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Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are the two final states to hold an Assembly election this year, with the Bharatiya Janata Party in power in each and looking for a big win to make an emphatic statement ahead of a politically crucial next two years. Himachal Pradesh voted first - on November 12 - and Gujarat, which is prime minister Narendra Modi's home state - voted in two phases - on December 1 and December 5.

Counting of votes from both states - as well as a slew of bypolls - will take place on December 8. There are 68 Assembly constituencies in Himachal and 182 in Gujarat.

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In the 2017 Himachal election the BJP won 44 seats - up from 26 in 2012 - and the Congress won 21 - a big drop from previous score of 36.

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur has said the BJP will easily win 50+ seats this time. Over in Gujarat the BJP won 99 of 182 seats in 2017 while the Congress won 77. Interestingly, overall the BJP lost 16 seats from the 2012 tally while the Congress gained that many.

This time around Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party is seen as a dark horse in both states, especially after it beat the Congress in Punjab in February to form only its second state government after Delhi.

Pre-poll surveys don't give either the AAP or the Congress much of a chance in Gujarat or Himachal Pradesh, with the BJP expected to win both comfortably. The BJP will want to win these states - as it did Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand in February and March - to build momentum ahead of several key elections next year, including in Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Rajasthan, as well as some northeast states.

Delhi MCD election: Polls that played out like state elections

Updated on Dec 08, 2022 02:49 AM IST

AAP has surged ahead of the BJP, winning 134 wards to the BJP’s 104 wards (out of 250 wards) — a major flip from the last election in 2017 when the BJP won 181 wards to AAP’s 49 wards (out of 272 wards)

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia join the celebrations after winning the MCD elections 2022 on Wednesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia join the celebrations after winning the MCD elections 2022 on Wednesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Himachal Pradesh election result 2022: Can BJP wrest Shimla Rural from Congress?

Himachal Pradesh election 2022: The Shimla Rural seat was held by former chief minister Virbhadra Singh from 2012 to 2017, before he shifted to the Arki segment to make room for his only son Vikramaditya Singh.

Shimla district(HT Photo)
Shimla district(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 12:39 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh election 2022: In Nadaun, Congress eyes 4th term against BJP

Himachal Pradesh election 2022: In 2017, Sukhu won the Nadaun seat, upstaging the BJP's Agnihotri by a margin of just 2,349 votes. The top two candidates split 95.4% of the votes between them.

Congress campaign in Himachal Pradesh (Image for representation only)(HT_PRINT)
Congress campaign in Himachal Pradesh (Image for representation only)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 12:39 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh election result 2022: Will Congress retain Dalhousie again?

Himachal Pradesh election 2022: In 2017, Dalhousie was one of 21 seats won by the Congress. Asha Kumari won the election upstaging Bharatiya Janta Party's DS Thakur by a margin of just 556 votes.

Dalhousie is among the most well-known locations in Himachal Pradesh.(Unsplash)
Dalhousie is among the most well-known locations in Himachal Pradesh.(Unsplash)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 12:39 AM IST

Assembly elections: D-Day today for Himachal and Gujarat

After months of hectic campaigning, results for the crucial assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, and one Lok Sabha and six assembly by polls across five states will be announced on Thursday .

The results in Himachal Pradesh are expected to be much tighter, with exit polls predicting a close battle.
The results in Himachal Pradesh are expected to be much tighter, with exit polls predicting a close battle.
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 02:08 AM IST

BJP upbeat in Gujarat; change in Raj or Riwaaj in Himachal? Results today

In Gujarat, the BJP is aiming for a straight seventh term in the state, while in Himachal Pradesh, it seems there will be a neck-and-neck contest between the ruling BJP and the Congress.

Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal.
Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal.
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 04:01 AM IST

Himachal Pradesh poll 2022 results: Key assembly seats to watch out for

Himachal Pradesh election results 2022: In the 2017 assembly election in Himachal Pradesh with a house strength of 68, the BJP had won 44 seats and the Congress 21, with one seat going to the CPI-M, and two to independent candidates.

All eyes are now set on the final outcome on December 8 whether the ruling BJP) would be able to break the 37-year-old trend in Himachal Pradesh. (ANI/Twitter)
All eyes are now set on the final outcome on December 8 whether the ruling BJP) would be able to break the 37-year-old trend in Himachal Pradesh. (ANI/Twitter)
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 04:12 AM IST

Bilaspur Assembly election 2022: All you need to know

This year the main contest will be among BJP's Trilok Jamwal, Congress's Bumber Thakur, and Amar Singh of AAP. BSP's Amar Nath and Ind's Subhash Sharma and Puja Pal from Rashtriya Devbhoomi Party (RDP) are also in the fray.

Bilaspur Assembly election 2022: All you need to know
Bilaspur Assembly election 2022: All you need to know
Published on Dec 07, 2022 09:43 PM IST

Haroli Assembly election 2022: All you need to know about Congress bastion

This has been a Congress bastion whose candidate Mukesh Agnihotri has been serving as the MLA from the seat since 2003. This time, he is up against Ram Kumar from the BJP and Ravinder Pal Singh Mann of AAP. Naresh Kumar from BSP is also in the fray.

Haroli Assembly election 2022
Haroli Assembly election 2022
Published on Dec 07, 2022 09:38 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh Assembly election: All about Fatehpur seat

The BJP is eyeing a return to power while the Congress would aim to regain its lost ground. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has emerged as the third factor and is hoping to leave a mark after its shock win in Punjab polls earlier this year.

Representational image(PTI)
Representational image(PTI)
Updated on Dec 07, 2022 09:47 PM IST

Ahead of poll result, Himachal Cong expels 30 leaders for anti-party activities

Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Pratibha Singh expelled the functionaries from the primary membership of the party with immediate effect.

The expelled members included vice president Dhiren Singh Chauhan and Santosh Dogra.(File)
The expelled members included vice president Dhiren Singh Chauhan and Santosh Dogra.(File)
Updated on Dec 07, 2022 07:49 PM IST

MCD election results: Over 780 candidates lose security deposit after verdict

The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday won the MCD polls with 134 seats, ending the 15-year rule of the BJP in the prestigious municipal corporation and reducing the Congress to just nine seats in a house of 250.

AAP supporters celebrate after winning the MCD Elections 2022 at AAP Headquarters, DDU Marg in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
AAP supporters celebrate after winning the MCD Elections 2022 at AAP Headquarters, DDU Marg in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 07, 2022 07:40 PM IST

'Exit polls (in Guj) will be proven wrong': Mann after AAP's Delhi win predicted

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann addressed a gathering in Delhi on Wednesday in wake of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) registering a massive win in the MCD election, dethroning the BJP after 15 years.

Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai and AAP MP Sanjay Singh during celebrations after AAP crossed the majority mark in the MCD polls, at the party headquarters in New Delhi, Wednesday, December 7, 2022. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)
Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai and AAP MP Sanjay Singh during celebrations after AAP crossed the majority mark in the MCD polls, at the party headquarters in New Delhi, Wednesday, December 7, 2022. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)
Published on Dec 07, 2022 05:52 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh election 2022: In Shillai, BJP banking on Hattees. Details

Himachal Pradesh assembly election 2022: In Shillai, four candidates are in fray for the assembly election – BJP's Baldev Singh, Congress's Harshwardhan Chauhan, AAP's Naathu Ram Chauhan, RDP's Suresh Kumar.

BJP supporters attend the 'Hattee Aabhar Rally' addressed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Sataun village, Shillai, in Sirmaur. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
BJP supporters attend the 'Hattee Aabhar Rally' addressed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Sataun village, Shillai, in Sirmaur. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Dec 07, 2022 03:15 PM IST

AAP wins 134 seats in MCD election, secures big win and ends BJP's 15-year reign

Delhi MCD elections: Voting for control of the Delhi municipal corporation was held on December 4, after it was postponed due to the centre merging the three MCD bodies.

Delhi MCD election results LIVE: Supporters of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal celebrate after his Aam Aadmi Party beat the BJP to win control of the city's civic body.
Delhi MCD election results LIVE: Supporters of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal celebrate after his Aam Aadmi Party beat the BJP to win control of the city's civic body.
Updated on Dec 07, 2022 03:20 PM IST

Gujarat election 2022: BJP eyes for continued dominance in Maninagar assembly constituency

BJP fielded Amubhai Bhatt against the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Vipulbhai Patel and Congress' CM Rajput.

Gujarat election 2022: BJP eyes for continued dominance in Maninagar assembly constituency(PTI)
Gujarat election 2022: BJP eyes for continued dominance in Maninagar assembly constituency(PTI)
Published on Dec 07, 2022 09:39 AM IST

Delhi MCD election: 'Will get over 180, can also cross 230' - AAP's bold claim

Delhi MCD Election Results 2022: Voting to control the national capital's civic body - a battle between the AAP and the BJP - was held on December 4.

Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj. (ANI)
Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 07, 2022 09:40 AM IST

MCD polls 2022 counting to begin soon, Delhi sees massive security arrangements

MCD election results 2022: It's a high-stakes battle for the BJP, AAP and the Congress.

New Delhi: Security personnel stand guard outside a strong room, where EVMs are kept, ahead of the counting for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections result, at Gole Market in New Delhi. (PTI)
New Delhi: Security personnel stand guard outside a strong room, where EVMs are kept, ahead of the counting for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections result, at Gole Market in New Delhi. (PTI)
Published on Dec 07, 2022 07:11 AM IST

Delhi MCD Election 2022: How to check results?

Delhi MCD Election Results 2022: The counting of votes will begin at 8am, with the first trends expected at around 9am. Exit polls have projected the AAP will replace BJP, which has been helming the civic body since 2007.

Delhi MCD election 2022: People stand in long queue to cast their vote at Chattarpahari Pahari School.
Delhi MCD election 2022: People stand in long queue to cast their vote at Chattarpahari Pahari School.
Updated on Dec 07, 2022 09:48 AM IST

MCD Poll Result highlights: Sisodia raises poaching allegations against BJP

MCD Election Result 2022 highlights: The Arvind Kejriwal-led party now leads the Delhi government, and the city-state's municipal corporation, simultaneously.

Supporters of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal celebrate after his Aam Aadmi Party beat the BJP to win control of the city's civic body..
Supporters of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal celebrate after his Aam Aadmi Party beat the BJP to win control of the city's civic body..
Updated on Dec 07, 2022 11:00 PM IST

BJP to focus on door-to-door campaign for upcoming polls

The BJP typically relies on door-to-door canvasing and buttresses it with social media outreach. Ahead of elections in 2023 in Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Karnataka and Mizoram, the party’s strategy is to intensify its campaign.

All state units have been asked to hold state executive committee meetings in the next one week and replicate the meetings at the district level as well. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
All state units have been asked to hold state executive committee meetings in the next one week and replicate the meetings at the district level as well. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 07, 2022 04:18 AM IST

Gujarat Election 2022: Can BJP's Hardik Patel win Viramgam constituency?

Hardik Patel is contesting against Congress' Lakha Bharwad and Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Amarsinh Thakore in Viramgam.

Can Hardik Patel, who switched to BJP from Congress, win Viramgam constituency?
Can Hardik Patel, who switched to BJP from Congress, win Viramgam constituency?
Published on Dec 06, 2022 10:31 PM IST

Gujarat Election 2022: Will Congress' Jignesh Mevani win 2nd time from Vadgam?

There is a three-way battle between BJP candidate Manibhai Vaghela, Congress candidate Jignesh Mevani and AAP candidate Dalpat Bhatia. Along with this AIMIM candidate Kalpesh Sundhia is also posing a challenge to Mevani.

Gujarat Election 2022: Will Congress' Jignesh Mevani win 2nd time from Vadgam?(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Gujarat Election 2022: Will Congress' Jignesh Mevani win 2nd time from Vadgam?(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2022 10:21 PM IST
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