Shimla, Dec 28: The BJP has taken early lead in the counting of votes for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
As per the latest trends available, the BJP is leading in 24 while the Congress took lead in 12 sets seats out of 38 seats. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is leading from Rohru while BJP's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal has taken lead over his nearest Congress rival in Bamsan. Agriculture Minister Raj Kishan Gaur (Kullu), Irrigation, Public Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur (Darang), and Forest minister Ram Lal Thakur (Kotkehloor) are trailing.
Two cabinet ministers Vidya Stokes (Kumarsain) and G S Bali (Nagrota) are leading.
Former BJP ministers J P Nadda (Bilaspur), Kishen Kapoor (Dharamshala), Ishwar Das Dhiman (Mewa) and former Speaker Gulab Singh Thakur (Sundernagar) are leading.
Former Union Minister Sukh Ram's son Anil Sharma (Mandi) of Congress and CPI(M)'s Sanjay Chauhan (Shimla) are 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, Kush Parmar (Cong) Nahan, 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.