Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the parliamentary elections while the Congress has lost, six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Virbhadra Singh said on Thursday
In a separate case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in relation to the matter, the former Himachal Pradesh chief minister, his wife and Chauhan were chargesheeted along with others.
The Himachal Pradesh electorate has a history of playing the anti-incumbency card and flipping the party in power every five years - making BJP's win in Himachal a surety from the start.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who returned to Shimla after 18 days, dismissed the exit poll results, saying he could well read the mood of the people of the state and the actual results would be opposite to the exit poll projections.
While Congress has invested heavily to upset Bharatiya Janata Party's 22-year-long rule in PM Modi's home state, it has barely spent on saving its fort Himachal Pradesh.
Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena informed that the previous highest polling percentage of 73.5 was recorded in the 2012 assembly polls. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it was 64.45 per cent.
The BJP has declared Prem Kumar Dhumal (73), a two-time former CM, as its chief ministerial candidate. On the other hand, the Congress has declared incumbent CM Virbhardra Singh (83) as its leader.
Himachal Pradesh goes to polls tomorrow with the Congress and the BJP locking horns in all 68 constituencies.
Campaigning for the November 9 Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh is coming to an end today.
Expressing his faith in the poll panel, Virbhadra Singh said the period between voting and counting is long, assurance for proper safety of the machines is required.
“ If I am corrupt, let the BJP prove it,” said a combative Virbhadra Singh who is confident of taking oath as Himachal CM for 7th term after November elections.
The announcement of Prem Kumar Dhumal's name as the BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Himachal Pradesh pits him in a direct contest with Congress' Virbhadra Singh.
Congress released Himachal Pradesh polls manifesto on Wednesday, promising interest-free loans to farmers, laptops for students and special grade pay scale for all employees.
As many as 394 candidates are left in the fray for the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
BJP said the Assembly election in Himachal Pradesh would be between the family which is on bail and the hardworking family.
Kangra has the largest number of 15 assembly constituencies in Himachal and holds the key in the November 9 election.