Explained: BJP's focus on Kumaon region in Uttarakhand

The BJP stressed that it is focusing on the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, which has 29 electoral constituencies. Here’s why

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Inducting Nainital-Udham’s first MP Singh Nagar , Ajay Bhatt, in the Union Cabinet as Minister of State less than a week after choosing Khatima MP for two terms, Pushkar Singh Dhami, as Chief Minister, the BJP pointed out its objective in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The biggest Congress party leader in the state, Harish Rawat, hails from this area.

net worth of jean claude van dam Kumaon a 34 constituencies while Garhwal is spread over a wider geographical area and sends 23 MPs to the state assembly.

On the 57 seats it won in the parliamentary elections of 2017, the BJP had won 34 seats in Garhwal and 17 seats in Kumaon. The Congress could only win six seats (14%) in Garhwal and five seats (%) in Kumaon.

A few years ago, according to a BJP leader, the party had two big leaders in the Kumaon region: Bashi Singh Rawat, who died in April this year, and former chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, currently governor of Maharashtra. .

Koshiyari was born in Bageshwar district of Kumaon and twice represented Kapkot Assembly constituency. thrice. He was also Minister of State for the Centre.

Outgoing Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and new Minister Ajay Bhatt are among the leaders who consider Koshyari their political guru. Nishank is the main Brahmin face of the party in the Garhwal region, but the BJP removed him from the Cabinet in the recent reshuffle and inducted Bhatt – another Brahmin – from Kumaon. Bhatt’s defense and tourism portfolio is of importance to Uttarakhand as the state borders China and Nepal, and tourism plays an important role in the local economy.

By inducting Bhatt into the Union cabinet, the BJP has filled the leadership vacuum in Kumaon, a BJP leader said, adding: Harish Rawat , who is currently the state’s top congressional leader, after Indira Hridayesh, who died last month. Rawat is also a possible CM face of the party and has kept the Congress base strong in the Kumaon area.

sarah palin net worth According to another party leader, by giving Kumaon more representation, the BJP attempted to pacify voters who were unhappy with former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat’s announcement to set up another police station with its headquarters in Gairsain and make well-developed Almora a part of this division. Trivendra’s successor, Tirath Singh Rawat, had suspended this decision.

Of the other ministers in the Dhami cabinet, six are from Garhwal and five from Kumaon. Majority of voters in Kumaon area are Brahmins and Thakurs. Dhami is a Thakur and Bhatt is a Brahmin leader.

lena headey age On the other hand, Garhwal region has Muslim and Scheduled Castes (SC) who have helped the BSP and Congress to win seats in the plains in the past. BJP State Chairman Madan Kaushik is a Brahmin and four term MP from Haridwar in Garhwal region.

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