Election News LIVE Updates: BJP Confident Of 'Historic Win' In Gujarat, Claims To Bag 40 Seats In Himachal; All Eyes on Results Tomorrow

Election News LIVE Updates: Elections for the Himachal Pradesh assembly took place on November 12, while polling in Gujarat happened in two phases, on December 1 and 5

By: News Desk

Last Updated: December 07, 2022, 17:42 IST

New Delhi, India

In the first phase of voting on December 1 of the Gujarat Assembly elections, an average voter turnout of 63.31 per cent was recorded in 89 seats (PTI Photo)
An exit poll asks voters which political party they are supporting after they have cast their votes in an election, unlike an opinion poll, which is held before the elections. (Representational photo/PTI)

Election News LIVE Updates: With polling concluded and exit polls out, all eyes are now set on the results of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections scheduled to be out on 8. While the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) seems confident of its victory in Gujarat, both Congress and the saffron party have claimed that they will get more than 40 seats of the total 68.

Exit polls have predicted a big majority for the BJP in Gujarat and a dead heat in Himachal Pradesh where most pollsters gave an edge to the ruling party over the Congress. Read More

Dec 07, 2022 17:42 IST

Cong Keeps Fingers Crossed as it Awaits Gujarat, HP Poll Results

The Congress party may have its eyes firmly set on the Bharat Jodo Yatra, but it kept its fingers crossed as it waited for Thursday’s counting of votes for the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Dec 07, 2022 16:24 IST

Change in 'Raj' or 'Riwaaj'? Himachal Pradesh Verdict Tomorrow

All eyes are on Himachal Pradesh where the assembly election results will reveal Thursday whether the state bucks the antiincumbency trend or reelects the ruling party – something that has not happened after 1985.

Dec 07, 2022 15:39 IST

Gujarat Assembly Elections: BJP Upbeat Ahead of Counting of Votes

Buoyed by the exit polls, the ruling BJP in Gujarat is aiming for a straight seventh win in Assembly elections in the state, with hours left for counting of votes for elections held in two phases on December 1 and 5. Exit polls have predicted a big majority for the BJP in Gujarat and if these projections are any indication, the saffron party is all set to retain power in the state for the seventh consecutive term and equal Left Front’s feat in West Bengal.

Dec 07, 2022 15:12 IST

Himachal Pradesh: Difference Between Old & New Pension Scheme in 4 Points & Why It's A Poll Plank

It’s a raging poll issue in Himachal Pradesh. The Congress’ poll plank of bringing back the Old Pension Scheme have left political analysts whether the promise will manage to dent the BJP’s performance in the soon-to-be held assembly elections in the hill state.

The Aam Aadmi Party had also jumped on the wagon, promising to implement OPS if the party forms the government. And while the state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has avoided making any promises, it has stated that it will proceed based on the report of the panel established by the Jai Ram Thakur-led government. READ MORE

Dec 07, 2022 14:14 IST

BJP Non-royal Vs Koti Scion, Once-struggling Journo Now Cong's 'CM Face': 5 Key Fights in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is set to vote tomorrow. The hill state has seen an interesting mix of campaigning styles, issues (both national and local) and speculation on whether the hill state will buck its ‘riwaaz’ of anti-incumbency and bring BJP back to power.

While most opinion polls have predicted a win for BJP, experts are keen to watch whether the Congress’ pick of issues close to the people – old pension scheme for example- will help it grab the power seat in the state. READ MORE

Dec 07, 2022 13:07 IST

PM Modi's ‘5G’: The ‘5 Goals’ Scored for BJP in 8 Gujarat Rallies Over Range of Issues | Explained

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 48-hour blitzkrieg with eight rallies kicked off the Bharatiya Janata Party’s poll campaign in the all-important Gujarat and he will be back again on Wednesday in the state for two days for more rallies.

In specific targeting of his party’s message to voters, the Prime Minister gave five broad messages – attacking Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for giving space to activist Medha Patkar in the Bharat Jodo Yatra, reversing the ‘aukaat’ jibe on him by a senior Congress leader, focusing his rallies in areas where the BJP did badly the last time, pitching for a record win for incumbent Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, and emphasising on his faith in the Gujarati women backing the BJP as always. READ MORE

Dec 07, 2022 12:38 IST

UDP Announces First List of 32 Candidates for Upcoming Meghalaya Polls

The United Democratic Party (UDP), one of the largest regional political parties in the state, on Tuesday announced its first list of 32 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections, which includes seven sitting legislators, including three cabinet ministers.

UDP supremo and Assembly speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, who will be seeking his re-election from Mairang constituency, said the state needs a strong and independent political alternative. Meghalaya is one of three north-eastern states where elections are expected to be held early next year.

Dec 07, 2022 12:24 IST

In Himachal Pradesh, Change is the Only Constant as Anti-Incumbency Gets Clear Mandate | Data Analysis

Change has been the only constant in Himachal Pradesh as no incumbent government ever returned to power in the state, except in 1985, Election Commission data analysed by News18 shows. Further, data also revealed that the state believes in giving a clear mandate, almost always.

Between the 1993 elections and the 2012 polls, the post of the chief minister rotated between Congress’ Virbhadra Singh and BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal. Singh, who passed away in July 2021, was the longest serving chief minister of the state and ruled for more than 21 years — 1983-1990; 1993-1998; 2003-2007; and 2012-2017. READ MORE

Dec 07, 2022 11:34 IST

Gujarat Polls: BJP Confident of Winning 'Record Number of Seats'

The exit polls result which have poured in clearly indicate a clear win for the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Commenting on the exit poll results, Gujarat BJP Chief CR Patil, in an interview with ANI said, “BJP was not contesting the elections to make the government, but to create a record. The voters have taken this fight on themselves and I believe that BJP will come back to power with a record number of seats.”

Dec 07, 2022 10:44 IST

Exit Polls Indicate Winds of Change Ran Out of Breath in Gujarat, BJP Sweep Expected

The buzz of “parivartan” (change) about the Gujarat assembly elections that was reverberating in many places outside the state seems to have escaped the voters here, if exit polls are any indication.

The BJP will win its seventh successive term in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, they predicted on Monday. READ MORE

Dec 07, 2022 10:06 IST

Gujarat Assembly Polls: A Look At Prominent Faces Whose Fates Will Be Decided Tomorrow

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Patidar leader Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, Isudan Gadhvi (AAP’s CM candidate), Parshottam Solanki, a former BJP minister, Kunwarji Bavaliya, Kantilal Amrutiya, who is called as Morbi “hero”, Rivaba Jadeja (BJP), and Paresh Dhanani (Congress) were among the prominent contestants

Dec 07, 2022 09:27 IST

Kejriwal Says Prediction for Gujarat 'positive Sign'

“The results predicted by the exit polls in Gujarat are also positive. A new party has entered Gujarat. If we manage to win 15-20 per cent of votes, then I believe that it is a very positive sign. Till now, everyone was talking about how Gujarat is a stronghold of the BJP,”Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal Says Prediction for Gujarat 'positive Sign'
Dec 07, 2022 08:37 IST

When Cong Was King in Gujarat: Here's A Record of The Grand Old Party That The BJP Is Yet to Break

The Congress won the Gujarat polls of 1985 with 149 seats and 55.55 per cent vote share. It continues to be a record in the state, and even the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been in power for nearly three decades now, has not matched it, Election Commission data analysed by News18 shows. The Congress is the only party that has bagged 140 or more seats in the state thrice. It won the 1980 polls with 141 seats and the 1972 elections with 140.

It is also important to note that the elections in 1985 were the last time the Congress managed to come to power in the state and was the single-largest party. In the next election in 1990, the seats bagged by the grand old party dropped to its record lowest, just 33 with nearly 31 per cent vote share, the data shows. READ MORE

Dec 07, 2022 08:18 IST

In Gujarat, Three’s Always A Crowd: The Either BJP or Congress Mandate Over The Years | Data Analysis

With 182 candidates in the fray, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has entered the Gujarat election arena all guns blazing. However, it is among those states in India where a third front has never flourished and the battle has always been between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), except in 1990, when the Janata Dal emerged as the single largest party, the Election Commission data analysed by News18 shows.

Between 1962 and 1985, the Congress emerged as the single largest party in the state. It got a clear majority throughout, except in 1975. The BJP came into picture in 1980 and within the next 15 years, it became the single largest party and holds that position till date. READ MORE

Dec 07, 2022 08:06 IST

Exit Polls Indicate Close Race in Himachal, Independents To Get Feelers from Parties

With exit polls pointing at the possibility of a hung assembly in Himachal Pradesh, some independent candidates claim they have started getting feelers from the two main parties for their support.

A party needs the support of at least 35 candidates to form the government in Himachal Pradesh. But exit polls Monday indicated that the Congress and the ruling BJP might struggle to make it to this half-way mark when the results are declared on December 8.

If the contest turns out to be this close, the role of independents could be crucial — and some of them claimed Monday that the two parties have been in touch with them.

 

Dec 07, 2022 07:45 IST

'Janata Malik hai': Nitish Ducks Queries on Exit Polls Predicting BJP Win in Gujarat, HP

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday ducked queries about exit polls predicting wins, in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, for his former ally BJP which he has vowed to defeat with the help of a united opposition in the next general elections.

Most exit polls have predicted a huge victory for the BJP in Gujarat, the home turf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while the party has been shown to have a slight edge over the Congress in Himachal Pradesh. READ MORE

Dec 07, 2022 07:44 IST

No Link Between Elections in Gujarat and Upcoming Karnataka Polls: Siddaramaiah on Guj Exit Polls

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Tuesday rejected the claims that the Gujarat poll result will be an indicator of electoral outcome in Karnataka, which will go to polls by April-May next year and said local issues dominate these elections. Reacting to exit polls, he said, “Let’s see when the results are out on December 8. Some channels are projecting Congress ahead in Himachal Pradesh, while others are saying it is BJP, and that there is a stiff competition. In Gujarat they are saying BJP is ahead, let the results come. In any election we will have to accept the mandate of the people.”

Dec 07, 2022 07:41 IST

Himachal Pradesh Assembly Polls: A Look At Exit Poll Predictions

Himachal Pradesh Assembly Polls: A Look At Exit Poll Predictions
Himachal Pradesh Exit Polls (News18)
Dec 07, 2022 07:40 IST

Gujarat Assembly Polls: A Look At Exit Poll Predictions

Gujarat Assembly Polls: A Look At Exit Poll Predictions
Gujarat Exit Poll Results (News18)
Dec 07, 2022 07:38 IST

No AAPgrade: Unlike Punjab, Kejriwal’s ‘Jhadu’ May Not Sweep Gujarat, Only Eat into BJP, Cong Votes | Here’s How

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress — the major political forces in Gujarat since the collapse of Janata Dal in 1990 — may find it difficult to retain their vote share this time with the entry of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

With a muted campaign from the Congress, as its top leader Rahul Gandhi is busy with the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, the BJP’s “Gujarat Model” faced a tough challenge from Arvind Kejriwal’s “Delhi Model”, which managed to sway people in Punjab. Following a pattern similar to what worked in Punjab, the AAP promised to revamp government schools, give free electricity, free water to farmers, and free healthcare if elected to power in Gujarat. READ MORE

Election News LIVE Updates: With polling concluded and exit polls out, all eyes are now set on the results of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections scheduled to be out on 8. While the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) seems confident of its victory in Gujarat, both Congress and the saffron party have claimed that they will get more than 40 seats of the total 68.

Exit polls have predicted a big majority for the BJP in Gujarat and a dead heat in Himachal Pradesh where most pollsters gave an edge to the ruling party over the Congress

Gujarat– which voted in two phases on December 1 and 5–  has registered a voter turnout of 64.33 per cent, a drop of more than 4 per cent compared to the turnout registered in the 2017 polls.

As per the latest data shared by the Election Commission on Tuesday, nearly 3.16 crore voters out of a total of 4.91 crores registered voters had turned up to exercise their franchise on December 1 and 5, it said.

A total of 1,621 candidates were in the fray for the elections to 182 seats in Gujarat where the BJP is seeking a seventh straight term while Congress is keen to improve its tally. The new-entrant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is trying to make a debut in the state where bipolar contests are the hallmarks of elections.

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Patidar leader Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, Isudan Gadhvi (AAP’s CM candidate), Parshottam Solanki, a former BJP minister, Kunwarji Bavaliya, Kantilal Amrutiya, who is called as Morbi “hero”, Rivaba Jadeja (BJP), and Paresh Dhanani (Congress) were among the prominent contestants.

The counting of votes in both states will take place on December 8. Elections for the Himachal Pradesh assembly took place on November 12, while polling in Gujarat happened in two phases, on December 1 and 5.

All exit polls predicted a big mandate for the BJP in Gujarat in the range of 117-151 seats in the 182-member assembly, while the Congress was predicted to bag seats in the range of 16-51. The Aam Aadmi Party was projected to bag anything between two and 13 seats. The majority mark in Gujarat is 92.

In Himachal Pradesh, the exit polls projected a range of 24-41 seats for the BJP and 20-40 seats for the Congress. The majority mark is 35 seats.

The Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party unit is upbeat and confident of forming the next government in the state with all the exit polls predicting a big mandate for the saffron outfit. Gujarat BJP’s chief spokesperson Yamal Vyas claimed the new poll entrant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will not win a single seat in the 182-member state Assembly.

Vyas said, “We were confident from the beginning that the people of Gujarat are with us and the BJP will register a grand victory.” “The people of Gujarat love our Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all the work he has done for Gujarat and India. The exit poll figures reflect that love for our PM. Our workers on the ground also contributed to ensure that we win,” he said.

Vyas said the BJP was never worried about the AAP’s entry in Gujarat and did not feel the game could go in Kejriwal’s favour for his promises, such as free electricity.

In Himachal Pradesh, BJP state president Suresh Kashyap said heavy voting by the women electorate and the overall 76.61 per cent polling in the assembly elections was an indication that the saffron party would again form the government in the state.

In a press release issued here, he claimed the election results would be far more favourable than predicted in exit polls and the BJP will win more than 40 seats.

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Naresh Chauhan too claimed that the grand-old party will get a majority in the assembly and the results would be much more favourable for it than projected in exit polls.

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