Shimla: It seems Congress’ gamble of dispatching Virbhadra Singh to Himachal Pradesh to lead the assembly elections campaign has paid off. Trends in Himachal Pradesh election results 2012 indicate that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which was surging ahead initially has slowed down and the Congress seems to be reaching the winning mark.
As per the trends available till 11.00 am the BJP is leading in 22 seats, and the opposition Congress is ahead on 39, while Others are ahead on 7.
BJP candidates seemed to be on the winning track in 23 constituencies compared to 37 of the Congress. Trends were available for 65 of the state’s 68 constituencies.
As the trends indicated that Congress is expected to win in Himachal, celebrations were held by party workers outside Virbhadra Singh’s residence.
Congress veteran and former chief minister Virbhadra Singh was confident his party would oust the BJP.
“We are very confident of forming a government,” he told the media.
BJP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was initially supremely confident of retaining power but then gave a cautious comment: “We did our best, and let us see who will form the government.”
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal’s son Anurag Thakur said, “We will win this election and form government again. Delimitation will play an important role in this election as it is the first one to be held after delimitation.”
Congress leader Jagdambika Pal says, “We will win for sure.”
Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal is leading from the Hamirpur constituency.
Asarwa: First round of counting shows that BJP is leading with 7,005 votes Congress has got 1,091 votes
Bapunagar: BJP leads with 4,390 Congress gets 3,636 votes
Naranpura: Latest numbers in — BJP leads with 15,439 votes Congress gets 3,277 votes
The counting of votes for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections began at 8.00 am on Thursday morning. The vote count is being held in 39 strong rooms across the state amidst tight security.
A clearer picture is likely to emerge in about three to four hours.
Both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress have said they will easily win.
Incumbent Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal of the BJP is aiming for a second term while Congress’ Virbhadra Singh, a five-time chief minister, is looking to repair his image hit by corruption allegations. Some of his admirers said it is a “battle of survival” for him.
Both Dhumal and Virbhadra Singh campaigned aggressively across the hill state.
The Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP), formed by BJP rebel and four-time former MP Maheshwar Singh, and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) are giving a tough fight to the Congress and BJP in four constituencies: Shimla, Kullu, Palampur and Jaswan Pragpur.
The HLP put up candidates in 36 of the 68 seats. A record number of 106 of the total 459 candidates were independents.
Political leaders said some BJP and Congress rebels could play spoilsport.
Nearly 75 percent of the 4.6 million electorate voted on November 4. Officials said the state received only 2,800 postal ballots.
In 2007, the BJP won 41 seats, the Congress 23, the Bahujan Samaj Party one seat and independents three seats. The BSP legislator later joined the BJP.