money in their choppers to distribute it among party candidates".