Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls: BJP concedes defeat

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With BJP conceding defeat in the Himachal Pradesh elections, Congress is all set to form the government in the State.

“We will have to find out where we were found to be lacking. We were confident because in the last five years there was development. Every household in the state had benefited from our schemes. If an ample number of our candidates could not win, we will analyse and assess the reasons,” BJP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said.

“The voters form the kind of government that they want, and best wishes to the new government,” Dhumal said.

The Congress, which put up a spirited campaign under former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, is all set to return to power in Himachal Pradesh. Singh won from Shimla (Rural) constituency defeating his BJP rival Ishwar Rohal by 19,033 votes.

Singh earlier said that the question of who will lead the government as Chief Minister is a question that is up to the Congress High Command, saying “Who will be the Chief Minister that will be decided by Soniaji.”

The party was leading in 35 seats in the 68-member Assembly. BJP was leading in 23, while ‘Others’ led in four seats having won in one. Congress had won 23 seats and BJP 41 in the 2007 polls.

(With inputs from PTI)

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