“Had the leadership issue been resolved before the distribution of tickets, the party would have certainly won 50 plus seats,” a senior BJP leader said
Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput told the District Election Officers to ensure that all arrangements for counting were in place by December 15 and also to implement the series of guidelines issued by the commission for counting day.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is in Delhi and was likely to return to Shimla Wednesday, sources said. Virbhadra may meet newly elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.
"It is just a matter of few days before the BJP forms the next government in the hill state. Himachal Pradesh will became 19th BJP ruled state," BJP’s CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal said
State Cabinet minister claims VVPAT machines not foolproof, says Congress will return to power in the state to form the next government
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