BJP leading to gain power in HP

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Shimla, Dec 28 (UNI) The BJP was maintaining its lead over ruling Congress, which continued to trail according to the latest counting trends available for the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly.

Both Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh (Rohru) and BJP's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal (Bamsan) have won.

Former minister J P Nadda has won the seat for BJP from Bilaspur.

BJP was leading in 42 seats according to available trends. The Congress is leading in 22 seats while others were leading in four seats.

Six out of seven cabinet ministers in the Virbhadra Singh government Agriculture Minister Raj Kishan Gaur (Kullu), Irrigation, Public Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur (Darang), Forest minister Ram Lal Thakur (Kotkehloor), Excise and Taxation Minister Rangila Ram Rao (Gopalpur), Industries Minister Kuldip Kumar (Gagret) and Health Minister Sujan Singh Pathania (Jawali) are trailing.

Power Minister Vidya Stokes (Kumarsain) is the only cabinet minister leading in her constituency.

Former Tourism and Transport Minister G S Bali (Nagrota) and former Education Minister Asha Kumari (Banikhet), both from Congress are leading.

Former ministers Kishen Kapoor (Dharamshala), Ishwar Das Dhiman (Mewa), former Speaker Gulab Singh Thakur (Joginder Nagar), Roop Singh (Sundernagar), Narendra Baragta (Jubbal Kotkhai) and Ravinder Singh Ravi (Thural) are leading.

Former Union Minister Sukh Ram's son Anil Sharma (Mandi) of Congress is leading.

Vikram Singh (BJP) from Jawan, Damodar Dass (BJP) from Balh, Sukh Ram (BJP) from Paonta Sahib, Satpal Singh Satti (BJP) from Una, Harshwardhan (Cong) Shillai, Randhir Sharma (BJP) Kotkehloor, Sat Prakash (Cong) Banjar, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu (Cong) from Nadaun, B K Chauhan (BJP) from Chamba and Jagat Singh Negi (Cong) from Kinnaur are leading.

Also leading were Rakesh Kalia (Cong) from Chitpurni, Sudhir Sharma (Cong) from Baijnath, Virender Kanwar (BJP) from Kutlehar, Balbir Singh (BJP) from Gagret, Sohan Lal (Cong) from Kusumpti, Radha Raman Shastri (BJP) from Chaupal, Thakur Singh Bharmauri (Cong) from Bharmaur, Rajiv Bindal (BJP) from Solan, Rakesh Verma (Ind) from Theog and BJP state president Jai Ram Thakur from Chachiyot.

(Eds : Pick up suitably from related series).

UNI

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