BJP wins Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Elections 2017

Dec 19, 2017 09:30 IST
Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Elections 2017

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 18 December 2017 won Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Elections 2017 by sweeping 44 of Himachal Pradesh's 68 seats. While, rival party Congress got its hands on 21 seats in the state. A party needs 35 seats or more to form the government in Himachal.

However, BJP's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal faced defeat in the elections for the Sujanpur Assembly. He lost to Congress rival Rajinder Singh Rana by about 3500 votes.

CPI(M) party could only win a single seat. CPI(M) State Secretary Rakesh Singha won by a margin of 1983 votes over BJP’s Rakesh Verma in Theog.

The counting of votes for assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh began at 42 centres on 18 December 2017 for all 68 assembly seats. The counting was supervised by 68 returning officers, one in every constituency.

The first win was declared in Himachal Pradesh's Kasumpti for Congress candidate Anirudh Singh. He won by a margin of 9397 votes against BJP's Vijay Jyoti.

Key Highlights of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Elections 2017
• In 12 of the 17 constituencies set aside for SC candidates, the BJP led the vote share.
• In Balh, the BJP's Inder Singh won with 10452 votes against Congress' incumbent Prakash Chaudhary.
• In Kasauli, BJP's sitting MLA Rajiv Saizal won by 442 votes over Congress' Vinod Sultanpuri.
• Six-time Chief Minister and Congress candidate Virbhadra Singh won in the Arki constituency with over 28000 votes against the BJP's Rattan Singh Pal who won over 23000 votes.
• Virbhadra Singh's son Vikramaditya Singh won from Shimla (Rural).
• In Dehra, Independent candidate Hoshiyar Singh won by 3914 votes over BJP candidate Ravinder Singh Ravi.
• Congress candidate Kaul Singh Thakur lost his seat in Darang to BJP candidate Jawahar Thakur by a margin of around 2000 votes.
• In Dharamshala, BJP candidate Kishan Kapoor won by beating Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma.
• Former Congress Minister Anil Sharma won the seat from Mandi, but on a BJP ticket this time.

This year, it is the turn of the BJP to rule the hill state.













Record-breaking Polling in Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Elections 2017
The Himachal Pradesh went to polls in a single phase on 9 November 2017. A total of 377 candidates contested for 68 seats. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress contested for all 68 seats, while  BSP contested in 42 seats and the CPI(M) contested in 14 seats.

The Swabhiman party and the Lok Gathbandhan Party each contested for six seats and the CPI contested in 3.

The state registered a record 74.61 per cent polling for the Assembly elections, breaking the 74.51 per cent record of 2003. The polling was 71.61 per cent in 2007 and 73.51 per cent in 2012.

The Doon constituency in Solan district recorded the highest turnout of 88.95 per cent and Shimla Urban recorded the lowest at 63.76 per cent.

The other districts like Chamba recorded 73.21 per cent turnout of voters, Kangra 72.47 per cent, Lahaul - Spiti 73.40 per cent, Kullu 77.87 per cent, Mandi 75.21 per cent, Bilaspur 82.04 per cent, Solan 77.44 per cent, Shimla 72.68 per cent and Kinnaur 75.09 per cent.

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