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Verdict Day: All eyes on Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh today

18 December 2017

People in the hill state have been alternating between the Congress and the BJP in Assembly elections every five years. Party leaders from both the BJP and Congress are hoping to win the public mandate in the hotly contested battle. So the elections are also being seen as a test of popularity for PM Narendra Modi who extensively campaigned during the polls.

The Gujarat results will influence the BJP's strategy in the southern state, which, in the assembly elections, has a record of electing a party that is in opposition to the one in.

On the other hand in Himchal Pradesh, it is the BJP which is questioning the Congress claims for development, and is pretty hopeful anti-incumbency factor to go in its favour. In Himachal Pradesh, BJP will win 41 seats, the ruling Congress will be reduced to 25 seats, the survey predicted.

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The voter turnout in the first phase of the polls was 68 per cent.

Counting of votes in the recently concluded Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections will begin on Monday.

As per the data available from the seven exit polls, three indicated that BJP was likely to get fewer seats than in 2012, when it had won 115.

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In Gujarat, counting of votes will be held at 37 centres across the state's 33 districts amid tight security.

In Surat, the wi-fi service at a college was suspended after the Congress candidate from Kamrej Assembly seat complained of possible hacking and tampering with the EVMs, used in the recently held Assembly polls, kept on its campus.

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Verdict Day: All eyes on Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh today