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Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2017 updates: Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Tomar to visit state, decide leadership

The fate of 337 candidates including Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal will be known today as counting of votes is taken up in Himachal Pradesh.

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Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2017 updates: Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Tomar to visit state, decide leadership

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Firm responsible for webcasting on election day lacks manpower, technical support

According to a report in Hindustan Timesthe state election body has written to the EC that webcasting in Himachal Pradesh was done from just 500 polling booths as against the target of 2,307 poll booths. The report states that the reason behind this was the lack of manpower and technical support at Epitome Corporation Ltd, the Gujarat-based firm responsible for webcasting during the election.  

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Dec 18, 2017 - 21:25 (IST)

Here's a tally of wins and losses

Dec 18, 2017 - 21:25 (IST)

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.

Dec 18, 2017 - 21:21 (IST)

Here's party seating chart of Himachal Pradesh

Dec 18, 2017 - 20:55 (IST)
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Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar will go to Himachal to discuss about the leadership, says JP Nadda

Dec 18, 2017 - 20:01 (IST)

EVMs cannot be tampered with, says Pushpendra Rajput, Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh

Dec 18, 2017 - 19:54 (IST)

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Dec 18, 2017 - 19:53 (IST)

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.

Dec 18, 2017 - 19:42 (IST)

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

Dec 18, 2017 - 19:21 (IST)

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.

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.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2017 updates Nirmala Sitharaman Narendra Tomar to visit state decide leadership

File image of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. Getty images

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

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