Himachal Pradesh Elections

  • Himachal Congress to elect chief minister today 22-12-2012 01:09 AM

    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...
  • Virbhadra Singh eyes CM's post as Congress wins in HP 21-12-2012 08:31 AM

    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...
  • 'In no hurry" to become CM, says Virbhadra 20-12-2012 10:15 PM

    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 20-12-2012 09:04 PM

    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,...
  • Congress wins HP elections; Virbhadra Singh to be CM? 20-12-2012 02:57 PM

    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 20-12-2012 12:56 PM

    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 20-12-2012 12:14 PM

    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....
  • HP polls: CM Dhumal says he'll welcome people's decision 20-12-2012 10:22 AM

    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 20-12-2012 09:23 AM

    Ahmedabad/Shimla: Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has crossed the half-way mark in the 182-member 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...
  • HP polls live: Congress wins, all eyes now on who will be CM 20-12-2012 08:07 AM

    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...
  • Sonia will decide on CM if Cong wins HP polls: Birendra Singh 20-12-2012 07:29 AM

    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 20-12-2012 12:24 AM

    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...
  • Himachal polls: Virbhadra indicates CM aspirations 19-12-2012 03:32 PM

    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 19-12-2012 02:40 AM

    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...
  • HP: Dhumal seeks to defy anti-incumbency, history 18-12-2012 09:39 AM

    Shimla: BJP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal is seeking to defy anti-incumbency 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 CNN-IBN-The Week post...
  • Himachal Pradesh post-poll survey: BJP, Cong in dead heat 17-12-2012 08:38 PM

    New Delhi: The post-poll survey conducted in Himachal Pradesh by CSDS for CNN-IBN 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 05-11-2012 04:04 PM

    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 05-11-2012 07:41 AM

    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...
  • Over 68 pc voting in Himachal Assembly polls 04-11-2012 02:20 PM

    Shimla: Over 68 per cent polling was recorded till 5 pm on Sunday in the election to the 68-member 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...
  • HP Assembly polls: 27 pc voting recorded till 11 am 04-11-2012 11:40 AM

    Shimla: Twenty seven per cent voting has been recorded till 11 am in the 2012 Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. The polling for the 68 seats of Himachal Pradesh Assembly began amid tight security on Sunday. Electors across the state were seen reaching polling stations even before voting...
  • HP polls: First Cong-BJP electoral battle after reforms 04-11-2012 08:11 AM

    New Delhi: The Himachal Pradesh 2012 Assembly elections began at 8 am on Sunday. A total of 459 candidates are in the fray for the 68-member Assembly. The election is important as it's the first after the recent reforms unleashed by the Centre, that included the cap on subsidised LPG...
  • HP elections: Over 8,000 nonagenarians to cast votes 03-11-2012 10:20 PM

    Shimla: 95-year-old Shyam Saran, who was among the first to vote after Independence in the 1951 polls, will be among 8,355 nonagenarian voters to exercise their franchise in tomorrow's Himachal Pradesh polls. About 10,000 voters are above 89 years, including 1,642 90-year-olds, while 1,09,115 voters fall in 18-19 age group...
  • Himachal elections: Congress, BJP face off 03-11-2012 08:00 PM

    New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh votes for the 2012 Assembly elections on Sunday, and this time as well, it is a direct and close contest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Both the parties have not left any stone unturned for the contest with the biggest names from...
  • Battlelines drawn, Himachal Pradesh set for polls on Sunday 03-11-2012 02:57 PM

    Shimla: Battlelines have been drawn for Sunday’s poll for the 68-member Himachal Assembly where political heavyweights Prem Kumar Dhumal and Virbhadra Singh are jostling for attention of voters for whom the issue of price rise and corruption seems to have surpassed the anti-incumbency factor. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the...
  • HP polls: Apple farmers could be the swing vote 03-11-2012 08:39 AM

    New Delhi: With an annual turnover of around 3000 crore, apples constitute an important part of Himachal Pradesh's economy, which makes FDI in multibrand retail an important issue among the state's apple-growers. The state's apple belt straddles several districts. No wonder then, that most pre-poll sops are announced keeping this...