Virbhadra leads Cong to win against divided BJP
The BJP, which suffered from severe infighting with many rebels in the fray, won 26 seats.
A five-time chief minister who was given the reins of the Congress on the eve of the November 4 elections, PCC chief Virbhadra Singh ran a spirited campaign, and is again a contender for the top post. While the Congress maintained its usual silence on the matter, waiting for a nod from the high command, Virbhadra indicated he believed he deserved the job.
“I have only accomplished the task given to me by Sonia Gandhi by bringing the party back to power. It will be her decision on the chief minister... People of Himachal Pradesh already have given their verdict on should be chief minister,” he told The Indian Express.
The winner from Shimla (Rural) by a margin of 20,000 votes, Virbhadra added that the Congress could have won more seats if he had “got enough time to campaign”. Calling the Congress win “a victory of the people”, he attributed the BJP’s defeat to “mal-administration, corruption and non-fulfillment of poll promises”.
Apart from the Congress and BJP, five seats went to the Independents, three of them BJP rebels. The Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) floated by BJP dissident Maheshwar Singh won one seat (Kullu).
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