Assembly Election 2022, In Uttarakhand–An AAP-Hill Battle for Both Cong, BJP This Time

Assembly Election 2022, In Uttarakhand–An AAP-Hill Battle for Both Cong, BJP This Time

Legislative Assembly elections will be held in Uttarakhand, in a single phase, on 14 February 2022 to elect 70 members of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly. The votes will be counted and the results will be declared on 10 March 2022. 

The 2022 elections are prone to be a triangular battle in Uttarakhand. Congress and BJP are straight pitted on most of the 70 seats, whereas AAP is anticipated to throw a problem in city pockets like Dehradun. mentioned.

AAP can also be eyeing Uttarakhand and each go to by occasion chief Arvind Kejriwal is marked by a significant announcement – from 300 items free electrical energy for each family to Rs 5,000 unemployment allowance for youth. Besides city voters, AAP is hoping to faucet the substantial defence inhabitants within the state and has named former serviceman Col Ajay Kothiyal as its CM face. Kothiyal will contest from swings between BJP and Congress. 

The contest in Uttarakhand has thus far been bipolar, with the Congress and the BJP alternating in power. But this time, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party has entered the fray to shake things up a little.

“Last time, parties like the BSP, regional party the UKD and some other outfits lost considerable vote share to the BJP. This time, the AAP is here and is expected to get at least 10% votes. Moreover, the BSP is trying to regain lost ground. For the BJP, which is facing internal challenges, it is not going to be a cake-walk to repeat its 2017 performance,” says political commentator Manmohan Bhatt.

However, it is expected that the key contest will be primarily between the BJP and the Congress, in the upcoming assembly elections – scheduled to be held in early 2022.

Uttarakhand Kranti Dal that has been contesting the polls as a third force apart from Congress and BJP. Uttarakhand Kranti Dal was the party that started the movement for a separate hill state, but still it could not become an alternative to Congress or BJP.

Similarly, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had also emerged successful on seats, but as a third party, it could not achieve much in the state politics. This time too, the BSP has announced to contest the assembly elections on all 70 seats in Uttarakhand.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has also announced to contest on all the seats in the state. But the road for the SP here is even more difficult. Akhilesh Yadav’s led SP had won the Haridwar Lok Sabha seat in 2004 but since then the party has not won any seat.

The main electoral issues in the hill state are migration, employment, health, education and public transport system among others. 

BJP And Its Hopes

On model Modi to retain management, it’s count- ing on its youthful CM Pushkar Singh Dhami to blunt anti-incumbency. At the identical time, it’s highlighting central initiatives like Kedarnath redevelopment, Char Dham allweather highway, and the Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail undertaking as examples of ‘double-engine’ improvement ensuing from the presence of the identical occasion on the Centre and within the state.

Speaking to TOI, Dhami mentioned, “The strength of the double engine can be gauged from the fact that the Centre has approved more than Rs 1 lakh crore for development works in the last five years… We are confident of going past 60 seats this time. ”

“BJP needs to tell people why they have given three CMs to Uttarakhand in the election year. Unemployment is at an all-time high and so is migration from the hills. Welfare schemes started in the Congress days have been stalled. One CM takes a decision while another one repeals it and labels it as development,” former CM Harish Rawat.

On March 9, 2021, the state Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned from his post and was taken over by Tirath Singh Rawat. Later within a few months, he also had to resign from his post and now Pushkar Singh Dhami is the Chief Minister of the state.

Present Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, as part of the campaigning, is highlighting various ‘developmental works’ done by the government during last five years. For this, the Dhami government will be taking out ‘Vikas Rath’ across districts of the state. Further to promote the policies, developmental works and schemes of the state government, party will also take help of street plays and LED screens across 300 locations in the state.

AAP And Its Dreams

On the other hand, the AAP says that this time it will contest all the 70 seats in the elections. “Uttarakhand is done with the BJP and the Congress. I believe, voters will give surprising results,” says party leader and Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia. 

AAP is also gearing up to fight the elections with full strength. As usual Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has come with freebie. chief Arvind Kejriwal promised that if the AAP comes to power, 300 units of electricity will be given free to every household in the state. He also announced, Rs 5,000 unemployment allowance for youth.

The Congress Had Its Own Nightmares

Uttarakhand is of the few states where the Congress sees a ray of hope and expects to capitalise on the anti-incumbency votes. The party has not projected any chief ministerial face yet, but Harish Rawat, who is considered the de facto candidate, has said of late that he would “someday” like to see a Dalit CM head the Congress government in the state. The statement is seen as a nod to Dalit leader Yashpal Arya, a veteran Congressman who had switched over to the BJP in 2017 but is back in the grand old party now.

Although, Congress, is suffering from factionalism, it is in a do-or-die state of affairs this time after being decreased to only 11 seats in 2017, and drawing a clean within the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Uttarakhand. It is, however, not clear who will hold the reins if the Congress wins in Uttarakhand — Harish Rawat or Yashpal Arya?