Who is Subodh Uniyal?
Subodh Uniyal, 57, is an Indian politician and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Uniyal represents the Narendra Nagar constituency of Tehri Garhwal district in the Uttarakhand Legislative
Contesting on a BJP ticket in 2017, Uniyal defeated independent candidate Om Gopal Rawat by 4,972 votes
Subodh Uniyal, 57, is an Indian politician and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Uniyal represents the Narendra Nagar constituency of Tehri Garhwal district in the Uttarakhand Legislative.
Uniyal was born in the year 1960 in Narendranagar, Uttarakhand, to a Garhwali family. He lived in his paternal village of Narendranagar, and completed his high school education. His family relocated to Allahabad when he finished his schooling. As a young boy, he was always inspired by the nation's great leaders, and he dreamed of working for the progress and development of the society.
Uniyal is a well-known political figure in Uttarakhand. The outgoing minister of agriculture and farmers' welfare represents the Narendranagar constituency in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly. Contesting on a BJP ticket in 2017, Uniyal defeated independent candidate Om Gopal Rawat by 4,972 votes.
Before joining the BJP in October 2016, Uniyal was a popular Congress leader who had won many elections as a member of the Congress party. Subodh Uniyal was one of nine rebel MLAs and ministers who switched to the BJP in 2016, causing havoc in the Uttarakhand government and forcing then-CM Harish Rawat to show his majority in the House.
On 14 February, the Uttarakhand assembly elections of 2022 were held in a single phase for all 70 seats. There were 632 candidates in total, including 152 independents, whose fates were sealed in electronic voting machines by the state's 81 lakh electorate.
The Aam Aadmi Party, like Punjab and Goa, has attempted to make inroads in Uttarakhand, which has previously had bipolar electoral contests between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
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The BJP is seeking re-election for the second time in a row. Infrastructural developments such as roads, trains, and aviation connectivity projects were part of their election campaign. The Kedarnath renovation in the last five years was also lauded as a major accomplishment. The party's campaign also included criticism of the Congress party's "policy of appeasement."
Chief Minister Dhami from Khatima constituency, party state president Madan Kaushik from Haridwar, cabinet ministers Dhan Singh Rawat from Srinagar, Subodh Uniyal from Narendra Nagar, Ganesh Joshi from Mussoorie, and Swami Yatishwaranand from Haridwar are among the prominent BJP leaders with a stronghold in important constituencies (rural).