Himachal Election 2017 LIVE: 28.6% voting till 12 pm

Himachal Election 2017 LIVE: 28.6% voting till 12 pm

Himachal Election 2017 LIVE: The high-octane campaign for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections marked by acrimonious exchanges between the two contenders for power-the state's ruling Congress and main opposition BJP--ended on Tuesday.

By: || Updated: 09 Nov 2017 02:28 PM

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New Delhi (November 9): With 337 candidates in fray, polling in the high stake Himachal Pradesh Assembly election began on Thursday at 8:00 am. Polling for all the 68 constituencies will go on till 5:00 pm. The state is going for polling just before Gujarat polls which will begin from next month.



 Himachal Pradesh Assembly election LIVE COVERAGE


  • 55% voting till 2pm

  • 28.6% voting till 12 pm




  • 13.72% polling recorded in first two hours of Himachal Pradesh elections





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  • We aimed to get 50 plus seats but now that we are receiving so much support from all sections of the society, we expect it to cross 60: Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP's CM candidate







  • Voting for Himachal Pradesh Assembly election begins (8:00 am)

  • 11,500 Himachal Pradesh police jawans, 6400 Home guards, 65 companies of paramilitary forces deployed across the state for the assembly election (7:53 am)

  • Himachal Pradesh Assembly election to take place, polling for all the 68 constituencies will begin at 8:00 am and go on till 5:00 pm (7:23 am)




The high-octane campaign for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections marked by acrimonious exchanges
between the two contenders for power--the state's ruling Congress and main opposition BJP--ended on Tuesday.

The BJP announced Prem Kumar Dhumal as its chief ministerial face just a week ago. The saffron party's campaign was virtually spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who lacerated the Congress over corruption, while Rahul Gandhi mounted a spirited counteroffensive, targeting the Centre over note ban and the GST.

The 73-year-old Dhumal, a two-term chief minister, is seeking to thwart the Congress's chief ministerial candidate Virbhadra Singh's record seventh shot at power.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly election 2017: Interesting Facts

  • A total of 50,25,941 voters are eligible to cast their vote

  • 7,525 polling booths have been set up in the state

  • 37,605 polling personnel have been deputed for poll duty

  • 17,850 personnel of police and Home Guards and 65 companies of central paramilitary force have been deployed

  • Ruling Congress led by the chief minister and the BJP led with former chief minister Dhumal are contesting on all 68 seats

  • BSP is contesting on 42 seats

  • CPI(M) 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI-3

  • The 12-days high-voltage campaign saw over 450 rallies by star campaigners of the BJP and the Congress

  • There is straight contest only in one constituency (Jhanduta)

  • The maximum number of 12 candidates is in fray in Dharamsala

  • BJP has fielded four Congressmen including former minister Anil Sharma

  • BJP has also given ticket to on Independent from Chopal

  • Congress had fielded two independents from Paonta Sahib and Kangra

  • Both CM Virbhadra Singh and Dhumal have shifted their constituencies and are contesting from Arki and Sujanpur, respectively.

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