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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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Foundation Stone of Shiv Dham at Mandi Laid, Will Cost Rs. 150 Crore

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Mandi: Shiv Dham construction at Mandi would cost over Rs. 150 crores to the State. It was informed during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Shiv Dham Phase-I to be developed at Kangnidhar. The First Phase of this project would be completed at a cost of Rs. 40 crore, the government said.

The Shiv Dham would be developed in an area of 9.5 hectares. Shiv Dham would have replicas of twelve Jyotirlingam, a statue of Lord Shiva and Ganesh, Museum, Food Court, Herbal Garden, Nakshatra Vatika, Amphi-theatre, Orientation Centre, Car Parking etc. 

Further, it was informed that the foundation stone of multi-storey parking was laid near U-Block. An estimated amount of Rs. 100 crore would be spent on Public-Private Partnership mode, the government informed.

There is also a proposal to construct Rs. 27 crore Anaj Mandi (Grain Market) in Mandi, it was informed.

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New Farm Laws Could be Death Knell for States like Himachal, Says 19 Organizations While Expressing Solidarity with Farmers Protest

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Shimla-More support is pouring in for farmers protest from Himachal Pradesh. Today, about 19 social organizations, women’s organisations and farmer’s groups issued a joint public statement today in solidarity with the three-month long farmer’s movement in the country.

The statement demands the repeal of the three new farm laws introduced by the central government and calls for strengthening minimum support prices, extending it to crops, especially fruits and vegetables grown for the market in Himachal Pradesh. The statement is critical of the non-democratic manner in which the bills were passed in the parliament in a hurry in the middle of the Covid led lockdown.

Highlighting the issues with each of the laws the organisations condemned the fact that these are designed to benefit the large corporate houses which would ultimately break the back of the farmers.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 has the potential of destroying the government led APMC mandis, the oganizations said.

The second law on contract farming puts the farmers in the dock by not just opening them to risks when getting into contracts with companies but also by closing the door of the courts for redressal for farmers, the statement said.  

Also Read: Supporters in Himachal Displaying Solidarity With Protesting Farmers, Term Delhi Violence a Failed Conspiracy to Discredit Movement

Further the statement said that the third law, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, as corporates are allowed to buy, store, sell produce minus regulation and accountability of any sort. It also seeks to restrict the powers of the government with respect to production, supply, and distribution of certain key commodities. It is now evident that this will have a direct impact on the storage and distribution of subsidized grains by the government. This can turn out to be a direct threat for food security of the country.

“For a state like Himachal Pradesh where a large section of the population depends heavily on food grains produced by the farmers of the plains and distributed at subsidized rates through the PDS these laws could prove to be a death knell,” the groups said in the statement.  

Even for those who are able to procure from the market, the rising prices of commodities would be a direct hit on their pockets. Apart from the consumers, the farmers of the state will also suffer a setback. The absence of MSPs for fruits and off-season vegetables and lack of APMC markets here have already been a cause of concern for the cash croppers of the state, the statement read.

“In fact fruit and vegetable producer unions have been demanding extension of MSPs and better markets so that apple producers for example are not exploited by ‘middlemen’ and private vendors,” the organizations said.  

In the terai region where there is a surplus of maize produce farmers are forced to sell it at Rs 1000 to 1200 whereas Rs 1850 is the MSP – but the markets are too far for them to access, they said.

The statement has also condemned the manner in which the state and central governments have tried to defame the peaceful protests through various tactics.

“The repression of those coming out in support of the farmer’s movement, be it activists or journalists reporting on the developments is utterly shameful and against the principles of democracy,” the statemen said.  

The groups said that they are also going to send this statement as a submission to the President of India demanding repeal of the three laws.

Housing in makeshift camps, tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting on Delhi boarders for nearly 100 days now. Though the protests had begun last year, the movement has seen a massive growth in recent weeks as it receiving support from environmental activists, opposition parties and even Western celebrities. Now, this farmers movement is spreading to the country’s northern and western farm belts.

The group of organizations that issued this statement includes All India Democratic Women’s Association, HP (AIDWA), Bhumiheen Bhumi Adhikar Manch, HP, Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Citizens’ Rights Forum, Kangra, Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan, HP, Ghumantu Pashupalak Mahasabha, Chamba, Himachal Kisan Sabha, Himalaya Niti Abhiyan, Himdhara Environment Research and Action Collective, Parvatiya Mahila Adhikar Manch, Right To Education Forum, HP, Samajik Arthik Samanta ke Liye Jan Abhiyan, Save Lahaul Spiti, Spiti Civil Society, Sirmaur Van Adhikar Manch, Sambhaavnaa Institute, SUTRA, Solan,  Tower Line Soshit Jagrukta Manch, Himachal Pradesh, and Zila Van Adhikar Samiti, Kinnaur.

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Ugly Brawl at HP Vidhan Sabha on Budget Session’s Opening Day, Five Congress Legislators Suspended for Rest of Session

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Shimla- The Budget Session 2021-22 of the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha witnessed an ugly scene on the opening day of the session. The situation was so tense that it led to a scuffle between BJP MLAs, Minister, and Congress legislator including the leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri. Congress alleged that its legislators were manhandled. Following this incident, five legislators including Agnihotri, Harsh Vardhan, Satpal Raizada, Vinay Kumar, and Sunder Singh Thakur were reportedly suspended for the rest of the session. Later, an FIR was also filed against the legislators at the Boileauganj Police Station.

It was shocking to see the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, and Chief Minister jumping into the brawl as it raised concerns about arrangement and management of security at the Vidhan Sabha.

The motion for their suspension was introduced and passed in the absence of opposition legislators.

What Happened at Vidhan Sabha

Mukesh Agnihotri disrupted the speech of the Governor saying that it includes no mention of crucial issues like price rise of petrol, diesel cooking gas, inflation, unemployment, corruption, back-door entries etc. Agnihotri said the speech was nothing more than a bundle of lies. Agnihotri claim that Dattatreya had skipped a major portion of his speech and had chosen to stay mum on these critical issues. Governor Bandaru Dattatraya, following din, did not read the entire speech and ended his speech within 15 minutes abruptly.

Subsequently, the proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm on Monday. 

When the Governor was leaving from Vidhan Sabha, Mukesh Agnihotri, along with other Congress legislators, blocked the road and did not let the Governor’s car leave the premises. Agnihotri was seen trying to lay on the bonnet of the car. Videos clearly showed legislator pushing each other and using a hostile tone. Minister Suresh Bhardwaj was seen falling down on the ground, while Deputy Speaker Hans Raj was seen pushing Congress legislators.

“It’s the first time in the history of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha that the Governor did not read the entire speech and allegedly fled the Vidhan Sabha,” Agnihotri said. He said that Congress legislators only wanted to speak to the Governor.

Agnihotri alleged that they were pushed, dragged, and manhandled even though they were only raising slogans and did not even touch the Governor or the Chief Minister. 

Speaking on the suspension of five Congress legislators, Vikramaditya Singh, MLA of Shimla (Rural) questioned as to why only action was taken on the Congress legislators and not the Deputy Speaker, Hans Raj. In videos, he was seen pushing Congress legislators.

The Speaker, HP Vidhan Sabha, Vipin Parmar condemned the ruckus and blamed it on the Congress legislators. He alleged Congress of manhandling the Governor. He said that the incident has brought embarrassment to the State Assembly and the constitution of India. 

Later, when the session was resumed, referring to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, the Chief Minister said that Rule number 30 says,

“No member shall interrupt the Governor when he is addressing the House; or display any placard; or shout any slogans; make nay protect; or raise any point of order, debate; or discussion; or otherwise willfully disrupt the proceedings, immediately preceding or during, or immediately following the Governor’s Address under Article 175 (1) of the Constitution and the Governor’s Special Address under 176(1) of the Constitutions, and the commission of any of the above lapses shall be treated as contempt of the House and dealt with as such under these rules.”

The session is scheduled to conclude on March 20.

The chief minister will present the budget for 2021-22 in the Assembly on March 6, Speaker Vipin Parmar had said on Thursday.

 

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