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EC declares final results of HP Election 2017: People elect BJP but reject its CM candidate Dhumal

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HP Elections Final Results 2017

Prominent leaders like Prakash Chaudhary, Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Kaul Singh Thakur, Ravinder Ravi, Satpal Satti, Maheshwar Singh, Sudhir Sharma, and Viplov Thakur faced the wrath of people and lost the elections.

Shimla: Finally, after a wait of 40 days since the polling day, the results of the elections held to the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh on November 9, 2017, were officially announced by the Elections Commission of India.   

True to its traditional trend of ousting ruling party every five years, the people of Himachal gave the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) its turn to prove itself.

BJP dethroned the ruling Congress Government by claiming a thumping victory on 44 seats (67.7%) out of total 68, which gives a full majority to the saffron party. On the other hand, Congress was reduced to 21 (30.9%)as compared to 36 in 2017 assembly elections. Two seats (4.4%) went to the two independent candidates contesting from Dehra and Jogindernagar and one to CPM’s Rakesh Singha.

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Source: Elections Commission

Scroll to the bottom of the article for constituency wise list of winning candidates/parties

However, as an ironical event for the BJP, its Chief Ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal was decimated as he was defeated by Congress’ Rajinder Rana from the Sujanpur constituency with a margin of approximately 3,500 votes. Clearly, the people have voted for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and not for BJP’s Dhumal. It could mean an end of the political career for Dhumal.

Not only Dhumal but the party’s state unit president Satpal Singh Satti was also defeated by Congress’s Satpal Sigh Raizada in Una constituency. Now, the BJP will have to find another candidate for the CM’s chair.

It implies that the people have approved the policies of Modi like the demonetization, introduction of Good Services Tax (GST), an even the undemocratic tricks it played in the money bill it had passed earlier this year.

Also, the BJP’s Hindutva card had its ramifications in Gujarat, but not in Himachal as the share of votes in Gujarat dropped below 100 as compared to 155 in previous elections.

Moreover, the BJP has invested heavily in campaigning. Against about 70 rallies of the Congress, BJP was far ahead with near about 200 rallies for the current elections.

Another major re-shuffle was reported from the Theog constituency, where the CPI (M) candidate and former MLA Rakesh Singh emerged as the people’s choice. The left felt its presence again after a gap of 24 years.

The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh (83) and his son Vikramaditya (29), who fought his first elections to the HP Legislative Assembly, attained victory on the Ark and Shimla-Rural seat respectively. Virbhadra defeated Rattan Singh Pal and won with a margin of 6,024 votes.

He attained victory owing to his influence that he gained while ruling the state in 1983, 1990, 1993, 2003, and 2012. The corruption charges did not affect Virbhadra but proved fatal for the Congress.

If it was the last elections for Virbhadra Singh, the exceptional political career of Virbhadra Singh concluded at a note of defeat of his party. However, the fact that Virbhadra managed to gain a victory for his son would before his retirement is likely compensate for this defeat of his government.

Vikramaditya defeated BJP’s Pramod Sharma by 4850 votes in the battle for the Shimla-rural seat.


Notorious politician and sitting Congress MLA Bambar Singh Thakur also faced a defeat.

The first official result was declared for the Kasumpti constituency, where Anirudh Singh defeated BJP’s Vijay Jyoti by a margin of 9,397 votes.

Interesingly, the BJP has registered victory in regions where Rahul Gandhi has held rallies for the Congress.

A total of 377 candidates contested for 68 seats. While the BJP and Congress fielded candidates on all seats, the BSP contested on 42 seats followed by the CPI(M) at 14, the Swabhiman party and the Lok Gatbhandhan Party six each.

Over 33,000 (.9%) voters in Himachal pressed NOTA.

Biggest jolt for the Congress came from Mandi district where 9 seats out of total 10 were won by the BJP candidates and the remaining one went to the Indpendent candidate contesting from Jogindernagar.

Also, in Nagrota constituency, BJP’s Arun Kumar defeated Congress’s influential leader GS Bali by 519 votes. Other close battles included six seats where the margins were reported to be below 1,000 votes.

Prominent leaders like Prakash Chaudhary, Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Kaul Singh Thakur, Ravinder Ravi, Satpal Satti, Maheshwar Singh, Sudhir Sharma, and Viplov Thakur faced the wrath of people and lost the elections.

The counting of votes was held at 48 centres for 68 seats. The BJP was leading since the counting begun today morning, and its workers had begun the celebration by 11 am without waiting for the final results.

I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly

, Tweeted PM Modi.

The corruption charges against Virbhadra Singh being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation, recent law and order issues, and lousy governance went against the Congress. So, this time people want Virbhadra Singh and his son, but not Congress.

Similarly, the people want the BJP to form the government, but not under the leadership of PK Dhumal.

Further, to the reports of the temerping with EVMs, the Elections Commission said,

Constituency-wise list of winners

Anni – Kishori Lal – BJP
Arki – Virbhadra Singh – INC
Baijnath – Mulkh Raj – BJP
Balh – Inder Singh – BJP
Banjar – Surender Shourie – BJP
Barsar – Inder Dutt Lakhanpal – INC
Bharmour – Jia Lal – BJP
Bhattiyat – Bikram Singh Jaryal – BJP
Bhoranj – Kamlesh Kumari – BJP
Bilaspur – Subhash Thakur – BJP
Chamba – Pawan Nayyar – BJP
Chintpurni – Balbir Singh – BJP
Chopal – Balbir Singh Verma – BJP
Churah – Hans Raj – BJP
Dalhousie – Asha Kumari – INC
Darang – Jawahar Thakur – BJP
Dehra – Hoshyar Singh – Independent
Dharampur – Mahender Singh – BJP
Dharamshala – Kishan Kapoor – BJP
Doon – Paramjeet Singh – BJP
Fatehpur – Sujan Singh Pathania – INC
Gagret – Rajesh Thakur – BJP
Ghumarwin – Rajinder Garg – BJP
Hamirpur – Narinder Thakur – BJP
Haroli – Mukesh Agnihotri – INC
Indora – Reeta Devi – BJP
Jaisinghpur – Ravinder Kumar – BJP
Jaswan-Pragpur – Bikram Singh – BJP
Jawalamukhi – Ramesh Chand Dhawala – BJP
Jawali – Arjun Singh – BJP
Jhanduta – Jeet Ram Katwal – BJP
Jogindernagar – Prakash Rana – Independent
Jubbal-Kotkhai – Narinder Bragta – BJP
Kangra – Pawan Kumar Kajal – INC
Karsog – Hira Lal – BJP
Kasauli – Rajiv Saizal – BJP
Kasumpti – Anirudh Singh – INC
Kinnaur – Jagat Singh Negi – INC
Kullu – Sunder Singh Thakur – INC
Kutlehar – Virender Kanwar – BJP
Lahaul & Spiti – Dr. Ram Lal Markanda – BJP
Manali – Govind Singh Thakur – BJP
Mandi – Anil Sharma – BJP
Nachan – Vinod Kumar – BJP
Nadaun – Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu – INC
Nagrota – Arun Kumar – BJP
Nahan – Dr. Rajeev Bindal – BJP
Nalagarh – Lakhvinder Singh Rana – INC
Nurpur – Rakesh Pathania – BJP
Pachhad – Suresh Kumar Kashyap – BJP
Palampur – Ashish Butail – INC
Paonta Sahib – Sukh Ram – BJP
Rampur – Nand Lal – INC
Rohru – Mohan Lal Brakta – INC
Sarkaghat – Inder Singh – BJP
Seraj – Jai Ram Thakur – BJP
Shahpur – Sarveen Choudhary – BJP
Shillai – Harshwardhan Chauhan – INC
Shimla – Suresh Bhardwaj – BJP
Shimla Rural – Vikramaditya Singh – INC
Solan – Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil – INC
Sri Naina Deviji – Ram Lal Thakur – INC
Sri Renukaji – Vinay Kumar – INC
Sujanpur – Rajinder Rana – INC

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Accused arrested in Kotkhai Gudiya case sent to 14-day judicial custody

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Kotkhai Gudiya case update

Shimla: While all eyes will be on the status report to be submitted in the Himachal Pradesh High Court in Gudiya gangrape and murder case, the only accused arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on April 13, 2018, was produced in a special court in Shimla. The accused was sent to a 14-day judicial custody.

Officially, the sleuths have not revealed the identity of the arrested accused and are maintained a distance from all media person. The face of the accused covered while he was brought to the special court today morning.

However, media reports are identifying the accused a Neelu of Mandi district.

The agency is also supposed to file a status report in the state High Court during this afternoon. The people are expecting the agency to make identity and findings of the probe public.

They could face disappointment as the agency has made only one arrest in the case. The arrested accused is being speculated to be a woodcutter.

The people do have hope to get justice for Gudiya, they are equally sceptic about the arrest in the absence of any clear clue about the story of Gudiya.

It is pertinent to mention that the High Court in this March had expressed extreme disappointment with the CBI’s pace of investigation and had directed the CBI Chief to be personally present in the court during the next hearing.

However, right after the hearing, the CBI had suddenly announced that it has got its hands on a strong forensic evidence against the real culprits.

Prior to it, the CBI was empty-handed and had even announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh to anyone who provides it with any substantial clue about the culprits.

After about 10 months of investigation, the agency had in March claimed that it will expose the accused by April 25, which is today.

 

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Arrested accused in Kotkhai Gudiya case confesses crime: Reports

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Kotkhai accused confession

Shimla: The police in Kotkhai region of Shimla district of the peaceful Hill State is on high alert as the Central Bureau of Investigation brought the lone accused arrested in alleged case of the murder of a 16-year-old girl after a gangrape back to Shimla on Sunday.

The agency has cracked the case and the accused has confessed his crime if the reports of CBI sources and media are to be believed.

The lone accused arrested by the CBI on April 14, 2018, was taken to the agency headquarters in New Delhi for further investigation.

On Sunday, he was brought back to Shimla for the re-creation of the crime scene based on the statement given by the accused. However, the identity of the accused remains unconfirmed because CBI has been maintaining distance from media.

The accused was on Monday morning was taken to the crime spot in the Halaila forests of Kotkhai Tehsil.

A large crowd gathered to see the accused, however, as per a Hindi Daily, they were disappointed as he was reportedly wearing a helmet as a part of the agency’s measures to keep the identity concealed.

A national news channel, however, claimed that the name of the accused is Neelu and he is a lumberjack.

The round of speculations regarding the identity is likely to continue until April 25 – the next date of the hearing in the State High Court.

The agency had earlier assured the court that it would reveal the real culprits in the upcoming hearing. The agency has not made any other arrest so far while the date of hearing is just two days away.

However, sceptic minds are trying to add up the numbers. It is hard to believe that a lumberjack alone could send the entire Special Investigation Team of the HP Police to jail and fool the premier investigation agency of India.  

Therefore, more arrests are expected to be made during the next few days. 

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Himachal seeks Rs. 300 crore from Centre to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism

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Religious Tourism in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has urged the Union Minister for Tourism, K.J. Alphons to sanction three schemes worth Rs. 300 crore to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism in the state.

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, during a meeting in New Delhi, apprised the Minister that Himachal was also a major centre of religious tourism and religious tourism circuits will be developed here to provide devotees more facilities.

The Chief Minister also invited Union Minister to Himachal and said that he himself will take him to the tourist destinations of the State. K.J. Alphons whole-heartedly accepted the invitation.

Chief Minister also urged the Centre to provide funds generously for widespread publicity of tourism sites in the state.

The Union Minister of State for Tourism assured the Chief Minister that the Union Government will extend all possible support to this hill state for exploitation and expansion of its tourism potential.

The Chief Minister said that the focus should be on tourism in the state, which was not given before. However, now the state government is giving special emphasis to strengthening infrastructure in virgin natural places, he said.

Himachal has immense potential for adventure tourism and adventure sports like mountaineering, biking, river rafting, and paragliding and the state is considered as a paradise for these adventure sports.

However, it is true that the governments have done very little to polish and maintain the tourism sector.

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