Belying predictions, the ruling BJP today bagged 33 seats taking 30 seats lead against Congress in the Uttarakhand Assembly polls.
It predicts 29 seats for the Congress, up from 21 it won in 2007 and 36 for the BJP from 35 it won in the last polls.
Congress attacked BJP over alleged scams that had taken place during the tenure of former chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and during the campaigning raked up issues like Godhra carnage , scams like Kargil coffins,Dilip Judeo, Shaila Masood murder case, Bangaru Laxman bribery and other such scams through local media in the hill state.
On the other hand, the ruling BJP continued its campaign “Khanduri hai Zaroori” asking the people to retain the ruling party. To counter the Congress campaign, BJP highlighted scams under Congress like Commonwealth Games and Adarsha society scam and the alleged Bofors scam where it said the Swedish government paid a kickback of Rs 64 crore to clinch the gun deal during the then Rajiv Gandhi government.
The trends suggested that both BJP and Congress were in close fight which might throw a hung Assembly.
BSP has won two seats and was leading in two others. Uttarakhand Kranti Dal-Panwar (UKD-P) was leading in one seat while others were ahead in the rest of the five seats.
Congress leader Indira Hridayesh wrested Haldwani from BJP by defeating its candidate Renu Adhikari.
State BJP president Bishan Singh Chufal won from Didihaat constituency. PCC Chief Yashpal Arya won from Baajpur.
BJP leader and Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Harbans Kapoor won Dehradun Cant seat defeating Devendra Singh Sethi of Congress by 5,095 votes. He won the seat for a record eighth time in a row.