Thursday, February 22, 2024

Verdict day in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh: Counting begins

The election results of BJP-ruled Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will be delivered today as counting begins. Gujarat has 182 seats, the majority mark stands at 92. Himachal Pradesh has 68 seats and 35 seats are needed for a victory.

Counting of votes across 116 counting centres for the general election to 250 Assembly constituencies of Legislative Assemblies of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat began at 8 AM on Wednesday.

The ballot paper votes will be counted first, followed by EVM votes.

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking to create history by returning to power in both states.

Exit polls have predicted that the Hindutva party is set for a massive win in Gujarat for the seventh consecutive term. In Gujarat, all eyes would be on the performance of Aam Aadmi Party, which has pitched itself as an alternative to the Congress.

The Opposition Congress is hoping that the Himachal Pradesh’s electorate will stick to the 30 year old tradition of voting out the incumbent BJP government. Exit polls have predicted a dead heat in Himachal Pradesh, with a range of 24-41 seats for the BJP and 20-40 seats for the Congress.


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