Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Election 2022 Highlights, November 12, 2022: Himachal people want to give BJP another chance, says Nadda; BJP subverting independence of Election Commission, claims Mehbooba Mufti; poll body prohibits exit, opinion polls for Himachal, Gujarat elections.

Himachal Election 2022 Live Voting Updates: Voters holding their identification cards wait in a queue to cast their votes for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, at a polling station in Paonta Sahib, in Sirmaur district, November 12, 2022. (PTI)

Himachal Pradesh Election 2022, Voting in Himachal Pradesh Highlights: Over 74 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Himachal Pradesh which went to polls on Saturday, according to latest figures. As per the ‘approximate trend’ available on Sunday morning, 74.05 of the total electorate of Himachal Pradesh had cast their vote. In 2017, the turnout was recorded at 75.6 per cent. The hill state has an electorate of over 55 lakh.

The voting commenced on a tardy note and gradually picked up pace. Himachal Pradesh, where the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress are locked in an aggressive direct fight, recorded only five per cent voter turnout in the first hour. Till 1 pm, 37.19 per cent polling was recorded. The highest polling of 41.89 per cent was recorded in Sirmour district, followed by 41.17 percent in Mandi, the home district of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur. The high altitude district of Lahaul and Spiti recorded the lowest of 21.95 per cent while Chamba saw 28.35 per cent voting till 1 pm.

Meanwhile, election strategy has gained strength in Gujarat, which goes to polls on December 1 and 5. Unveiling its manifesto for Gujarat polls on Saturday, the Congress said it will not only ‘apply brakes’ on the rampant privatisation of healthcare and education sectors in the state, but will also restore the original name of Narendra Modi stadium at Motera and intervene in the changes being made to Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

Source: Indian Express