Himachal Elections Result | Modi’s Money Made BJP Win: Virbhadra
Himachal Elections Result | Modi’s Money Made BJP Win: Virbhadra
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Himachal Elections Result | Modi’s Money Made BJP Win: Virbhadra


BJP won the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections with 44 seats and the Congress trailed behind with 21. Incidentally, the CPI(M) opened its account bagging one seat, while another Independent managed to grab one seat in the 68-member Assembly.


  • The BJP has won 44 seats in the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly, while the Congress has won 21
  • Incumbent Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh won from Arki constituency
  • BJP’s CM face PK Dhumal conceded defeat from Sujanpur constituency
  • Congress’ Vikramaditya Singh, son of Virbhadra Singh, won from Shimla Rural constituency

All Major Exit Polls Predicted a Win for BJP

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Counting to Begin at 8 am

Counting of votes for the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh Assembly is expected to begin at 8 am.


Ahead of Results, a Throwback Photo of Dhumal and Modi

An old photo of BJP CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
An old photo of BJP CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

Counting of Votes Begins

It is 8 am, and the counting of votes for the hill state have begun!

Postal ballots de-sealed by officials at a counting centre in Shimla’s Sanjauli, as counting of votes begins.
Postal ballots de-sealed by officials at a counting centre in Shimla’s Sanjauli, as counting of votes begins.
(Photo: ANI)

Counting of Postal Ballots First

The first batch of votes being counted are the postal ballots. The BJP seems to have taken an early lead.

Counting of EVM Votes Begins

Counting of EVM votes begins.

EVMs opened at a counting centre in Shimla’s Kasumpati as counting of votes continues.
EVMs opened at a counting centre in Shimla’s Kasumpati as counting of votes continues.
(Photo: ANI)

Counting on in Shimla

EC Official Trends at 9 AM

EC Figures at 9:12 AM

CM Virbhadra Singh Leads in Arki

Incumbent Chief Minister from the Congress, Virbhadra Singh, is leading from Arki.

CPI (M) Leading in Theog

The CPI (M) is leading in Theog, the constituency where the ‘Gudiya’ rape occurred in Kothkai. There was severe anti-incumbency in the region, with people especially upset with CM Virbhadra Singh’s handling of the case.


Here's a Quick Wrap of What We Know So Far


Markets Recover as Trends Show BJP Leading

Sensex crashed earlier in the day by over 700 points as the contest between BJP and Congress seemed neck-and-neck. As trends went back to showing BJP leading in the hill state, markets recovered. Nifty is back above 10,300 levels, and the rupee is trading at 64.26 against its last close of 64.04.

BJP Leads in 35 Seats, Crosses Halfway Mark


The Contest Between BJP and Congress' CM Candidates


PM Modi Shows the Victory Sign Outside Parliament

PK Dhumal Trailing by 1059 Votes

Vikramaditya Confident of Forming Congress Govt

CM Virbhadra Singh’s son, who is leading in Rural Shimla, says he is confident of forming a Congress government. The trends have since changed, and the BJP is leading comfortably.

CM Virbhadra Leading by Over 2,000 Votes in Arki


Congress Wins Kasumpti

Congress wins Kasumpti seat in Himachal Pradesh with its candidate Anirudh Singh defeating BJP's Vijay Jyoti by a margin of 9,397 votes.

Anurag Thakur Says Himachal Rejects Corrupt Cong


Neerajism on Himachal Pradesh

As BJP is set to sweep Himachal Pradesh, here’s Neeraj Gupta’s ‘Neerajism’ on the election trend in the hill state.

BJP Supporters Celebrate in Shimla

Vikramaditya Singh Leading in Rural Shimla

CM Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya is leading in Rural Shimla by 2,727 votes. This is his electoral debut.


BJP Wins Shimla and Anni

BJP's candidate Suresh Bhardwaj defeats Independent Harish Janartha in Shimla seat by 1,903 votes.

Meanwhile in Anni, BJP's Kishori Lal beats Congress' Paras Ram 5,983 votes.

PK Dhumal Trailing, Even as BJP Leading


Where Did the Congress Go Wrong?

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If Dhumal Loses, Who Forms BJP Govt?

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BJP Wins Lahaul & Spiti


CPI(M) Wins Theog

The party congratulated the people for electing Singha.


Mandate for BJP in Himachal is a Victory For Development: PM Modi Tweets

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to laud the victory of the BJP in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, saying it indicates a “strong support for politics of good governance and development.”


Accept BJP's Victory, Take Full Responsibility for Our Performance: Virbhadra Singh

People in Himachal Want to Join Modi in the Journey Towards Development: Amit Shah

Addressing a press conference on the election results, BJP President Amit Shah offered his “heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for giving the party another opportunity to serve them.”

He also expressed confidence that the BJP, under the leadership of PM Modi, will once again get the people’s support in the 2019 general elections.


BJP's CM Face PK Dhumal Concedes Defeat From Sujanpur Consitutency


Incumbent CM Virbhadra Singh Wins From Arki

Incumbent Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh won from the Arki constituency, defeating BJP’s Rattan Singh Pal by a margin of 6,051 votes.

Will Stand With the Govt, Whichever Party it Might be: Vikramaditya


Congress' Vikramaditya Singh Wins From Shimla Rural

Congress’ Vikramaditya Singh, son of incumbent Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh, won from the Shimla Rural constituency, defeating BJP’s Pramod Sharma by a margin of 4,880 votes.

Thankful to the People who Made me Victorious: Congress' Rajinder Rana

Commanding a lead over BJP’s CM face PK Dhumal in Sujanpur, Congress candidate Rajinder Rana said the numbers (for Sujanpur) are “a symbol of people’s confidence in Congress”.

I am thankful that they (the people) made me victorious. We have never stepped back from serving the people in Sujanpur and we will always serve them.
Rajinder Rana, Congress

Virbhadra Singh Blames Congress' Central Leadership for Lack of Campaigning

Six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh blamed the party's central leadership for lack of campaigning, as he accepted the Congress party’s defeat in the state assembly elections.

Whatever are the shortcomings, I did my best during campaigning alone in the state and that too, within my resources.
Virbhadra Singh

He refused to put the blame on Congress President Rahul Gandhi. "The elections were conducted under my leadership and I accept our defeat."


Watch: PM Modi Delivers Victory Speech at BJP HQ After Twin Win

After emerging victorious in both Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a victory speech at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.

Watch his speech below:

In what seemed to be a dig at Virbhadra Singh, Modi said:

The results in Himachal Pradesh show that if you don’t carry out development and are embroiled in all the wrong acts, then, after 5 years, people will not accept you. 
PM Modi

He further remarked how the election results in the two states prove that “the country is ready for reform… and believes in transformation”.


Modi's Magic Didn't Work in These Elections, It Was Modi's Money: Virbhadra Singh

Despite his party’s (Congress) big loss in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, the incumbent CM Virbhadra Singh took a dig at the BJP saying how the latter’s CM candidate PK Dhumal and state president Satpal Singh Satti lost out, and how it was Modi’s money which worked in the elections and not Modi’s magic.

Nirmala Sitharaman & Narenda Tomar to Hold Discussions About Leadership in HP

With the BJP recording a thumping victory in Himachal Pradesh, all eyes are on the next rung of leadership in the state.

Speaking about this, JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Rajya Sabha member from Himachal Pradesh, said that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar will be going to the state to hold discussions about the leadership there.


Narrow Victory for Congress' Dhani Ram Shandil in Solan


HP BJP Chief Satpal Singh Satti Defeated

Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti lost out to Congress’ Satpal Singh Raizada in the Una constituency by a margin of 3,196 votes.

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