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BJP ahead in Himachal

Press Trust of India, Shimla, Dec 18 2017, 10:26 IST
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. PTI file photo

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. PTI file photo

The BJP is ahead in 36 seats while the ruling Congress is leading in 21 in Himachal Pradesh, according to early Election Commission trends two hours after counting of votes in the Assembly polls.

Congress veteran and six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his son Vikramaditya Singh are leading from Arki and Shimla(Rural) respectively, according to early trends available for 60 of the 68 seats. Independents are leading in two constituencies while the CPI(M) is ahead in one.

Main rivals BJP and Congress contested all the 68 seats at stake.

The hill state witnessed a record 75.28 percent turnout.

The Congress and the BJP had 36 and 26 seats respectively in the outgoing House.

Himachal Pradesh has a tradition of change in government after every election and going by the trend, this time it appears to be the turn of the BJP which is upbeat after the exit polls predicted a victory for the saffron party.

The BJP ousted the Congress in 1990 and the Congress avenged defeat in 1993. The BJP formed the government with the help of Himachal Vikas Congress in 1998 and the Congress was back in power in 2003. The BJP made a comeback in 2007.

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