Arrangements in place for counting of votes in Gujarat, Himachal tomorrow

18 December, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Raquel Nash
  • That the BJP is possibly retaining its bastion in Gujarat speaks of the formidable if questionable electoral charm of PM Modi

Mr Gandhi, who assumed charge as Congress president on Saturday, campaigned for nearly two months in Gujarat and gave the BJP its toughest fight in Mr Modi's home state. Party leaders from both the BJP and Congress are hoping to win the public mandate in the hotly contested battle.

For now, all eyes are on Gujarat: Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi return with a huge haul or would the election be an upset for the BJP?

Exit polls were manipulated and not based on facts, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Saturday after results showed a clean sweep for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state assembly elections.

On the other hand in Himchal Pradesh, it is the BJP which is questioning the Congress claims for development, and is pretty hopeful anti-incumbency factor to go in its favour. Whether the incumbent BJP or the underdog Congress wins, the Gujrat elections will have a wider effect not just in Gujarat but also across the country.

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The election for the 182-member Assembly were held in two phases on December 9 and December 14. On Sunday, more than 70 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the re-polling held at six polling booths in four Assembly constituencies of Gujarat, said officials.

Counting of votes in both the states will begin on December 18.Prasad arrived here on his way to Rohtas district, where he is scheduled to address a four-day training camp for the party's state-level office bearers that began yesterday.

In the repolling in Gujarat on Sunday, nearly all the six polling booths recorded more than 70 per cent turnout.


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