Dehra Dun: The face of 2007 assembly election results in Uttarakhand might have been different provided the Samajwadi Party (SP) would not have fielded its candidates for 55 seats out of the total 70 seats that time. Though the party does not hold prominence in the hill state, but a little less than five percent votes’ turnout in its favour, changed the balance of power in the state.

Likewise, had the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal not fielded its candidates for 69 and 61 seats respectively in 2007 elections, unprecedented results would have been appeared.

The major stakeholders in the poll bound Uttarakhand- the ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress- have been predominant in the state politics since. However, the entry of BSP and the UKD into the political arena of the hill state disturbed the poll calculations of the major stakeholders. This conclusion can be deduced from the fact that the Congress lost the battle of ballots in 2007 to BJP by a slight margin of 2.31 percent vote. The BJP had polled 31.90 percent whereas the Congress had polled 29.59 of the total vote share.

The political calculations were mainly influenced owing to BSP’s victory in eight assembly segments including Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar. BSP candidates received 11.76 percent of the total votes polled.

UKD, which spearheaded mass movement for the creation of Uttrakhand as a separate state, had polled 5.49 percent of the total vote share and bagged three seats out of the total of 70 seats. The Samajwadi Party, which failed to open its account in the state assembly in 2007, had polled 4.96 votes.

Besides, NCP had fielded 26 candidates and had polled 1.67 percent of the total vote share. The Independents had also influenced the poll results in the state.

Interestingly, had the secular parties like NCP, SP and BSP struck an alliance with Congress, the power of balance would have definitely turned against BJP which had eventually won the elections.

JNN