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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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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Nauni varsity admissions for diploma

Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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234 Ambulance Roads in Shimla City Declared ‘No Parking Zones’, Parking woes to Intensify

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List of ambulance roads in Shimla City declared no parking zones

Shimla- The parking woes have intensified in Shimla City as the District Magistrate of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, issued an official notification on December 19, 2018, in which 234 ambulance roads in Shimla city were declared as “No Parking Zones.

As per the notification, based on the report received from the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, it was found that the residents, as well as outsiders, had turned link roads into unauthorized parking spaces, which results into huge traffic jam and inconvenience to the smooth passage of ambulances carrying patients along with the general the public.

Therefore, the District Magistrate declared all the following 234 ambulance roads as “No Parking Zones”:


He said the decision was taken keeping in view the necessity of smooth flow of traffic and passage to ambulances on ambulance roads in Shimla City.

As per the notification, the matter was highlighted as the local residents of the Middle Cemetery, upper Gahan, Bhatttakufar, Dhingu Bawari, Frud, Lower Gahan, and Nerridhar had requested to declare the ambulance roads leading from Dhigu Bawari to Lower Gahan and From PWD Workshop Bhattakuffer to Jai Moti Bhawan (Cemetary) as “No Parking Zone” as some of the people park their vehicles on these roads resulting in traffic jams and obstruct ambulances.

While the government has a policy to allow buying vehicles only if an applicant could provide evidence of having a parking space, there are a large number of cars which were either bought before the formation of this policy or are registered in other districts of the State.

A section of vehicle owners have expressed unrest against this decision and argued that it was not fair, as the government did not provide sufficient authorized parking spaces in localities.

Having a personal parking space doesn’t matter as soon as an individual drives to other parts of the city. Sufficient parking spaces based on the required capacity of a particular Ward or locality are needed to fix this problem, and it is apparently the government’s job

said a resident of Khalini, Shimla.

On the other hand, the majority of the general public has supported the decision expecting that it would make these roads more convenient and smoother for traffic.

However, the district police is likely to face a lot of resistance from local residents while ensuring compliance with the orders passed.

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Opposed to Tribal Minister’s promise in Assembly, FRA claims of Kinnaur tribals rejected to favor hydro-power company

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HP Govt Rejects FRA Claims of Kinnaur villagers

Doling out forest land to the company but cannot grant tribal rights, shows government priorities; Empty promise on FRA made in Vidhan Sabha: Lippa Forest Rights Committee

Kinnaur: Barely few days after tall promises were made about implementation of the Forest Rights Act in the Legislative Assembly by the Tribal Minister Ramlal Markanda, the District Level Committee (DLC) at Rekong Peo has rejected the Individual Forest Rights claims of 47 tribal claimants of Lippa Village in Kinnaur District, said Forest Rights Committee, Lippa in a media statement. The order of the DLC, which was not signed by the three non-official members of the committee out of the six members, was termed as illegal and unjust by the Lippa Forest Rights Committee.

We condemn this order led by the Deputy Commissioner because the arguments for not recommending the 47 claims are totally baseless. It is clear that the officials are ignorant about the provisions of the FRA 2006. The DLC has just blindly accepted the incorrect decision taken by the bureaucratic members of the Sub Divisional Level Committee, where as we have provided the DLC detailed objections to the same, based on the provisions in the Forest Rights Act 2006,

said Subhash Negi of President of the Forest Rights Committee, Lippa.

The order of the DLC dated December 17, 2018, gives three arguments for not recommending the claims. The first is that the claims are not from ‘unsurveyed villages’ but from revenue villages. The second argument is that the evidence submitted by the claimants does not provide proof of three generations. The third argument says that the act was only for those who are primarily residing in forests and dependent on the forest land, implying that the claimants were not eligible. As per the FRC as well as the written objection submitted by the Individual claimants, all three arguments have been legally countered.

This Act is not just for ‘unsurveyed villages’ but is also applicable to revenue villages with residents who are dependent for their ‘bonafide livelihood’ needs on forest land. This has been adequately clarified by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in a circular dated June 9, 2008.

This argument by the officials that claimants from revenue villages are not eligible is ridiculous because all 17,503 FRCs in Himachal are formed at Revenue Village level. If we go by their argument then the FRA 2006 cannot be implemented in Himachal at all since there almost no forest villages here. The FRA 2006 is applicable where ever people depend on forest land,

according to Prakash Bhandari, of Himdhara Collective advocating for the implementation of the Act.

Secondly, the Act requires the three-generation evidence clause only for non-tribal people (referred to as Other traditional forest dwellers in the Act), Whereas the applicants in the case of Lippa are all belonging to the category of Scheduled Tribe. Thirdly, the SDLC and DLC have both recommended the Community forest rights for the Lippa village without any objections.

This is s a partial reading of the law. While issuing the CFR title we are considered as ‘primarily residing in the forest, forest dwellers’, while considering the individual claims won’t the same criteria apply? This shows that the officials do not have even basic knowledge of the act,

added Negi.

It needs to be noted that individual claims can be made, as per the law for both housing as well as land being cultivated. The Gram Sabha of Lippa has recommended all 47 claims almost 6 months ago.

The decision of the DLC is also contentious because the forest land under Lippa Village was leased out to Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited for the Kashang Stage 2 and 3 hydropower projects by the State cabinet on 0ctober 13, 2018. The Paryavaran Sangharsh Samiti, Lippa which has been opposing the forest clearance to the project, has objected to the cabinet decision taken on the grounds that it “is a clear violation of not only of the PESA, FRA, 2006 and the NGT judgment dated 5th May 2016 but also the state’s own legislation”.

In 2016 the Green tribunal had ordered that the forest rights of the communities be settled as per provisions of the FRA and only after that the project proponents could approach the Gram Sabha for NOC.

The lease order was made under Himachal Pradesh Lease rules, 2013 for an underground area of 06-03-20 ha, situated in Up-Mohal Lappo of the Lippa Village. According to Tashi Chewang, Secretary Paryavaran Sanrakshan Sangharsh Samiti, “Rule 11 sub-rule 2 (iii) of the Himachal Pradesh Lease Rules, 2014 clearly states that

In Scheduled areas, the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) shall also refer the lease application to the concerned Gram Sabhas for consultation. He shall proceed further only after obtaining the Gram Sabha’s resolution

in this regard.

But during the whole process of leasing out land to HPPCL, neither the SDM has ever approached or consulted with the Lippa gram sabha nor the gram sabha ever passed any resolution in this regard.

The ‘Vanya Prani, Van Evam Jaivividhta Sanrakhsan Samiti’ formed under rule 4(E) of the FRA 2006 by Lippa Gram Sabha has issued a legal notice to the Chief Secretary and 6 other high level officials challenging the lease order.

The people of Lippa village for the last ten years have been struggling against the projects because of the havoc that diversion of the Kerang Khad would cause. Kerang is a perennial stream that flows adjacent to the Lippa village and it helps in flushing out the huge silt and debris that come towards the village from another stream called the Pager Khad.

If the Kerang is diverted by the project then the Pager khad will destroy the village, added Chewang. The Chilgoza forest and other biodiversity on which the livelihood of locals is directly dependent will also be impacted by the forest diversion and construction

, according to members of the Paryavaran Sanrankshan Sangharsh Samiti.

Our struggle is for our day to day survival and livelihood using every law that is available for protection of tribal rights. But when the State is violating all these constitutional laws and provisions, what is the community to do?

asks R.S Negi leader of Him Lok Jagriti Manch, Kinnaur, a platform for tribal rights in the District.

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