Congress Likely to Form Govt in Himachal, Says ‘Will Achieve Magic Number’

8 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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While waiting for the official declaration of the Assembly election results in Himachal Pradesh, the Congress party is optimistic about achieving its "magic number."

Yadupati Thakur, the Himachal Pradesh Congress’ State Working President, said: “The magic number would be easily attained. As can be seen from the patterns, the BJP was in the lead initially, but eventually, we started to advance.”

He went on to say that the young people in this area voted for Congress because they expressed their concerns and projected confidence in young people supporting the party.

We will establish the government here if we win 40 or more seats, he continued.

Mahinder Chauhan, who was with Thakur, stated that they are optimistic about gaining at least 42 to 45 seats to form the government in Himachal Pradesh.

SS Sukhu, a senior in the Congress party, expressed optimism that the party will be able to create a government in Himachal Pradesh with a resounding majority.

BJP thought it had a stronghold in Himachal Pradesh; PM Modi and Amit Shah made multiple trips there, but today, SS Sukhu predicted, Congress will establish the state’s administration with a majority of seats.

With a margin of victory of 3037 votes, Congress candidate Harish Janartha won the Shimla seat in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday. While BJP is in the lead on 18 seats while Congress is in the lead on 39 of the 68 seats.

With 15803 votes overall, Janartha triumphed against Sanjay Sood of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who received 12766 votes.

According to recent patterns, the Shimla seat is the first in Himachal Pradesh to be won by the Congress; but, as of 12:30 p.m., the BJP had already won seven seats, including Mandi, Nurpur, Paonta Sahib, and Sundernagar.

According to the EC as of 2:10 PM, the BJP has won 7 seats and is in the lead on 18 seats, with the Congress leading on 35 seats and having won 5 seats thus far.

Pranay Pratap Singh, the working head of the Pradesh Congress Committee’s legal committee, spoke about the energy present and predicted that this would be “the victory of karyakarta, 10 promises, OPS, workers, and media persons.”

Pranay Pratap Singh insisted that the outcome should be anticipated but declined to comment on the ECI trends.

“See what transpires once the results are known and we pass the 42-point threshold. I have high hopes and faith that the state will have a great leader, “added said.

In the meantime, Congress advocate Virendra Kumar Verma praised Vir Bhadra Singh for the state’s overall progress and said that Congress had the entire support of the populace. He declared, “It will establish the government here with a complete majority.”

According to current trends, the Independent candidate has won one seat.

The race for governorship between Congress and the BJP is becoming increasingly competitive.

It is important to note that, as of 1:56 pm, the Congress is in the lead in 36 seats, with the BJP leading in 20 constituencies and winning five seats.

At eight in the morning on Thursday, the counting of ballots for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections began.

There are 68 counting halls spread out across 59 different places throughout Himachal.

On November 12, 68 assembly seats in the state were up for election, and a turnout of around 75.6% was noted.

In order to win a second term in office, the BJP ran a fierce campaign in the hill state, with Congress supporting it by supporting the “10 guarantees” that the party listed in its manifesto. The election fight has become more intense with the Aam Aadmi Party’s emergence as the third major political party in the state.

Along with these three, other contenders include the Rashtriya Devbhumi Party (RDP), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and Communist Party of India (CPI).

Both the BJP and the Congress have declared victory in the state, which has a history of switching administrations every few years.

Notably, the BJP won 44 seats in the 2017 Assembly elections, while the Congress won 21. This helped the BJP become the government.