Gujarat, HP Assembly Election Results 2022: Tune into Dailyhunt to get the fastest coverage
New Delhi, Dec 06: The results for Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat poll will be announced on December 8.
While polling for Himachal Pradesh was held on November 12, Gujarat voted in two phases on December 1 and 5.
It is a crucial test for the BJP which is riding high on its 'development' and 'double engine' pitches and is eyeing victory beating history. Congress, meanwhile, is looking for electoral revival in the state. If the ruling BJP is hoping for an encore on the back of its development agenda, the opposition Congress, desperate to wrest the state back from the BJP after multiple electoral losses and losing nine states in two years, appealed to voters to go by the four-decade tradition of voting out incumbents in the state.
The votes of more than 55 lakh voters will decide the fate of 412 candidates in 68 constituencies in this high stakes political battle. These include Vikramaditya Singh, son of former chief minister Virbhadhra Singh and state Congress chief Pratibha Singh who has contested from Shimla Rural.
For BJP, PM Modi led the campaign from the front, wrapping up his canvassing with a personal appeal to voters of the state, saying that every vote cast for the BJP symbol "lotus" will enhance his strength. He also asked voters to change the 'riwaaz' by re-electing the BJP, saying the 'double engine' regime will continue to work for all-round development.
The Congress backed principally on the party's general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is the new entrant in Himachal and contested in 67 of 68 seats, has been fairly quiet as the contest shaped up as a direct one between the BJP and the Congress in line with past trends.
The BJP has been in power in Gujarat since 1995. It has convincingly won the polls for over two decades although Congress has been getting close to 40 per cent of votes.
The saffron party is aiming to set a new record in terms of the number of seats won and the entry of the AAP has made it a triangular fight this time in the state which was traditionally known for its bipolar elections.
In the fiercely fought elections five years ago, the BJP had won 99 seats and its main rival Congress bagged 77 seats.
Currently, the BJP's strength in the 182-member Assembly is 111 after several MLAs from the Congress defected to it and it is unlikely that the saffron party will repeat all the incumbent MLAs.
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