Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who addressed the meeting, said: “The mood of the voters during the poll was to vote for change. Even if we make conservative estimate on the reports and internal feed-back, the party will end up at 50-plus.”
Sukhu said the Congress was all set to form the government, claiming that a higher voting percentage in the state was a clear reflection of anti-incumbency against the Narendra Modi government.
"PM Modi spoke intemperate language, he called us all as parasites, it hurt every Himachali," says Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh.
In 48 out of 68 Assembly constituencies, the polling percentage of women was higher than men, whereas in only 15 seats the number of female voters was more than men.
For years, Shyam Saran Negi has been hailed as an example of keeping the democratic spirit alive in the mountains, especially high altitude valleys, by religiously turning up to vote in every election.
Outside the booths in Theog and Matiayna, men and women standing in queues were seen debating rise in the prices of pulses and LGP.
Himachal Pradesh polls: Polling was peaceful, with no violence or disruption of the poll process being reported, even as the weather played the perfect host.
The state’s Chief Electoral Officer, Pushpendra Rajput, said later in the day that though broadly they estimate a polling percentage of 74 per cent but voters were waiting at 435 polling stations even after 5 pm. Thus, there are chances of polling percentage going higher.
Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections: There are 337 candidates in the fray today, including sitting Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, contesting the polls.
The ruling Congress and BJP are contesting all 68 seats with Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal as CM candidates for their respective parties. BSP is contesting 42 seats, followed by CPM — 14.
Himachal Pradesh BJP president Satpal Singh Satti, who is contesting from the Una constituency, talks to The Indian Express about the impact of GST and demonetisation.
With the state having a trend of power changing hands between the two top political contenders, Congress and BJP, since 1985, the BJP claims to be in a position of advantage in a battle which is primarily a fight of two veterans.
The Commission received 32 references relating to the Model Code of Conduct between October 12 and November 7 from the Union government, of which the maximum were from the Central Board of Excise and Customs.
Una DC and District Election Officer Vikas Labroo had also organised several programmes including rallies under ‘Systemaic Voters Education and Electoral participation (SVEEP)’ process to ask people to come out and vote.
While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, PPCC president Sunil Kumar Jakhar and Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal campaigned in Himachal, Sidhu did not.
For me, the first thing that needs to be improved is the law and order situation. We have some good officers who need to be brought in and those who have not done their job well need to be punished.
Modiji was keen on taking credit for the BJP’s win in these elections, just like in previous ones, but when he saw the situation on the ground he decided to name Dhumalji as the candidate.
During his speech at Chamba as well as in Nagrota Bhagwan on November 6, Rahul Gandhi said, "Dhumal grabbed government land and that's why his son Anurag Thakur was removed from BCCI"
The existing law allows the EC to ban opinion polls 48 hours prior to voting.
By naming Prem Kumar Dhumal as BJP’s CM candidate, Amit Shah has upset the Congress's applecart. Till that time, the BJP's campaign remained mired in confusion
The polling in Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 9 while counting of votes would take place on December 18.
In Chamba constituency, the BJP has given the ticket to Pawan Nayyar (65), a traditional Congressman who lost twice to Chauhan in 2007 and 2012 and recently joined the party.
Dalhousie municipal council president Manoj Chadha from the Congress recently joined the BJP. The residents alleged that Chadha’s sour relations with Asha Kumari was a major reason for slow development works in the town.
Kewal’s 12-year-old son, who attends RSS shakha every evening in a neighbourhood school, is a part of the saffron outfit’s army that has fanned out in the state to hone up BJP’s chances in the Himachal Assembly elections.
As the constituency gears to vote, Goswami faces Himachal Pradesh Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail’s son, Ashish Butail, of Congress and Praveen Kumar in a triangular contest, with Congress hoping to benefit from the BJP divide.
State BJP chief Satnam Singh Satti told The Indian Express that though they had promised to complete a four- lane road from Shimla to Pathnkot via Kangra by 2016, the project could not be started yet.
Four-time MLA and Gaddi community member Kapoor is counting on these 18,000 votes against his Congress rival in the constituency with 73,506 voters.
Dhumal is up against former BJP leader Rajinder Rana. While Rana is popular in the area, Dhumal has twice won from the erstwhile constituency of Bamsan of which several booths are now in Sujanpur.
Rahul said demonetisation hurt Himachal’s HAT — horticulture, agriculture and tourism. He said the Congress would modify GST if it comes to power in Delhi.
Adityanath alleged that various mafia were active under the patronage of Congress in the hill state and a time had come to usher in a clean and transparent government.
Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his charge of rampant corruption in the Congress-ruled state, the Congress scion claimed that as per a NITI Aayog report graft levels in Himachal Pradesh were way below others.
Apart from this, a paid holiday has been declared for the registered voters of Himachal Pradesh who are working in the industrial establishments in Punjab to enable them to exercise their franchise, an official spokesman said.
Decades have passed leaving wrinkles across the over-100 -year-old retired school teacher's face yet his enthusiasm remains undiminished as he prepares to cast his vote once again.
The petitioner had alleged that political parties were painting every possible place with their slogans and appeal for vote, whereas writing on walls of government properties is prohibited under the Himachal Pradesh Open Places Act.
BJP supporters feel that naming Dhumal as the chief ministerial candidate has given a boost to the party's prospects in entire Himachal as he wields considerable clout.
With the declaration of Prem Kumar Dhumal's name as the chief ministerial face, the prospects of the BJP candidates have received a boost in all the five constituencies of Hamirpur district and Nadaun is no exception.