At long last, I have been able to compile a roster of political parties that are contesting the state elections this February. Both national and state party president or general secretaries have been listed, according to information that has been compiled from various news clippings and press releases. This list is valid as of January 31.
The number of parties this time is overwhelming, pointing to a worsening fragmentation of the polity. Very few poll alliances have been forged except that between the UKD, CPI, and ULV on one hand (the Friends of Uttarakhand slate), and the MKD and BKP on the other, supposedly to represent plains interests.
Only a few parties are contesting more than 50 seats (INC, BJP, BSP, BJS, UKD), while others such as the CPI and CPM are choosing to focus their resources on a few select constituencies.
|Party||Abbr.||National Chief||State Chief|
|Bahujan Kranti Party||BKP||Isham Singh|
|Bahujan Samaj Party||BSP||Mayawati||RK Barman|
|Bharat Punarnirman Dal||BPD||Ajit Shukla|
|Bharatiya Janata Party||BJP||Rajnath Singh||BC Khanduri|
|Bharatiya Janshakti Party||BJS||Uma Bharti||Ravindra Pant|
|Communist Party of India||CPI||AB Bardhan||Samar Bhandari|
|Communist Party of India Marxist||CPM||Prakash Karat||Vijay Rawat|
|Gorkha Democratic Front||GDF||Surya Bikram Shahi|
|Indian Justice Party||IJP||Udit Raj||Sheesh Pal Arya|
|Indian National Congress||INC||Sonia Gandhi||Harish Rawat|
|Janata Dal Secular||JDS||Deve Gowda||Mukesh Chand Verma|
|Janata Dal United/Samata||JDU||Sharad Yadav||Anurag Kumar|
|Jawan Kisan Morcha||JKM||Shesh Mani||Laxman Singh|
|Lok Janshakti Party||LJP||Ram Vilas Paswan||Govind Singh Negi|
|Maidani Kranti Dal||MKD||Maulana Masood Madani|
|National Loktantrik Party||NLP||Ashok Kumar|
|Nationalist Congress Party||NCP||Sharad Pawar||Suryakant Dasmana|
|Rashtriya Lok Dal||RLD||Ajit Singh||Aslam Khan|
|Samajwadi Party||SP||Mulayam Singh Yadav||Vinod Barthwal|
|Shiv Sena||SHS||Bal Thackeray||Tejpal Singh Panwar|
|Uttarakhand Kranti Dal||UKD||BD Raturi|
|Uttarakhand Lok Vahini||ULV||Shamsher Singh Bisht|
|Uttarakhand Vikas Party||UVP||Sardar Ahmed Khan|
|Uttaranchal Sikh Federation||USF||Gurdeep Singh ‘Tony’|
|Vishwa Vikas Sangh||VVS||Sitaram Sharma|
Names in italics represent parties that are currently represented in the state assembly.