Himachal Pradesh Sets New Poll Record, 74.6% Turn up to Vote

The votes will be counted on 18 December.

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The ruling Congress, led by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, and the BJP led by former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, are contesting all 68 seats.
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12-Day High-Voltage Campaign

The ruling Congress, led by current Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, and the BJP led by former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, are contesting all 68 seats while the BSP is contesting 42 seats, followed by the CPI(M), which is contesting 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each, and the CPI contesting three seats.

The 12-day high-voltage campaign, which came to an end on Tuesday, saw over 450 rallies by star campaigners of the BJP and the Congress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah addressed seven and six rallies, respectively. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressed three rallies.

Corruption was the main focus of the BJP campaign with the party training its guns at Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while the Congress hit out at the BJP over the issue of GST and demonetisation.

Both Singh and Dhumal have shifted their constituencies and are contesting from Arki and Sujanpur, respectively.

At present, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively in the 68-member House, besides four independents. One seat is vacant.

(With inputs from PTI)

5:35 PM , 08 Nov
KEY EVENT

Polling Day in 68 Constituencies

The hill state of Himachal Pradesh goes to polls tomorrow, 9 November, with traditional rivals – the Congress and the BJP – locking horns in all 68 constituencies where 338 candidates, including 62 MLAs, are in the fray.

The polling will begin at 8:00 am and go on till 5:00 pm. A total of 50,25,941 voters are eligible to cast their vote.

As many as 7,525 polling booths have been set up in the state and 37,605 polling personnel have been deputed for poll duty, Chief Electoral Officer Pushpender Rajput said.

Web-casting will be used in 2,307 polling stations in the state for live monitoring of polling activities by the EC. EVMs and VVPAT will also be used.

The counting of votes will take place on 18 December.

Himachal Pradesh at a glance.
Himachal Pradesh at a glance.
(Source: PTI)
7:24 AM , 09 Nov
KEY EVENT

Polling to Begin at 8 am, Security at Booths Tightened

The polling in Himachal Pradesh for the State Assembly elections will begin at 8 am, reported ANI.

Over 11,500 Himachal Pradesh police jawans, 6400 Home guards, and 65 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed across the state for the assembly election.

  • Visuals from Dharamshala
  • Visuals from Dharamshala
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  • Visuals from a polling booth in Shimla’s Rampur
  • Visuals from a polling booth in Shimla’s Rampur
  • Visuals from a polling booth in Shimla’s Rampur
8:03 AM , 09 Nov
KEY EVENT

Polling Begins

Polling begins in the 68 constituencies of Himachal Pradesh, as people queue up to cast their votes in the assembly elections.

8:42 AM , 09 Nov

Polling Yet to Begin in Kinnaur's Station Number 55

Polling is yet to begin in station number 55 at Kinnaur, Reckong Peo due to a technical glitch. The polling booth is managed solely by women.

Himachal Pradesh Sets New Poll Record, 74.6% Turn up to Vote

Published: 08 Nov 2017, 8:45 PM IST