BJP hopes to retain Gujarat, win Himachal

Exit polls indicate BJP will do well, Congress looks to buck the trend

GN Bureau | December 18, 2017

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 As millions of votes began to be counted on Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party hoped to retain Gujarat for the sixth consecutive time while it looked forward to wresting Himachal Pradesh from the Congress.

The exit polls have indicated that the BJP is coasting to victory in the crucial state of Gujarat, where the party has been in power for over two decades now. In Himachal Pradesh, where the Congress and the BJP have alternately been in power since 1990, the exit polls say that it is the BJP that is going to romp home.
In Gujarat, counting of votes are being held at 37 centres across 37 districts of the state. In the two-phase assembly elections in the state, an average of 68.41 percent polling was recorded. Nearly 30 million cast their ballot in the state.
In Himachal Pradesh, the political fate of 337 candidates in 68 assembly seats were sealed in the EVMs.
The state recorded a healthy turnout of over 75 percent in the polls that were held on November 9.



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