Dehradun: In Uttarakhand, a sea-saw battle was being witnessed between the ruling BJP and Congress. Latest trends showed that Congress was leading in 29 seats in the 70-member Assembly and BJP followed closely with 28. Others were leading in 13 seats. Clearing indicating a hung assembly in Uttarakhand, ETV projects 31 seats for the Congress, 28 for the BJP, 3 for BSP and 6 for others. It also shows that BJP has won two seats.
Meanwhile, the first result in Uttarakhand went in favour of the BJP when its candidate Kiran Chand Mandal defeated BSP's Narayan Pal in Sitarganj seat.
Chief Minister BC Khanduri was trailing behind SS Negi of Congress from Kotdwar seat by 90 votes. Congress leader Indira Haridayesh was leading with 4000
The elections will decide the fate of CM BC Khanduri who is locked in a tussle against Surendra Singh Negi from Kotdwar seat.
votes from Haldwani constituency against Renu Adhikari of BJP. However, state BJP president Bishan Singh Chufal was leading by 688 votes from Didihaat constituency.
In Uttarakhand, the polling was held on January 30. The elections will decide the fate of Chief Minister BC Khanduri who is locked in a tussle against Surendra Singh Negi from Kotdwar seat.
Besides Khanduri, former chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and several ministers are also facing stiff competition in different constituencies.
The outcome in Rudraprayag constituency in Garhwal region is being watched with considerable interest as the leader of the opposition Harak Singh Rawat is pitted against his brother-in-law and Irrigation Minister Matbar Singh Kandari there.
Rawat is being seen as a hot contender for the post of chief minister if Congress returns to power.
Other key constituencies are Doiwala seat where Nishank is facing a stiff challenge from Hira Singh Bist of Congress and SP Singh, a Congress rebel candidate.
Another interesting contest is at Devprayag where Revenue Minister Diwakar Bhatt is locked in a triangular contest against Shurvir Singh Sajwan and Mantri Prasad Naithani, a Congress rebel candidate.
Gangotri seat will decide the fate of two friends- turned-political rivals Gopal Singh Rawat, sitting BJP MLA, and Vijaypal Singh Sajwan of Congress, who had won in 2002.