A keen contest among the Congress and BJP is on the cards for the coming 2017 assembly election to Kedarnath. In 2014 parliamentary general elections, the BJP candidate from Garhwal Lok Sabha seat, Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri, had established a lead of 10189 votes over his nearest Congress rival Harak Singh Rawat in the Kedarnath assembly segment.
Presently Kedarnath is represented in the legislative assembly of Uttrakhand by Congress legislator Shaila Rani Rawat who won the seat in 2012 by defeating the then sitting BJP legislator Asha Devi by a margin of 2328 votes in a bipolar contest. In that election to the seat while 19960 votes were received by Shaila Rani Rawat, Asha Devi got 17632 votes and was followed by CPIM’s Gangadhar Nautiyal who received 2395 votes.
Earlier Asha Devi had won the Kedarnath seat in 2002 and 2007 on behalf of the BJP.
One of the two assembly constituencies located in the Rudryaprayag district in Uttrakhand, Kedarnath assembly constituency is formed by the areas covered by Ukhimath Tehsil and KC Chopta Jakhani of Rudraprayag Tehsil.
Kedarnath is one of the fourteen assembly segments the combination of which creates the Lok Sabha constituency of Garhwal.
Karnprayag, Tharali, Badrinath, Rudraprayag, Deoprayag,Narendranagar,Yamkeshwar,Pauri, Srinagar, Chaubattakhal, Lansdowne, Kotdwar and Ramnagar are the other thirteen assembly constituencies within Garhwal parliamentary constituency.
In the 2012 assembly election to Kedarnath, a total electorate of 75489 was eligible to exercise their franchise in the assembly segment. Out of the total electors, 37958 were males and 37531 were females.