HIMACHAL PRADESH: The BJP is on course to form the next government in Himachal Pradesh, with 44 seats from 68 seats, and Congress having with 21 seats and 3 from others. The saffron party, however, suffered a loss as its CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost in his Sujanpur constituency. The party now faces the challenge to find a replacement for Dhumal. It’s a symbol of people’s confidence in Congress. Thankful that they made me victorious. We have never stepped back from serving people in Sujanpur and we will always serve them, says Rajender  Rana, Congress candidate who won in Sujanpur against BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal.

The BJP’s CM nominee and two-time chief minister of the hill state Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost the elections from Sujanpur to his once protégé Rajendra Rana.

The bigger thing is BJP’s victory, personal loss is not an issue, says Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s CM nominee and two-time chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. In a statement to the media, he said: Personal loss is not of much importance. The gain that victory has brought to state BJP is important. Thankful to people of the state for voting for BJP. In politics, sometimes one wins, sometimes one loses. I was not expecting to lose, I will do an analysis.

The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me, tweets Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Also he thanked the party workers for their tireless efforts. Taking to twitter, he said, “My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage.”

Today is a great day for BJP. We want to thank the public of Gujarat and Himachal, says Amit Shah while addressing a presser at BJP headquarters. This is a victory of development over dynasty politics and polarisation: BJP President Amit Shah after winning elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh’s most famous leader and longest-serving chief minister (four-time) Virbhadra Singh couldn’t take the Congress party to victory in the state, but he and his son Vikramaditya Singh – a first time candidate – won the elections with definite margins. Former Himachal Pradesh CM’s son Vikramaditya Singh, who secured 28,275 votes, won the high-profile Shimla Rural seat by a margin of just 4,880 votes from his nearest rival Dr Pramod Sharma, who got 23,395 votes. The third candidate, an independent, MD Sharma, could get just 668 votes. Though both the top candidates were first-timers fighting on party tickets, the contest between them was considered very close.

Former Himachal Pradesh University professor Dr Pramod Sharma, a one-time Virbhadra Singh loyalist who contested on the BJP ticket this time, was considered a strong candidate by many, though he was not fully successful in breaking into Virbhadra’s extremely strong vote bank in the latter’s former constituency. The prestigious constituency was earlier held by Virbhadra Singh, who this time fought from the Arki constituency. The CM had earlier claimed he wanted to contest from a seat the party had not won before. Virbhadra Singh got 34,499 votes from Arki constituency against his nearest rival from the BJP, Ratan Pal Singh, who got 28,448 votes.

prem-kumar-dhoomalvirbhadra_350_110917035440_121817045532Outgoing Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh admits defeat, says Congress has suffered a great loss at the hands of the BJP