Himachal Pradesh is set to reveal today if its voters have bucked the anti-incumbency trend and re-elected the ruling party — which has not happened since 1985. With all but two exit polls predicting an edge for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), pollsters are keenly watching which way the voters have gone in the closely fought contest.
Himachal Pradesh has not returned any incumbent government to power after 1985, a trend the ruling BJP, powered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personalised campaign, hopes to break.
Of 55 lakh voters in the state, over 75 per cent voted in the November 12 election to elect its 68-member assembly and government. A total of 412 candidates are in the fray in this election.
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With exit poll predictions of a return of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh, the ruling party is hoping to set new records by changing the trend of not repeating government after five years while the Congress is hopeful that the party would form the government with a full majority in the hill state as the stage is all set for counting of votes for Himachal Pradesh Assembly election.
The counting of votes will begin at 8 am today.
The elections to 68 assembly seats of Himachal Pradesh were held on November 12 and around 75.6 per cent polling percentage was recorded.