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Himachal Pradesh’s election begins today; BJP appears confident, while Congress needs to show firepower

Voting has commenced in Himachal Pradesh at 8 am and will end at 5 pm, to elect 68 MLAs for the next government in the hill state.

By wasmulhaq 
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Shimla: Voting has commenced in Himachal Pradesh at 8 am and will end at 5 pm, to elect 68 MLAs to form the next government in the hill state. However, 412 candidates have been trying their luck in the single-phase polls. More than 5 million voters will use their adult franchise to decide the fate of 412 candidates from different political parties.

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Overall, perfect arrangements have been made for a free and fair election. 7,884 polling stations spread all over the state; among them, 7,235 and 646 stations are set up in rural regions and urban pockets, respectively. Aside from these, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has established three auxiliary polling stations in remote areas.

Multiple security arrangements have been made for smooth voting. Meanwhile, 67 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and 25,000 state police officers Teams from the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF), comprising 800 personnel, have been posted for election duty.

Elections in Himachal Pradesh are crucial for all the political parties. The assembly result from the hilly state is important for the Congress to show that the party still has some firepower in its arsenal to trounce the saffron party. It would be a herculean task for the Congress at the moment. AAP has emerged strongly and is dreaming of spreading its legs in Himachal Pradesh as well. Therefore, it would be a triangle contest in Himachal Pradesh. It is needless to add that the BJP is the firm favourite to win the contest in Himachal Pradesh. But elections are like cricket, so uncertainty always looms, and Chamatkaar can take place.

The ruling BJP is almost certain to retain the power to break the tradition of alternative governments, which has been noted since 1982. The Congress is relying on a 10-point promise made in its election manifesto. The Arvind Kejriwal-headed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also trying its luck in Himachal Pradesh.

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The BJP won 44 seats in the 2017 elections, while the Congress received only 21.

The counting of the votes will take place on December 8, and results will be declared on the same day.

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