Here's a tally of wins and losses
Here's a tally of wins and losses
BJP snatches hill state from Congress; full list of winning candidates
Wresting power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, BJP bagged 44 seats in the 68-seat Assembly on Monday to form the next government in the state. The hill state witnessed a record 75.28 percent turnout. BJP's chief ministerial face, Prem Kumar Dhumal, faced defeat in the contest for the Sujanpur Assembly seat. He lost to his Congress rival Rajinder Singh Rana by about 3,500 votes. Read more here.
Here's party seating chart of Himachal Pradesh
Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar will go to Himachal to discuss about the leadership, says JP Nadda
FM Arun Jaitley and General Secy of the party Saroj Pandey will go as observers to Gujarat & discuss about the leadership in the state. Similarly Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar will go to Himachal Pradesh to discuss about the leadership there: JP Nadda pic.twitter.com/nSWF2znl5m— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
EVMs cannot be tampered with, says Pushpendra Rajput, Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh
EVMs cannot be manipulated in any way. I want to urge everyone to ignore rumours on this matter. The election conducted through EVMs & VVPAT are completely unbiased: Pushpendra Rajput, Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh #ElectionResults2017 pic.twitter.com/x2qikY8Tqa— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
Protégé turns giant killer as Rajinder Rana defeats Prem Kumar Dhumal
Congress' Rajinder Singh Rana has emerged as the giant killer of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections after defeating BJP's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal from the Sujanpur constituency.
This is an irony lost on nobody in Himachal Pradesh because it was Dhumal who played a crucial role in ensuring the consolidation of the dominant Thakur community, that comprises 28 percent of the population of this hilly state. The Thakur vote is reported to have helped propel the BJP to its outstanding victory in the state (winning 32 and leading in 12 of the 68 seats at last count) ensuring their victory in over ten seats. Read more here.
Mehbooba Mufti congratulates Modi
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday congratulated Narendra Modi, saying the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh election results were an endorsement of the governance and developmental agenda of his government. Mufti hoped that the prime minister would give a new impetus to the development agenda. "These results are an endorsement of his government's governance, developmental and economic agenda," she said in a statement.- PTI
Kerala BJP lauds victory, says India is Congress-mukt
BJP in Kerala hailed the party's victory in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls and said it clearly indicated that the country was moving towards 'Congress mukt (Congress free) Bharat'. "The BJP's victory is also the defeat of the Congress party's strategy to win the polls through caste and narrow-minded politics", BJP state president Kummanon Rajasekharan told reporters.
BJP has won 32 seats, leading on 12 seats while Congress has won 17 and is leading on 4, say reports
Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das congratulates BJP on victory
Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das on Monday said that the people of Gujarat have given their approval once again to development works and policies carried under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He congratulated the voters of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for giving verdict in favour of the party.- PTI
BJP supporters join Modi in chants of 'Jeetega bhai jeetega, vikas hi jeetega'
Modi tells critics if you don't like BJP, don't try to derail progress toward development
"After 2014, there is hunger for development. Even if you do not like BJP, do not try to derail the progress being made towards development," says Modi.
'Sabka saath sabka vikas has been our motto and this is what ensured our victory'
Recent elections results have proven that country is ready for reform, says Modi
Recent elections results have proven that the country is ready for reform, is looking towards things that perform in a positive way and believes in transformation: PM Narendra Modi at BJP HQ in Delhi pic.twitter.com/ayqpFjI6pw— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
Results in Himachal show that if you don't do development then after 5 years people will not accept you, says Modi
The results in Himachal Pradesh show that if you don't do development and are embroiled in all wrong acts then after 5 years people will not accept you: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/8LbfGkQaFe— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
Narendra Modi says the entire nation is joining our Vikas Yatra
Himachal results a mandate against corrupt Virbhadra Singh govt: Amit Shah
After thanking the people of Himachal Pradesh for giving BJP the victory, Amit Shah said that the party's two-third majority in the state is the public's mandate against the corrupt government of Virbhadra Singh.
Narendra Modi reaches BJP headquarters in Delhi
'Sad we couldn't make Virbhadra Singh chief minister again': Vikramaditya Singh
Vikramaditya Singh, Virbhadha Singh's son, said "I’ll always stand with government, whichever party it might be of and serve people. As a son, I am sad we couldn't’t make it possible for him (Virbhadra Singh) to become the chief minister seventh time. We’ll analyse our drawbacks," reported The Indian Express.
Symbol of people's confidence in Congress: Rajinder Rana, who defeated PK Dhumal
After defeating BJP's Prem Kumar Dhumal from Sujanpur, Congress' Rajinder Rana said that it's a symbol of people's confidence in Congress. "Thankful that they made me victorious. We have never stepped back from serving people in Sujanpur and we will always serve them," News18 quoted him as saying.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu congratulates BJP on winning Himachal, Gujarat
Victory a symbol of people's confidence in Congress, says Rajinder Rana
It's a symbol of people's confidence in Congress. Thankful that they made me victorious. We have never stepped back from serving people in Sujanpur & we will always serve them: Rajinder Rana, Congress candidate who won in Sujanpur against BJP's Prem Kumar Dhumal #HimachalResults pic.twitter.com/LZQE9Hiazj— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
Security at Delhi BJP HQ as PM is expected to arrive soon
Sad about Dhumal losing but happy that people of Himachal voted for BJP, says Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan
PK Dhumal says personal loss not of much importance, gain that victory has brought to state BJP is important
Personal loss is not of much importance.The gain that victory has brought to state BJP is important. Thankful to people of the state for voting for BJP. In politics, sometimes one wins, sometimes one losses. I was not expecting to lose, I will do an analysis: PK Dhumal #Himachal pic.twitter.com/jR06vBROBM— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
BJP followers and citizens in Delhi BJP HQ lawn to attend PM's address
Nitish Kumar congratulates Narendra Modi and Amit Shah
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for winning the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. The Janata Dal (United) president also took a dig at the Congress, saying that while the party was aiming to defeat the BJP in Gujarat, it "ended up losing even in Himachal Pradesh", where it was in power. -PTI
This is the present BJP map of India
Rahul Gandhi says Congress accepts verdict of the people and congratulates new governments in both states
My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage, tweets Congress President Rahul Gandhi— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
'We had to respond to Congress' dirty politics of casteism'
We were at the receiving end after Congress got into dirty politics of casteism. So we had to respond strongly because the attack was aimed at PM, says Shah.
Today after Parliamentary Board meeting, names of CMs of both states will be decided: Amit Shah
'The 2/3rd lead in Himachal Pradesh shows people there want to join PM Modi in the journey to development'
Shah says by 2022 Modiji's dream of having a New India will be fulfilled
Vote percentage in Himachal Pradesh improved by 10 percent, says Amit Shah
Amit Shah says we have won by a big margin in Himachal Pradesh and our vote percentage has improved by 10 percent here. It is clear that Himachal wants to join Modi's model of development.
Big win for politics of performance and this shows a shift in people's mind: Amit Shah
'Victory in Himachal, Gujarat can have positive impact in Karnataka'
Victory in Gujarat and Himachal shows people have once again accepted PM Modi, his policies and Gujarat model, says BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka BJP president.They've voted for development and against corrupt Congress and it'll have a positive impact in Karnataka, he added.
I accept my defeat, says outgoing Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh
#ElectionsWithNews18 - Congress government in Himachal Pradesh did good work but we have been defeated. I accept my defeat: Outgoing Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh— News18 (@CNNnews18) December 18, 2017
LIVE: https://t.co/2uUlgN1rQj pic.twitter.com/af0uBpMVXK
Central leadership of Congress did not spend much time in Himachal, says Virbhadra Singh
Outgoing CM Virbhadra Singh says the central leadership of Congress did not spend much time in Himachal Pradesh. He adds that it is a tradition in Himachal Pradesh where Congress and BJP keep winning alternately.
Jai Ram Thakur of BJP wins from Seraj
Shimla: The fate of 337 candidates including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal will be known soon as counting of votes is taken up in Himachal Pradesh where traditional rivals BJP and Congress have contested all 68 seats.
The hill state witnessed a record 75.28 percent turnout and pollsters have predicted a BJP victory.
Adequate security arrangements have been made for counting which would start simultaneously in all 68 constituencies at 42 counting centres.
Corruption was the main focus of the BJP campaign with the party training its guns at Chief Minister Singh, while the Congress hit out at the BJP over the issue of GST and demonetisation.
The BSP contested 42 seats followed by the CPM 14, the Swabhiman party and the Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI-3.
Out of 67 sitting MLAs, 60 MLAS, nine cabinet ministers, HPCC president Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu, state BJP chief, Satpal Singh Satti, Deputy Speaker, Jagat Singh Negi and eight Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS) contested the poll along with a dozen former ministers.
Himachal Pradesh has a tradition of change in government after every elections and going by the trend, this time, it is the turn of the BJP which is upbeat after exit poll results.
There are 25 Congress, 28 BJP and four independent MLAs in the outgoing house while one seat was lying vacant after death of former minister Karan Singh from Banjar.
Sitting Rajya Sabha member Viplov Thakur (Congress), former Lok Sabha members, Chander Kumar (Congress) and Dr Rajan Shushant (Independent) and former Rajya Sabha member Kripal Parmar (BJP) are also among key contestants.
While the BJP is confident of winning the polls with a comfortable majority, the Congress has rejected the exit-polls and claimed that it was all set to repeat.
The BJP ousted the Congress in 1990 and the Congress avenged defeat in 1993. The BJP formed the government with the help of Himachal Vikas Congress in 1998 and the Congress was back in power in 2003. The BJP made a comeback in 2007.
2,820 counting staff has been deployed for tomorrow's exercise which includes counting supervisors, counting assistants and micro observers.
Chief Electoral Officer, Pushpender Rajput said three-tier security arrangements have been made at all counting centres.
He said wire mesh barricading has been done at counting centers and there was a separate entry passage for counting staff and counting agents.
Videography and CCTV coverage will be done in all counting centres.
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: Dec 18, 2017 21:30 PM | Updated Date: Dec 18, 2017 22:28 PM
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