Three pockets where the BJP registered some its sizeable gains in the Uttarakhand elections
In Uttarakhand, the neck-and-neck assembly from 2012 is giving way to a thumping Bharatiya Janata Party majority in 2017. At 1.45 pm, BJP candidates had won or were leading in 56 of the 70 seats. That’s a gain of 25 seats over 2012 for the party. Here are three pockets where the BJP registered some of those sizeable gains.
The Congress’s win in 2012 stemmed in large part from a dominant showing in the hilly northern, central and eastern part of the state. The BJP had a presence in the plains from 2012 and, in 2017, it made significant inroads in the upper reaches of the state to dislodge the Congress.
There are 32 assembly constituencies in Uttarakhand where the rural population is above 82%. The BJP was leading in 23 of these, against 15 in 2012. The Congress, by comparison, saw its count in these seats reduce from 13 to 5. If the rural population bar was set at 65%, the count for BJP would be 38 out of 51, against 20 seats in 2012.
The BJP is near to sweeping seats where female literacy was above 73%. There are 22 such seats, and the BJP was leading in 20 of them—double its count in 2012. The Congress, by comparison, was down from 11 to 2 in such assembly constituencies.