Virbhadra Singh Election Result: LIVE UPDATES: Virbhadra Singh representing the Congress in Himachal Pradesh is giving a tough fight to Prem Kumar Dhumal. The Himachal elections to 68 Assembly seats, held on November 9, was largely overshadowed by the high-profile campaign in Gujarat. But that has not dulled expectations on the ground as 337 candidates await their fate in a contest that witnessed a record 75.28 per cent turnout. Here are all the LIVE UPDATES of Prem Kumar Dhumal Election Result:-
10:02 am: Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh is leading
The hill state witnessed a record 75.28 per cent turnout and pollsters have predicted a BJP victory. Adequate security arrangements have been made for counting which would start simultaneously in all 68 constituencies at 42 counting centres. Corruption was the main focus of the BJP campaign 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.
Himachal has a tradition of change in government after every elections and going by the trend, this time it is the turn of the BJP which is upbeat after exit poll results. 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.
2,820 counting staff has been deployed for today’s exercise which includes counting supervisors, counting assistants and micro observers. Chief Electoral Officer, Pushpender Rajput said three- tier security arrangements have been made at all counting centres. He said wire mesh barricading has been done at counting centers and there was a separate entry passage for counting staff and counting agents.