Himachal polls: BJP, Congress both claim victory a day before counting

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

He blamed the Congress for the mess that was created in state and that led to sufferings of the people.

The influential Patidar community, which accounts for around 12 per cent of the state's population, could prove to be the "X factor" in the polls in which Patel pledged support to the Congress and appealed to people to "uproot the BJP" this time. Since BJP was ruling the nation, adequate funds would flow to the state for the development and other related fields.

The survey by India Today-Axis MyIndia Poll also gave BJP a clear edge predicting 99 to 113 seats while giving 68 to 82 seats to the Congress which put up a determined fight.

Both Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress have campaigned hard in the high-stakes elections with both sides fielding their top leaders for campaigning.

The results are expected to have a bearing on the 2019 parliamentary polls also as Modi had come to power in 2014, based on the Gujarat "model of development".

Counting of votes in both the states will begin on December 18.Prasad arrived here on his way to Rohtas district, where he is scheduled to address a four-day training camp for the party's state-level office bearers that began yesterday.

Polling for the 68-member Himachal Assembly took place in single phase on November 9 while of the total 182 assembly segments in Gujarat, 89 seats went to poll in the first phase on December 9 and the remaining 93 segments went on poll in the second phase on December 14.

In the two-phase Gujarat Assembly elections, the average turnout was 68.41%, show the latest figures with the Election Commission after compiling constituency-wise turnout data. Overall voter turnout registered at 62.37 per cent till 4pm.

Other districts with high turnouts are Tapi in south Gujarat with 78.56% and Banaskantha with 75.15% and Sabarkantha with 74.97% in north Gujarat. Only Devbhumi Dwarka, witnessed polling below 60%.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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