Record voting in Himachal Pradesh

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Voter turnout in the Himachal Pradesh elections till 10am was 12.7%, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI). He is now 83 years old and is serving the state as the chief minister for sixth time.

Election Commission officials said 347 machines developed a technical snag at 218 polling booths during the mock poll and they failed to function at 129 stations when the actual voting began at 8am. But since then, no party has been able to do so.On the other hand, BJP is claiming to be able to win 50 seats in this assembly election.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made the past trend of change in power every five years in Himachal since 1985 (linked with heavy polling) as its strong point. Will the people of Himachal Pradesh continue with this tradition in 2017 Assembly elections as well? As many as 337 candidates are in the fray for 68 assembly seats, the results of which would be declared on December 18. In this constituency, the contest was between BJP, Congress, CPM and a Independent (Congress rebel).

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Interestingly, the party had initially decided against projecting any chief ministerial candidate in view of union minister JP Nadda also throwing his hat in the ring for the CM post.

He said the central issues like GST may have had some impact among traders, but the people have voted on state issues, with all faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The party targeted Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh over the ongoing probe by CBI and ED against him in money laundering and Disproportionate Assets (DA) cases. "It will disappear from the state after results are announced", BJP media head Anil Baluni said. She pressed the button of EVM at Gehra Panchayat polling station in Bharmour Assembly.

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