New Delhi, Dec 18: The results for 2017 Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections will be declared today. The Congress is currently ruling the hill state and the BJP is eyeing to return to power after a gap of five years. In the outgoing 68-member assembly, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively. There are four Independent MLAs while one seat was vacant.
Coming to Hamirpur constituency number 38, which has five districts Barsar, Bhoranj, Hamirpur, Nadaun and Sujanpur went on polls on December 9, 2017.
Barsar: In 2012 Assembly Elections, the seat was won by Congress’ Inderdutt Lakhanpal by bagging whopping 26,041 votes. He had defeated BJP’s Baldev Sharma, who got 23,383 votes. For 2017 Assembly elections, For 2017 Assembly election, BJP and Congress both have retained their respective candidates Baldev Sharma and Inder Dutt Lakhanpal from the Barsar seat.
Though all the major political parties have fielded their candidates, the main fight is considered between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC).
Bhoranj: Bhoranj (SC) Assembly constituency is currently held by BJP’s Dr. Anil Dhaman. He had defeated Indian National Congress’s (INC) Pramila Devi who was declared runner-up with 16,144 votes. For 2017 HP Assembly elections, Bhoranj saw a crucial battle between BJP’s Kamlesh Kumari, Congress candidate Suresh Kumar and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Praveen Kumar.
Hamirpur: Hamirpur has always been considered Bharatiya Janata Party’s safe seat has approx 1,187,377 electorates out of which 590,945 were males and 596,432 are males. In 2012, Assembly elections, BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal won the Hamirpur seat defeating his nearest Congress rival Narinder Thakur by a margin of over 9,500 votes. For 2017 Himachal Assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party had fielded Narinder Thakur whereas Congress had entrusted Kuldeep Singh. BSP Candidate Lal Singh Mastana was also in fray along with Independent candidates Ashish Kumar and Kamal Pathania.
Nadaun: Nadaun serves as one of five constituencues in the Hamirpur district. In 2012 Assembly Elections, BJP’s Vijay Agnihotri defeated Congress’ Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu with a margin of nearly 7000 votes. Agnihotri bagged whopping 31305 votes whereas Sukhu got 24555 votes. For 2017 Assembly elections, three major national parties have fielded candidates from Nadaun constituency. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Vijay Kumar, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded Ravi Prakash and the Indian National Congress (INC) has nominated Sukhvinder Singh Thakur.
Sujanpur: Sujanpur witnessed a tough fight between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Indian National Congress (INC), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPM and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). For 2017 Assembly elections, BJP fielded Prem Kumar Dhumal, a two-time chief minister, to contest from Sujanpur seat. On the other hand, the ruling Congress fielded Rajinder Singh whereas BSP and CPM have shown their trust in Praveen Kumar and Joginder Kumar respectively.
Polling for the 68-member Himachal Assembly took place in single phase on November 9. The state recorded its highest polling in assembly elections this year with 74 per cent total turnout. The previous highest polling percentage of 73.5, that was recorded in the 2012 assembly polls.
Opinion poll predicted massive victory for BJP in Himachal Pradesh
According to an opinion poll conducted by India Today-Axis My India has indicated. BJP will register victory in the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections by defeating the Congress government led by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Opinion poll has said that the BJP will bag whopping 43 to 47 of the total 68 seats whereas the Congress will bag 21 to 25 seats in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly.