Tehri Garhwal is one of five parliamentary constituencies in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand and is made up of 14 assembly segments in three districts - part of Dehradun, Tehri Garhwal and Uttarkashi.
The first phase of voting in five constituencies of Uttarakhand ended on April 11 with at least 54.38 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise in Tehri-Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency. The fate of 15 candidates will be decided on May 23 when counting of votes takes place and the result is declared.
Altogether 58 per cent voters today exercised their franchise in the first phase of polling in five Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttarakhand.
Here is the full list of candidates contesting the Lok Sabha election in 2019 from the Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha Constituency of Uttarakhand:-
|1||PRITAM SINGH||Indian National Congress|
|2||MALA RAJYA LAXMI SHAH||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|3||RAJENDRA PUROHIT||Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
|4||SATYAPAL||Bahujan Samaj Party|
|5||ANU PANT||Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (Democratic)|
|6||GAUTAM SINGH BISHT||Sarv Vikas Party|
|7||JAY PRAKASH UPADHYAY||Uttarakhand Kranti Dal|
|8||(CA) SANJAY KUNDALIYA||Uttarakhand Pragatisheel Party|
|11||BRIJ BHUSHAN KARANWAL||Independent|
|12||BARHM DEV JHA||Independent|
|15||SARDAR KHAN (PAPPU)||Independent|
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP's Mala Rajya Laxmi - royalty from her marriage to Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal - defeated student activist Saket Bahuguna of Congress by close to two lakh votes. The voter turnout recorded here was 57.44 percent.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Congress candidate and former state CM Vijay Bahuguna had defeated shooter-turned-politician Jaspal Rana of BJP by over 52,000 votes.
The voter turnout this time was 50.38 percent.
For the 2019 Lok Sabha election, BJP has once again fielded Mala Rajya Laxmi against Congress' Pritam Singh. The vote of tribals in this constituency could influence the outcome of the electoral battle here. The presence of cow conservationist Gopal Mani - as an independent - could further make the contest riveting.