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Himachal Election Results 2022: Congress returns to 'Raj', BJP fails to break 'Riwaaj'

Himachal election 2022 Results: The Congress wrested Himachal Pradesh from the BJP, winning 40 seats in the 68-member Assembly in the hill state which maintained its tradition of not voting any incumbent government to power since 1985.

Shashwat Bhandari Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: December 08, 2022 21:08 IST

Himachal Pradesh elections 2022 Results: Congress is all set to return in the hill state as BJP failed to break the tradition in Himachal where no incumbent government has been able to return to power since 1985. Congress won 40 seats, five more needed to cross the halfway mark while BJP grabbed 25. Three Independents also emerged victorious. Aam Aadmi Party, which had contested on 67 seats, failed to open its account. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi thanked the people of Himachal Pradesh for the "decisive win" of his party and assured them that every promise made by the party will be fulfilled. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said he respects the mandate of the people and submitted his resignation to the governor. Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar has accepted his resignation, official sources said. "We will give constructive support rising above partisan politics but where we feel interests of the state have not been protected, we will raise the issues before people," Thakur said and expressed the hope that the new government will fulfil its promises. The BJP gave the slogan of "Raj nahin, riwaaj badlega", which translates to "the convention will change, not the government", but failed to buck the trend. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked voters of the hill state for their affection and support to the BJP and said his party will keep working to fulfil the aspirations of the state and raise people's issues.

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Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2022 Results

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  • 6:40 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress wins 40 seats, BJP 25, Himachal election concludes

    Congress is all set to form the next government in Himachal Pradesh as it won 40 seats, five more needed to achieve majority while BJP grabbed 25 seats and failed to break the tradition in the state which has not elected any incumbent government back to power since 1985.

  • 6:20 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress achieves majority, wins 39 seats, leads in one more

    Congress gains majority in Himachal Pradesh Assembly election, winning 39 of the 68 seats and leading in one more.

    According to the latest results made available by the Election Commission, the BJP had registered win on 19 seats and was leading in 6 others.

    Three Independents also emerged victorious. Aam Aadmi Party, which had contested on 67 seats, failed to open account.

    Himachal Pradesh has not voted any incumbent government to power since 1985. In the 68-member Assembly, a party needs 35 members for majority.

  • 6:01 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress' Pratibha Singh says BJP didn't do work during its tenure, people were angry

    People remembered Virbhadra Singh and because of that we got this success. The BJP government was in power for five years but no work was done that's why people were angry with the government, said Congress' Pratibha Singh.

    She also pointed out BJP government's administration during Covid.

    The Congress leader added that scandals took place during the BJP government which made people angry.

  • 5:49 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Rahul Gandhi on Himachal win

    Rahul Gandhi on Himachal win | Heartfelt thanks to the people of Himachal Pradesh for this decisive victory. Hearty congratulations to all Congress workers and leaders. Your hard work and dedication really deserves the best wishes for this victory. I assure again, every promise made to the public will be fulfilled at the earliest.

  • 5:47 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Outgoing Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur resigns

    I have handed over my resignation to the Governor. Will never stop working for the development of people. We need to analyse things. There were some issues that changed the direction of the results. I will go to Delhi if they call us, says outgoing Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur.

  • 5:43 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress wins 35 seats, BJP 18

    Congress wins 35 seats, leading in 5 seats; BJP wins 18 seats & is currently leading in 7 seats as counting continues.

  • 4:30 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    CM Jairam Thakur reaches Raj Bhawan in Shimla to tender resignation

    Outgoing Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur reaches Raj Bhawan in Shimla to tender his resignation to the Governor.

  • 4:19 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Cong's Dhani Ram Shandil retains Solan, defeats son-in-law and BJP candidate Rajesh Kashyap

    Veteran Congress leader Dhani Ram Shandil has retained his Solan seat in Himachal Pradesh, defeating his nearest BJP rival and son-in-law Rajesh Kashyap.

    Shandil defeated Kashyap by a margin of 3,858 votes.

  • 4:14 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Newly elected MLAs meeting likely by Friday afternoon: Sources

    Meeting of newly elected Congress MLAs is likeky to be held tomorrow in Chandigarh around 12 pm, say sources.

  • 4:03 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Respect peoples' mandate, we'll analyse shortcomings, says Jairam Thakur

    Incumben CM Jairam Thakur | I respect people's mandate & I want to thank PM & other central leadership during last 5 years. We'll stand for the development of the state irrespective of politics. We'll analyse our shortcoming and improve during the next term.

     

  • 4:00 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Himachal win

    "We have won Himachal Elections. I want to thank the people, our workers & leaders as due to their efforts this result has come. I want to thank Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra also helped us in this. Sonia Gandhi's blessings are also with us," says Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.

    "Our observers and in-charge secretaries are going there (Himachal Pradesh) and they will decide when to meet Governor and call a meeting of (Congress MLAs)," Kharge said.

     

    Our observers and in-charge secretaries are going there (Himachal Pradesh) and they will decide when to meet Governor and call a meeting of (Congress MLAs): Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge

  • 3:11 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    HP minister Suresh Bhardwaj loses from Kasumpti

    Himachal Pradesh minister Suresh Bhardwaj lost from the Kasumpti seat, defeated by sitting Congress MLA Anirudh Singh. The victory margin for Anirudh Singh was 8,655 votes.

    Bhardwaj was shifted to Kasumpti from Shimla (Urban) constituency.

    Bhardwaj represented the Shimla (Urban) constituency in the outgoing assembly. 

  • 3:09 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Himachal CM Jairam Thakur to resign shortly

    I will tender my resignation to the Governor in a short while from now, says Outgoing Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur.

  • 3:07 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Need to protect Himachal Cong MLAs from 'poaching' bid, says Bhupesh Baghel

    As the Assembly poll trends showed the Congress was likely to get a majority in Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday said the party needed to protect its MLAs in the hill state from any possibility of horse-trading.

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can "go to any level", he claimed.

    The Congress surged ahead of the BJP on 39 of the 68 seats with one seat already under its belt, while the ruling party has won four seats and was ahead in 21 constituencies, as per trends from Himachal Pradesh where the counting of votes was underway.

    Baghel, who was appointed as senior observer by the Congress for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, denied speculation that the newly elected party MLAs from Himachal Pradesh will be shifted to Chhattisgarh.

    "The counting is still underway and we should wait for the final results. However, we were confident that we will form government in Himachal Pradesh and the early trends show we are heading towards victory there," Baghel told reporters.

    The Chhattisgarh CM said he will go to the northern state later in the day.

    Asked whether Congress MLAs from Himachal will be shifted to Raipur amid the possibility of horse-trading, Baghel said, "They will not be brought. However, we have to protect our friends (MLAs) as the BJP can do anything. It can go to any level."

    He claimed the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was the 'B team' of the BJP.

    Speaking about the Bhanupratappur bypoll in the state's Kanker district, in which Congress candidate Savitri Mandavi was leading, Baghel said, "It shows the people have faith in the (state) government and they have put their stamp of approval on works done by party MLA Manoj Singh Mandvi."

    Manoj Singh Mandavi's death in October this year necessitated the by-election in Bhanupratappur Assembly seat. Congress candidate Savitri Mandavi is the late MLA's wife.

  • 2:55 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress wins 25 seats, leading on 14

    The Congress party has so far won 25 seats, while it's leading on 14. BJP has won 13 seats and is leading on another 13. Independents have won 2 seats and are leading in one.

  • 2:53 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    5 ministers in incumbent govt lose elections

    So far in Himachal Pradesh, out of total 11 ministers, 5 ministers have lost the elections.

    Health Minister Dr. Rajeev Saizal, who contested from Kasauli seat in Solan district, has been defeated by Vinod Sultanpuri of Congress.

    Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur also lost the election. Govind Singh Thakur was defeated by Bhubaneswar Gaur of Congress in Manali seat.

    Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj lost the election to Anirudh Singh of Congress from Kasumpti seat in Shimla district.

    Suresh Bhardwaj had won the last four elections from Shimla Urban seat. The BJP high command this time changed Bhardwaj's seat and gave him ticket from Kasumpti seat.

    Sarveen Chowdhary, who was a minister in the Jairam government, lost the election to Kewal Singh Pathania of the Congress from Shahpur seat in Kangra district.

    Minister Dr. Ramlal Markanda has lost the election from Lahaul-Spiti seat to Congress's Ravi Thakur.

  • 2:40 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress can shift winning MLAs to Chandigarh by evening: Sources

    Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who has been appointed as Himachal's observer, is already present in Chandigarh and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel can also reach by night.

    On the other hand, Himachal Pradesh Congress in-charge Rajeev Shukla will also reach Chandigarh late night post which further strategy will be chalked out.

    The decision on whether the MLAs will be shifted to Jaipur or Raipur till the government is formed and the CM's face is chosen, will also be taken in Chandigarh itself.

  • 1:48 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP considered itself strong in Himachal but Congress is forming the govt, says SS Sukhu

    BJP considered itself strong in Himachal Pradesh, PM Modi & Amit Shah visited the State several times, today Congress is going to form the government with a full majority, says Congress leader SS Sukhu, Congress.

  • 1:42 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress celebrate at Delhi office after Himachal results

    Congress party workers celebrate at the Delhi office of the party after Congress crosses the majority mark of 35 seats In Himachal Pradesh amid the ongoing counting of the votes in the state.

  • 1:16 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP leader Ranbir Singh wins from Nurpur Assembly constituency

    BJP leader Ranbir Singh wins from Nurpur Assembly constituency, defeats nearest rival and Congress candidate Ajay Mahajan by 18,752 votes, according to Election Commission of India.

  • 12:41 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress leaders marching towards Himachal Pradesh

    Congress leaders Bhupesh Baghel, Bhupinder Hooda, and Rajiv Shukla are heading to Himachal Pradesh as party inching towards majority in polls.

  • 12:35 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress leader and ex-cabinet minister Thakur Kaul Singh loses election

    Former cabinet minister Thakur Kaul Singh, one of the possible CM faces of the Congress, has lost the election from the Darang assembly seat in Mandi.

  • 12:30 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress wins in Lahaul Spiti

    There has been a major upheaval in Himachal's Lahaul Spiti. The people of Lahaul Spiti have reposed faith in the Congress. Ravi Thakur wins from Lahaul Spiti, defeats BJP minister Ramlal Markanda.

  • 12:01 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP's Rakesh Jamwal wins Sundernagar seat by margin of over 8,000 votes

    Result update | BJP's Rakesh Jamwal has won Sundernagar seat by margin of over 8,000 votes. Himachal is witnessing a neck-and-neck fight with Congress leading on 38 seats and BJP on 27.

  • 11:42 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Fierce contest going on 9 constituency in Himachal Pradesh

    Fierce contest going on 9 constituency in Himachal Pradesh. All India Congress Committee secretary has been tasked to stop poaching in Himachal.

  • 11:07 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP incumbent CM Jairam Thakur wins for 6th time in Seraj constituency

    BJP CM Jairam Thakur has won in Seraj constituency for the 6th time by margin of over 20,000. However, the contest in Himachal is still in cliffhanger situation as both BJP and Congress are in neck-and-neck contest. 

  • 10:36 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Independents lead in Banjar and Nalagarh

    Independent candidates KL Thakur and Hiteshwar Singh lead in Nalagarh and Banjar Assembly constituencies, respectively.

  • 10:26 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP tries to establish contact with independents

    As Himachal Pradesh seems to be heading for cliffhanger, BJP leaders are trying to establish contact with independents who are leading in election.

    After 2.5 hours into counting both BJP and Congress are in neck-and-neck fight.

  • 10:04 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Neck-and-neck contest continues in Himachal Pradesh

    After 2 hours into counting, BJP and Congress are in neck-and-neck contest in Himachal Pradesh. Both parties leading on 32 seats each. 

      

     

  • 9:56 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Trends in Chintpurni and Chamba

    Trends at 9:55 AM 

    • Chintpurni seat: BJP's Balveer Singh leading against Congress' Sudarshan Singh by a margin of 236 votes
    • Chamba seat: BJP's Neelam Nayar leading against Congress' Neeraj Nayar by a margin of 533 votes
  • 9:41 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Anni seat election result 2022: BJP's Lokendra Kumar leads

    Anni seat election result 2022: BJP's Lokendra Kumar leading against independent candidate Paras Ram by a margin of 2010 votes. Counting underway

  • 9:32 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Trends after 1.5 hours into counting in Himachal Pradesh

    Trends after 1.5 hours into counting in Himachal Pradesh.

    Darang seat: BJP's Puran Chand leading against Congress' Kaul Singh by a margin of 540 votes 

    Jawalamukhi seat: BJP's Sanjay Guleria leading against Chandar Kumar by 1322 votes 

    Jubbal Kotkhai seat: BJP's Chetan Singh leadings against Rohit Thakur by maring of 423 votes 

    Kinnaur seat: Congress' Jagat Singh leading against BJP's Surat Negi by margin of 508 votes

    Banjar seat: Congress' Khimi Ram leading against Surendra Chaudhary by 286 votes

  • 9:09 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    In Kullu, Surendra Singh Thakur of Congress leading

    In Kullu, Surendra Singh Thakur of Congress is leading against BJP's Narottam Singh by 677 votes.

  • 9:04 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    In Nadaun seat, Congress' Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu leads

    In Nadaun seat in Zila district, Congress' Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu is ahead against BJP's Vijay Aghnihotri. A neck-and-neck fight is on between Congress and BJP.

  • 8:48 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    As per initial trends on all 68 seats | BJP ahead on 35, Congress on 31 seats

    Interesting contest is being seen in Himachal Pradesh as trends have opened on all 68 seats. BJP is leading on 34 and Congress on 32 while others are ahead on 2 seats.

  • 8:34 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP's Jairam Thakur is leading in Siraj constituency

    BJP CM Jairam Thakur is leading on Siraj constituency. In Bilaspur Sadar, BJP's Trilok Janwal is leading, and in Mandi district's Dharmpur seat, Congress candidate is leading.

  • 8:28 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Trends in first 30 minutes into counting

    In first 30 minutes of counting, BJP is ahead on 23 seats and Congress on 20. Kejriwal's AAP is still seen nowhere in the hill state. So far, its being a neck-and-neck fight between saffron and grand old party.

  • 8:17 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP leading on 7 seats, Congress on 5

    Initial trends show lead for BJP on 7 seats, Congress on 5 while the Aam Aadmi Party is seen nowhere so far. Stay tuned. 

  • 8:14 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Both BJP, Congress lead on 4 seats each

    As per initial trends in first 15 minutes of the counting, both BJP and Congress are leading on 4 seats each. Majority of exit polls have predicted a win for the saffron party while two polls have also shown that Congress may regain power in the state. 

  • 8:09 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    First trends show BJP ahead in 2, Congress on one seat

    Very first initial trends show BJP ahead in 2 seats and Congress taking lead in one seat. Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh was held on November 12.

  • 8:00 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Counting of votes begins

    The counting of votes in Himachal Pradesh assembly election 2022 has begun. BJP is hoping to break tradition in state which never elects an incumbent government in power while Congress vows to regain power and AAP wishes to make inroads in the hill state.

  • 7:55 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP bets on development agenda, Congress on 4-decade old state tradition

    BJP is hoping for an encore on the back of its development agenda, while the opposition Congress is expecting voters to go by the four-decade old tradition of voting out the sitting government in the state.

     

  • 7:52 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Will BJP repeat performance of UP in Himachal?

    The BJP has bucked the trend in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Assam, and Uttarakhand by repeating its state governments there, and is hoping to repeat its government in Himachal Pradesh, which is also the home state of BJP national president J P Nadda.

  • 7:43 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Both BJP, Congress are said to be in touch with independents

    Both BJP and Congress camps are learnt to have been in touch with independent candidates who might play a key role in the event of a close contest, predicted in several exit polls, with a slender edge to the BJP.

     

  • 7:34 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    If we don't win Himachal, don't know from where we will win, says Congress leader

    The stakes are highest for the Congress which has been on a losing spree for over two years now, not registering a single state election victory on its own.

    The party holds power only in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, both of which will go to polls in 2023. Congress insiders say that any hopes for the party's revival has to start from Himachal Pradesh.

    "If we don't win Himachal, I don't know from where we will win," said a Congress leader.

  • 7:26 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Himachal saw high women voter turnout

    A higher women turnout has of late favoured the BJP, as seen in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, with the party hoping that similar trends will hold in Himachal Pradesh. Women voter turnout in Himachal has surpassed men's since 1998.

    In addition, a historic voter registration in the hill state in the 18-19 year segment has given the BJP a reason to believe it may have an edge.

  • 7:13 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP's campaign in Himachal saw exclusive focus on women and youth

    The BJP's campaign in Himachal saw exclusive focus on women and youth, with the party rolling out a standalone manifesto for women for the first time in the state's history.

  • 7:01 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress confident of its victory

    The Congress has been confident of its victory, saying the voters will decide on the fundamental issues of price rise, joblessness, the old pension scheme, and other challenges of life and livelihood the state residents have been facing.

    With a muted campaign by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its former state in-charge Satyendar Jain lodged in Tihar jail, the Congress is upbeat that its vote share will only improve, while the BJP hopes to gain from a higher women vote percentage than men.

     

  • 7:01 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP won 44 seats, Congress 21 in 2017 assembly elections

    In the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP had won 44 seats and the Congress 21, with one seat going to CPI-M, and two to independent candidates.

  • 7:00 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    A total of 412 candidates are in the fray in this election

    Of 55 lakh voters in the state, over 75 per cent exercised their franchise in the November 12 election to elect its 68-member assembly and government. A total of 412 candidates are in the fray in this election.

     

  • 7:00 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Himachal has not elected any incumbent govt consecutively to power since 1985

    Himachal Pradesh has not returned any incumbent government to power after 1985, a trend the ruling BJP, powered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personalised campaign, hopes to break. The BJP slogan this time was "Raj nahin, riwaaj badlega", meaning the convention will change, not the government.

  • 6:45 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Exit polls predict win for BJP

    All but two exit polls predicting an edge for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), pollsters are keenly watching which way the voters have decided in the closely fought contest.

  • 6:31 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Counting of votes on 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh today

    Himachal Pradesh is set to reveal today if its voters have bucked the anti-incumbency trend and re-elected the ruling party BJP -- some thing that has not happened after 1985. Going by Himachal Pradesh’s "riwaaj", or tradition, it should be the Congress' turn to form the next government.

     

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