Yamunotri: Congress, BJP struggling to find right candidates

Yamunotri constituency profile

Anmol Jain


Yamunotri, one of the important chardham pilgrimage centers is a hill locked assembly segment of Uttarakhand with an electorate size of almost 61.8 thousand in 2012 state elections which is likely to go up to almost 65 thousand after upgraded electoral rolls are released.

After suffering a loss to UKD in 2012 Congress wants to regain Yamunotri constituency this time round.

Prior to 2012, the previous three state assembly elections in Yamunotri had seen a tough battle between BJP and Congress. However, in 2012 assembly elections Uttarakhand Kranti Dal candidate and state urban development minister Pritam Singh Panwar defeated the Congress party’s sitting MLA Kedar Singh Rawat by nearly 2500 votes.

Going by the local political leaders of Yamunotri assembly constituency, basic issues such as drinking water, roads and power supplies have always been there but people have seldom voted for that in the past.

Main criterion for Yamunotri voters has been the personal image and reputation of the individual candidate and anti-incumbency against the sitting legislator. Nevertheless, constitution of Yamunotri as new district with Purola as its headquarter can be an issue for the electorate subject to the condition that how much opposition and the ruling Congress can convert it in their respective favour.

Congress will go to the people with works done by chief minister Harish Rawat and his government besides latter’s political dexterity to steer through in 2017 elections.

As per sources Congress leadership is set to repeat Kedar Singh Rawat as Panwar, sitting MLA, is certain to shift his constituency to Dhanolti of Tehri district.

On the other hand BJP is lacking a big name to field from Yamunotri. In 2012 BJP had fielded Jagvir Singh who finished a distant third with around 12000 votes. Although, there were strong rumours in the political circles that BJP was trying to poach Kedar Singh Rawat but it seems that there was no substance to such claims with Kedar Singh likely to be projected as Congress Candidate.

  Constituency fact sheet 2012

Electorate 61863
No. who cast their franchise 43956
Candidates 7
Polling percentage 71.05

Results – 2012

Winner: Pritam Singh Panwar (UKD) – 15909 votes

Runner up: Kedar Singh Rawat (INC) – 13313 votes

Others: Jagvir Singh (BJP) – 11961 votes