Cong leads in Himachal, BJP set for Gujarat record
The Congress has crossed the halfway mark in Himachal Pradesh as they lead on 37 seats, BJP are leading on 27 seats and Independent candidates are ahead on four seats, according to the Election Commission.
Four Independents are all BJP rebels. They include Hoshiyar Singh from Dehra, KL Thakur Nalagarh in Solan, Banjar in Kullu – Hiteshwar Singh and Ashish in Hamirpur Sadar.
Candidates who have won
Candidates who have won include Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur from Seraj, Anil Sharma from Mandi Sadar, Dilip Thakur from Sarkaghat, Deep Raj from Karsog, Sunder singh thakur from kullu, Rohit Thakur from Jubbal -Kotkhai , Harish Janartha from Shimla Urban and Congress’s Jagat Singh Negi, a former deputy speaker from Kinnaur have won; BJP’s Puran Chand from Darang and Chetan Bragata, son of former minister Narender Bragata, from Jubbal Kotkhai, .
Chief Minister Thakur and Himachal Pradesh Congress president Pratibha Singh have maintained that their parties would get full majority with over 40 out of the 68 seats. Congress general Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is also at her home in Chhabra keeping an eye on the latest trends.
AAP is not leading even in one seat out of 62 seats for which trends have been released.
BJP wins in Gujarat
The BJP has raced ahead in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat, crossing the 140-seat target set by chief strategist Amit Shah within an hour of counting. The party is now in the 150s — setting a spectacular lead. Early trends also show the Congress down to teens and AAP set to open its single-digit account.