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 per cent 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 elections 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.
News Nation brings you all the live action and updates on Gujarat Assembly Election 2017 results here:
# PM Modi asks BJP workers to raise slogans, 'Jeetega bhai jeetega, Vikas hi jeetega'
# After 2014, there is hunger for development. Even if you do not like BJP, do not try to derail the progress being made towards development
# Recent elections results have proven that the country is ready for reform, is looking towards things that perform in a positive way and believes in transformation
# 6:37 PM: Himachal Pradesh results prove if you are involved in wrong deeds, if your priority is wrong work, after five years people will not accept you. People of Himachal Pradesh voted for development
# 6:35 PM: The country is ready for reform
# I thank people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
# 6:34 PM: PM Modi addresses BJP Headquarters
# BJP President Amit Shah felicitate PM Narendra Modi at BJP HQ in Delhi as party celebrates Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh win
# 6:22 PM: Congress leader and Himachal Pradesh's outgoing chief minister Virbhadra Singh won the Arki Assembly seat.
# 4:42 PM: The party secured around 10 percent rise in the vote share.
# 4: 42 PM: 2/3rd lead in Himachal Pradesh shows that people want to join PM Modi in the journey to development.
# 4: 32 PM: We are confident that when we go into 2019 elections under the leadership of PM Modi we will once again get people's support.
# 4:32 PM: This is a victory of development over dynasty and polarisation.
# 4:30 PM: I offer heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat and Hiamchal Pradesh that they gave us anther opportunity to serve them.
# 4:30 PM: We have once again emerged triumphant.
# BJP Chief addresses Press Conference
# 3:35 PM
BJP President Amit Shah arrives at party HQ as workers celebrate party's lead in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh AMIT SHAH LIVE HERE
# 3:31 PM
"I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly," PM tweeted.
I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2017
# 3:30 PM
"Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP Karyakartas in these states for their hardwork which has led to these impressive victories," PM Modi tweeted.
# 3:00 PM
"It is a matter of happiness for us, this is the victory of development," says Union Minister Smriti Irani, on a question about Congress giving a tough fight she said, "jo jeeta wohi sikandar. It is victory of every booth worker's hard work & the people who trusted development"
# 2:40 PM
J&K: BJP workers celebrate in Jammu #GujaratVerdict #HimachalPradesh Elections
# 2:30 PM
As BJP set to win Gujarat, HP, party workers set off celebrations
# 2:00 PM
EVMs cannot be tampered with, even in the future. I am very clear about this. During my time, BJP had raised doubts on EVM so we had also held a demonstration like earlier this year for all to come and try rig it" says Naveen Chawla, former CEC
# 1:45 PM
Delhi: Union Minister Rajnath Singh flashes victory sign outside Parliament as trends indicate BJP's victory in both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh
# 1:30 PM
Undoubtedly, a major victory. The kind of work which Party workers have done right from booth workers level till PM's level, everybody put their best foot forward and both #Gujarat & #HimachalPradesh have recognised the good work going on in the name of development: N Sitharaman
# 1:00 PM
Latest official EC trends: BJP at 43, Congress at 21, CPI-M at 1 and Independent-1
# 12: 30 PM
People have rejected divisive politics of Congress, this win is due to the dynamic leadership of BJP and the hard work of BJP workers: Yogi Adityanath,UP CM on Election Results
# 12:05 PM
A big set back for BJP as its Chief Ministerial candidate Prem kumar Dhumal loses from Sujanpur seat by over 3000 votes. He was defeated by Congress's Rajindra Rana. BJP won/ahead in 42 seats.
# 11:45 AM
Scene at BJP Headquarter in #Delhi as trends indicate party's victory in both #Himachal and #Gujarat
# 11:30 AM
Workers celebrate at party office in Shimla as trends indicate BJP's victory in the state.
# 11:15 AM
BJP celebrates at party office in Bhopal as trends indicate BJP's victory in both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh
# 11:00 AM
Delhi: Party workers celebrate at party HQ, as trends indicate BJP's victory in both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh
# 10:48 AM
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in the Parliament, flashes victory sign.
# 10:40 AM
"Will form Government in both Himachal and Gujarat with clear majority" says Home Minister Rajnath Singh
# 10:25 AM
"I am sure in the end Congress will be victorious and form Government in the state" says Vikramaditya Singh, contesting from Shimla Rural
#HimachalPradeshElections LIVE: BJP crosses majority mark, ahead in 40 seats, BJP's CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing by 1709 votes from Sujanpur https://t.co/MmgPNveghK #ResultsWithNewsNation pic.twitter.com/EAIgNr4t93— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) December 18, 2017
# 10:20 AM
BJP's CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing by 1709 votes from Sujanpur.
# 10:02 AM
Congress candidate Paresh Dhanani leading from Amreli. BJP ahead in 40 seats, Congress up in 24.
# 10:00 AM
EC Official trends for #HimachalPradeshElections2017: BJP leading on 38, Congress ahead on 22, Others- 5.
EC Offical trends for #HimachalPradeshElections2017: BJP leading on 38, Congress ahead on 22, Others- 5.— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
# 9:58 AM
EC Offical trends for Himachal Pradesh Elections 2017: Virbhadra Singh leading by 1162 votes in Arki
# 9:52 AM
Shocker for BJP as its CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing from Sujanpur even the party ahead in 41 seats. Congress leading in 25 seats, others in 2.
# 9:45 AM
According to initial trends, the current tally for BJP and Congress now stands at 41-25, Other ahead in 2 seats.
# 9:40 AM
Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh's son Vikramaditya leading by 1316 votes in Shimla Rural.
# 9:30 AM
EC Official Trends for Himachal Pradesh Elections: BJP now leading on 35 seats, Congress on 16, Others 3
EC Official Trends for #HimachalPradeshElections: BJP now leading on 35 seats, Congress on 16, Others 3— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
# 9:20 AM
As Congress leading in BJP bastion Gujarat, Sensex down by 600.51 points, currently at 32,862.46. Nifty at 10,134.35
# BJP takes a massive lead in Gujarat. Ahead in 35 seats. Congress leading in 18 seats, others in 1.
# 9:17 AM
EC Official Trends for Himachal Pradesh Elections: BJP now leading on 20 seats, Congress on 9, Others 2
# 9:14 AM
BJP leading in 19 seats where Congress is ahead in 11 seats. Others also leading in 2 states.
# 9:10 AM
Uttar Pradesh Supporters perform 'Havan' in #Varanasi as counting of votes continues for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly election
# 9:02 AM
EC Official Trends for Himachal Pradesh Elections: BJP leading on 11 seats, Congress leading on 4, Others 1
EC Official Trends for #HimachalPradeshElections: BJP leading on 11 seats, Congress leading on 4, Others 1— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
# 8:58 AM
Congress gearing up. Narrows the gap. Leading on 10 seats as compared to BJP's 14. Others also ahed in 2 seats.
# 8:50 AM
Others also show up. Leading on two seats. Tally for BJP, Congress stands at 14-6.
# 8:43 AM
EVMs opened at a counting centre in Shimla's Kasumpati as counting of votes continues
# 8:40 AM
BJP continues to lead in 12 seats, Congress in 5.
# 8:34 AM
Postal votes counting underway, BJP now leading in 12 seats. Congress ahead in 4.
# 8:32 AM
BJP streching the lead in early trends. Tally for BJP and Congress now goes to 10-4.
# 8:31 AM
Counting of postal ballots underway; visuals from a counting center in #Shimla's Kasumpti #HimachalPradeshElections
# "All arrangements have been made in Gujarat by Chief Electoral officer of the state, at all places in counting halls for the state assembly elections" says Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AK Joti.
# 8:30 AM
"I assure you that there can be no tampering with the EVMs" says Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AK Joti.
# 8:20 AM
BJP has taken lead now. Tally for BJP and Congress stands 2-1.
# 8:10 AM
Initial trends give both Congress and BJP lead on each seat. Tally for BJP, Congress currently stands at 1-1 each.
# 8:00 AM
Counting of votes begins for Himachal Pradesh assembly elections 2017.
# 7:30 AM
Supporters perform 'Hawan' outside Congress President Rahul Gandhi's residence in Delhi ahead of counting of votes, set to begin shortly.
Supporters perform 'Hawan' outside Congress President Rahul Gandhi's residence in #Delhi ahead of counting of votes, set to begin shortly #GujaratElection2017 #HimachalPradeshElections pic.twitter.com/rv5bfsiIa2— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
# 7:15 AM
Interestingly, more women cast their vote in the Himachal polls that men. As many as 19,10,582 female voters exercised their franchise, according to official figures, while there were 18,11,061 male voters. However, the number of male voters was 74,200 more than females, reports news agency PTI.
# 7:00 AM
Visuals from counting centres set up in Shimla & Hamirpur
Hello and welcome to the News Nation live coverage of Himachal Pradesh election 2017 results. The counting of votes for the hill state of Himachal Pradesh will begin at 8 AM. Early trends will start coming from 8:15 AM.