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Congress to rule Himachal Pradesh

Posted on Dec 20, 02:11PM | IBNS

Congress is all set to rule Himachal Pradesh for the next five years wresting the state from the BJP after it almost swept the assembly polls under the leadership of leader Virbhadra Singh as counting was nearing completion for the Himalyan province on Thursday.

Of the 57 declared seats among the total 68 in the state, Cong has clinched almost 36 with 30 seats already declared in its favour.

BJP is set to win 26 seats with 22 declared in its favour. Other parties got 6 seats.

BJP has already conceded defeat in Himachal Pradesh.

"We accept the verdict that people did not vote for us," said senior BJP leader and a former chief minister Shanta Kumar.

Polling was held on Nov 4 in Himachal Pradesh.

Congress leader Virbhadra Singh was a big favourite to win for the party the polls even as BJP chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal earlier had asserted that he will come back for the second term.