1. Live Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017: Record 74% voter turnout till 5 PM, polling concludes peacefully

Live Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017: Record 74% voter turnout till 5 PM, polling concludes peacefully

Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 Live: Traditional rivals, the BJP and the Congress are all set to vie for power in the hill state again.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 9, 2017 9:21 PM
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Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 Live: Polling is underway as traditional rivals, the BJP and the Congress are all set to vie for power in the hill state again. 68 constituencies with 337 candidates, including 62 MLAs and over a dozen former ministers are among those who are in the fray. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will come up against rival chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal. CM Singh, 10 ministers, eight Chief Parliamentary secretaries, Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and over a dozen former ministers are among those who have thrown their hat in the ring. The ruling Congress led by the chief minister and the BJP led with former chief minister Dhumal are contesting all 68 seats while the BSP is contesting 42 seats, followed by the CPI(M) 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI-3. The 12-days high-voltage campaign, which came to an end on Tuesday, saw over 450 rallies by star campaigners of the BJP and the Congress including Prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah who addressed seven and six rallies respectively.

Track live updates of Himachal Pradesh elections:-

7:37 pm: Polling is still on in about 500 booths.

7: 35 pm: “People have given their mandate. The five-year corrupt rule of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is going to end. We
will get over 60 seats and the Congress tally will be confined to single digit. It will disappear from the state after results are announced,” BJP media head Anil Baluni said.

7:25 pm:  As the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls ended today, the BJP expressed confidence of getting a huge majority, claiming that the tally of the incumbent Congress would be reduced to single digit in the 68-member House.

7:20 pm: It is the highest ever polling percentage in Himachal Pradesh assembly elections: Election Commission.

7:13 pm:

6:46 pm: Till 5 pm, 74 pct polling was recorded but it is likely to go up as people are still in queue, says Deputy election commissioner Sandeep Saxena.

6:45 pm: Polling in Himachal Pradesh was entirely peaceful: Deputy election commissioner Sandeep Saxena.

6:42 pm: All election expenditure were done through e payment: Deputy election commissioner.

6:40 Women police personnel were deployed in all polling booths: Deputy election commissioner.

6:38 pm: Web casting was also done: Deputy election commissioner

6:36 pm: New initiatives taken by the EC. Wheel chairs provided to age-old persons: Deputy election commissioner.

6:15 pm: After the polling concluded in Himachal Pradesh, snowfall was reported from Kinnaur hills.

6:10 pm: Here are some more pictures:-

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5:52 pm: On duty officials seal the EVM machine at a polling station in Mandi.

(ANI)

5:47 pm:

5:45 pm: Polling concludes peacefully in all 68 constituencies; around 70% voting recorded till 5 pm, reports AIR.

5:30 pm: In Chamba district, 67% polling recorded till 4 pm, News 18 reported.

5:24 pm: It is reported that women participation in polling is much more than men.

(AP)

5:05 pm: Polling ends, people already in queue will be allowed to cast their vote.

5:00 pm: The Hikkim polling booth has 194 voters.

4:57 pm: The Hikkim polling station in Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh is the country’s highest polling booth at 14,567 ft, as per First Post.

4:50 pm: After casting his vote India’s oldest voter Shyam Saran Negi says everyone must work in the nation’s interest.

(ANI)

4:40 pm: Over 64% votes have been polled by 4 pm, DD news reported.

4:10 pm: Watch the video here:-

4:00 pm: Voters in a queue show their voter identity card at a polling booth in Mandi.

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3:50 pm: Watch what the voters say:-

3:45 pm: Meet Shyam Saran Negi, 100, who is the 1st and oldest Indian to cast his vote in independent India.

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3:40 pm: The largest Kangra district recorded 22 per cent voting while Kinnaur recorded 35 per cent polling.

3:38 pm: Watch what BJP CM candidate says:-

3:34 pm: Shyam Sharan Negi (101), is the first voter of India who casts his vote for the 15th time in assembly polls at Kalpa in
Kinnaur district, reports PTI.

3:30 pm: Former chief minister of Himachal Pradesh Prem Kumar Dhumal, his son and MP Anurag Thakur along with other family members after they cast their vote at a polling booth, in Hamirpur.

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3:25 pm: We expect to win over 60 seats, says BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal.

3:20 pm: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh with wife Partibha Singh and son Vikrmaditya Singh showing their inked finger after they cast their vote at a polling booth, in Rampur.

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3:15 pm: Watch the video here

3:1o pm: In the year 2012, Himachal Pradesh registered a record amount of 75% votes and Congress won at that time.

3:05 pm: The EVM was being repaired and polling would commence soon, election officials said.

3:00 pm: Due to malfunctioning of EVMs, pollings were stopped in Gondla polling booth in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district.

2:58 pm: There were reports of malfunctioning of EVMs and VVAPTs from several places, reports PTI.

2:55 pm: Congress leader Vidya Stokes, 89, would have been the oldest leader to contest elections if she had remained in the fray. But the Election Commission had rejected her nomination citing discrepancy in documents, as per First post.

2:50 pm: Watch video here

2:47 pm: Till now the polling was peaceful, reports PTI.

2:45 pm: Senior Congress leader Vidya Stokes cast her vote a polling booth in Shimla’s Barubag.

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2:40 pm: Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur casts his vote in a polling booth.

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2:36 pm:

2:34 pm: The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines are being used for the first time in this election. An estimated 10 per cent of the total number of EVMs and VVPATs are being kept in reserve.

2:31 pm: The Election Commission has also allowed electors to cast their vote by producing any one document of the 12 identity documents.

2:28 pm: 54.09% polling in Himachal Pradesh Elections till 2 pm

2:26 pm: Corruption was the main focus of the BJP campaign with the party training its guns on the chief minister while the Congress hit out at the BJP over the issue of GST and demonetisation.

2:23 pm: Dharamsala has the maximum number of candidates at 12.

2:21 pm: Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mansa Ram, who was elected for the first time in 1967 from Karsog (SC), is in the fray for the eleventh time.

2:19 pm: There are 19 women in the fray, six from the BJP and three from the Congress. Seven rebels each from the two parties are also contesting the polls.

2:17 pm: At present, the Congress has 35 and the BJP 28 MLAs in the 68-member House. There are four independents while one seat is vacant.

2:15 pm: Web-casting would be used in 2,307 polling stations for live monitoring of polling activities.

2:13 pm: According to officials, 7,525 electronic voting machines (EVMs) and VVPAT paper trail machines are being used.

2:11 pm: The 12-day high-voltage campaign, which ended Tuesday, saw over 450 rallies by star campaigners of the BJP and the Congress.

2:08 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed seven rallies and BJP president Amit Shah six.

2:05 pm: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed three rallies.

2:03 PM: Watch this video

2:00 PM: The ruling Congress and the BJP, led by former chief minister Dhumal, are contesting all 68 seats. BSP is contesting 42 seats, CPI(M) 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI three. There are also 112 Independents in the fray.

1:57 PM: Both Virbhadra Singh and Dhumal have shifted their constituencies. While the Congress leader is contesting from Arki, the BJP leader has chosen Sujanpur.

1:54 PM: Voting was underway today in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh where the BJP, which focused on corruption during its campaign, is seeking to dislodge the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government while deflecting attacks by rivals on demonetisation and GST.

1:52 PM: A total of 337 candidates, including 60 sitting MLAs, are contesting for power over the 68-member legislative assembly of Himachal Pradesh, one of the very few states under Congress control.

1:50 PM: The Himachal Pradesh results along with that of the BJP-ruled Gujarat will be a bellwether of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity.

1:48 PM: A total of 50,25,941 voters are eligible to cast their vote.

1:46 PM: As many as 7,525 polling booths have been set up in the state and 37,605 polling personnel have been deputed for poll duty. Besides, 17,850 personnel of police and Home Guards and 65 companies of central paramilitary force have been deployed.

1:44 PM: To ensure free and fair polls, other officials, including 29 general, three police and 22 expenditure observers as well as 1,561 micro observers, have also been deployed throughout the state.

1:42 PM: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, 10 ministers, eight chief parliamentary secretaries, Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and over a dozen former ministers are among those who have thrown their hat in the ring.

1:40 PM: Right before his wedding, a bridegroom casts his vote at a polling booth in Manali’s Baashing village.

1:21 PM: Watch this video

12:30 pm: 28.6% polling recorded till 12 noon in the Himachal Pradesh election.

12:07 pm: Shimla district recorded 18 per cent polling, Hamirpur 17 per cent, Chamba 12 per cent, Kangra 14 per cent, Mandi 16 per cent, Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur 15 to 20 per cent and Solan and Sirmaur 18 to 20 percent.

12:03 pm: Reports of fault in VVPAT machines were received in Sirmaur district while polling stated late by 15-20 minutes in some polling booths.

12:00 pm: The polling started across the state at 8 am and at several places in Chamba and tribal areas five to ten per cent polling was recorded.

11:57 am: Over 180 independents and a dozen rebels of the Congress including former ministers Singhi Ram (Rampur) and Vijay Singh Mankotia (Shahpur) are in the fray.

11:54 am: Elaborate arrangements have been made for ensuring free and fair polls and 29 general, three police, 22 Expenditure Observers and 71 Assistant Expenditure Observers, 1,561 Micro Observers, besides, 193 Sector Magistrate and 789 Sectors officers have also been deployed throughout the state.

11:51 am: The single-phase election is being held across 68 constituencies with 337 candidates, including 62 MLAs, in the fray.

11:48 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked electors in Himachal Pradesh to take part in the grand festival of democracy and vote in record numbers.

11:44 am: Voting began today morning in the hill state, where the BJP and the ruling Congress are locked in a bitter contest for power.

11:40 am: “Today polling is taking place in ‘Devbhoomi’ Himachal Pradesh. I urge all voters to take part in the mahaparva of democracy and vote in record numbers,” Modi tweeted.

11:36 am: Himachal Elections 2017: Union Minister JP Nadda casts his vote at a polling booth in Bilaspur.

11:06 am: At present, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively in the 68-member House besides four independents while one seat is vacant.

11:03 am: Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mansa Ram, who was elected for the first time in 1967 from Karsog(SC), is in the fray for eleventh time.

11:00 am: There are 19 women in the fray including six fielded by the BJP and three by the Congress while seven rebels each of BJP and Congress are also contesting the polls.

10:57 am: The BJP has fielded four Congressmen including former minister Anil Sharma and given ticket to on Independent from Chopal while Congress had fielded two independents from Paonta Sahib and Kangra.

10:53 am: Both Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Dhumal have shifted their constituencies and are contesting from Arki and Sujanpur.

10:50 am: Himachal Pradesh polls in details

10:48 am: As many as 50,25,941 voters are eligible to cast their votes and 37,605 polling personnel have been deployed at 7,525 polling booths. 983 polling stations had been declared vulnerable and 399 as critical to ensure free and fair elections in the state.

10:44 am: There is a straight contest in Jhanduta constituency with just two candidates, while Dharamshala constituency with 12 has the maximum number of candidates.

10:40 am: 13.72% polling recorded in first two hours of Himachal Pradesh elections

10:37 am: 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.

10:34 am: There is straight contest only in one constituency (Jhanduta) while the maximum number of 12 candidates is in fray in Dharamsala.

10:31 am: They seized Rs 14,13,460 of cash yesterday, he said. Polling for elections to the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly will be held today, and results will be declared on December 18. The dates were announced on October 12.

10:28 am: Out of 285 complaints of violations of Model Code of Conduct received by the CEO, 273 were disposed of, officials said.

10:25 am: Watch- 10 key things about Himachal Pradesh election

10:22 am: The state Excise Department has seized 3.26 lakh bulk litre of liquor and Rs 1.48 crore in cash from different parts of Himachal Pradesh since the announcement of the poll, a spokesman for the department said yesterday.

10:19 am: He said that flying squads, static teams and other police teams and Income Tax Department have so far seized cash totalling Rs 1,48,07,615 from different parts of the state. They seized Rs 14,13,460 of cash today, the spokesman said.

10:16 Polling for elections to the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly will be held today, and results will be declared on December 18. The dates were announced on October 12.

10:13 am: Out of 285 complaints of violations of Model Code of Conduct received by the CEO, 273 were disposed of, officials said.

10:10 The Election Commission has also allowed the electors to cast their vote by producing any one document out of the 12 identity documents.

10:07 am: The state has 100 per cent Photo Identity Card (EPIC) holders and 7,525 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) are being used.

10:04 am: VVPAT machines are being used for the first time in this Vidhan Sabha Election and 10 per cent of total EVMs and VVPATs have been kept in reserve.

10:01 am: Virbhadra Singh and his son Vikramaditya cast their votes at a polling booth in Shimla. Virbhadra Singh says the Congress party will be victorious with full majority.

10:00 am: Web-casting would be used in 2,307 polling stations in the state for live monitoring of polling activities in the state.

9:58 am: BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal and BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur cast their votes.

9:54 am: Confident of getting majority in the election, the next Government too will be of Congress, says Congress’ face Virbhadra Singh

9:51 am: Over 180 independents and a dozen rebels of the Congress including former ministers Singhi Ram (Rampur) and Vijay Singh Mankotia (Shahpur) are in the fray.

9:48 am: Elaborate arrangements have been made for ensuring free and fair polls and 29 general, three police, 22 Expenditure Observers and 71 Assistant Expenditure Observers, 1,561 Micro Observers, besides, 193 Sector Magistrate and 789 Sectors officers have also been deployed throughout the state.

9:45 am: Watch this video

9:40 am: Both Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Dhumal have shifted their constituencies and are contesting from Arki and Sujanpur.

9:35 am: Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mansa Ram, who was elected for the first time in 1967 from Karsog(SC), is in the fray for eleventh time.

9:30 am: There are 19 women in the fray including six fielded by the BJP and three by the Congress while seven rebels each of BJP and Congress are also contesting the polls.

9:27 am: At present, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively in the 68-member House besides four independents while one seat is vacant.

9:24 AM: We aimed to get 50 plus seats but now that we are receiving so much support from all sections of the society, we expect it to cross 60, says Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s CM candidate

9:19 AM: Time has come, people have made up their mind to get rid of Congress who has looted Himachal Pradesh. The state needs a senior leader like Dhumal ji to look at the affairs of Himachal which is under the debt of more than Rs 50,000 crore, says Anurag Thakur, BJP MP from Hamirpur

9:15 AM: Watch- BJP’s CM candidate PK Dhumal exudes confidence about winning

9:12 am: There is straight contest only in one constituency (Jhanduta) while the maximum number of 12 candidates is in fray in Dharamsala.

9:09 am: The BJP has fielded four Congressmen including former minister Anil Sharma and given ticket to on Independent from Chopal while Congress had fielded two independents from Paonta Sahib and Kangra.

9:06 AM: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, 10 ministers, eight Chief Parliamentary secretaries, Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and over a dozen former ministers are among those who have thrown their hat in the ring.

9:03 AM: The ruling Congress led by the chief minister and the BJP led with former chief minister Dhumal are contesting all 68 seats while the BSP is contesting 42 seats, followed by the CPI(M) 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI-3.

9:00 AM: The 12-days high-voltage campaign, which came to an end on Tuesday, saw  over 450 rallies by star campaigners of the BJP and the Congress including Prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah who addressed seven and six rallies respectively.

8:57 AM: Voting began in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh this morning in 68 constituencies where 337 candidates including 62 MLAs are in the fray.

8:54 AM: A total of 50,25,941 voters are eligible to cast their vote. As many as 7,525 polling booths have been set up in the state and 37,605 polling personnel have been deputed for poll duty.

8:50 AM: Besides 17,850 personnel of police and Home Guards and 65 companies of central paramilitary force have been deployed.

8:48 AM: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressed three rallies.

8:45 AM: 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.

8:41 AM: Voting at polling station number 55 in Kinnaur, Reckong Peo has not yet started due to a technical glitch; the polling booth is all women-managed.

 

8:38 AM: Polling is underway in Himachal Pradesh

8:35 am: At present, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively in the 68-member House besides four independents while one seat is vacant.

8:32 AM: Over 180 independents and a dozen rebels of the Congress including former ministers Singhi Ram (Rampur) and Vijay Singh Mankotia (Shahpur) are in the fray.

8:29 AM: A total of 50,25,941 voters are eligible to cast their vote. As many as 7,525 polling booths have been set up in the state and 37,605 polling personnel have been deputed for poll duty.

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8:23 am: The BJP has fielded four Congressmen including former minister Anil Sharma and given ticket to on Independent from Chopal while Congress had fielded two independents from Paonta Sahib and Kangra.

8:20 am: Both Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Dhumal have shifted their constituencies and are contesting from Arki and Sujanpur.

8:17 am: Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mansa Ram, who was elected for the first time in 1967 from Karsog(SC), is in the fray for eleventh time.

8:14 am: There are 19 women in the fray including six fielded by the BJP and three by the Congress while seven rebels each of BJP and Congress are also contesting the polls.

8:11 AM: Elderly woman, Barfi Devi, casts her vote at polling booth number 7 in Samirpur in Himachal Pradesh.

8:08 AM: 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.

8:05 AM: There is straight contest only in one constituency (Jhanduta) while the maximum number of 12 candidates is in fray in Dharamsala.

8:02 AM: Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling booth in Dharamshala.

7:58 AM: Voting for all the 68 constituencies to begin shortly: Visuals from Bilaspur

7:55 AM: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, 10 ministers, eight Chief Parliamentary secretaries, Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and over a dozen former ministers are among those who have thrown their hat in the ring.

7:51 AM: The ruling Congress led by the chief minister and the BJP led with former chief minister Dhumal are contesting all 68 seats while the BSP is contesting 42 seats, followed by the CPI(M) 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI-3.

7:48 AM: The 12-days high-voltage campaign, which came to an end yesterday, saw  over 450 rallies by star campaigners of the BJP and the Congress including Prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah who addressed seven and six rallies respectively.

7:45 am: Polling to begin shortly

7:40 AM: Visuals from a polling station in Mandi, voting to begin at 8 AM in all the 68 constituencies.

 

7:30 AM: 11,500 Himachal Pradesh police jawans, 6400 Home guards, 65 companies of paramilitary forces deployed across the state for the assembly election:

7:20 AM: Polling in Himachal Pradesh to begin at 8 AM, visuals from polling station number 7 in Dharamshala.

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    Poda De
    Nov 9, 2017 at 7:51 am
    Himachalls are mesmerised by Noble patriot-NDA to pulverise con-cunning Congress !
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