Search for new Himachal Pradesh CM: BJP observers to consult MLAs; JP Nadda, Jairam Thakur frontrunners
BJP central observers Nirmala Sitaraman and Narendra Singh Tomar arrived here Thursday to meet the newly elected party MLAs to elicit their views and arrive at consensus on a new chief minister.
Riding a strong anti-incumbency wave against the Congress, the BJP today wrested the hill state of Himachal Pradesh winning 44 seats in the 68-member Assembly.
In case of Gujarat, the NOTA vote share was higher than that of any party other than the Congress and the BJP.
The BJP today headed for a record sixth straight victory in Gujarat assembly polls, and was set to evict the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, tightening the party's grip over the country's politics.
The voting was held in both states, following an acrimonious campaign, where both the main political parties indulged in no-holds-barred attacks on each other.
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh polls: Only Observer’s phone will be allowed inside counting hall, directs Election Commission
The note from Election Commission stated that the mobile phone is to be kept in the Observer's custody in switch off mode.
Counting will take place at 42 centres and the results are likely to be declared by noon on December 18, Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput said.
All exit polls on Thursday predicted a clean sweep for the BJP in the Assembly elections held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
Congress chief ministerial candidate Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said that he is certain of the party winning with full majority in the ongoing Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
Himachal Pradesh today recorded its highest polling in assembly elections with 74 per cent of voters exercising their franchise, the Election Commission said.
Mandi has the highest number of 671 visually challenged registered voters, and Lahaul and Spiti district the minimum 21 electors.
The police in Himachal Pradesh seized Rs 4.02 lakh on November 4, and again Rs 56.21 lakh on November 5.
Rahul said noteban was linked to the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls this year and the PM took the step without thinking.
The election is a big test for the incumbent Congress to retain one of the few states in which it is power.
Negi, who has never missed voting in any election, is a VIP of sorts as there is full media glare when he goes out to vote.