The winning candidate, Lakhwinder Singh Rana, said, “I demanded votes from the people in the name of development. Despite the BJP government being at the Centre, Thakur failed to carry out any development work in the constituency. "
Anti-incumbency against the Congress and support of the Gujjar community for Pammi are said to be the main reasons behind the BJP victory.
"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," Dhumal said.
Himachal Pradesh 2017 party wise full list of winners: Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Himachal Pradesh, was defeated by Congress's Rajinder Rana in Sujanpur.
Himachal Pradesh assembly election results 2017: BJP is likely to look for a new CM face in the state as its chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal, who contested from Sujanpur, is trailing with over 2,500 votes.
Himachal Pradesh Assembly election results 2017: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is leading by a margin of 4500 votes from Arki.
In case Dhumal loses, then Jai Ram Thakur, who is a four-time winner from Seraj constituency in Mandi district and who has a strong RSS background too, can be BJP's pick. Jai Ram was also a minister in last BJP government.
A total of 337 candidates contested in the election that was held on November 9 across 7,521 polling stations in the state. Along with the two CM candidates, a total of 62 sitting MLAs were in the fray.
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Asked if he would begin investigations into the various allegations of corruption against the Congress government in the event of the BJP coming to power, Prem Kumar Dhumal said his government would not work on vendetta.
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The Himachal elections to 68 Assembly seats, held on November 9, was largely overshadowed by the high-profile campaign in Gujarat.
Three-tier security arrangements have been made at all counting centres. A media room and public communication room has also been set up at all counting centres, officials said
The war of succession had begun in the run-up to the present polls too with Transport Minister GS Bali, Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur and AICC General Secretary Asha Kumari lobbying to be announced as the party’s CM candidate
It was for Virbhadra Singh’s son that Congress did away with one-family-one-ticket rule, followed strictly in Punjab during the 2017 Assembly elections.
While Congress dismissed the exit poll results, which predicted a BJP victory, the saffron party expressed confidence that their performance would better projections
“Exit polls should be banned in our country. These are not based on facts or real factors. I know the people’s pulse. I have been on the ground during campaigning. I have more sense of what people think than those conducting such exit polls. Exit polls have also been proved wrong in the past,” said Singh.
Former chief minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal was highly optimistic and said the results would be same as projected in the exit polls.
The Congress is currently ruling the hill State and the BJP is eyeing to return to power after a gap of five years. The voting for the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly took place on November 9.
An aggregate of five major exit polls suggested a comfortable majority for the saffron party with 40 plus seats at their disposal. The incumbent government Congress, on the other hand, is predicted to have 18 to 20 seats on their side.
"Exit polls are not exact polls. We will wait until the final counting numbers on December 18. The Congress is certainly in a comfortable position to get a majority," said Congress
Himachal Pradesh Exit Polls 2017: In the outgoing, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively. There are four Independent MLAs while one seat was vacant.
Six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh looks set to win from Arki constituency, defeating BJP strongman Ratan Singh Pal