Shimla, December 18: The counting of votes in Himachal Pradesh assembly elections has started and the fate of around 337 candidates, including that of Chief Virbhadra Singh and his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal, will be decided. Along with 68 other seats, stay tuned at India.com to get latest updates on Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti assembly constituencies where more than 20 candidates are in the fray. (Check out live news updates on Himachal Pradesh assembly elections here) Also Read - 'Light a Diya of Reason, Not Superstition', Congress' Kapil Sibal Mocks PM Modi's Appeal to Nation
Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti are the assembly constituency of Himachal Pradesh that went for polls in the first week of November. On all these three seats there is a five-way battle including Congress, BJP, BSP, HLP and NCP. Also Read - Must Watch | After 'Kamal, Kamal', BJP Leader's Breathless 'Corona Corona' Chant Goes Viral
The hilly region has witnessed a record 75.28 per cent turnout and pollsters have predicted victory for the BJP. Adequate security arrangements have been made for counting which would start simultaneously in all 68 constituencies at 42 counting centres. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
During the poll campaigning corruption was the main focus of the BJP with the party training its guns at Chief Minister Singh, while the Congress hit out at the BJP over the issue of GST and demonetisation.
From Kinnaur, Congress candidate Jagat Singh Negi had won the election and defeated BJP leader Tejwant Singh Negi by 6,288 votes in 2012.
In Lahaul and Spiti there is a huge fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC). Both have fielded their candidates in Lahaul and Spiti for the polls. Apart from them there are two independent candidates who will contest in this seat.
Himachal has a tradition of change in government after every election and going by the trend, this time it is the turn of the BJP which is upbeat after exit poll results. There are 25 Congress, 28 BJP and four independent MLAs in the outgoing House, while one seat was lying vacant after the death of former minister Karan Singh from Banjar.
While the BJP is confident of winning the polls with a comfortable majority, the Congress has rejected the exit-polls and claimed that it was all set to repeat.
(With input from PTI)