New Delhi: Congress today declared a list of
51 candidates for the forthcoming elections to 70-member
Harak Singh Rawat will be the Congress candidate from
Rudraprayag seat while others in the fray include Jodh Singh
Gunsola (Mussorie), Rajpal Singh Kharola (Rishikesh) and
Satpal Brahmachari from Hardwar.
Pradeep Batra (Roorkee), Irshad Ali (Hardwar rural),
Sunderlal Mandrawal (Pauri-SC), Mayukh Singh Mahar
(Pithoragarh), Lalit Pharswan (Kapkote), Ram Prasad Tamta
(Bageshwar-SC) and Manoj Tiwari (Almora) are among the other
candidates in the fray.
Surendra Singh Negi will contest against Chief Minister
B C Khanduri (BJP) from Kotdwar while Rewati Joshi will be in
the fray from Didihat against BJP state unit chief Bishan
Congress is confident of coming back to power, claiming
there is an anti-incumbency wave against the BJP government
due to a slew of corruption cases that came to light during
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank`s chief ministership.
BJP was forced to ask Nishank to step down and he was
replaced by Khanduri who has image of an upright leader.
Khanduri has won a lot of support after his stand on bringing
the Chief Minister under the Lokayukta but many feel these
measures are too few and too late in the day.
Polling will be held on January 30.