Himachal poll results: BJP eyes new record, Congress confident of majority

8 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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With exit poll predictions, BJP is expected to return in Himachal Pradesh. However, the ruling party is hoping to set new records by breaking the trend of not repeating government after five years.

With exit poll predictions, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to return in Himachal Pradesh. However, the ruling party is hoping to set new records by breaking the trend of not repeating government after five years, while the Congress is hoping to form the government with a full majority in the hill state as the stage is set for Himachal Pradesh Assembly election voting.

The counting will begin at 8 a.m. today. Elections for 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh were held, with around 75.6 percent of eligible voters voting on November 12.

The hill State saw a fierce campaign, with the BJP attempting to return to power for a second straight term and the Congress relying on the ‘ten assurances’ outlined in its platform to bring them home.

The emergence of Aam Aadmi Party as the state’s third major political party has heightened the electoral contest.

In addition to these three parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (CPI), and Rashtriya Devbhumi Party (RDP) are also in run.

Both the BJP and the Congress have claimed victory in the state, which has a long history of changing rulers. If the BJP wins, it will defeat the anti-incumbency and reverse the state’s alternative government tendency.

The Election Commission has made sufficient preparations for vote counting. There will be 68 counting halls at 59 different sites around the state.