Updated: December 18, 2017 8:07:43 am
The BJP and Congress are battling it out in a straight contest in Himachal Pradesh, with counting of votes for the 68-member Assembly set to begin at 8 am on Monday. The two parties have been alternating power in the state since 1990. The election, which was held on November 9, recorded a 75.28 per cent turnout, the highest in the state. There are 337 candidates in the fray today, including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who contested the polls from Arki in Solan district and former CM and BJP chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal, who contested from Sujanpur. While exit polls have predicted an easy win for the BJP in Himachal Pradesh, the Congress has rejected surveys.
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