Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2017 highlights: Around 74% voter turnout till 5pm; BJP, Congress each claim thumping win

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Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2017 highlights: Around 74% voter turnout till 5pm; BJP, Congress each claim thumping win
  • 21:43 (IST)

    BJP confident of a thumping victory

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    Polling still on at a few stations 

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    Chill in weather replaces poll fever; snowfall reported after voting ends

    Soon after the polling exercise concluded in Himachal Pradesh, snowfall was reported from Kinnaur hills. 

  • 17:56 (IST)

    Electoral fate of 337 candidates locked in EVMs

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    Several reports of malfunctioning of EVMs, VVPATs; Himachal first state to use paper trail machines 

    Reports of fault in VVPAT machines were received in Sirmaur district while polling started late by 15-20 minutes in some polling booths, PTI reported. Journalist Raghavendra Rao tweeted that  58 EVMs and 102 VVPATs had to be replaced during actual polling in the state. He said that the maximum number of technical snags were reported from in Una district, followed by Mandi, Kangra, Solan and Shimla regions. 

  • 17:12 (IST)

    Polling closes for Himachal Pradesh elections; only those in queue can now cast their votes

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    Polling Percentage breakup in Shimla region

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    In Chamba district, 67% polling recorded till 4 pm: News 18

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    Nalagarh records 80% polling 

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    64.8 polling in till 4PM

    A total of 50.25 lakh electorate, including 19 lakh women and 14 transgenders, will decide the fate of the candidates.

    The Hikkim polling station in Lahaul-Spiti district, the country's highest polling booth at 14,567 ft, has 194 voters. The minimum number of voters - six - are at Kaa village in Kinnaur district. The polling will continue till 5 pm.

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    Women voters turn out in strength

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    Did you know, over 1,000 Tibetans are eligible to cast their votes in Himachal?

    Tibetan refugees in India cannot apply for government jobs and routinely face difficulties. They don't get land lease documents, and are neither eligible for the government’s developmental schemes. However, the rules do allow all Tibetans born in India during 1950-1987 to get voting rights. Around 1,000 Tibetan voters are registered in Dharamsala region alone, and with the highest number of candidates in the fray, this small pocket of voters can easily play a decisive role in the tough contest. 

  • 15:28 (IST)

    This is what the outgoing House looked like

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    Tibetans in Dharamsala divided over voting in Assembly poll

    Tibetans in Dharamsala, living in exile for long in the second capital of Himachal Pradesh, are divided over securing voting rights in India.

    Some of the Tibetans feel that exercising their vote in India could dilute their struggle for freedom while others say that the Tibet movement is in their hearts and voting can't deter them from their struggle.

    Although Tibetan voters are around 1,000 in Dharamsala, contestants in the fray for the November 9 Assembly polls cannot ignore this small segment as the presence of some powerful candidates has made the contest tight.

    Dharamsala has the largest number of candidates in the fray. Twelve candidates are contesting from the key constituency while the main candidates are Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma of the Congress and former minister Kishan Kapoor of the BJP.

  • 14:54 (IST)

    Congress' Vidya Stokes could have been the oldest candidate in the fray

    Stokes, 89, would have been the oldest contestant if she had remained in the electoral fray. However, the Election Commission had rejected her nomination papers, citing discrepancy in documents. An eight time legislator, and Himachal Pradesh's Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Stokes represented Theog constituency in the outgoing House. 

    She is the daughter-in-law of American missionary Satyanand Stokes. 

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    Senior Congress leader Vidya Stokes cast her vote a polling booth in Shimla's Barubag 

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    Independent India's first voter, 100-year-old  Shyam Saran Negi castes his vote at Kalpa

    Negi is hundred-and-one-years old and was 35 when the independent India went to polls for the first time. His wrinkled forehead and hollow cheeks may show signs of aging, but his enthusiasm to participate in yet another democratic exercise in his home state remains unsullied. 

    Negi says that he speaks on the basis of his health at this very moment. "You never know what might happen tomorrow," he says, adding, "sometimes even I don't know if I will see another day."  Negi appeals to everyone, especially the youth, to come out and vote in large numbers. 

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    54.09% polling in Himachal Pradesh Elections till 2 pm

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    Demonetisation, or Rs 1500, may cost BJP at least this one vote in Himachal

    Demonetisation may cost the BJP at least this one vote in Himachal Pradesh. Staying in the Great Himalayan National Park alone, octogenarian Chatri Devi is determined to vote against demonetisation as her three banknotes are no good. Her grudge is that could not replace her three old banknotes of Rs 500 each after last year's denomination. "She is really upset with the BJP," her grandson Gumat Ram told IANS. 

    She showed three banknotes of Rs 500 each, which she couldn't change as the government didn't extend the deadline for exchanging demonetised currency notes beyond 30 December last year.

    Chatri Devi, 83, lives all alone in the Unesco-tagged Great Himalayan National Park, one of the richest biodiversity sites in the western Himalayas, in the picturesque Kullu Valley. Park authorities say she is the only person living in the park that is spread over 754 sq km.

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    101-year-old Gauri Devi casts her vote in Kullu

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    Kinnaur records its highest ever voting percentage

    By 12 pm, Kinnaur district recorded its highest ever voting percentage of 35 percent, reported The Indian Express.

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    Himachal votes for a new Assembly

    Voting is underway in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh where the BJP, which focused on corruption during its campaign, is seeking to dislodge the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government while deflecting attacks by rivals on demonetisation and GST.

    A total of 337 candidates, including 60 sitting MLAs, are contesting for power over the 68-member legislative assembly of Himachal Pradesh, one of the very few states under Congress control.

    The Himachal Pradesh results along with that of the BJP-ruled Gujarat will be a bellwether of Prime Minister Narendra Modis popularity. - PTI

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    'Himachal is with progress, Himachal is with Congress'

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    A groom in Manali decides to cast vote first and then getting married

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    Here's a look at past Assembly election results in Himachal Pradesh

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    Straight contest in one constituency

    There is a straight contest only in one constituency (Jhanduta) while the maximum number of 12 candidates is in fray in Dharamsala.

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    Queue outside Kalpa polling booth in Kinnaur

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    28.8 percent polling recorded till 12 pm in Himachal Pradesh

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    Polling delayed in Sirmaur district because of faulty VVPAT machines

    PTI reported that the polling in Sirmaur district was delayed by 15-20 minutes because of faulty VVPAT machines.

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    Country's first voter Shyam Saran Negi casts his vote at Kalpa polling station

    Negi is hundred and one years old and was 35 when the independent India went to polls for the first time.

  • 11:55 (IST)

    Women in rural areas turned out in large numbers

    Women in the rural areas turned out in large numbers to cast their vote. Voting began on a dull note, with below five percent polling in the first hour. By 10 am, it rose to 13 percent. - IANS

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    'All indicators bespeak the shining vibrancy of Himachal under Congress'

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    Shimla MLA and BJP candidate Suresh Bhardwaj after casting his vote

  • 11:41 (IST)

    Reports of glitches in VVPAT machines

    There are reports of glitches in VVPAT machines from over a dozen polling booths across the state.

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    Union minister JP Nadda casts his vote in Bilaspur

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    A look at Congress and BJP's vote share in Himachal Pradesh over the years

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    Breakup of voting percent till 10 am

    According to The Indian Express, this is the vote breakup for the first two hours

    Shimla: 16 percent

    Kasumpti: 22 percent

    Chaupal: 15 percent

    Rampur: 18 percent

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    Lahaul-Spiti records 9 percent polling till 10 am

    Tribal district Lahaul-Spiti recorded nine percent polling till 10 am, reported Hindustan Times

  • 11:12 (IST)

    VVPAT machine in Sujanpur not working

    VVPAT machine in Ree polling booth of Hamirpur’s Sujanpur is not working, reported Hindustan Times.

  • 11:10 (IST)

    A look at how political parties fared in Himachal Pradesh Election, 2012

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    Shimla records 16 percent polling till 10 am

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    Narendra Modi urges Himachal to vote in record numbers

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of Himachal Pradesh to come out and vote in "record numbers" for the assembly election underway in the state.

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    Prem Kumar Dhumal after casting his vote

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    13.77 percent polling recorded till 10 am in Himachal Pradesh

  • 10:41 (IST)

    Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhuman shifted their constituencies

    Both Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Dhumal have shifted their constituencies and are contesting from Arki and Sujanpur.

  • 10:29 (IST)

    Virbhadra Singh says the days to come will see new breakthrough in development

  • 10:24 (IST)

    A look at Congress and BJP candidates contesting the Himachal elections

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    10:18 (IST)

    BJP workers stage protest in Bilaspur district

    BJP workers staged a protest at Telag polling booth of Bilaspur district, alleging that the EVM button for the BJP candidate was not working, according to The Times of India

  • 10:16 (IST)

    EVMs not working at Jagatsukh, Larakeloncand Solang

    The Times of India reported that EVMs are not working at Jagatsukh, Solang polling booths.

Himachal Pradesh will go to polls on Thursday with traditional rivals, the Congress and the BJP locking horns in all 68 constituencies where 337 candidates including 62 MLAs are in the fray.

More than 50 lakh people will cast their votes for the election. The results will be announced 40 days later on 18 December.

File image of Virbhadra Singh. PTI

File image of Virbhadra Singh. PTI

A party needs to win at least 35 seats to form government in Himachal Pradesh. According to NDTV in 2012, the Congress had won 36 seats while the BJP had won 26 seats.

At present, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively in the 68-member House besides four independents while one seat is vacant.

A total of 50,25,941 voters are eligible to cast their vote. As many as 7,525 polling booths have been set up in the state and 37,605 polling personnel have been deputed for poll duty.

The electoral contest in the State, according to The Hinduhas been largely bipolar, with power alternating between the Congress and the BJP.

The ruling Congress led by the chief minister and the BJP led with former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal are contesting all 68 seats while the BSP is contesting 42 seats, followed by the CPM 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI 3.

The 12-days high-voltage campaign, which came to an end on Tusday, saw over 450 rallies by star campaigners of the BJP and the Congress including Prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah who addressed seven and six rallies respectively.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressed three rallies.

Corruption was the main focus of the BJP campaign with the party training its guns at Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while the Congress hit out at the BJP over the issue of GST and demonetisation.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: Nov 09, 2017 21:58 PM

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