Hours after it became clear that BJP is forming the government in Himachal Pradesh, state Chief Minister and Congress leader Virbhadra Singh while congratulating the saffron party said as CM he took full responsibility for the performance of his party. Congratulating his son Vikramaditya Singh for the later’s win from Shimla Rural, the chief Minister hoped the Congress leader will continue to win more elections in future as well.
“I accept the victory of BJP. I, being the CM, take full responsibility of our performance here. I hope Vikramaditya Singh keeps winning in future, like he won today”, CM Virbhadra Singh said on Monday while humbly accepting ticket. As per current trends, the BJP is all set to win the northern state quite comfortably. While the saffron party is leading in 30 seats it has won in 14. On the other hand Congress as of now is leading in 13 and won 8 seats till now. Other are currently leading in two and won in 1 seat . Elections in the state, which were held on November 9, witnessed a record 75.28 per cent turnout.
While corruption was the main issue for the BJP, which was also training its guns at the chief minister, Congress had slammed the BJP over GST and demonetisation. Apart from two big parties, BSP contested in 42 seats followed by the CPI(M) 14, the Swabhiman party and the Lok Gathbandhan Party 6 each and the CPI in 3 seats.
From 67 sitting MLAs, 60 legislatures, nine 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 apart from a number of former ministers. There are 25 Congress MLAs, 28 from BJP and 4 independents in the outgoing Assembly while one seat was vacant after death of former minister Karan Singh from Banjar.
While the BJP ousted the Congress in 1990, the later won in 1993.The Saffron party formed the government with the help of Himachal Vikas Congress five years later and the Congress was back in power in 2003. BJP once again made a comeback in 2007.
Over 2,820 counting staff were deployed for Monday’s results which included counting supervisors, counting assistants and micro observers. Chief Electoral Officer Pushpender Rajput had said three- tier security arrangements were made in all counting centres in the state.