Uttarakhand, May 31: The counting of votes of the Tharali Assembly seat of Uttarakhand is underway. There are five candidates in the fray including two from the left parties and one independent, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress, who appear to be locked in a straight contest on the seat. Congress has fielded Dr. Jeet Ram from the Tharali Assembly seat while the BJP has contested Munni Devi Shah. Kunwar Ram has contested from Communist Party of India (Marxist). Kasbi Lal Shah has contested from Uttarakhand Kranti Dal. Beeri Ram has contested an independent candidate.
The saffron party has fielded its sitting MLA’s widow from the seat in the hope of getting the sympathy votes. However, the BJP’s decision to field widow, Munni Devi Shah from the seat is bound to dash the hopes of keen aspirant Guddu Lal, who had recently joined the BJP. He had reportedly even threatened to enter the fray as an independent if denied a ticket. Guddu Lal had contested from Tharali seat unsuccessfully as an independent in the last assembly elections securing over 8,000 votes. The constituency has a total of 1.02 lakh voters including 3, 277 service voters; Male voters are 50, 991 while female voters are 48, 301.
The Tharali constituency went to polls on May 28. The campaigning ended on Saturday. Both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress went all out in trying to woo the voters. The by-poll is politically significant being the first one since the Trivendra Singh Rawat-helmed BJP Government assumed power following the saffron party’s landslide victory in 2017 Assembly election.
Tharali is a village panchayat located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state, India. Poll to the reserved (SC) seat in Chamoli district was necessitated by the death of sitting MLA Magan Lal Shah in February this year. Magan Lal Shah of BJP won the last elections by defeating Jeetram of Congress. As per the directions of the Election Commission, the bye-election will be held using EVMs and VVPAT machines in accordance with photo electoral rolls revised till January 1 this year. (With agency inputs)