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Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2017 LIVE UPDATES: Officials count votes received by post at a counting center in Dharamshala.

7.45 am: There are 48 counting centres set up in Himachal Pradesh today; the first trends are likely to be out between 8.15 and 8.30 am.

2.30 pm: Rohit Thakur of Congress wins Jubbal-Kotkhai by over 9000 votes defeating BJP’s Narinder Bragta. The Congress had been hopeful that the hill state of Himachal Pradesh would break away from tradition and bring the Grand Old Party back to power as a gift to the newly appointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

BJP has won two seats, while the Congress has won one, according to the official figures with the EC.

8.35 am: While we’re all glued to our televisions/internet as early trends emerge in the polls, CM Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh and their son and youth Congress president Vikramaditya are at Holly Lodge, watching the same. “This is a blessing by the people to the leadership of PM Modi and his government. This is the second time Singha will return to the Himachal Pradesh Assembly as an MLA. 10.18 am: Here’s a quick wrap of what’s happening with the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections Results 2017: the BJP is now leading in 40 seats, while the Congress is leading in 23 seats. 2.46 pm: Vikramaditya Singh wins Shimla (Rural).

10.11 am: BJP chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing from Sujanpur constituency by 1,709 votes. Both Congress and BJP  have been alternating power in the hill-state since 1990, and were battling it out in a straight contest in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. I hope Vikramaditya (Singh) keeps winning in future, like he won today.”, 3.50 pm: PM Modi thanked the people for restoring faith in BJP and said, “I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP.”, 3.45 pm: BJP President Amit Shah attributed the party’s “victory” in the Assembly elections to “PM Narendra Modi’s development agenda and against the politics of casteism and appeasement.”. The 28-year-old, who’s also Himachal Pradesh youth Congress president, is the son of CM Virbhadra Singh. 3.01 pm: In case you’re just joining us, here’s a quick update on what’s going on in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2017: The BJP is set to take control of the 68-member House in the hill state, but its chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal still trails in Surjapur constituency. 12.47 pm: False alarm? Here’s a picture of SD Boys School in Hamirpur, where the counting of votes is being conducted. The broader Nifty, which also took a hit this morning, is trading 76 points higher at 10,409. 9.11 am: If you’re just joining us, here’s a quick update on what’s happening on the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017: Counting is underway for the 68-member House in the hill-state. Singh has vacated the Shimla (Rural) constituency for his son, Vikramaditya Singh, who is contesting the polls for the first time. 10.55 am: The tally of leads right now are as follows: the BJP is up in 41 seats while the Congress is leading in 24 seats. According to their election affidavits, Vikramaditya is wealthier than his father, who is a six time CM in the state. It returned to power in 2012 — Congress won 36 seats in the House, while BJP bagged 27 and Independents won 5 seats.

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3.30 pm: As Dhumal trails in Surajpur, his office wore a deserted look.

Now, remember, this is a straight contest between the two rival parties, which have alternating in power in the state since 1990. Virbhadra Singh, 83, who is eyeing a seventh term as Chief Minister in the state, remains a popular face for the party in the state. 2.49 pm: Newly elected BJP MLA from Kutlehar constituency, Virender Kanwar, announces that he will give up his seat for Prem Kumar Dhumal, who is trailing in his constituency in Sujanpur. Congress has won 17 seats and was leading on 4. Read The Indian Express editorial on The Dhumal Turn. Follow live updates on the market here. As many as 337 candidates were in the fray for the 68 seats of the see-saw state of Himachal Pradesh including chief ministerial nominees Congress' Virbhadra Singh and BJP's Prem Kumar Dhumal. 5:15 pm: As of now, BJP has won 27 seats and is leading in 17 seats, and Congress has won 15 seats and is leading in 6 seats. 6:30 pm: According to latest trends, BJP has won 32 seats and was leading on 12 seats. All beware, this is a big threat to Indian democracy.”. For reprint rights: Syndications Today, Himachal Pradesh assembly election results 2017: Complete list of winners LIVE, himachal pradesh election result reaction, himachal pradesh election result 2017 live, himachal pradesh election poll result 2017. 1.07 pm: BJP MP Poonam Mahajan takes to Twitter to thank the people for choosing the party in the state. It shows that they support his vision for development and the vision for the future of India,” he said. Find detailed list of winner constituency wise at IndianExpress.com

So, who will it be? Counting for all 68 seats are currently underway, simultaneously. 8.18 am: The two main candidates contesting the polls today, for the Congress and BJP respectively, are Chief Minister Virabhadra Singh and BJP chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal. PRAKASH RANAHimachal Pradesh seems to have kept its tradition of unseating the government in power every five years with the electorate giving the BJP a clear lead in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. Here are the numbers right now: the BJP leads in 40 seats, while Congress is up in 21 seats.

Malaika Arora wore a gorgeous shirt with matching pyjamas for a Diwali party! The BJP, which hadn’t initially projected a chief ministerial candidate, decided to announce Dhumal half-way through its campaign. Congratulations to Shri @narendramodi ji, @AmitShah ji, Team @BJP4Himachal & all the karyakartas on this resounding victory !”.

12.58 pm: Vikramaditya Singh, who’s making his political debut in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections, is leading by over 5,000 votes in Shimla (Rural) constituency.