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Himachal Pradesh Election Results 2017 LIVE: BJP's Dhumal Loses; Questions Over Next CM | December 18, 2017, 10:18 PM IST
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HIMACHAL PRADESH ELECTION LIVE UPDATES: The BJP is set to form the next government in Himachal Pradesh, winning 44 out of 68 seats while Congress could muster only 21, and wresting the state from the Congress. The saffron party, however, suffered a loss as its CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost in his Sujanpur constituency. The party now faces the challenge to find a replacement for Dhumal. The state have kept true to its reputation of being a swing state — switching sides each election. In 2012, the Congress won 36 seats in the 68-seat Assembly, while the BJP won 26 seats.

Stay tuned as Aditya Nair, Ananya Chakraborty, Shantanu David and Nitya Thirumalai bring you LIVE updates:
Dec 18, 2017 7:08 pm (IST)

This is not an ordinary victory. It's special. Some people can't digest BJP victory, don't waste your time on them. Focus on New India by 2022. Prime minister Narendra Modi concluded his address by chanting "Jeetega bhai jeetega Vikas hi jeetega" slogans.

Dec 18, 2017 6:52 pm (IST)

There might be people who would like to see BJP lose. But if a party keeps winning election after election, then they must recognise what people of India want.The truth is that since 2014 Lok Sabha election, this country is hungry for development. Whether you like BJP or not but no one will be allowed to derail India's development: Pm Narendra Modi at BJP Headquarters.

Dec 18, 2017 6:45 pm (IST)

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: PM Narendra Modi at BJP Headquarters in Delhi.

Dec 18, 2017 6:42 pm (IST)

Common man of India is progressive and wants progressive policies. Era of 'Jaisa Hai, Chalega' is gone. Himachal results prove that if you don't focus on development and are indulging in corruption then people reject you after 5 years: PM Modi while addressing the party workers at the BJP Headquarters.

Dec 18, 2017 6:40 pm (IST)

People had apprehensions about GST and news was spread that BJP would not do well. But BJP got a historic mandate, said PM Narendra Modi amid loud cheers from party workers at BJP headquarters. These elections are constantly showing that the country is ready for reforms and people want transformation, he added.

Dec 18, 2017 6:37 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets party workers at the BJP headquarters. Saying that they had a part to play in the victories in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. He also thanks the people of the two states for voting the party into power. I bow down before the people of Gujarat and Himachal as they have chosen the path of development, he says.

Dec 18, 2017 6:34 pm (IST)

Despite the BJP winning in Himachal Pradesh, outgoing chief Minister Virbhadhra Singh of the Congress mananged to win from Arki constituency. 

Dec 18, 2017 5:35 pm (IST)

It's a symbol of people's confidence in Congress. Thankful that they made me victorious. We have never stepped back from serving people in Sujanpur and we will always serve them, says Rajender  Rana, Congress candidate who won in Sujanpur against BJP's Prem Kumar Dhumal.

Dec 18, 2017 5:19 pm (IST)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and opposition leader M K Stalin today congratulated the BJP as it headed for victory in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. Palaniswami called Prime Minister Narendra Modi up to felicitate him for the BJP's show in the two states, an official release said. DMK working President M K Stalin said, "I congratulate the BJP for winning the polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh." The poll results indicated that all secular parties should come together to "protect secularism and democracy", he told reporters outside the DMK office.

Dec 18, 2017 4:59 pm (IST)

With today's wins in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (and allies) now rule 19 states. Here's a look:

Dec 18, 2017 4:52 pm (IST)

Click to read: BJP Looks For CM Face in Himachal Pradesh as Dhumal Loses; Here Is a List of Contenders

Prem Kumar Dhumal shifted to this seat ahead of the elections in an apparent bid to impact other seats in Hamirpur district.

Dec 18, 2017 4:46 pm (IST)

The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me, tweets Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Also he thanked the party workers for their tireless efforts. Taking to twitter, hge said, "My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage."

Dec 18, 2017 4:40 pm (IST)

The bigger thing is BJP's victory, personal loss is not an issue, says Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s CM nominee and two-time chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. In a statement to ANI, he said: Personal loss is not of much importance. The gain that victory has brought to state BJP is important. Thankful to people of the state for voting for BJP. In politics, sometimes one wins, sometimes one loses. I was not expecting to lose, I will do an analysis.

Dec 18, 2017 4:34 pm (IST)

This is a victory of development over dynasty politics and polarisation: BJP President Amit Shah after winning elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

Dec 18, 2017 4:23 pm (IST)

This is a win for ‘politics of performance’: BJP President Amit Shah after winning Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

Dec 18, 2017 4:21 pm (IST)

Today is a great day for BJP. We want to thank the public of Gujarat and Himachal, says Amit Shah while addressing a presser at BJP headquarters.

Dec 18, 2017 4:07 pm (IST)

The BJP’s CM nominee and two-time chief minister of the hill state Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost the elections from Sujanpur to his once protégé Rajendra Rana.

Dec 18, 2017 3:57 pm (IST)

Outgoing Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh admits defeat, says Congress has suffered a great loss at the hands of the BJP

Dec 18, 2017 3:51 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | BJP Looks For CM Face in Himachal Pradesh as Dhumal Loses; Here Is a List of Contenders

Prem Kumar Dhumal shifted to this seat ahead of the elections in an apparent bid to impact other seats in Hamirpur district.

Dec 18, 2017 3:43 pm (IST)

Watch Amit Shah make his triumphal return to BJP headquarters in Delhi, after the party's electoral victories in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat

Dec 18, 2017 3:39 pm (IST)

PM Modi "bows to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP", promises to serve them tirelessly. 

Dec 18, 2017 3:37 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets about BJP victory in Himachal Pradesh, salutes the "hardworking Karyakartas" of the party

Dec 18, 2017 3:28 pm (IST)
br /> BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party's headquarters as workers and members gather to celebrate the electoral victories in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat

Dec 18, 2017 3:04 pm (IST)

The hills are festooned with saffron as BJP comes to power in Himachal Pradesh, a state that has long enjoyed a reputation of an anti-incumbency swing state

Dec 18, 2017 2:19 pm (IST)

Congress supporters gather outside AICC headquarters in Delhi, alleging EVM tampering. The party workers and members claim that BJP's victory is due to tampering with the voting machines and are staging a dharna outside Congress HQ.

Dec 18, 2017 2:04 pm (IST)

"EVMs cannot be tampered with, even in the future. I am very clear about this. During my time, BJP had raised doubts on EVMs so we had also held a demonstration like earlier this year for all to come and try to rig it," says former CEC, Naveen Chawla.

Dec 18, 2017 1:49 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | With Gujarat and Himachal in Its Bag, BJP Now Controls 19 of the 29 Indian States

Never before has any political party controlled as many states in India. Congress, 24 years ago, was the last time a political party was in control of 18 states.

Dec 18, 2017 1:23 pm (IST)

BJP’s CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing by more than 3,000 votes after 10 rounds of counting in Sujanpur constituency; four more rounds of counting to go. If he loses, BJP faces the big task of picking another CM face in Himachal Pradesh.

Dec 18, 2017 1:14 pm (IST)

OPINION | For Narendra Modi, The Signal Is Clear: Proceed, But With Caution

Gusty sighs of relief and I-told-you-sos sounded across BJP offices as it forged ahead in Gujarat. Voters set aside their angst to give 'aapna Narendrabhai' another five years.

Dec 18, 2017 12:51 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Narendra Modi Still Rules Polling Booths, But Rahul Gandhi's Challenge Is Now For Real

Not Amit Shah. And certainly not Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not that the two leaders are inveterate adventurists, but because that is the only way the duo have conducted their politics, in Gujarat and later in Delhi.

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