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Himachal poll results: Congress crosses halfway mark, BJP leads in 28 seats

Counting of votes for the 68-member assembly began at 8 am where the ruling BJP is hoping to retain power
Counting of votes for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections in progress at a centre in Shimla
Counting of votes for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections in progress at a centre in Shimla
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Our Web Desk   |   Shimla   |   Published 08.12.22, 10:10 AM

  • Latest trend shows Congress crosses halfway mark in Himachal Pradesh with leads in 37 seats. BJP is ahead in 28 seats, reports NDTV
  • Four Independents (3 BJP and 1 Congress rebel) ahead in Himachal Pradesh, reports NDTV

Opposition Congress has taken a lead on 38 seats while the ruling BJP won one seat and was ahead on 26 in Himachal Pradesh where counting of votes was in progress on Thursday, reports PTI.

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Independent candidates were ahead on three assembly seats, according to the Election Commission.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had fielded candidates on 67 seats, is yet to open its account.

The result of one seat of Sundernagar in Mandi district has been declared where BJP's Rakesh Jamwal, who is the sitting MLA, has defeated his nearest Congress rival by a margin of 8,125 votes.

The ruling BJP is leading in 20 seats and the Congress in 13 while Independent candidates are ahead on two seats in Himachal Pradesh in early trends, according to the Election Commission.

Candidates who are leading include Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur from Seraj, BJP's Puran Chand from Darang, Chetan Bragata, son of former minister Narender Bragata, from Jubbal Kotkhai, Anil Sharma, son of former Union minister Sukhram, from Mandi Sadar and Congress' Jagat Singh Negi, a former deputy speaker, from Kinnaur.   However, according to TV channel reports, the Congress is leading in 37 seats and BJP in 31.

Chief Minister Thakur and Himachal Pradesh Congress president Pratibha Singh have maintained that their parties would get full majority with over 40 out of the 68 seats.  Congress general Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is also at her home in Chhabra keeping an eye on the latest trends.

Counting of votes for the 68-member assembly began at 8 am where the ruling BJP is hoping to retain power.  The results of the elections will also reveal whether the BJP's all-out personalised campaign led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to buck the 'alternative government' trend has worked or not.

For the opposition Congress, however, a victory in Himachal is much-needed for its revival, as it has seen a spate of electoral losses in the last few years.

Himachal Pradesh has not returned any incumbent government to power in the last nearly four decades.

About 76.44 per cent of voters had exercised their franchise in the assembly polls held on November 12. A total of 412 candidates including 24 women and 99 independents are in fray.



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