1. Himachal election result 2017 Highlights: Big setback for BJP, CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal loses from Sujanpur

Himachal election result 2017 Highlights: Big setback for BJP, CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal loses from Sujanpur

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By: | Shimla | Updated: December 18, 2017 5:46 PM
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Himachal election results LIVE 2017:

4.30 pm: Final Tally:  BJP 44 seats, Congress 21 seats, others 3 seats: Big highlight: BJP has won, but its CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost elections from Sujanpur constituency.

4.00 pm: BJP’s CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal loses from Sujanpur, HP. BJP must be in big dillema now. The party has won elections with clear margin. Howver, it’s CM face has lost. Who will be party’s CM now?

3.10 pm: Congress veteran and six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his son Vikramaditya Singh are leading from Arki and Shimla(Rural) respectively. Himachal Pradesh has a tradition of changing the government in every election.

3.05 pm: The BJP ousted the Congress in 1990 and the Congress avenged the defeat in 1993. The BJP formed the government with the help of Himachal Vikas Congress in 1998 and the Congress was back in power in 2003. The BJP made a comeback in 2007.

3.01 pm: Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Himachal Pradesh, was trailing behind Congress’s Rajinder Rana in Sujanpur, after he changed his traditional constituency of Hamirpur. He was made the CM face only nine days before the pollling.

2.55 pm: Senior Congress leader Renuka Chowdary: : “Congress has done brilliantly. Our strength has increased. Morally, it has been a brilliant intervention of Rahul Gandhi.”

2.50 pm: In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP won two seats and was ahead in 41 seats while the ruling Congress won one and was ahead in 20 in the 68-member house. A majority will come with 35 seats. In the outgoing house, Congress had 36 seats, and BJP 26.

2.45 pm: It is a sure shot victory for BJP in HP.

2.30 pm: Latest official EC trends: BJP at 43, Congress at 21, CPI-M at 1 and Independent-1.

2.20 pm: “In his opening innings he scored zero” says Goa CM Manohar Parrikar on Rahul Gandhi

2.15 pm: Undoubtedly, a major victory. The kind of work which Party workers have done right from booth workers level till PM’s level, everybody put their best foot forward and both #Gujarat & HimachalPradesh have recognised the good work going on in the name of development: N Sitharaman

2.20 pm: Abhi toh kuch nahi bolunga kyunki woh haal hi mein adhyaksh bane hain lekin ‘sar mundwate hi ole pade’: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Rahul Gandhi

2.10 pm: Delhi: Union Minister Rajnath Singh flashes victory sign outside Parliament as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh.

2.00 pm: “EVMs are stand alone machines, aren’t connected to any network, can’t be influenced over Bluetooth or wireless message,so to say EVMs have something wrong is absolutely incorrect. It’s only a glorified calculator, moment you open it, it goes dead” says N Gopalaswami, Former CEC

1.55 pm:  BJP chief Amit Shah will address a press conference at 3 pm. Shah will speak on party’s victory in HP and Gujarat.

1.50 pm: BJP’s CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal’s fate still hangs in balance as he is still trailing from Sujanpur seat.

1.45 pm: The tally is almost final. BJP is coming to power in the hill state with over 40 seats in 68 seat assembly.

1.40 pm: There is silence at Congress offices in Gujarat and HP. Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have not commented on the election turnout so far.

1.32 pm: Ashok Gehlot, Congress leader in charge for Gujarat elections, had predicted a victory for Congress in the elections

1.10 pm: In J&K, BJP workers celebrate distribute sweets in Jammu. Similar scenes have been seen in almost all BJP centres across the country as BJP has defeated Congress in both HP and Gujarat.

1.00 pm: In pics |  Congress President Rahul Gandhi reaches Parliament. Declines to comment on Election Results.

12.55 pm: BJP workers celebrate outside party Headquarter in Delhi as trends indicate party’s victory in both Himachal and Gujarat.

12.50 pm: Rahul Gandhi has arrived in Parliament to attend winter session. Earlier, Modi reached the Parliament and flashed a victory sign.

12.40 pm: It is reported that some reporters attempted to approach Rahul Gandhi for a reaction but he didn’t speak.

12.35 pm:  Saffron party has emerged as clear winner in the elections. There is a great suspense going on with Prem Singh Dhumal’s Sujanpur seat. It remains to be seen who will be party’s CM if he loses.

12.25 pm: Most of the Exit Poll results had more than 45 seats for the BJP. Currently, it is almost clear that BJP will form the government in hill state. However, it’s way short of its 50 seat mark.

12.10 pm: It is almost clear that BJP will form the government in hill state. However, it’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing. The big question is who will be the chief minister if Dhumal loses his seat this time.

12.00 pm: Mumbai BJP celebrates as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Himachal and Gujarat. BJP is expected to win around 110 seats in Gujarat.

11.55 am: Scene at BJP Headquarter in Delhi as trends indicate party’s victory in both Himachal and Gujarat.

11:49 am: In Himachal Pradesh, BJP is leading in 45 seats, Congress is distant second in 20 assembly constituencies.

11:47 am: The BJP looks set to wrest power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh as it was leading in 40 seats while the ruling party bagged one seat and was leading in 21 others, according to Election Commission trends.

11:44 am: Congress candidate Anirudh Singh won the Kasumpti seat by defeating BJP’s Vijay Jyoti by a margin of 9,397 votes.

11:42 am: Congress veteran and six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his son Vikramaditya Singh are leading from Arki and Shimla(Rural) respectively, according to trends available for 65 of the 68 seats. Independents are leading in two constituencies while the CPI(M) is ahead in one.

11:40 am: Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Himachal Pradesh, was trailing behind Congress’s Rajinder Rana in Sujanpur, according to early trends.

1:38 am: Main rivals BJP and Congress contested all the 68 seats at stake. The hill state witnessed a record 75.28 per cent turnout. The Congress and the BJP had 36 and 26 seats respectively in the outgoing House.

11:36 am: Himachal Pradesh has a tradition of change in government after every elections and going by the trend, this time it appears to be the turn of the BJP which is upbeat after the exit polls predicted a victory for the saffron party.

11:33 am: The BJP ousted the Congress in 1990 and the Congress avenged defeat in 1993. The BJP formed the government with the help of Himachal Vikas Congress in 1998 and the Congress was back in power in 2003. The BJP made a comeback in 2007.

11:29 am: Workers celebrate at party office in Shimla as trends indicate BJP’s victory in the state.

11:25 am: In Himachal Pradesh, BJP has taken unassailable lead in 45 seats, Congress is ahead in 19 assembly constituencies.

11.19 am: BJP celebrates at party office in Bhopal as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

11.12 am: Party workers celebrate at party HQ, as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh.

11.07 am: Delhi: Party workers celebrate at party HQ, as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh. Check pictures below:

11.05 am: Here are Offical trends from Election Comission: BJP is leading on 41 seats, Congress is ahead on 24, Others- 5.

11.00 am: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh (Arki) and his son Vikramaditya Singh (Shimla Rural) are, however, ahead of their BJP rivals. On the other hand, BJP’s CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing by a margin of over 1,700 votes.

10.55 am: It looks like saffron party is all set to take power in Himachal Pradesh with its candidates on the victory lap in 34 of the 68 Assembly elections. While Congress is only ahead on 21 seats. Smaller parties and independents are ahead in three seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needs 35 seats to control the Himachal Assembly.

10.50 am: Watch video | Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in the Parliament, flashes victory sign. It looks like Modi is confident of victory in both states.

10.47 am: Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in the Parliament, flashes victory sign. It looks like Modi is confident of victory in both states.

10.45 am: Rajnath Singh speaks: “Will form Government in both Himachal and Gujarat with clear majority” says Home Ministe Rajnath Singh.

10.41 am: Latest Trends: Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing by over 1700 votes. BJP has increased its lead. BJP is leading on 42 seats. Congress is leading on 22 seats. Other candidates are leading at 5 places. Formation of a BJP government is clear with the trends received so far.

10.36 am: Latest Trends: BJP has increased its lead. BJP is leading on 42 seats. Congress is leading on 22 seats. Other candidates are leading at 5 places. Formation of a BJP government is clear with the trends received so far.

10.32 am: Meanwhile, another update from Sujanpur says that BJP’s CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing by 1709 votes. Dhumal is a former Chief Minister of the state and was announced as the CM face during the final stretch of BJP’s election campaign in the state.

10.28 am: Latest Trends: BJP is leading on 39 seats. Congress is leading at 26 seats. Other canddidates are leading at 3 places. Formation of a BJP government is clear with the trends received so far.

10.24 am: “I am sure in the end Congress will be victorious and form Government in the state” says Vikramaditya Singh, contesting from Shimla Rural

10.18 am: Sulaah-Vipin Singh Parmar of BJP is leading here. The saffron party is leading here at 39 seats.

10.15 am: BJP is now leading at 39 seats. Congress candidates are leading on 25 seats. BJP’s lead margin has shrunk.

10.09 am: BJP’s Narendra Bragta is leading from Jubbal Kothgai. The elections results will be out by 1 pm.

10.05 am: BJP’s Harshwardhan Chauhan is leading from Shilai. The election results are expected to be out next 2 hours.

10.01 am: Final Himachal Pradesh Election Results will be clear in another 2 hours. However, with BJP leading at over 40 seats, it almost clear that it is likely attain a comfortable maority here. 34 seats are needed for majority in the state.

10.00 am: Trends are out on all 68 seats of Himachal Pradesh. It’s almost clear that BJP is coming to power in the state. The saffron party is leading on 40 seats now. While Congress is leading on 20 seats.

9.54 am: Latest trends: EC Offical trends for Himachal Pradesh Elections 2017: BJP leading on 38, Congress ahead on 22, Others- 5.

9.50 am: EC Offical trends for Himachal Pradesh Elections 2017: Virbhadra Singh leading by 1162 votes in Arki. Veerhadra Singh had come under attack for alleged corruption scandals which took place under his rule.

9.47 am: Early trends have brought good news for Congress’ Veerbhadra Singh. He is leading from Arki. Veerhadra Singh came under attack for alleged corruption scandals which took place under his rule.

9.43 am: Bharatiya Janata Party is now leading on 41 seats. Congress is leading on 21 seats. While others are leading on 3 seats. BJP has crossed majortiy mark.

9.38 am: A look at fact: A total of 337 candidates, including 19 women, are in fray to sweep the polls in the hilly state.

9.34 am: BJP’s CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing by 540 votes from Sujanpur, ANI reports. Dhumal has shifted his seat to Sujanpur from hamirpur this time.

9.30 am: Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya leading by 1316 votes in Shimla Rural.

9.28 am: The counting for the single phase Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections had started at 8 am and results are expected to come out by afternoon.

9.27 am: Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections results are expected to be out in anoter hour. With initial trends, it looks like BJP will come back to power in the home state.

9.20 am: Big news ccoming from Himachal Pradesh. BJP is now leading at 40 seats and is well ahead of majority mark of 34 seats. Congress is leading at 22 seats.

9.14 am: Govind Singh Thakur is leading from Manali. The seat is popular for its its tourism importance.

Also Read: Gujarat Election Result 2017 LIVE UPDATES

9.08 am: Big news from Gujarat! Congress has taken the lead for first time. Rahul Gandhi-led Congress is leading on 85 seats now. BJP is leading at 81 seats. Click here for more: Gujarat Election Result 2017 LIVE UPDATES.

9.00 am: Independent Kamalkamt is leading from Kullu. The seat is known for its tourism importance.

8.55 Am: Arun Kumar of BJP is leading from Nagrota. Narendra Thakur (BJP) is leading Hamirpur.

8.45 am: Latest Trends: As per the latest trends, BJP is leading on 16 seats, CONGRESS is leading on 10 seats; while candidates from other parties are leading on 2 seats.

8. 35 am: Lates trends: BJP 6, CONG 3, OTH 2. BJP has taken a massive lead.

8.30 am: Prem Kumar Dhumal is BJP’s CM candidate. The saffron party had announced his name before the elections. It remains to be seen how many seats BJP and Congress will win in the elections.

8.21 am: As expected, BJP is increasing its lead. The party is now leading at 6 out of 12 seats. Congress is leading at 3.

8.16 am: Meanwhile, a word from Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AK Joti: “I assure you that there can be no tampering with the EVMs” says Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AK Joti.

8.13 am:  First Trends:  BJP is leading at 3 places. Congress at 1. Check all the results here.

8.12 am: Counting of postal ballots underway; visuals from a counting center in Shimla’s Kasumpti.

8.10 am: Postal ballots have been de-sealed by officials at a counting centre in Shimla’s Sanjauli, as counting of votes begins.

8.00 am: It’s 8 am and counting of votes have started in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. The results of all Himachal Pradesh Assembly seats will be displayed here.

7.45 am: So far, all Exit Polls have predicted a landslide victory for BJP in Himachal Pradesh. Very few minutes are left when we get the first trends of  Himachal Election Result 2017.

7.10 am: Welcome to Financial Express special coverage on Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Live Updates. The first trends will come at 8 am. Stick to this space for ball by ball coverage of Himachal Pradesh assembly election results 2017.

Himachal Pradesh (HP) Elections Results 2017 Live Updates: Himachal Pradesh (HP) Elections Results 2017 Live Updates: The fate of 337 candidates including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal will be known today as the counting of votes startes in the state where traditional rivals BJP and Congress have contested all 68 seats. The hill state had recorded 75.28 per cent turnout and pollsters predicted a BJP victory. As per Election Commission, adequate security arrangements have been made for counting which would start simultaneously in all 68 constituencies at 42 counting centres.

The BJP campaign in the state had focussed on corruption with the party training its guns at Chief Minister Singh, while the Congress hit out at the BJP over the issue of GST and demonetisation. The BSP contested 42 seats followed by the CPI(M) 14, the Swabhiman party and the Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI-3. Out of 67 sitting MLAs, 60 MLAS, nine cabinet ministers, HPCC president Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu, state BJP chief, Satpal Singh Satti, Deputy Speaker, Jagat Singh Negi and eight Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS) contested the poll along with a dozen former ministers. The hill state has a tradition of change in government after every elections and going by the trend, this time it is the turn of the BJP.

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