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BJP takes strong lead in Gujarat, marching ahead in Himachal Pradesh Gujarat-Himachal Pradesh
Narendra Modi (L), Arvind Kejriwal (C) and Mallikarjun Kharge (R) | Image Credit: Facebook/Narendra Modi/Arvind Kejriwal/Mallikarjun Kharge

BJP takes strong lead in Gujarat, marching ahead in Himachal Pradesh

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Dec 2022, 08:46 am

Gandhinagar/Shimla:The Bharatiya Janata Party has taken strong early leads as counting of votes for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls is currently underway on Thursday.

Early trends showed, in Gujarat, BJP is ahead in 110 seats while the Congress is marching ahead in 29.

The Aam Aadmi Party is taking lead 4.

In Himachal Pradesh, BJP is leading in 32 seats.

The Congress is leading in 24 seats.

In Gujarat, elections took place in 182 seats and in Himachal voters decided the fates of candidates contesting in 68 seats.

The elections to the 182 member state assembly in Gujarat were held in two phases- December 1 and December 5- with a total voter turnout of 66.38 per cent.

The state, that traditionally has remained a battlefield between BJP and Congress, has witnessed the entry of a third party- the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party for the first time making the elections a triangular contest.

Exit polls have predicted a clear victory for the BJP.

The BJP had won 99 seats and the Congress had won 77 seats in 2017.

In Himachal Pradesh, the elections in the hilly state were conducted in one single phase on November 12. The state registered a record voter turnout of 75.6 per cent in the polls.

The current assembly, for which the elections were held in 2017, has 44 MLAs of the BJP, while the Congress has 21 MLAs. Two MLAs are Independents and the CPM has one seat.

Traditionally, the BJP and Congress have remained the two contenders to rule the state.

No incumbent government has returned to power in Himachal Pradesh for a second consecutive term since 1982.