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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)

11:07 PM , 09 Nov
KEY EVENT

76.4% Voters Cast Their Vote

A total of 74.6 percent of voters cast their votes in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, the Election Commission said on Thursday, 9 November. It was the highest-ever voter turnout in the state.

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10:39 PM , 09 Nov
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District-Wise Voter Turnout

Himachal Pradesh Sets New Poll Record, 74.6% Turn up to Vote
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Sirmaur saw the highest voter turnout, with 82 percent casting their votes, while Kangra saw the lowest turnout at 72 percent.

7:20 PM , 09 Nov
KEY EVENT

Himachal Pradesh Records Highest Voter Turnout

The 2017 Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections saw the highest-ever voter turnout in the state. Over 74 percent of voters turned up to cast their votes, the EC said.

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6:53 PM , 09 Nov

74% Polling Recorded Till 5:00 pm

Voter turnout in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections stood at 74 percent at 5:00 pm, the Election Commission said. However, the number is expected to go up as 500 polling stations still had people waiting in queues to cast their votes at that time.


Published: 08 Nov 2017, 8:45 PM IST
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