Himachal Pradesh Election 2017 dates, schedule: The Election Commission of India announced the dates for the Himachal Pradesh Election 2017 at 4 PM on Thursday evening. The dates were announced at a press conference by the election commission where the Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti briefed the media. Apart from Himachal Pradesh, the EC also announced the dates for Gujarat elections 2017. The tenure of the Himachal Pradesh government ends in November this year. While addressing the media, AK Joti said that for the first time Himachal Pradesh will have 136 all women managed booths. He also confirmed that the Model code of conduct for Himachal Pradesh assembly election comes into effect from now itself. AK Joti announced that the last date of nomination will be 23rd October, the candidates will be allowed to withdraw till 25th October. The voting will take place on 9th November while the counting will be done on 18th December.
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Currently, Congress has an upper-hand in the house. It sits on 36 seats in the 68-member House, while BJP has 26. Congress has already announced Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the party’s chief ministerial candidate last week. He has served as chief minister for six terms. The Himachal Pradesh election is of more importance to Congress than BJP as it is one of the few states left in India where party still has strongholds in the country. Bharatiya Janata Party, on the other hand, doesn’t have much to lose but Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would like to extend their dominance by winning again.
Last week, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi did a rally in Mandi where he asked the people of Himachal to compare the five years of Virbhadra’s government with the BJP government in Gujarat for the same period. “China gives jobs to 50,000 youth and Modi government 450 youths per day,” Rahul Gandhi claimed, according to The Indian Express. The Assembly elections are likely to be held before the end of the year.
Here are Himachal Pradesh Election 2017 dates:
The Himachal Pradesh election 2017 date has been fixed to 9th November 2017. The counting of votes will be done on December 18.
Here is Himachal Pradesh Election 2017 schedule:
The election will take place only in one phase on November 9.