Arun Pratap Singh
DEHRADUN, Jan 22: After several rounds of marathon meetings of the central election committee (CEC) to decide the candidates for Uttarakhand over a period of more than a week, the Congress finally declared candidates on 63 out of total of 70 seats in Uttarakhand. It may be recalled that BJP has already announced all its candidates.
As was being speculated over past few days, Chief Minister Harish Rawat will contest from two seats namely, Haridwar Rural in district Haridwar and Kichha in district Udham Singh Nagar. Interestingly, both of these seats fall in the Terai area rather than in the hills and rather strange for a CM who claims to be a simple Pahadi and a man of Gaad and Gadheras (Mountain springs in the hills). Not only this, even the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Chief Kishore Upadhyay too ditched his own traditional seat of Tehri and decided to contest instead from Sahaspur, which is also a plains seat. However, what goes in favour of CM and PCC chief is that they have decided to contest from seats which are not held by the Congress currently.
Also, though the Chief Minister Harish Rawat has been issuing appeal to the people of Uttarakhand to teach the Congress rebels who joined the BJP by defeating them, the Congress list also contains at least 5 such BJP leaders who have been given ticket after they failed to get BJP ticket. They are Shailendra Rawat from Yamkeshwar, Suresh Jain from Roorkee, Rajkumar from Purola (SC). In addition, ickets were also given to Dan Singh Bhandari from Bhimtal and Bhimlal Arya from Ghansali, both of whom were BJP MLAs before they ditched the party some time ago.
Sources said that Congress might also give tickets to at least two more BJP rebels in Jaspur and in Dhanolti respectively. Tickets have also been given to Harish Chandra Durgapal and Mantri Prasad Naithani who had fought last time as independents and are now part of PDF. More tickets could be announced to PDF members.
In addition, Congress has also given tickets to some BSP leaders who had joined the party some time ago. They include Haji Taslim Ahmed from Laksar (he was a ticket aspirant from the BSP and is a former BSP MLA), Chaudhary Yashvir Singh (former BSP MLA) from Khanpur.
Although the list has a number of new names but it also has a few big names in it. They include Indira Hridayesh from Haldwani, Pritam Singh from Chakrata, Surendra Singh Negi from Kotdwar and Dinesh Agarwal from Dharampur.
The following is a list of candidates announced by the Congress:
|5||5||Tharali (SC)||Jeetram Arya|
|9||9||Ghansali (SC)||Bhimlal Arya|
|10||10||Deoprayag||Mantri Prasad Naithani|
|12||12||Pratapnagar||Vikram Singh Bist|
|13||15||Chakrata (ST)||Preetam Singh|
|17||20||Rajpur Road (SC)||Raj Kumar|
|18||21||Dehradun Cantt||Suryakant Dhasmana|
|20||23||Doiwala||Hira Singh Bisht|
|23||26||BHEL Ranipur||Ambrish Kumar|
|24||27||Jwalapur (SC)||Shishpal Singh|
|25||28||Bhagwanpur (SC)||Mamta Rakesh|
|26||29||Jhabreda (SC)||Rajpal Singh|
|31||34||Laksar||Haji Taslim Ahmed|
|32||35||Haridwar Rural||Harish Rawat|
|34||37||Pauri (SC)||Nawal Kishore|
|36||39||Chaubattakhal||Rajpal Singh Bisht|
|38||41||Kotdwar||Surendra Singh Negi|
|40||43||Didihat||Pradeep Singh Pal|
|41||44||Pithoragarh||Mayukh Singh Mahar|
|42||45||Gangolihat-SC||Narayan Ram Arya|
|44||48||Dwarahat||Madan Singh Bist|
|48||53||Jageshwar||Govind Singh Kunjwal|
|49||54||Lohaghat||Kushal Singh Adhikari|
|51||56||Lalkuan||Harish Chandra Durgapal|
|52||57||Bhimtal||Dan Singh Bhandari|
|53||58||Nainital (SC)||Sarita Arya|
|58||64||Bajpur (SC)||Sunita Tamta Bajwa|
|59||66||Rudrapur||Tilak Raj Behad|
|62||69||Nanak Matta (ST)||Gopal Singh Rana|
Bhuvan Chandra Kapri