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.
Rajinder Rana defeated two-time Chief Minister Dhumal in a straight contest by 2,933 votes in the Himachal Pradesh's Sujanpur, the seat he was asked to contest from.
Bharatiya Janata Party chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal said that he is confident of the party's victory with majority, in the ongoing Himachal Pradesh Assembly election.
Himachal Pradesh today recorded its highest polling in assembly elections with 74 per cent of voters exercising their franchise, the Election Commission said.
The BJP is carpet-bombing the Kangra valley with rallies by top leaders, in an indication that it could again play a key role in deciding the winner of the November 9 Himachal Pradesh elections.
The election is a big test for the incumbent Congress to retain one of the few states in which it is power.
Even while half the population of Himachal Pradesh is aged between 18-40, the electoral battle in Shimla has been confined to two elders Virbhadra Singh, 83, and BJP's Prem Kumar Dhumal, 73.
CM candidate for Himachal Pradesh poll Prem Kumar Dhumal tells TNIE in an interview that the party BJP Amit Shah has given tough message to rebels against indulging in anti-party activities.
The war of veterans in Himachal Pradesh got a bit personal over who fought corruption better as chief minister Virbhadra Singh, 83 attacked BJP chief ministerial nominee Prem Kumar Dhumal, 73.
There are only 19 women candidates in the fray in Himachal Pradesh for 68 Assembly seats and just five women legislators were there in a House of 70 in the recently concluded Uttarakhand state polls.
Dhumal has rich experience, will make 'wonderful CM' again: PM Narendra Modi on BJP's Himachal CM candidate
Dhumal, a 73-year-old leader who has been the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh twice, has been spearheading the party's campaign in the state since 1998 assembly polls.
Union minister J P Nadda was seen as one of the contenders but Dhumal's mass connect in the hill state seems to have tipped the scale in his favour.