The Uttarakhand Elections will take place on February 15, 2017. The year 2017 is crucial for both Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) as well as Congress as both the political parties will aim to win with thumping majority. Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Wednesday announced that all the 70 constituencies of Uttarakhand will go to polls in a single phase. He mentioned that the counting in all fivpoll-boundnd states will be held on March 11, 2017. During his press meet, Zaidi said the model code of conduct will come into immediate effect and the Election Commission is determined to ensure strict compliance. Read: Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017 Dates & Schedule
Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017 Dates:
- Date of polling for Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017 is February 15, 2017
- Date of notification for Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017 is January 20, 2017
- Last date of making nominations is January 27, 2017
- The Completion of scrutiny nominations is dated on January 28, 2017
- Date for withdrawal of Candidature is January 30, 2017
| Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017
|Date of notification
||January 20, 2017
|Last date of making nominations
||January 27, 2017
|Completion of scrutiny nominations
||January 28, 2017
|Withdrawal of Candidature
||January 30, 2017
|Date of Polling
||February 15, 2017
Ruling Party: Congress
Chief Minister: Harish Rawat
Main Parties in State: Congress, BJP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Uttarakhand Kranti Dal.
Capital - Dehradun
The term of the current legislative assembly is going to end on March 18, 2017. The party at the Centre has already started campaigning in state for the upcoming elections. Like Manipur, here too the party will appeal to the people for ‘Congress Mukht Bharat’. BJP president Amit Shah has been seen addressing the people of the corruption during the Congress era. He even stated that Congress has done corruption from the Sky to the hell which is under the ground. Even Rajnath Singh has conducted several rallies in the state.
Elections to the state's first Legislative Assembly were held in 2002. For the first election in the state, 28 political parties including national, state and registered parties participated, with 927 contestants in the fray. The number of electors was 52,70,375, out of which 54.34% cast their votes. Since then, Uttarakhand has held regular elections to the Legislative Assembly.
On March 18, 2016, Nine Congress MLAs resigning from the Congress party creating a havoc in the state. The party at the Centre tried to topple the Uttarakhand government but failed to do so. The state was under the rule of President for a while, which was later revoked by Supreme Court. Later, Harish Rawat was again elected the CM of state by proving majority.
Assembly Constituencies in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand has 70 state assembly constituencies out of which 13 are reserved for candidates belonging to scheduled castes and 2 are reserved for candidates belonging to scheduled tribes.
State Legislative Assembly
Uttarakhand has a unicameral legislature comprising one house only, that is, the State Legislative Assembly, which is also known as the Vidhan Sabha. The assembly consists of 70 directly elected members and one nominated member from the Anglo Indian community. The members of the state assembly are elected every five years. The total number of constituencies in the state is 70. The seat of the Legislative Assembly is at state capital Dehradun. Uttarakhand is represented in Indian Parliament by five directly elected members of the Lok Sabha and three indirectly elected members of the Rajya Sabha. The Speaker of the current Legislative assembly is Govind Singh Kunjwal. Harish Rawat is the chief minister and Krishan Kant Paul is the Governor of the state.
Uttarakhand was formed on the 9th November 2000 as the 27th State of India, when it was carved out of northern Uttar Pradesh. With levels of literacy higher than the national average, the State has abundant availability of quality human resources.