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Himachal Pradesh Elections: Despite BJP's Lead, CM Candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal On Verge Of Defeat

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| December 18 , 2017 , 14:46 IST

Keeping the pattern going of forming a government in alternative terms, BJP is all set to take back the privilege of forming a government in Himachal Pradesh from Congress as per the projections but the party's Chief Minister candidate for the state seems to be in a difficult situation.

Despite BJP leading the state's assembly elections by 42 of 68 seats, Prem Kumar Dhumal, party's CM candidate is currently trailing Congress' Rajender Rana by 3,000 votes in Sujanpur constituency. If Dhumal ends up getting defeated, the party will be forced to name another candidate for CM position.

Given the presence of no prominent face of BJP in the state apart from Dhumal, it would definitely be very difficult for the party scramble for a new name. Unlike the current ruling party in Himachal Pradesh, BJP resorted to declaring the CM candidate before polling for attracting the voters.

As the exit polls predicted, BJP seems to be forming a government in Himachal Pradesh by dethroning Congress so far. The voting for the state took place on November 9 and witnessed a record-breaking voter turnout of over 75 percent.

A total of 377 candidates are contesting elections for the 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh elections. In order to form a government in the state, a party has to bag 35 out of 68 seats. In 2012, Congress had established an outright majority by claiming 36 seats whereas the BJP had to settle for only 26 seats.