Rishikesh proved once again that it is a trader led town with a soft centre for the BJP, who come what may will stick with their party flag.
The Rishikesh legislative assembly constituency is one of the biggest in Uttarakhand in terms of population, with over one lakh fifty one thousand three hundred voters. On February 15, Rishikesh recorded a 65% voter turnout with 98,348 voters registering their vote.
On March 11, when the fortunes of the 11 candidates in the fray were unsealed it was Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Premchand Aggarwal that tasted success with a tremendous victory by over 14,801 votes, for his third consecutive term as Rishikesh’s MLA. Premchand Aggarwal bagged a massive 45,082 votes to register his win.
A tough triangular fight was being anticipated during the polls between Rajpal Kharola, BJP-rebel Sandeep Gupta and Premchand Aggarwal. However, it wasn’t to be; as on the result day Premchand Aggarwal marched to a comfortable win.
The other main candidates from Rishikesh Rajpal Kharola(INC), Sandeep Gupta (Independent) and Lallan Bhardwaj Rajbhar(BSP) bagged 30281, 17149 and 2866 votes respectively.
Even during the campaign process, only Premchand Aggarwal looked rest assured of his win all along the campaign trail.
However, amongst the local public very few were confident about the eventual winner.
Premchand Aggarwal relied on his work ethic, easy to meet gregarious nature, and his hold over the people of his constituency to win a difficult election.
BJP bagging 45,082 votes meant every second person gave their thumbs up to the BJP, making for this historical win.
Talking about the other candidates, Rajpal Kharola (INC) and Sandeep Gupta (Independent) had a good impact on the locals and they had many followers who left no stone unturned to pave their way to victory, but fell miserably short. The road shows and huge rallies in Rishikesh were an example of this.
With the BJP sweeping across Uttarakhand, with a landslide victory, winning 56 out of 70 seats in the hill state. Rishikesh shall get propelled by a triple engine as centre, state and city will be ruled by the same party.
The phenomenal win for BJP is a vote for development which will make it easier for the centre to push through key reform measures. The election outcome which comes in the backdrop of demonetisation was also a partial referendum signalling that people want the centre to take bold steps to stem black money and root out corruption from the country.