Himachal poll results: Congress wins with majority

Shimla/ December 20

Sticking to past trends, the electorate of Himachal again voted for change and ousted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from power decisively in the Assembly polls, he counting for which was taken up on Thursday.

The Congress party won 36 out of 68 Assembly constituencies to enter 12th vidhan sabha of Himachal with absolute majority.

The BJP finished at 26 and the third front that created much hype had to satisfy with just one seat, that of Himachal Lokhit Party. Five independents have also won that include four BJP rebels and one Congress.

The BJP had taken over from Congress in 2007 taking 41 seats against 23 of Congress.The independents then had got four seats and BSP one.

“I respect the mandate of people and accept the defeat. My personal victory does not matter, I am sad that the party has lost, “said outgoing chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.

“I was confident of Congress victory in Himachal. The people have voted against the anti-people policies of BJP government,” said Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) President Virbhadra Singh.

Dhumal won on Hamirpur Assembly seat by a margin of 9,302 votes, while Virbhadra emerged victorious on Shimla (urban) by huge margin of 20,000 votes.

Nineteen sitting BJP MLAs, including four ministers, have lost, proving the BJP’s decision to field majority MLAs wrong.

The BJP got major setback in politically significant Kangra district this time where it could secure only three seats against the tally of nine in 2007 polls.

The HLP could not work to its expectations, bagging just one seat that of its president Maheshwar Singh in Kullu..

The BJP had taken over from Congress in 2007 taking 41 seats against 23 of Congress.The independents then had got four seats and BSP one.

 

 

The final tally: Total seats 68

 

Congress:                  36

BJP:                          26

HLP:                           1

Independents :          Five

Past Results in HP

 

2007: BJP

2003: Congress

1998 : BJP-HVC

1993: Congress

1990: BJP-Janta Dal

1985: Congress