SHIMLA: Counting of votes is underway for 68 seats of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
According to the latest trends, the Bharatiya Janata Party is leading on 31 seats while the Congress is leading on 34 seats.
Other candidates are leading in three seats.
Priyanka Vadra monitoring Himachal Election situation from Shimla farmhouse. ECI shows BJP & Congress each leading on 31 seats.
#HimachalPradeshPolls | BJP and Congress leading on 32 seats each now as the neck-to-neck fight between the two parties continues in the state. pic.twitter.com/esFQtuJv1H— ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2022
Senior Congress leader Asha Kumari is trailing by 268 votes in Dalhousie seat of Chamba district.
BJP leading on 32 seats, Congress on 34 seats and others on 2 seats
The ruling BJP is leading in 32 seats and the Congress in 34 while Independent candidates are ahead on two seats in Himachal Pradesh, according to the Election Commission. Candidates who are leading include Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur from Seraj, BJP’s Puran Chand from Darang, Chetan Bragata, son of former minister Narender Bragata, from Jubbal Kotkhai, Anil Sharma, son of former Union minister Sukhram, from Mandi Sadar and Congress’ Jagat Singh Negi, a former deputy speaker, from Kinnaur.
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur is leading by 7664 votes in Seraj assembly seat of Mandi district.
BJP Minister Rakesh Pathania is trailing by 2667 votes on Fatehpur assembly seat of Kangra district.
Independent candidate Hoshyar Singh leading by 2386 votes on Dehra seat of Kangra district.
BJP Minister Sarveen Chaudhary trailing by 2771 votes on Shahpur assembly seat of Kangra district.
Senior Congress leader Asha Kumari trailing by 3293 votes in Dalhousie seat of Chamba district.
BJP Minister Suresh Bhardwaj is trailing by 3784 votes in Kasumpti seat of Shimla district.
Independent candidate K L Thakur is leading by 4180 votes in Nalagarh seat of Solan district. He turned rebel after BJP denied ticket to him and gave ticket to sitting Congress MLA Lakhvinder Singh Rana.
In Rampur assembly constituency of Shimla district, BJP candidate Kaul Singh is leading by 2994 votes.