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Himachal Pradesh CM believes several Congress stalwarts set to lose assembly polls; expectation of close contest

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur claimed on Wednesday that the BJP is poised to win the state's election for the second time in a row.

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Shimal: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur claimed on Wednesday that the BJP is poised to win the state’s election for the second time in a row. However, several Congress stalwarts are going to be on the losing side in the recently concluded assembly polls in the state.

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On the Congress’ claim to win 40 to 45 seats in the 68-member assembly of Himachal Pradesh, Thakur said various survey reports are floating around and he doesn’t want to make any comment on them. Notably, he made it clear that a close contest is likely to take place between the BJP and Congress this time.

Voters broke all previous records with a turnout of 75.6%, which was an all-time high since 1967. The voting percentage is expected to go up further as the Election Commission of India (ECI) is yet to receive complete postal ballots. “When it (postal ballots) comes, then I feel that it can reach close to 77 percent, which will be the highest ever in the history of Himachal,” Thakur said.

The Chief Minister said that people actively took part in this election; during the election campaign, they participated with enthusiasm, which is a healthy sign for democracy. The huge turnout of women voters means an advantage for the BJP, as PM Modi “has got the support of women.”

Himachal Pradesh voted on November 12, and counting will take place on December 8; the results will be declared on the same day.

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