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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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UHF Nauni Station Becomes India’s ‘Lead Centre of Dahlia Testing’

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Dahlia in full bloom at RHRTS Dhaulakuan

Solan- As good news for the farmers of Himachal Pradesh engaged in floriculture, the Regional Horticulture Research and Training Station (RHRTS), Dhaulakuan of the Dr YS Parmar University and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been designated as the ‘Lead Centre of Dahlia Testing’ in the country.

As per the university, this is a big shot in the arm for Dahlia cultivation in the state as the flower has been introduced in Himachal for the first time under the project. The research conducted at the station could pave the way for its adoption by farmers for commercial cultivation.

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV&FRA) of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare, GoI has given the prestigious national level designation to the research station.

The status of National level Lead entre of dahlia testing is a big achievement for the station as Dahlia is among the most admired winter flowering plant. It is a recognition of the work carried out at the research station and is expected to catalyze commercial cultivation of this flower in the state,

said Dr AK Joshi, Associate Director RHRTS, Dhaulakuan.

He added that several cultivars will be added to the present germplasm and farmers will be able to get rooted plants in the future. UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma and Director Research Dr JN Sharma congratulated the scientists.

The research station forayed into floriculture in 2012, mainly in ornamental plants, but has since made rapid strides in this area. In 2016-17, under a PPV&FRA funded project worth Rs. 18 lakh, over 50 cultivars of dahlia of different shapes, colours, sizes and categories were introduced at the station from different reliable nurseries and departments from Uttarakhand and adjoining areas.

Elaborating on the research, Dr Priyanka Thakur, Principal Floriculturist and main investigator of the project told that the objectives were the development of Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) testing guidelines of dahlia and evaluation of species/ cultivars. The morphological characterization, development of DUS testing guidelines and the establishment of DUS centre for dahlia at the station is presently underway.

The farmers of Himachal can adopt this new crop for cut flower as well as pot plant production, which can not only help in diversification but also boost the economy and raise farm incomes.

The newly introduced dahlia cultivars are suitable for pot plant production, borders, mass plantations and cut flowers etc. Cultivars like Matungini, Mother Teresa, Sister Nivedita, Tenzin, Suryadeva, Jishu, Gilody, SP Kamla have been found suitable for low hill conditions. Matungini, Jishu, Sohini, Black Eternity, Surya Deva, Maa Sharda have been found suitable for cut flower production.

Often called the ‘King of flowers’, Dahlia is grown both for indoor and outdoor elegance. The height of plants differs with variety and can vary from two-inch lollipop style pompoms to the giant 10-15 inch ‘dinner plate’ blooms growing to a height of 4-5 feet.

These cultivars remain in flowering from Feb to May. Farmers can reap rich dividends by selling cut flowers, pot and as landscape plants and through the production of rooted plants. The students of the university are also working on the evaluation of dahlia varieties for the low hill conditions of Himachal Pradesh.

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Holding Clean Elections India’s Biggest Challenge as Misuse of Money Increases By Leaps And Bounds: EC

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Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence

New Delhi: Conducting clean elections is now one of the biggest challenges in our democracy given the prevalent abuse of money power, particularly when it manifests in the inducement of voters, the Elections Commission of India said today.

Unfortunately, the use of the money during the elections has increased by leaps and bounds in recent times. Mischief mongers are ever devising more ingenious ways to beat the system, said the EC Larger seizures have been made by our enforcement teams in successive elections.

To address this paramount problem, the Election Commission of India headed by Chief Election Commissioner  Sunil Arora along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra today held a meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence.  Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions attended the meeting.

The Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora along with the Election Commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra at Meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence, in New Delhi on March 15, 2019.

He said Commission is determined to curb this menace and has issued detailed guidelines to monitor election expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties.  He said individually and collectively the agencies participating in the meeting are the bulwarks of clean elections. The outcome of synergised action should exceed the commitments made. 

To ensure clean elections, it is vital keeping track of the legal expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties for election campaigns. More importantly, it is imperative to ensure that there is no illegal use of money and other items for buying of votes, said Election Commissioner Chandra.

Issues Discussed at Committee on Election Intelligence

  • Ways of Curbing of covert expenditure by candidates and political parties
  • Sensitisation of the law enforcement agencies about their role during elections
  • Co-operation and sharing of intelligence of economic offences amongst law enforcement agencies for effective action
  • Preparation of road map for action during the elections
  • Mapping of constituencies by concerned agencies to check transportation of smuggled goods, drugs, liquor, and cash, including fake currency, through seaports, inter-state borders and international borders and pro-active and preventive action by each law enforcement agency

The Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions assured the Commission of prompt 24X7 expenditure monitoring and surveillance action.

The Commissions said a greater synergy amongst various enforcement agencies is needed to develop a collective strategy to fight this menace.  Therefore, the Commission expects that all enforcement agencies should have proper sharing of information for taking coordinated action rather than working in silos.

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Nauni Varsity’s Apiculture Centre Judged as India’s Best Research Center, Bags Award

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Nauni Varsity’s Apiculture Centre bags award

Solan: The apiculture research centre of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has again bagged the ‘Best Research Center (2016-18)’ award. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) confers the award every year.  This is the second year in a row that the centre has bagged this award.

 University’s Department of Entomology runs the Solan centre of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Honeybees and Pollinators AICRP (HB&P).

Scientists from 27 AICRP centres from across the country participated in the meet and presented their work. Three scientists from the UHF centre; Dr Harish Kumar Sharma, Dr Kiran Rana and Dr Meena Thakur also attended the meeting.

The Principal Investigator Dr Harish Sharma said that the centre is engaged in research in diversified aspects of apiculture including managed honeybee pollination, bee botany, bee breeding, honeybee disease identification and their management, and standardization of technology for hive products.

This is the only centre in the country where bumblebee rearing and its utilization in protected cultivation has been standardized.

he said.

Elaborating on the work done by the entomology department of the university, HOD Dr Divender Gupta told that the centre has been working for the overall upliftment of apiculture in the state with special emphasis on pollination management.

In addition, the centre has been providing specialized training on queen breeding and bee breeding to beekeepers from across the country including the north-east. 

In order to establish bee breeders, the scientists have been providing technical backup for production of quality queens for increasing honey production and pollination efficiency,

he added.

The award was given at the Biennial Group Meeting of AICRP (HB&P) organized by ICAR at the School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development, Nagaland University last week.

Dr PK Chakravarti, ADG ICAR conferred the award at the plenary session of the workshop in the presence of eminent apiculturist and former national coordinators of the AICRP (HB&P) Dr RK Thakur and Dr RC Mishra. Dr RK Thakur, who is currently serving as the Joint Director (Communication) at UHF also delivered the lead lecture during the event.

UHF VC Dr HC Sharma and Dean College of Horticulture Dr Rakesh Gupta congratulated the whole team for bringing laurels to the university.

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