Tight Fight: With Only 0.9% More Votes than BJP, Did Congress Just Have A ‘Narrow’ Escape in Himachal?

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Last Update: December 08, 2022, 23:28 IST

In eight seats, the Congress won over the BJP with a narrow margin of less than 2,500 votes.  Representative photo/AP

In eight seats, the Congress won over the BJP with a narrow margin of less than 2,500 votes. Representative photo/AP

While Congress got around 18.52 lakh votes, BJP got 18.14 lakh votes.

Bharatiya Janata Party got only 37,974 less votes than Congress Himachal Pradesh, which translated to a mere 0.9% vote margin. But this left it 15 seats behind the Congress, which came to power with 40 seats in a house of 68 MLAs.

This is one of the narrowest differences in vote share between the top two parties in a state election, which has translated into such a huge gulf of seats – the BJP has captured only 25 seats against the Congress’ 40. While Congress got around 18.52 lakh votes, BJP got 18.14 lakh votes.

Aam Aadmi Party won 1.1% votes, i.e. 46,270.

In eight seats, the Congress won over the BJP with a narrow margin of less than 2,500 votes.

INC’s Suresh Kumar won the Bhoranj seat by just 60 votes, while the party’s candidate Vinay Kumar won the Sree Renukaji seat by a margin of 860 votes. Rajinder Singh won Sujanpur by a mere 399 seats, while Nand Lal won the Rampur seat by 567 seats. Harshvardhan Chauhan won the Shillai seat by a margin of 382 votes while Ravi Thakur won the Lahaul and Spiti seat by a margin of 1,616 votes. Ajay Solanki won from Nahan seat by 1,639 votes, while Malender Rajan won from Indora seat by 2,250 votes.

The BJP won a few seats in 276 votes (Bilaspur), Darrang (618 votes) and Sarkaghat with very small margins of 1,807 votes.

Incumbent Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur cited the small margin of victory, saying that his party put up a good fight and the vote margin was just 0.9%.

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