The Congress has returned to power in Himachal Pradesh, proving once again the state’s decades-old ‘tradition’ of voting out a government after a single term. The BJP did try very hard to break this cyclical pattern. Party chief JP Nadda held some 50 rallies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held five rallies, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held 20 rallies and union minister Anurag Thakur even shed tears.
Incumbent Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has accepted defeat and said they will “continue to play a positive role”.
Of 55 lakh voters in the state, over 75 per cent voted in the November 12 election to elect its 68-member assembly and government. A total of 412 candidates were in the fray in this election.
Here are the Highlights from Himachal Pradesh Election Results:
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In Congress’ Himachal Win, Party’s Pat For Sachin Pilot
Senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot — who played a key role in the 2018 elections in Rajasthan — has been credited with a “critical role” in the Congress’s big surge in Himachal Pradesh by party leader Rajiv Shukla. Mr Pilot was the Congress in-charge for state where the party conducted a low-key campaign. His political rival, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, was in charge of Gujarat, where the Congress is heading for its worst-ever defeat.
Why Union Minister Anurag Thakur Is Trending After BJP’s Himachal Loss
After the BJP lost power in Himachal Pradesh to the Congress – somewhat souring its mega win in Gujarat – Union Minister Anurag Thakur, who is MP from the hill state, came under fire on social media from BJP supporters blaming him for the party’s infighting. Congress workers also jumped in on the trend, gloating, as did observers who sought to put the BJP loss into a wider context.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Jairam Thakur has won the Seraj assembly constituency by a margin of more than 31,000 votes over Chet Ram of the Congress, according to the Election Commission. Mr Thakur, 57, won this seat for the sixth time even though the BJP lost power to the Congress this election.
Himachal Pradesh has not returned any incumbent government to power in the last nearly four decades.
6-Time Congress MLA Asha Kumari Loses In Dalhousie
BJP candidate DS Thakur defeated six-time Congress MLA Asha Kumari in Himachal Pradesh’s Dalhousie assembly seat by a margin of 9,918 votes, according to the Election Commission. Asha Kumari was among the chief ministerial probables in Himachal Pradesh with trends showing the Congress surging ahead of the BJP on 39 of the total 68 seats in the hill state.
Conceding defeat in Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Thursday submitted his resignation to the governor, official sources said. “I respect the mandate. In a short while, I am going to hand over my resignation to the governor,” Mr Thakur told reporters shortly before handing over his resignation to the Governor.
The Congress appeared to be heading to achieve majority in the hill state as it surged ahead of the BJP, winning 32 seats and leading in 7 others.
Congress has won 38 seats in the Himachal Pradesh election now while leading in two others. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 18 seats and is leading in seve,
BJP candidate DS Thakur defeated six-time Congress MLA Asha Kumari in Himachal Pradesh’s Dalhousie assembly seat by a margin of 9,918 votes, according to the Election Commission.
Asha Kumari was among the chief ministerial probables in Himachal Pradesh with trends showing the Congress surging ahead of the BJP on 39 of the total 68 seats in the hill state.
Dalhousie in Chamba district was in focus after veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s aide Harsh Mahajan joined the BJP and queered the pitch for arch-rival Kumari.
The Congress has officially won the 35 seats required for the majority in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly of 68 seats.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said today that every promise made by Congress will be fulfilled after his party won the Himachal Pradesh Election.
“Heartfelt thanks to the people of Himachal Pradesh for this decisive victory,” Mr Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.
“Hearty congratulations to all Congress workers and leaders. Your hard work and dedication really deserves the best wishes for this victory. I assure you again, every promise made to the public will be fulfilled at the earliest,” he added.
Himachal Pradesh Congress president Pratibha Singh today said that the Congress victory in the state reminds her of the support that her late husband and former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh enjoyed.
“It is a very emotional moment for me as I can see the same kind of support from people as it was for late Virbhadra Singh. Chandigarh is easily accessible meeting point for MLAs & we are not worried about poaching,” Pratibha Singh said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
Congress leader and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has said that the party’s high command will decide the next Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.
“High command will decide next Chief Minister Of Himachal Pradesh. Priyanka Gandhi’s 10-pointer manifesto worked there. Gujarat’s results are shocking as situation during the campaigning was different, a surprising victory for BJP,” Mr Baghel said.
Congress chief Malikarjun Kharge has thanked Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi for the party’s victory in Himachal Pradesh.
“We have won Himachal Elections. I want to thank the people, our workers & leaders as due to their efforts this result has come. I want to thank Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra also helped us in this. Sonia Gandhi’s blessings are also with us,” Mr Kharge said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
“Our observers and in-charge secretaries are going there (Himachal Pradesh) and they will decide when to meet Governor and call a meeting of (Congress MLAs),” he added.
Congress leader Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said today that his party winning the Himachal Pradesh Election was down to the trust that the people of the state bestowed on his party.
“This victory belongs to you all. The people of Himachal have created history and today gave this message clear that Congress will take Himachal on the path of development. This victory belongs to Himachal’s trust,” Mr Sukhu wrote on Facebook.
The Congress is leading in 39 seats as the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) conceded defeat in the Himachal Pradesh Election.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has conceded defeat in the Himachal Pradesh Election, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said. The decision to concede paves the way for Congress to form government in the state.
State Minister and Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader Ram Lal Markanda lost from Lahaul and Spiti in the Himachal Pradesh election. Another State minister Suresh Bhardwaj lost to sitting Congress MLA Anirudh Singh from Kasumpti.
Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh who won from Shimla (Rural) in the Himachal Pradesh Election remembered his late father, former Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh.
“I thank the people of Himachal Pradesh. We have followed the path shown by Virbhadra ji a lot. Wherever he is looking at me, he must be smiling,” an emotional Vikramaditya Singh told NDTV.
When asked if his mother and state Congress chief Pratibha Singh would become the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, Vikramaditya Singh said he would welcome any decision from the party.
“As a son, I want Prathiba ji to get a big responsibility. Whatever the party decides, we will accept. I will speak with Rajeev Shukla and will go wherever he directs me to,” he said.
Independent candidate and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rebel Ashish Sharma has won from Hamirpur in the Himachal Pradesh Election. Mr Sharma defeated Congress candidate Pushpinder Verma by a margin of 12,899 votes.
As the Congress leads on 40 seats in the Himachal Pradesh Election, senior leader Rajiv Shukla said that his party is not afraid of “Operation Lotus”.
“We are leading on 40 seats. We will implement 10 guarantees in the state. We are not afraid of ‘Operation Lotus’, if these figures continue then there won’t be any such situation,” Mr Shukla said.
Incumbent Himachal Pradesh Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur will addresss a press conference at 2 pm today. Mr Thakur won from Seraj today by over 30,000 votes.
Congress workers are jubilant after finding themselves leading in at least 40 seats in the Himachal Pradesh Election. Senior party leader Pawan Khera was caught on camera enjoying sweets with other party workers as Congress looks set to form a majority government in Himachal Pradesh.
Former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s son and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Anil Sharma has won the Mandi Sadar seat, according to the Election Commission of India.
Congress leader SS Sukhu said that despite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) using Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in campaigning for the Himachal Pradesh election, the Congress will form government in the state with a full majority.
“BJP considered itself strong in Himachal Pradesh, PM Modi and Amit Shah visited the state several times. Here today, Congress is going to form the government with a full majority,” Congress leader SS Sukhu, said as quoted by news agency ANI.
Congress candidate Harish Janartha won the Shimla Urban seat in the Himachal Pradesh Election and defeated its nearest Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rival Sanjay Sood by 3,037 votes, according to the Election Commission of India.
The Congress is leading in 40 seats in Himachal Pradesh while the BJP is ahead in only 25. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) meanwhile has failed to open its account in the election.
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Hooda on Thursday said the Congress will form its government in Himachal Pradesh going by the present election result trends.
The Congress is inching towards victory in the hill state with it leading in 38 seats, according to data on the Election Commission website.
“As per trends, we are going to form our government in Himachal Pradesh,” Mr Hooda told PTI.
“I would be leaving soon for Shimla along with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and AICC in-charge for Himachal Pradesh Rajeev Shukla,” he said.
The Congress is sending Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, senior leaders Bhupinder Hooda and Rajeev Shukla to Himachal Pradesh on Thursday with the possibility of the party getting a majority in the hill state.
“The party is sending two observers — Hooda and Baghel — along with me. We will be travelling in some time to Himachal today,” Mr Shukla told PTI.
“Though the results are still coming in but it is a victory of the people. With the blessings of God, if the Congress wins, we will do everything possible for the interest of the people of Himachal Pradesh. Priyanka ji (Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) campaigned a lot, she worked really hard,” he said.
He also thanked Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, former chiefs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and general secretary organisation K C Venugopal for their cooperation in poll preparations.
After leading all day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has now falled behind the Congress in vote share in the Himachal Pradesh Election.
Congress leader Tajinder Singh Bittu said that his party will win the Himachal Pradesh Election and that is something the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cannot digest.
“We are safeguarding our candidates. We are winning in Himachal and that is something they (BJP) cannot digest. They will try to poach as they have many times in the past,” Mr Bittu said.
“We are taking our leaders to Chandigarh and closing our doors and windows to stop them from the onslaught. Congress is making a revival and Himachal Pradesh is where it all begins. It is Dev-bhoomi and Congress will emerge from here to win 2024,” he added.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ranbir Singh has won from Nurpur Assembly constituency in Himachal Pradesh by beating his nearest rival Congress candidate Ajay Mahajan by 18,752 votes, the Election Commission of India has announced.
Amid talks of winning Congress MLAs being ordered to touchdown in Raipur to avoid horse trading in Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said he won’t bring them to his state.
“Counting on. Still, we had hoped to form govt there & we can see it happening,” Mr Baghel said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
“Won’t bring them here but we’ll have to take care of our friends as BJP can do anything & go to any level,” he added.
The Congress is leading in 39 seats in Himachal Pradesh while the BJP is ahead in 26. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is yet to open its account.
Congress will take all its winning MLAs in the Himachal Pradesh Elections from Shimla to Chandigarh to ensure no horse trading takes place.
All the Himachal Pradesh Congress MLAs have been told to go to Chandigarh after receiving their winning certificates in the Himachal elections.
Congress MLAs in the state have gathered outside Himachal Congress chief Pratibha Singh’s residence.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is marginally leading the vote share in Himachal Pradesh.
Independent candidate and Congress rebel Ashish Sharma is leading in the Hamirpur Assembly constituency in Himachal Pradesh, according to the Election Commission of India,
“I’m awaiting the final results, and will take any decision (on extending support to another party) after the results are out,” he said as quoted by news agency ANI.
The Congress maintained its lead in 39 seats in Himachal Pradesh while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) remained ahead in 26.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Rakesh Kumar has won from Sundernagar Assembly constituency in Himachal Pradesh, as per Election Commission of India.
The Congress is currently leading in 38 seats in Himachal Pradesh as compared to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is leading in 27. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has still not opened its account in the state.
The Congress is leading in 35 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead in 30 in what has been a very closely contested contest so far in Himachal Pradesh.
Congress leader Pawan Khera today said that there is no neck-and-neck fight in Himachal Pradesh despite both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heading engaged in a thriller.
“There is no neck-and-neck fight, we (Congress) are going to form a stable government in Himachal Pradesh,” Mr Khera said.
Congress is leading in Himachal Pradesh from 35 seats while the BJP is ahead in 29. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is yet to open its account.
While Gujarat made its verdict clear early this morning – the BJP is headed for its strongest-ever result in the Prime Minister’s home state – Himachal Pradesh turned into a thriller, swinging between the Congress and the BJP.
If the Congress wins, the hill state will have stuck to its tradition of voting out the incumbent government. For decades, it has switched between the BJP and the Congress, denying both parties a consecutive term.
Congress sources said that the party could shift its MLAs to Chhattisgarh if the result is not decisive to prevent their poaching by the BJP.
Congress candidate from Shimla (Rural) and former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister late Virbhadra Singh’s son, Vikramaditya Singh, is leading with a total of 7,233 votes as the counting continues.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is narrowly leading in the vote-share in Himachal with 44.1% while the Congress is a close second with 42.8%. The AAP has managed just 0.96 %.
Four rebel leaders are leading in the Himachal Pradesh Elections. Rebel BJP leaders KL Thakur, Hoshiyar Singh and Hiteshwar Singh are leading from Nalagarh, Dehra and Banjar seats, respectively, while Congress rebel Ashish Kumar is leading from the Hamirpur seat.
The Congress is leading in 36 seats in Himachal Pradesh while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in 28.
While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is leading in six seats in Gujarat, it has failed to make a mark in Himachal Pradesh with early trends suggesting that the party is not leading from any seat.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is leading by nearly 4,000 votes from Seraj while Congress MLA Rohit Thakur is trailing in Jubbal-Kotkhai.
Election trends at 9:55 am show a neck-and-neck contest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh.
Three independent candidates are leading from three seats in Himachal Pradesh. BJP rebels KL Thakur and Hoshiyar Singh are leading from Nalagarh and Dehra, respectively, while Congress rebel Ashish Kumar is leading from Hamirpur.
The Congress is now leading in 33 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead in 32.
Counting of votes underway for the Himachal Pradesh Elections. Visuals from Government Degree College in Sanjauli, Shimla. As per early leads, the BJP is leading in 34 seats while the Congress is ahead in 31.
Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Rajni Suresh Kashyap watches NDTV’s coverage of the election.
Counting of votes for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections in progress at a centre in Shimla.
The Congress is closing ground on the Bharatiya Janata Party in early leads in the Himachal Pradesh Election. The Congress is leading in 32 seats while the BJP in 34.
Himachal Pradesh Congress president Pratibha Singh holds a victory sign. The Congress is leading in 27 seats in the state.
Early leads in the Himachal Pradesh Election show the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have crossed the majority mark of 35 after leading in 39. The Congress is not far behind, however, leading in 27 seats.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in 39 seats in the Himachal Pradesh Election while the Congress is ahead in 27.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leads in 28 seats while the Congress in 17. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is yet to open its account.
Early trends in the Himachal Pradesh Elections show the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading in 12 seats while the Congress leading in five.
Early trends in the Himachal Pradesh Elections suggest both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claiming a seat each.
The counting of votes for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections began at 8 AM.
In Himachal, there are 68 counting halls in 59 locations across the state.
Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Maneesh Garg said that 10,000 duty staff including the security personnel have been deployed as part of security arrangements in Himachal Pradesh
He said that teams of returning officers and assistant returning officers have also been deployed to ensure a smooth counting process.
Preparations for the counting of votes for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections are in full swing in the state. Visuals from the counting hall in Mandi show election officials making sure the counting goes smoothly.
“Today is the result day. The counting will begin at 8 am. Strong room will open at 7.30 am,” Ritika Jindal, SDM Mandi, said as quoted by news agency ANI.
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur is confident of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win in the election.
“All exit polls indicate a win for BJP in Himachal Pradesh. We will again form government in the State,” Mr Thakur said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
With exit poll predictions of a return of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh, the ruling party is hoping to set new records by changing the trend of not repeating government after five years while the Congress is hopeful that the party would form the government with a full majority in the hill state as the stage is all set for counting of votes for Himachal Pradesh Assembly election.
The counting of votes will begin at 8 am today.
The elections to 68 assembly seats of Himachal Pradesh were held on November 12 and around 75.6 per cent polling percentage was recorded.