Voting for the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh concluded on Saturday. Quoting the latest figures of the Election Commission, news agency ANI has told that 73.23 percent polling was recorded in Himachal Pradesh. Maximum 76.82 percent voters exercised their franchise in Solan. Shimla recorded 69.88 percent polling. Voting was 76.69 percent in Una and 76.15 percent in Kullu. The polling began at 8 am and concluded at 5 pm.
For decades, there has been a practice of changing governments every five years in the state. The challenge before the BJP is to retain power, while on the other hand the Congress is trying to take advantage of the anti-incumbency. This is the reason why the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress campaigned fiercely. This assembly election is being considered as a big test for the BJP. The BJP is trying to break the state’s custom of not being able to form the government for the second time in a row, while the Congress has also tried its best to win the elections.
The BJP has launched a massive campaign in the hill state to bring the performance of the central and state governments to the public. The BJP is hoping to retain power on the strength of its actions. On the other hand, the Congress is hopeful that it will return to power on the basis of its ‘guarantees’ to the people of the state. The results will be declared on December 8.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Manish Garg said that the voting process was peaceful and proper arrangements were made for it, news agency PTI reported. No untoward incident took place and the elections witnessed a very good response from the people. Even in snowy areas, people were enthusiastic about voting. Around 130 polling stations in tribal areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba and some polling stations in Kinnaur assembly constituency were affected by snowfall.
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