Himachal Polls: 74pc voter turnout, likely to go up, says EC

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Shimla/Chandigarh: Himachal Pradesh in its assembly election witnessed a record 74 percent of voter turnout.

In Kullu, around 80 per cent polling was recorded.

A total of 337 candidates, including 19 women, are in fray to sweep the polls in the hilly state. The size of the electorate was about 50,25,941 voters of which 25,68,761 are male and 24,57,000 women voters. But our campaign has also worked well to push the voter turnout further.

With the vote turnout of 75% till Thursday, Himachal Pradesh could potentially break its highest polling record.

On ground, the elaborate arrangements were made by Election Commission to ensure that all sections of voters come out to exercise their franchise, including the disabled. “The Commission had studied the references in detail and had issued its “no objection” subject to certain conditions”, an official said. As many as 7,525 polling booths have been set up in the state which consist 68 assembly constituencies.

The Congress and the BJP have fielded candidates on all 68 seats, while the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have fielded 42 and 14 candidates, respectively.

However, the party changed its strategy after it reportedly received the feedback that in the absence of a chief ministerial candidate, the dominant Rajput community, which constitutes a massive 38% of the state population, may side with Virbhadra Singh, who belongs to the community.

“Heavy polling is clearly indicative of change in power”. There was brisk and peaceful polling from 8 am to beyond 5 pm. They felt confident of “Modi wave” succeeding the same way in Himacahal Pradesh elections as it worked in many state elections after Narendra Modi took over as the prime minister of the country.

Congress general secretary and spokesman, Naresh Chauhan contradicts. Even as the Congress has been motivating its rank and file by pushing for ‘Mission Repeat, the fact remains that no party has won two consecutive terms in Himachal since 1990.The Congress had repeated the government in the 1972 and 1985 elections.

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