Assembly Elections: Uttarakhand

‘Modi magic’ on test

Print edition : March 03, 2017

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat at an election campaign road show at Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district on February 2. Photo: PTI

The rally addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dehradun on December 27, 2016. Photo: Virender Singh Negi

Although the BJP has projected a chief ministerial candidate in Uttarakhand, it has been dropping hints that Satpal Maharaj, a former Congress leader who is now with the BJP, may be the Chief Minister if the party wins. Here, Satpal Maharaj (right) with BJP national president Amit Shah at the party's Samarasata Sammelan at Haridwar in April 2016. Photo: Virender Singh Negi

Uttrakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat releasing "Rawat Ke Sankalp" (Rawat's Resolve) at the Congress office in Dehradun. Rajkumar Chauhan, a former Delhi State Minister, is also seen. Photo: PTI

The overall stakes are very high for the BJP in Uttarakhand, where the party’s mascot is the Prime Minister himself. But for the Congress, it will only be Harish Rawat whose image takes a beating if the party loses.
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