Shimla: The high voter turnout in the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh is a positive indicator for the health of democracy. However, two major political parties in the state, Bhartiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress, are, however, confused by the record breaking turnout.
The women voters outnumbered the male voters and youth also came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
As usual, the top leaders of the both parties are claiming victory in media statements post polling day. However, both parties seem to lack conviction.
What drove highest number of voters in this elections? Was it the awareness campaigns of the Election Commission or the rallies of BJP’s only hope Prime Minister Modi?
Moreover, in a previous article, we have already discussed the heavy investment made by BJP in campaign.
As per some sources, the Chief Minister and his son were doing extensive review of the voters’ lists at the Holly Lodge. Similarly, top state leaders of BJP are wondering whether fading Modi wave worked or not.
Surprisingly, Hamirpur district reported lowest turnout of 70.19 percent. The Shimla Urban also reported lowest turnout of 63.76 percent among all constituencies.
Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput informed that elaborate security arrangements have been made for safe custody of EVM and VVPAT machines throughout the state.
The machines are stored in 100 strong rooms set up at 48 different locations.
He said three-tier security system and 3 companies of Central paramilitary forces have been deployed for round the clock security of these machines.
The machines will remain under tight security for the next 38 days as the counting is scheduled for December 18.
Here, take a look at the important highlights of the HP Assembly Elections 2017 in Detail:
|Total Voter Turnout||74.61%|
|District with Highest Voter Turnout||Sirmaur||81.05%|
|Constituency with Highest Voter Turnout||Doon ( District Solan)||88.95%|
|District With Lowest Voter Turnout in HP||Hamirpur||70.61%|
|Constituency with Lowest Voter Turnout||Shimla Urban||63.76%|
|Number of Total Eligible Voters||50,25,941|
|Number Voters Who Actually Cast Vote||37, 21, 647|
|Total Number of Female Voters||19,10,582|
|Total Number of Male Voters||18,11,061|
|Total Number of Third Gender Vote||4|
|Total Number of Constituencies||68|
|Total Number of Polling Stations||7,525|
|Total Voter Turnout in HP Assembly Elections 2003||74.51%|
|Total Voter Turnout in HP Assembly Elections 2007||71.61%|
|Total Voter Turnout in HP Assembly Election s 2012||73.51%|
|Constituency of BJP Chief Ministrial Candidate||Sujanpur|
|Constituency of Congress CM Candidate||Arki|
Miscellaneous facts about HP Assembly Elections 2017
|Largest Assembly Constituency Area wise||Lahaul and Spiti (No.21)|
|Largest Assembly Constituency Electorate wise||Sullah (No.14)|
|Smallest Assembly Constituency Electorate wise||Lahaul & Spiti (No.21)|
|Number and name of Assembly Constituencies with Straight Contest||Jhanduta, Bilaspur district (No.46)|
|Number of EVMs Used||Bus – 11283/ CUs-9809/VVPATs-11050|
Party wise Candidates in HP Assembly Elections 2017
|Candidates Party wise|
|Registered but unrecognized||27|
Constituency wise voter turnout in HP Assembly Elections 2017
Station wise details of the polling for HP Assembly Elections 2017
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Source: State Elections Commission
Congress Rally in Shimla (Video): Shukla Mimics PM Modi’s Signature Dialogue While Mocking at Promises of ‘Achhe Din’
Shimla-Congress Jan Akrosh Rally held in Shimla on March 10, 2021, witnessed a huge gathering and was attended by veteran leader Virbhadra Singh, Rajeev Shukla, in charge and member of Working Committee of Indian National Congress and party representatives from various districts.
The rally was held to express anguish over price hikes in LPG and petroleum fuels, unemployment which is at an all-time high, rampant privatization by putting government resources on a sale for the benefit of corporate, corruption, and the promise of “Achhe Din” made by BJP before 2014 elections.
At the same time, the rally was a desperate attempt to revive Congress which is on the verge of extinction in context to role and power of an opposition. The leaders tried to send out a message to stand united and leave all sorts of differences behind to bring back the party to power ahead of elections to Municipal Corporations and 2022 polls in Himachal Pradesh.
This extinction is worsened by internal politics – the reason the party has failed to show unity and fight as one unit for a long time now.
The scenes of Natti being performed by workers on the beats of traditional instruments being played by local artists cheered the crowd. Others had arranged Punjabi dhol to mark their presence more loudly .
On reaching the stage to address the rally, former Chief Minister and Congress’s face in the State, Virbhadra Singh, also took a small moment to dance on Pahari music before proceeding to his speech. This was perhaps the only moment where workers actually felt most excited and tried to get glimpses of the veteran leader.
He advised the party leaders to establish and maintain the discipline to strengthen the party.
Shukla referred to Virbhadra Singh as “Shere-Himachal” while addressing him.
Shukla targeted Prime Minister Narender Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party Government by taking a jibe at them. He mimicked the signature dialogue of PM “Bhayion aur Behno” and asked the party workers to identify it.
“PM Modi is putting on sale everything Congress has built for the nation,” Shukla said while referring to rampant privatization of government organizations, services, infrastructure and resources.
In his address, the leader of the opposition, Mukesh Agnihotri, highlighted rising debt on the state. He gave an estimate of the debt ( Rs 85,000 crores) on the state at the end of current BJP government tenure.
You can get glimpses of the rally and listen to Shukla’s complete address in the video below:
Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Makes a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years
Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission
District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).
Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.
The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.
Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.
Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.
The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support.
Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda- had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.
Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate.
Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.
While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff. Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.
Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.
Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.
The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.
The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.
Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.
The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.
The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.
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