WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Dec 18, 2017, 01.22 AM (IST)
Dec 19, 2017, 08.14 AM
The ruling Congress was completely wiped out in Mandi district, where nine out of ten seats were won by the BJP with an Independent winning one seat.
Dec 19, 2017, 03.58 AM
The only consolation for the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress was that Himachal Pradesh has a history of changing the ruling formation at its helm every five years.
For the Congress, chief minister Virbhadra Singh won the Arki assembly seat while his son Vikramaditya Singh won from Shimla (Rural).
Dec 19, 2017, 03.21 AM
The BJP which romped to power in Himachal Pradesh by trouncing the Congress saw a jump of about 10 per cent in its vote share as compared to the last Assembly polls in 2012.
Dec 19, 2017, 01.42 AM
The CPI(M) made its presence felt by winning the Theog seat after 24 years. The party had won one seat in 1962, 1972 and 1993, but drew a blank in successive polls.
Dec 18, 2017, 06.18 PM
Counting is finally over in the Himachal elections.
The BJP wins 44 seats, the Congress 21.
One seat goes to the CPI(M), and two to independents.
Dec 18, 2017, 04.02 PM
According to election commission
BJP got 44 seats
Congress at 20 seats with lead at 1 seat
Dec 18, 2017, 03.04 PM
According to election commission
BJP wins 42 seats, leading at 2 seats
Congress wins 19, leading at 2 seats
Dec 18, 2017, 02.31 PM
Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh, Pushpendra Rajput says "EVMs cannot be manipulated in any way."
EVMs cannot be manipulated in any way. I want to urge everyone to ignore rumours on this matter. The election conducted through EVMs & VVPAT are completely unbiased: Pushpendra Rajput, Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh #ElectionResults2017pic.twitter.com/x2qikY8Tqa
One more seat declared to BJP by election commission.
BJP now at 31 seats
Congress wins 17 seats
Dec 18, 2017, 12.39 PM
Election commission has declared a total of 30 seats to BJP.
Dec 18, 2017, 12.37 PM
Congress's Rajinder Rana who won in Sujanpur seat against Prem Kumar Dhumal says, "It's a symbol of people's confidence in Congress. Thankful that they made me victorious. We have never stepped back from serving people in Sujanpur & we will always serve them."
Dec 18, 2017, 12.34 PM
One more seat declared to Congress by election commission.
Dec 18, 2017, 12.25 PM
A total of 27 seats has been declared to BJP by the election commission.
Dec 18, 2017, 11.57 AM
Election commission has declared total of 23 seats to BJP.
Dec 18, 2017, 11.22 AM
One more seat declared to Congress and BJP by the election commission.
Dec 18, 2017, 11.18 AM
PK Dhumal says "personal loss is not of much importance."
Personal loss is not of much importance.The gain that victory has brought to state BJP is important. Thankful to people of the state for voting for BJP. In politics, sometimes one wins, sometimes one loses. I was not expecting to lose, I will do an analysis: PK Dhumal #Himachalpic.twitter.com/7UrumoxVhp
My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage.
Election Commission has declared total of 15 seats to BJP
Dec 18, 2017, 10.40 AM
BJP win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will have positive impact in Karnataka says BS Yeddyurappa
Victory in Gujarat & Himachal shows people have once again accepted PM Modi, his policies & Gujarat model. They've voted for development & against corrupt Congress. It'll have positive impact in Karnataka: BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka BJP President #HimachalResults#GujaratVerdictpic.twitter.com/eVSG8Q8wM4
Election Commission declares total of 14 seats to BJP
Dec 18, 2017, 10.30 AM
"I accept the victory of BJP," says Virbhadra Singh
I accept the victory of BJP. I, being the CM, take full responsibility of our performance here. I hope Vikramaditya (Singh) keeps winning in future, like he won today: Virbhadra Singh #HimachalPradeshpic.twitter.com/ImNkW32qdy
Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP Karyakartas in these states for their hardwork which has led to these impressive victories.
I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly.
Questions being raised about EVMs have already been answered by us in the media. VVPATs were there in every polling stations in Gujarat, which enabled voters to see whom they voted for, so issues being raised aren't right. I assure that EVMS cannot be tampered with: CEC, AK Joti pic.twitter.com/PzZU1hgh4u
The results of the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be announced at 8 am today.
The two key opponents in the state are chief minister Virbhadra Singh and BJP chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal.
The two opponents have had full confidence in winning over the state.
While chief minister Virbhadra Singh is sure of "mission repeat" and denies any chance of anti-incumbency factor against his party, Prem Kumar Dhumal assures of wiping out the mafia raj from the state after his victory.
Most of the exit polls after the election have indicated a victory for BJP. The Congress however has negated the results.
Since the past 24 years, Himachal Pradesh has had alternative governments between the BJP and the Congress.
The state underwent single phase assembly elections on November 9. The total number of seats in the state is 68. For winning the elections a party needs to win 35 seats or more.
The elections were fought by 337 candidates which include 19 women.
The voter turnout in the election this year was recorded to be 74.61 per cent, which is the highest ever turn out for assembly election in Himachal.
There was a close battle between the BJP and the Congress in the assembly election held in the state in 2012. The Congress won 36 seats while the BJP bagged 26 seats.