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18 Dec 2017

#IndiaDecidesOn18th: Counting starts at 8 AM for Gujarat, HP elections

Counting underway for Gujarat, Himachal elections

Counting has started at 8 am today for the critical Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, both key tests for BJP and Congress.

Single-phased polling in Himachal on November 9 saw an unusually high voter turnout of 74%; meanwhile, in Gujarat, the two-phased polling led to an average turnout of 68.35%, lower than 2012.

Exit polls have predicted a BJP win in both states.

In context

Counting underway for Gujarat, Himachal elections
Himachal likely to return BJP in accordance with trends

Himachal

Himachal likely to return BJP in accordance with trends

In Himachal, exit polls reveal a massive win for BJP with about 50 seats; the halfway mark in the 68-seat Himachal Assembly is 35.

It's not surprising considering the state has returned alternate governments since years.

According to Today's Chanakya, BJP is a clear winner vote-share wise too: 51% have voted for BJP, a paltry 38% for Congress and 11% for others.

Gujarat

In Gujarat, Congress might be reduced to below 50

Exit polls for Gujarat predicted a clear win for the BJP with about 110 seats, just five short of the 115 it won in 2012.

This will be way above the 92-seat majority mark in the 182-member assembly.

Chanakya, which got the 2014 prediction right, says Congress will be reduced to just 47!

However, predictions for BJP are less than its targeted 150.

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