Uttarakhand election results 2017 highlights: CM Rawat tenders resignation from post, Rahul Gandhi congratulates PM Modi

Uttarakhand election results 2017: As per the latest results, the Congress is likely staring at a defeat in the state with the BJP racing past the party with a good margin of seats as Uttarakhand election results 2017 trickle in.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 11, 2017 6:37 pm

Incumbent Congress suffered a huge setback in Uttarakhand assembly elections on Saturday as the BJP put up a splendid show securing 57 seats in the 70-member state assembly. The Congress got only 11 seats. As results trickled in from as early as 8 am, it became evident that the scales were tilted in BJP’s favour right from the start. To add insult to the injury, Chief Minister Harish Rawat lost both his seats of Hardwar Rural and Kichha to the BJP with a big margin. The chief minister also complimented PM Narendra Modi’s style of leadership, when he said his head-on approach towards dealing with corruption inspired confidence among the masses who voted overwhelmingly in favour of the BJP for a clean and accountable government. Rawat, meanwhile, has tendered his resignation from post as he accepted his party’s defeat. BJP attributed Rawat’s loss to a complete rejection of his leadership by the people even as the incumbent Congress lay decimated.

Uttarakhand election results 2017 highlights:

5:21 pm: Deshraj Karanwal of the BJP emerged victorious in Jhabreda seat by defeating the Congress’ Rajpal Singh with a margin of 2,253 votes.

5:19 pm: BJP’s Saurav Bahuguna, son of Vijay Bahuguna, wins Sitarganj, defeating Malti Biswas of the Congress with a margin of 28,540 votes.

5:02 pm: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi congratulates PM Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

4:13 pm: I accept Congress’ defeat. Could be due to my leadership that the party lost: Harish Rawat.

4:11 pm: I also want to salute the miracle of EVMs: Harish Rawat

4:08 pm: I thank the media for its continued support to me: Harish Rawat

4:06 pm: I want to thank the state election machinery for conducting free and fair elections: Harish Rawat

4:00 pm: PM Narendra Modi has emerged as the tallest leader in the country and even BJP’s political rivals have to admit it: Amit Shah.

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3:50 pm: Move past Hindu-Muslim, a voter is a voter; politics of development should take place: Amit Shah

3:45 pm: Will give politics a new direction, says Shah.

3:44 pm: People have supported Modi’s vision, says Shah.

3:39 pm: This has been a historic mandate, says Shah.

3:35 pm: BJP president Amit Shah addresses press conference in New Delhi on BJP’s success in UP, Uttarakhand. 

3:33 pm: Harish Rawat tenders resignation from the post of CM.

3:11 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to chair a meeting around 4 pm today evening in New Delhi.

2:30 pm: First major BJP loss. State President and sitting MLA Ajay Bhatt loses home seat of Ranikhet.

1:53 pm: BJP now has 80 per cent seats.

1:49 pm: Latest results

BJP: 56,

Congress: 12,

Others: 2

1:39 pm: No security at CM Rawat’s residence.

CM Harish Rawat’s residence.

1:27 pm: Singh said the BJP’s win in the elections is a win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s credibility in the public, his able leadership and party’s commitment to good governance.

1:20 pm: BJP’s Satpal Maharaj leads by a margin of 3900 votes against Congress’ Rajpal Singh Bisht from Chaubattakhal.

1:17 pm: It is a victory of BJP’s ideology and PM Narendra Modi’s pro-poor & development policies: BJP chief on assembly poll results.

1:16 pm: This is a big victory. BJP has reached new heights in Uttarakhand, UP and changed political picture of the country: Rajnath Singh.

1:02 pm: Shyam Jaju, BJP Uttarakhand in-charge told Indian Express: He evaded whether CM would be from elected MLAs or brought from outside. CM will be a BJP member, that’s all.

1:01 pm: Congress veteran Indira Hridayesh is also trailing in Haldwani. Most of the Congress turncoats trying their luck as BJP nominees this time including Harak Singh Rawat, Subodh Uniyal, Rekha Arya, Saurav Bahuguna, Pradeep Batra, Yashpal Arya and Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion are leading in their respective seats barring Shailendra Mohan Singhal and Shailarani Rawat who are trailing in Jaspur and Kedarnath constituencies respectively.

12:46 pm: CM Rawat has lost his second seat from Kichha too. 

12:44 pm: Those who are talking about an India minus the Congress should introspect. Congress is present in India’s soul: Congress leader R Surjewala

12:34 pm: BJP has won 10 seats and was leading in 46 constituencies as per trends available now.

Garhwali women dance during celebrations.

12:20 pm: BJP’s eventual win in Uttarakhand was predicted by exit polls to some extent.

12:18 pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad told NDTV it’s a tectonic shift in politics.

12:15 pm: BJP’s Madan Kaushik leads by over 19,000 votes in Haridwar against Congress’ Bhramswaroop Bhramachari.

12:09 pm: CM Harish Rawat lost one of his two seats by 12400 votes. The seats he is contesting from are Haridwar Rural and Kichha.

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12:03 pm: 

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12:02 pm: 

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11:54 am: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat loses from Haridwar Rural Seat

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11:53 am: 

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11:37 am: Today nation is standing with PM Modi. This is the victory of people of UP and Uttarakhand: Union Minister Piyush Goyal

11:28 am: Complete landslide for BJP as per current trends.

11:24 am: If the trend continues in the state, it will be a huge setback for the Congress party.

11:18 am: BJP’s Rajesh Shukla from Kichha leads by around 2500 votes to Harish Rawat.

11:17 am: Latest results:

BJP: 54

Congress: 13

Others: 3

11:11 am: Harish Rawat trailing with as many as 10,995 votes to BJP’s Yatishwaranand in Haridwar Rural constituency.

11:08 am: In Dehradun Cantt, SHRI HARBANS KAPOOR of the BJP is leading with a margin of 8174 votes against Congress’ Shri Suryakant Dhasmana.

11:06 am: In Chakrata constituency, BJP’s Pritam Singh is leading with a margin of 5986, against Congress’ Madhu Chauhan.

10:59 am: Latest numbers:

BJP: 55

Congress: 13

BSP: 0

Others: 2

10:47 am: As per the latest trends available for 57 seats, the BJP has taken the lead in 44, the ruling Congress is ahead in 10 and Independents in three, state election office here said, according to PTI. 

10:45 am: 

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10:40 am: As per NDTV reports, BJP stands at 55, Congress at 9, BSP at 1.

10:30 am: Harish Rawat trailing in Kichha as well to BJP’s Rajesh Shukla with as many as 3494 votes.

10:26 am: BJP’s Yatishwaranand secures a huge lead with 6071 votes against Harish Rawat in Haridwar Rural.

10:23 am: Latest trend: Congress stalwart minister Indira Hridayesh is losing her home constituency Haldwani. BJP’s Rajesh Shukla is leading over CM Harish Rawat in Kichha. Asha Nautiyal, the sitting Kedarnath MLA, is among the few Independents who are leading at present. Annoyed after the BJP gave ticket to a Congress rebel, Nautiyal had resigned from the BJP and contested as Independent.

10:19 am: Latest results:

BJP: 52
Congress: 15
BSP: 0
Others: 3

10:12 am: BJP crosses half-way mark to secure a firm lead over incumbent Congress.

10:11 am:

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10:08 am: As per updates from NDTV, BJP is leading with 56 seats, Congress trailing at 9, and Others at 2.

10:05 am: Latest numbers: 

BJP: 51

Congress: 16

BSP: 0

Others: 3

10:01 am: As per the latest results, the Congress is likely staring at a defeat in the state with the BJP racing past the party with a good margin of seats.

10:00 am update: BJP leading with 52, Congress at 15, BSP: 0, Others: 3

9:59 am:

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9:57 am: BJP’s Yatishwaranand has secured a lead with 6918 votes against Congress’ Harish Rawat in Haridwar Rural.

9:53 am: Latest leads:

BJP: 55

Congress: 13

BSP: 0

Others: 2

9:49 am: Harish Rawat trailing with around 5770 votes to BJP’s YATISHWARANAND in Haridwar rural.

9:44 am: BJP’s Jogendra Pal Singh Rautela is leading in Haldwani as against Congress’ Indira Hridayesh with 815 votes.

9:42 am: BJP is leading at 49, followed by Congress at 13.

9:40 am: Rajesh Shukla of the BJP is leading in Kichha as compared to Harish Rawat with a margin of 1656 votes.

9:36 am: Leads as of now:

BJP: 48

Congress: 12

BSP: 0

Others: 2

9:33 am: PCC chief Kishore Upadhyaya: “These trends are based on postal ballots. Let the EVM counting begin, situation will change”

9:32 am: CM Harish Rawat trailing in Haridwar Rural, Kichha.

9:28 am: What now remains to be seen is the margin of majority for the BJP.

9:26 am: As of now, the BJP stands at 43 seats, Congress at 20, Others 4.

9:24 am: Leads as of now:

BJP: 44

Congress: 12

BSP: 1

Others: 1

9:21 am: BJP races ahead with 41 votes while Congress lags behind at 12 votes.

9:19 am: Latest figures –BJP 37, Cong 17, Others 4. Rawat had left his hilly seat of Dharchula in Pithoragarh district and came to contest from two seats in plains – Haridwar Rural and Kichha. He and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had held a road show in Haridwar also.

9:13 am: BJP’s Harbansh Kapoor is leading from Dehradun Cantt, while Chief Minister Harish Rawat is behind the BJP candidate Yatishwaranand in Haridwar Rural. Congress candidate is also lagging in Jwalapur seat, Rawat had yesterday conceded that it was among the constituencies where the party had fielded a weak candidate.

9:11 am: BJP gets early lead with 37 seats, Congress at 10, while BSP and Others get 1 each.

9:07 am: According to NDTV inputs, the BJP is way ahead of its rivals with 16 seat, while Congress gets only 3.

9:05 am: As per early trends, CM Harish Rawat seems to be lagging.

8:58 am: BJP now at 15, Congress trailing at 8.

8:57 pm: 

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8:53 am: BJP leads with 9, Congress at 7, as counting underway.

8:48 am: BJP 5, Congress 4.

8:38 am: BJP ahead with 2, Congress registers 1 as counting starts.

8:33 am: Few in Uttarakhand seem to be talking about their own state, all buzz about UP election results, our ground reports suggest.

8:30 am: Visuals from Uttarakhand

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8:23 am: Much like the UP elections, elections in Uttarakhand too in being seen as a test of strategies for BJP president Amit Shah.

8:20 am: The state saw a high voter turnout at 68 per cent, which could likely be seen as a vote for change, probably giving hopes to the BJP for a good show.

8:09 am: Let’s also take a look back at what the exit polls had predicted for the state in 2012: Exit polls had suggested a neck-and-neck fight between the BJP and Congress, in a state which had rejected two incumbent governments in the two elections held since its creation. The predictions were quite correct as Congress won one seat more than BJP. While BJP managed to win 31 seats, Congress won 32 and with the support of BSP’s 3 candidates, it formed the government in 2012.

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8:05 am: Roorkee, Bajpur, Narendranagar, Khanpur, Sitarganj, Kedarnath, Kotdwar are some of the high profile seats from where Congress turncoats are in the fray.

7:56 am: Counting of postal ballots start.

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7:51 am: Over to the BJP’s side, the party had faced considerable amount of internal dissent over giving tickets to Congress rebels, as many loyal cadres contested against official BJP candidates as Independents in protest.

7:45 pm: In an interview to the Indian Express, CM Harish Rawat had said on Friday that he is for a wider, social combination for running the state. He however, did not disclose negotiation details with ‘outsiders’.

7:26 pm: Meanwhile, a BJP leader had said on Friday that if the BJP gets more than 38 seats, it will only be due to PM Narendra Modi, adding that there’s no other factor.

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7:23 pm: Leaders of both Congress and BJP are preparing for tough round of negotiations with Independent candidates.

7:21 pm: All eyes on crucial vote counting today, as heavy security deployed across the state.

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State Chief Minister and Congress leader Harish Rawat will try his luck from two seats of Kichcha in Udhamsingh Nagar district and Haridwar (rural) in Haridwar district. The anti-incumbency factor against the Congress might just have worked for the BJP in the state, as per the exit polls announced on Wednesday by various media agencies. Roorkee, Bajpur, Narendranagar, Khanpur, Sitarganj, Kedarnath, Kotdwar are some of the high profile seats from where Congress turncoats are in the fray. It will be interesting to watch out for what happens in around a dozen seats from where a large number of Congress turncoats will be trying their luck this time as BJP candidates. What remains to be seen is whether CM Harish Rawat will retain power or will the election results pave away for the BJP in the state.

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