Polls are very close in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Although the state is small by area and population, it is essential for the political parties. Congress and BJP have released their manifestoes, and the battle for Uttarakhand is getting fiercer as polls are approaching.
Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled from February 14, 2022, to March 2022. Voting will be done in one phase on February 14 for all assembly seats. Votes will be counted, and we will get to know the winner of the battle of political parties on March 10, 2022.
On February 14, 2022, polling for the 5th Vidhan Sabha will take place in 70 seats in all 13 districts of Uttarakhand.
These seats are Purola, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, Tharali, Karnaprayag, Kedarnath, Rudraprayag, Ghansali, Devprayag, Narendranagar, Pratapnagar, Tehri, Dhanaulti, Chakrata, Vikasnagar, Sahaspur, Dharampur, Raipur, Rajpur Road, Dehradun Cantt,
Mussoorie, Doiwala, Rishikesh, Haridwar, BHEL Ranipur, Jwalapur, Bhagwanpur, Jhabrera, Pirankaliyar, Roorkie, Khanpur, Mangalore, Laksar, Haridwar Rural, Yamkeshwar, Pauri, Srinagar, Chaubattakhal, Lansdowne, Kotdwar, Dharchula, Didihat, Pithoragarh,
Gangolihat, Kapkot, Bageshwar, Dwarahat, Salt, Ranikhet, Someshwar, Almora, Jageshwar, Lohaghat, Champawat, Lalkuan, Bhimtal, Nainital, Haldwani, Kaladungi, Ramnagar, Jaspur, Kashipur, Baijpur, Gadarpur, Rudrapur, Kichcha, Sitarganj, Nanakmatta, and Khatima.
Different parties have released their manifestoes based on which people will make one of them victorious.
Decoding BJP’s manifesto
On February 9, 2022, union minister Nitin Jayaram Gadkari launched BJP’s Manifesto, Titled Vision Document, 2022 in Dehradun. The party promised:-
- Additional annual payment of ₹2000 to farmers under pm ‘Kisan Summan Nidhi Yojana’
- Strict law on Love jihad to control demographic changes in Uttarakhand
- Focus on infrastructure development, tourism, and stopping migration
- Employment generation and Women Empowerment
- Horticulture, dairy development
Decoding Congress’s manifesto
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra released the manifesto under the title ‘Uttarakhand Swabhimaan Pratigya, which promises-
- To reserve 40% jobs for women in Police Department
- Jobs for 4,00,000 people
- Capping price of cooking gas cylinder to ₹500
- 150% hike in the salary of Anganwadi workers
- Health facilities in villages using modern technology
- Setting up the state’s first sports university
- Resume ‘Mere Bujurg, mere Teerth’ scheme and pension for senior citizens
Aam Admi Party has released its official manifesto at Uttarkashi for Uttarakhand elections. It has formulated its manifesto in 10 main points. These points include-
- Free electricity upto 300 units
- Providing good quality education in Government schools
- Better hospital facilities on the lines of Mohalla clinics in Delhi
- Creating new jobs, especially in tourism sector
- Formulation of strict policy mining issues and its ecological impacts
- Free pilgrimage for senior citizens.
- Reservation to ex-army personell in government jobs
- 1 crore Rupees will be given to family of armymen who sacrificed themshelves for the country
- Rs. 5000 will be given to unemployed people until they find a job.
Col (Retd) Ajay Kothiyal is AAP’s CM face in Uttarakhand. He will contest from Gangotri Legislative seat.
Polls are very close, and all the political parties are trying to persuade people to vote in their favor. Senior party leaders are on the ground for election campaigns.
On Thursday, PM Narendra Modi Addressed a public meeting cum BJP rally at Srinagar in Haridwar. He blamed Congress for not implementing the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ program and not constructing Chardham all-weather road.
He praised CDS Bipin Rawat for his chivalry. “CDS Rawat has shown the country that Uttarakhandis not only have courage like a mountain but also have high thinking like the Himalayas,” said PM.
He further attacked Congress and accused it of defaming The army and using photos of late CDS in the election campaign. He cited BJP’s manifesto for Uttarakhand multiple times.
On Thursday, former INC President Rahul Gandhi Addressed the ‘Uttrakhand Swabhimaan Rally’ in Mangalore, Haridwar. He Praised Farmers for their movement against three black farms laws.
He said that he is not afraid of PM or his enforcement agencies. “Modi said in a recent interview that I do t listen to him. He was right. I don’t listen to him because I am t afraid of him or his CBI or ED,” said Rahul Gandhi.
On Friday, PM had held rallies in Almora and UP’s Kasganj. At Almora, he said that This decade belongs to Uttarakhand, don’t let this opportunity pass.
Recently, the government has inaugurated projects worth Rs.17,000 crores in the state. Assam’s CM, Himanta Biswa Sarma, also visited Uttarakhand for BJP’s election rally.
“Modi Ji is talking about making India a world leader, but others are talking about hijab… Congress questioned India’s Covid vaccines. Rahul Gandhi is here to do appeasement politics, not here for the country.
PM Modi lives for the country.” Said Sarma. Congress and AAP also held rallies in many parts of Uttarakhand.
Edited by: Mahi Gupta
Published by: Vishakha Verma