The Hush Post: In the latest election update, BJP is ahead of the Congress in both the states Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. BJP is ahead in 44 seats in Himachal Pradesh compared with Congress’ 19. Five candidates ahead in the race include four independents and one CPM.
In the latest, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost to Rajinder Rana of Congress from Sujjanpur. Meanwhile, Jai Ram Thakur has been summoned by the BJP high command to Delhi. Jai Ram is an old BJP hat and leading from Seraj constituency in Mandi.
Suresh Bhardwaj from Shimla Urban has won defeating his nearest rival Harbhajan Singh Bhajji. Vinay Kumar from Sri Renukji has won his seat. In another seat, Viplove Thakur of Congress and Ravinder Ravi of BJP have lost to Hoshyiar Singh, an Independent from Dehra. Parkash Rana , another Independent from Jogindernagar, has defeated BJP heavyweight and Prem Kumar Dhumal’s ‘samdhi’ Gulab Singh Thakur. Other winners include Harshavardhan Singh (Cong) from Shillai, Narendar Bragta (BJP) from Jubbal Kotkhai, Mohan Lal Bragta (Cong) from Rohru, Kishan Kapoor (BJP) from Dharamshala and Mahinder Singh (BJP) from Dharampur.
Ram Kumar of the Congress accused in the Jyoti rape and murder has lost it. In Jubbal-Kotkhai, Narendra Bargta defeated his close rival Rohit Thakur. Also Rakesh Singha, the CPI(M) candidate from Theog has defeated Rakesh Verma his nearest BJP rival. Satpal Singh Satti, the BJP state president lost his seat in Una and health minister Kaul Singh, too loses to Jawahar Thakur of the BJP. Also, his daughter Champa lost to BJP candidate and Sukh Ram’s son Anil Sharma.
Kishori Lal from Ani in Kullu, a BJP man, has defeated his nearest rival Paras Ram of Congress. Anirudh Singh of the Congress has won from Kusumpati by a huge margin of 10,000 votes.
Virbhadra’s son Vikramaditya Singh has won from Shimla (rural), Pawan Kumar Kajal from Kangra, Nandlal (Cong) from Rampur, Jagat Singh Negi (Cong) from Kinnaur and Jiya Lal Thakur (BJP) from Bharmour.
The first candidate whose victory was announced in Himachal was Ravinder Kumar of BJP from Jaisinghpur (Kangra). The second candidate to be declared winner was Inder Kumar of BJP from Balh (Mandi).