Elections 2022 Updates: Congress High Command to Decide Himachal CM, Says Rajeev Shukla After Key Meeting With MLAs in Shimla

Elections 2022 Live Updates: BJP won by securing 156 seats in the 182-member Gujarat assembly, while Congress dethroned the saffron party in the hill state by winning 40 seats in the 68-member assembly.

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Last Updated: December 10, 2022, 00:03 IST

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Himachal Congress Legislature Party meeting begins in Shimla to discuss appointment of next chief minister. (Image: News18)
Himachal Congress Legislature Party meeting begins in Shimla to discuss appointment of next chief minister. (Image: News18)

Newly elected Himachal Pradesh Congress MLAs have passed a resolution authorising the party president to pick the next chief minister, said AICC in-charge for state Rajeev Shukla after a Congress Legislature Party meeting was in Shimla on Friday to discuss appointment of next chief minister. The supporters of Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Pratibha Singh raised slogans for “Rani Sahiba” at Oberoi Cecil Hotel in Shimla ahead of a meeting of the newly elected MLAs. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and supervisor Bhupesh Baghel, who arrived in Shimla for Congress’ Legislative party meet to choose the party’s Chief Minister said, Read More

Dec 09, 2022 22:19 IST

Himachal Cong Says Media Reports of Division Wrong

AICC in-charge for Himachal Pradesh Rajeev Shukla said “we all are united” and no MLA has suggested any name for Chief Minister as the party maintained a consensus that they will accept whetever the high command will decide. He further said media reports of “division” in party is wrong and there is no horse trading.

Dec 09, 2022 22:12 IST

Party High Command to Decide Himachal Chief Minister: Congress After Key Meeting

All elected Himachal Pradesh Congress MLA’s have said that party’s high command will decide the Chief Minister, a press conference chaired by AICC in-charge for Himachal Pradesh Rajeev Shukla, state unit chief Pratibha Singh, former chief minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda and senior leader Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.

Dec 09, 2022 21:38 IST

Himachal Congress Meeting: One-line Resolution Passed, Say Sources

A one-line resolution has been passed in the Himachal Congress Legislature Party meeting, sources told News18.

Dec 09, 2022 21:12 IST

Cong's Rajinder Rana Likely Contender for Himachal Pradesh CM Race: Sources

According to Sources, Congress leader Rajinder Rana’s name has also emerged as a likely contender for the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister post.

Dec 09, 2022 20:52 IST

Pratibha Singh Supporters Protest, Demand She Becomes CM | WATCH Details Of Cong Meeting In Shimla

Dec 09, 2022 20:40 IST

Himachal Congress Legislative Party Underway | In Pictures

The Himachal Congress Legislature Party meeting began in Shimla to discuss appointment of next chief minister. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and State Congress Election Supervisor Bhupesh Baghel, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, in-charge of state affairs Rajeev Shukla, co-in-charge Gurkeerat Singh Kotli, state Congress co-incharge Tajinder Pal Bittu, state party president and MP Pratibha Singh are present in the meeting of newly elected Congress MLAs at State Congress Headquarters Rajiv Bhawan today. All the newly elected MLAs of the state Congress were also present in this meeting.

Himachal Congress Legislative Party Underway | In Pictures

Dec 09, 2022 20:28 IST

Himachal Congress Legislative Party Meeting: 39 Party Legislators Attend Meeting in Shimla

In the Himachal Congress Legislature Party meeting currently underway in Shimla, 39 Congress legislators are present and one legislator is on the way from Mandi to Shimla.

Dec 09, 2022 20:15 IST

Himachal Pradesh Congress: CLP Meeting Underway

The Congress Legislature Party meeting is currently underway at party office in Shimla. Congress Himachal Pradesh in-charge Rajeev Shukla, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Himachal Pradesh Congress Chief Pratibha Virbhadra Singh and others are present in the meeting.

Dec 09, 2022 20:11 IST

Himachal Pradesh: Vikramaditya Singh Shows Victory Sign Ahead of Key Cong Meet on CM Face

Dec 09, 2022 20:04 IST

No Separate Groups in Himachal Cong: MLAs Dismiss Lobbying Ahead of Shimla Meet

Amid reports of lobbying for the Himachal Pradesh chief minister’s post, Congress leaders said there are no separate groups and a decision will be made by the party high command. “There are no separate groups in Congress. Chief Minister will be decided by MLAs in the CLP meeting and party high command will take the final decision,” said Jawalamukhi MLA Sanjay Ratan. Sudhir Sharma also said, “A person chosen by the elected MLAs and party high command will be the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh.”

Dec 09, 2022 19:59 IST

82% Vote Share, 3rd Stint at 37: Why Minister Harsh Sanghavi is BJP’s Rising Son in Gujarat

From a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activist to the youngest MLA from Majura in 2012 at the age of 27 and the Minister of State (Home), Harsh Sanghavi’s rise has been phenomenal. And the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) “political prodigy” proved why he deserved it yet again on Thursday – contesting for the third time in a row, he polled a high vote share of 82% from Majura, winning with a margin (1.16 lakh) in the 2022 Gujarat Assembly elections. READ MORE

Dec 09, 2022 19:57 IST

Himachal Pradesh: Meeting between Shukla, Pratibha, Hooda, Sukhu Underway, Says Report

A meeting is underway between AICC in-charge for Himachal Pradesh Rajeev Shukla, state unit chief Pratibha Singh, former chief minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda and senior leader Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, according to a Indian Express report.

Dec 09, 2022 19:51 IST

Delhi Cong Vice-president, Party's Two Newly-elected Councillors Join AAP

Congress Delhi unit vice president Ali Mehdi and two newly-elected councillors joined the Aam Aadmi Party, taking its tally in the MCD to 136.

Dec 09, 2022 19:47 IST

Himachal Pradesh: Congress Delegates Meet Gov, Seek Time to Form Govt

Congress observers Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and former chief minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda and AICC in-charge for Himachal Pradesh Rajeev Shukla met governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and submitted a list of the party’s winning candidates. Senior Haryana Congress leader Karan Singh Dalal, who was part of the Congress delegation which met the governor, told PTI that they gave the list and told him, “We have come to seek your time to present our credentials to form government in the state. The party has won the assembly polls with a majority.”

Dec 09, 2022 19:38 IST

CLP Meeting Not Cancelled, Party High-Command to Finalise Himachal CM: MLA

Congress MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary said the CLP meeting is not cancelled and is likely to take place tomorrow. A Pradesh Congress Committee meeting will take place right now he said, adding the party high command will finalise the Chief Minister face.

Dec 09, 2022 19:34 IST

Pratibha Singh or Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu? Face Off Between Supporters in Shimla | WATCH

Dec 09, 2022 19:33 IST

Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu Says Not Himachal CM Candidate

Congress leader Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said he is not a Chief Minister candidate as sloganeering between his supporters and those on Himachal Pradesh Congress Chief Pratibha Singh’s camp faced out in Shimla. “I am not a CM candidate…i am a congress soldier. Congress party has won. I want to make on thing clear that I am a worker of congress party.”

Dec 09, 2022 19:20 IST

No Series of Meeting Being Held: Cong Dismisses Lobbying Rumours Ahead of Himachal Cong Meet

AICC Himachal Pradesh in-charge Rajeev Shukla said a series of meetings are not being conducted, ahead of the major party meeting in Shimla to decide the Chief Minister. “Awaiting the arrival of all MLAs for the CLP meeting where a proposal will be passed, and the final decision will be taken by the party’s high command,” he told reporters.

Dec 09, 2022 18:21 IST

Himachal CLP Meeting in Shimla: CM Contender Pratibha Singh Arrives

Pratibha Singh, Congress MP and the wife of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh arrived for the Congress Legilative Meeting in Shimla and was accompanied by MP Rajinder Rana from Sujanpur and Col Dhaniram Shandilya from Solan.

Dec 09, 2022 18:09 IST

Himachal Congress CM Face: CLP Meeting at 7 pm

The meeting of the newly elected Congress MLAs in Himachal Pradesh that will pass a resolution authorising the party president to pick the legislature party leader and the next chief minister will now be held at 7 pm in Shimla.

that “whatever the High Command decides will be the final.”

“There is no question of neglecting anyone. Everyone will be taken together to go ahead. Everyone has the right to express their opinion. There is no problem,” he added.

As votes were counted for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections on Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party recorded its biggest-ever win in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state by securing 156 seats in the 182-member state assembly, while Congress dethroned the saffron party in the hill state by winning 40 seats in the 68-member assembly.

In Gujarat, Congress finished second winning 17 seats, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which made its debut with a high-decibel campaign won 5 seats. Independents won three seats and the Samajwadi Party picked up one.

Congress recorded its worst performance in Gujarat, as AAP took some of the opposition vote share.

Incumbent Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is set to return for his second term and take oath on December.

In Himachal, BJP came in second with winning 25 seats, followed by independent candidates wining 3 seats. The AAP failed to open its account while CPI-M also did not win any seat while its sitting MLA from Theog also lost. Himachal Pradesh has not voted any incumbent government to power since 1985.

Gujarat Elections Results 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Gujarat had listened to him when he had asked the people to break his record, in turn giving the biggest mandate to the BJP in the state’s electoral history. He also said he had promised the people that he will work hard so that “Bhupendra can break Narendra’s record”, in a reference to his exhortation for a higher tally for the Bhupendra Patel-led state government during his relentless campaign ahead of the assembly elections.

“I had told the people of Gujarat that this time Narendra’s record should be broken. I promised that Narendra will work hard so that Bhupendra can break Narendra’s record. Gujarat has broken all records by giving the biggest mandate to the BJP in its history,” the prime minister said while addressing party workers at the BJP headquarters on Thursday, as the saffron party registered a landslide victory with 156 seats out of 182.

The PM said Gujarat had created history by showering love on the BJP despite the party being in power in the state for 25 years. He said the support to the BJP showed that people’s anger against dynasty rule and corruption was rising. People had voted for the BJP as it was taking all facilities to the poor and middle class at the earliest, he added.

Himachal Pradesh Election Results 

Outgoing Chief Minister Jairam Thakur submitted his resignation to Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar. “I respect the mandate. In a short while, I am going to hand over my resignation to the governor,” Thakur told reporters shortly before handing over his resignation to Governor Arlekar.

Independent candidates won three seats. The AAP failed to open its account while CPI-M also did not win any seat while its sitting MLA from Theog also lost. The AAP received 1.10 per cent votes, CPI-M 0.66 per cent, BSP 0.35 per cent, and Independents and others got 10.39 per cent, while 0.59 per cent went to NOTA.

Counting of votes for the 68-member assembly began at 8 am.

The BJP’s slogan this time was “Raj nahin, riwaaj badlega”, which translates to, “the convention will change, not the government”.

The gap of less than one per cent between Congress and BJP vote shares was highlighted by both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief J P Nadda in their address to party workers in Delhi after the poll results were declared.

On Himachal Pradesh, the Prime Minister said the BJP would keep working to fulfill the aspirations of the state and raise people’s issues in coming times.

According to the Election Commission of India data, in Gujarat, the BJP received 53 per cent of the votes counted, the Congress 27 per cent and the AAP 13 per cent. The BJP had registered victory in 147 seats and was leading in nine seats in the 182-member state Assembly.

For the Congress, a victory in Himachal Pradesh was much needed for a revival as it has been battered by a spate of electoral losses in the last few years.

About 76.44 per cent of voters had exercised their franchise on November 12. Altogether, 412 candidates, including 24 women and 99 independents, are in the fray.

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