Himachal Pradesh Elections

  • Virbhadra takes oath as Himachal Pradesh CM December 25, 2012

    Shimla: Veteran Congress politician Virbhadra Singh was sworn in as Himachal Pradesh's Chief Minister for a record sixth term in Shimla on Tuesday. Governor Urmila Singh administered the oath of office to the septuagenarian, who has been chief minister for more than 16 years, at the historic Ridge in Shimla. The...
  • Virbhadra takes oath as Himachal Pradesh CM December 25, 2012

    Shimla: Veteran Congress politician Virbhadra Singh was sworn in as Himachal Pradesh's Chief Minister for a record sixth term in Shimla on Tuesday. Governor Urmila Singh administered the oath of office to the septuagenarian, who has been chief minister for more than 16 years, at the historic Ridge in Shimla. The...
  • Virbhadra Singh acquitted of corruption charges December 24, 2012

    Shimla: In a major relief to Himachal Chief Ministerdesignate Virbhadra Singh, a court in Shimla on Monday acquitted him of charges of corruption and conspiracy in the muchpublicised audio CD case, a day before his swearing in for the office for a record sixth time. "No case is made out as...
  • Virbhadra Singh named next Himachal chief minister December 22, 2012

    Shimla: Virbhadra Singh will be the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, a senior Congress leader announced in Shimla on Saturday. This will be his sixth term in the post. The Congress leadership on Saturday evening cleared his name to head the government in the state, party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi...
  • Himachal Congress to elect chief minister today December 22, 2012

    Shimla/New Delhi: The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) will meet Saturday to elect Himachal Pradesh's next chief minister in the presence of three central observers, party sources said on Friday. "The CLP will meet on Saturday," party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in Delhi. The meeting would be held at party headquarters...
  • Virbhadra Singh eyes CM's post as Congress wins in HP December 21, 2012

    Shimla: The Congress returned to power in Himachal Pradesh after five years, defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday. Congress leader and former chief minister Virbhadra Singh seems to be eyeing the Chief Minister's post. "I have a big support base, not only among the people but also among the...
  • Battle for the states: Modi scores hattrick in Gujarat, Cong sweeps HP December 21, 2012

    It was a dramatic day for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh as the voters' verdict in the assembly elections 2012 came out. While Narendra Modi scored a hattrick in Gujarat with a convincing victory, Congress's top leadership was routed in the state though the party performed well in rural Gujarat. In...
  • Modi wins again in Gujarat, Congress bags Himachal December 20, 2012

    Modi declared Thursday that his hattrick of an election win held a national message and that he was serving "Mother India" besides his own state. ...
  • 'In no hurry" to become CM, says Virbhadra December 20, 2012

    Shimla: After steering Congress to power in Himachal Pradesh, its state chief Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said "he was in no hurry" to become the next Chief Minister and a final decision on the issue would be taken by party high command. "The party had entrusted me the task of...
  • List of prominent winners and losers in HP polls December 20, 2012

    Shimla: The Congress returned to power in Himachal Pradesh after five years, defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party by a handsome margin on Thursday. The Congress put up a spirited campaign under former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to emerge victorious by a comfortable margin. Being pitched as a strong CM contender,...
  • BJP's Dhumal concedes defeat in Himachal elections December 20, 2012

    Conceding defeating in Himachal Pradesh elections, BJP's PK Dhumal said he would not blame outside factors for the poll debacle and would instead try to find out the internal reasons. ...
  • I am not in the race for Himachal CM: Anand Sharma December 20, 2012

    Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma ruled himself out from the race for the chief ministership of Himachal Pradesh where the Congress has returned to power after five years. ...
  • Gujarat results show Modi still holds his sway: Sibal December 20, 2012

    Congratulating Narendra Modi for winning Gujarat assembly elections, Union Minister Kapil Sibal said the Congress is happy that though it lost in Gujarat, the party saw a divisive victory in Himachal Pradesh. ...
  • Congress wins HP elections; Virbhadra Singh to be CM? December 20, 2012

    Shimla: The Congress returned to power in Himachal Pradesh after five years, defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party by a handsome margin on Thursday. The Congress put up a spirited campaign under former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to emerge victorious by a comfortable margin. Being pitched as a strong CM contender,...
  • BJP concedes defeat in Himachal Pradesh polls December 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday conceded defeat in Himachal Pradesh with senior leader Shanta Kumar saying that the party accepted the poll verdict. "We accept the verdict. All people in the BJP had fought elections together. The people did not vote for us. We accept it," Shanta...
  • HP polls: CM PK Dhumal wins from Hamirpur December 20, 2012

    Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister PK Dhumal on Thursday won from the Hamirpur seat defeating his nearest Congress rival Narinder Thakur by a margin of over 9,500 votes. As trends showed reverses for BJP in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday appeared prepared even for a defeat. "Whatever...
  • HP polls: CM Dhumal says he'll welcome people's decision December 20, 2012

    New Delhi: As trends showed reverses for BJP in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday appeared prepared even for a defeat. "Whatever people decide is good. It would be good if they support us, and good even if they don't. I will welcome the decision of people,"...
  • BJP set to form government in Gujarat, Cong leads over BJP in HP December 20, 2012

    Ahmedabad/Shimla: Narendra Modiled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has crossed the halfway mark in the 182member Gujarat Assembly and is all set to form the next government in the state even as the Congress has fought back after trailing for a long time in Himachal Pradesh to take the lead. Modi is...
  • HP polls live: Congress wins, all eyes now on who will be CM December 20, 2012

    Shimla: 2:25 pm: The Congress has won the Himachal Pradesh elections and will now form the government in the state. The Congress has won 36 seats. 2:06 pm: The Congress moved closer to winning the Himachal Pradesh elections, winning 34 seats and was leading in 2 seats. The BJP won 22...
  • Sonia will decide on CM if Cong wins HP polls: Birendra Singh December 20, 2012

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi will decide who will be Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister if the party gains majority in the hill state, a senior party leader said on Wednesday. AICC General Secretary Birender Singh said this on the eve of the poll results in Himachal Pradesh when asked...
  • HP polls: Fate of 459 candidates to be decided today December 20, 2012

    Shimla: The fate of 459 candidates vying for the 68 Assembly segments of Himachal Pradesh, sealed in EVMs for past 46 days, would be decided on Thursday with the counting of votes starting simultaneously for all the seats. Over 4,500 security personnel have been deployed at 39 places where 68 centres...
  • Himachal polls: Virbhadra indicates CM aspirations December 19, 2012

    New Delhi: On the eve of the poll results in Himachal Pradesh, Congress veteran Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday exuded confidence that his party will return to power and gave more than subtle signals that he would like to become the next chief minister. With the exit polls projecting a majority...
  • Himachal polls: Rs 4 crore spent on security of EVMs December 19, 2012

    Shimla: The long gap of 46 days, between November 4 polling for Himachal Assembly and date of counting on December 20, has caused an additional expenditure of Rs 4 crore on security of Electronic Voting Machines, state Chief Electoral Officer Narinder Chauhan said on Tuesday. The total expenditure on polls was...
  • Himachal Pradesh elections: 'Rebels dented BJP's voteshare' December 18, 2012

    CNNIBN's poll has predicted that the Congress will win between 2935 seats in the 68 member Assembly. ...
  • HP: Dhumal seeks to defy antiincumbency, history December 18, 2012

    Shimla: BJP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal is seeking to defy antiincumbency and history. Since 1977, no party has ever been voted back to power in Himachal Pradesh. But the race for the state which went to polls on November 4 is too close to call, as CNNIBNThe Week post...
  • Postpoll survey: Modi set to retain Gujarat; BJP, Cong in dead heat in Himachal December 18, 2012

    The BJP under Modi's leadership is set to trounce the Congress and give the Gujarat CM a hattrick of electoral victories. ...
  • Himachal Pradesh postpoll survey: BJP, Cong in dead heat December 18, 2012

    New Delhi: The postpoll survey conducted in Himachal Pradesh by CSDS for CNNIBN and The Week a few days after the state went to elections shows that the two main parties ruling BJP and Congress are involved in a dead heat, with no clarity on who will form...
  • HP polls: EC issued 73 notices to candidates for paid news November 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The Election Commission has issued 73 notices to candidates in the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls for paid news of which 19 have already been confirmed by the committee of the poll body. "We had 73 notices (for paid news) issued this time in the state and of these,...
  • Record 75 per cent voting in Himachal Pradesh November 5, 2012

    Shimla/New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh on Sunday registered a record high polling of around 75 per cent in elections for 68 assembly constituencies, Election Commission officials said. The state's Chief Electoral Officer, Narinder Chauhan, said in Shimla, "The voter turnout was approximately 75 per cent." In New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner Alok...
  • Over 68 pc voting in Himachal Assembly polls November 4, 2012

    Shimla: Over 68 per cent polling was recorded till 5 pm on Sunday in the election to the 68member Assembly in hill state of Himachal Pradesh. Polling had begun on a dull note apparently due to cold weather conditions. The minimum temperature was hovering around freezing point in Chopal in...