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Record 70% vote share for BJP in Himachal, huge wins

24 May 2019 | 12:26 PM

SHIMLA:With the saffron wave sweeping the hills of Himachal too, the BJP won all the four Lok Sabha seats it had bagged in the 2014 parliamentary polls with colossal margins, polling 70 per cent of the votes — the highest ever by any party.

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Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 23

With the saffron wave sweeping the hills of Himachal too, the BJP won all the four Lok Sabha seats it had bagged in the 2014 parliamentary polls with colossal margins, polling 70 per cent of the votes — the highest ever by any party.

The BJP’s vote share surged from 53.85 per cent in 2014 to almost 70 per cent. Significantly, the Congress trailed in all the 68 Assembly segments in the state with BJP getting a lead of over 29,000 in Arki, the segment represented by Virbhadra Singh, six-time former CM. 

The move of the Congress to field Ashray Sharma, former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s grandson, from Mandi after defection from the BJP only boomeranged as he lost by 4,05,459 lakh votes to sitting MP Ram Swaroop.

The Modi factor tilted the scales so heavily in favour of the BJP that the Congress failed to put up a decent fight even in its citadel of Shimla, where BJP’s Suresh Kash-yap won by 2,78,668 votes. 

The Congress failed to launch an effective campaign with factionalism, weak candidates and resource crunch making the going even tougher for it. 

On the other hand, the BJP was way ahead in every field. The clean image of CM Jai Ram Thakur further bolstered the party’s prospects.

Three-time Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur raised his victory margin from 98,403 votes to 3,99,572. In Kangra, Minister Kishan Kapoor won by 4,77,623 lakh.

Record 70% vote share for BJP in Himachal, huge wins
BJP rides high on unprecedented victory

BJP rides high on unprecedented victory

24 May 2019 | 8:06 AM

SHIMLA: If one thought that the BJP had created history in 2014 elections, one was proved wrong as it is now that real history has been created with the party polling almost 70 per cent of the votes, winning all the four Lok Sabha seats with mammoth margins.

Over 33,000 voters opted for NOTA in Himachal

24 May 2019 | 10:35 AM

SHIMLA: Over 33,000 none of the above (NOTA) votes were polled in Himachal Pradesh, where the ruling BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections winning all four seats in the state.

Unstoppable BJP scores hat-trick in Shimla

Unstoppable BJP scores hat-trick in Shimla

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

Shimla: The BJP scored a hat-trick by winning the Shimla (Reserved) seat third time in a row, defeating the Congress by the margin of 3,27,515 votes.

Kapoor wins by 4.77 lakh votes

Kapoor wins by 4.77 lakh votes

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

DHARAMSALA: Modi wave swept the Kangra constituency, with BJP candidate and Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Kishan Kapoor winning with a record margin of 4,77,623 votes.

Ram Swaroop destroys Sukh Ram’s citadel

Ram Swaroop destroys Sukh Ram’s citadel

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

MANDI: BJP candidate and sitting Mandi MP Ram Swaroop Sharma has devastated the political citadel of Pt Sukh Ram, former Telecom Minister, in the Mandi parliamentary constituency.

Anurag emerges taller with 4th consecutive win

Anurag emerges taller with 4th consecutive win

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

SHIMLA: Having contested the election in the backof his father PK Dhumal’s crushing defeat in the Assembly elections in 2017, three-time sitting MP Anurag Thakur registered an imposing victory which will only consolidate his claim for a bigger role in national politics.

Celebratory mode on as state painted saffron

Celebratory mode on as state painted saffron

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

Shimla: The saffron party burst into celebrations at Oakover, the official residence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, and the BJP headquarters. A large number of supporters assembled at both places.

Voters reject Sukh Ram's politics of opportunism

Voters reject Sukh Ram's politics of opportunism

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

SHIMLA: The results of the Mandi Lok Sabha seat have exploded the myth that former Telecommunication Minister Sukh Ram is still a force to reckon with as the electorate outrightly rejected his family-centric politics of opportunism.

‘Third front’ parties wiped out

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

SHIMLA: The voters once again rejected the ‘third front’ candidates from the CPM, the BSP and 18 independents in what observers termed a "silent unprecedented Modi wave” in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.

Solan plays decisive role for Shimla seat

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

SOLAN: Solan district yet again played a decisive role for the Shimla Lok Sabha seat, where BJP candidate Suresh Kashyap secured the highest lead of 1,23,845 votes to romp home a comfortable winning margin.

Home turf not too impressive

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

NAHAN: Notwithstanding the lowest lead secured by the BJP in the Shimla Lok Sabha seat from Sirmaur district, it is the first time when BJP candidate Suresh Kashyap has been elected as an MP from here.

32,647 press NOTA button

32,647 press NOTA button

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

SHIMLA: None-of-The-Above (NOTA) button continued its lead this year also as 32,647 voters (3.40 per cent), 2.5 per cent up from the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, pressed the button, rejecting all candidates. In 2014, 29,156 (0.9 per cent) voters had pressed the NOTA button.

Chamba gives BJP massive lead

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

CHAMBA: Kangra Lok Sabha BJP candidate Kishan Kapoor got 1,54,730 votes while Pawan Kajal of the Congress secured 44,394 votes in four Assembly constituencies of Chamba district.

Panna pramukh strategy pays off

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

Shimla: An unprecedented Modi wave and excellent booth management through panna pramukhs are behind the BJP’s landslide victory in the hill state, and no citadel of the Congress could withstand the deluge.

It’s historic victory: CM

It’s historic victory: CM

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

Shimla: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today expressed gratitude to the people of the state for giving an unprecedented mandate to the BJP candidates in all four constituencies.

Ex-CM Virbhadra’s charisma fades

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

SHIMLA: The Congress suffered the worst-ever defeat in the Lok Sabha elections with the party failing to get lead even in one of the 68 Assembly segments with its stalwarts like Virbhadra Singh, six-time Chief Minister and star campaigner falling before the unstoppable saffron surge even in its bastions.

Una gives one lakh plus lead to BJP

24 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

UNA: BJP workers in Una district were today upbeat over the party’s clean sweep in Himachal. Party workers began celebrations much before the results were declared.

Modi has won, Congress has lost: Virbhadra Singh

Modi has won, Congress has lost: Virbhadra Singh

23 May 2019 | 4:20 PM

SHIMLA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the parliamentary elections while the Congress has lost, six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Virbhadra Singh said on Thursday.

Himachal Pradesh: BJP set to sweep all four seats

Himachal Pradesh: BJP set to sweep all four seats

24 May 2019 | 7:15 AM

SHIMLA: The ruling BJP is set to make a clean sweep in Himachal Pradesh, as its candidates are leading with over 3.23 lakh votes on each of the four Lok Sabha seats — Mandi, Kangra, Hamirpur and Shimla, a state election officer said.

Security beefed up at counting centres

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

MANDI: District Returning officer-cum- Mandi Deputy Commissioner Rugved Thakur said all arrangements had been made for the counting of votes, which would begin at 8 am.

Govt buildings to be free of tobacco soon

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

SHIMLA: All public institution buildings, including schools and colleges, will be “Tobacco-free” before World No-Tobacco Day on May 31.

Work to remove landslide debris speeded up

Work to remove landslide debris speeded up

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

CHAMBA: The work of removal of debris of the landslide near Mangla on the Chamba-Khajjiar road, has been speeded up to stabilise the hillside, Deputy Commissioner Harikesh Meena said here on Wednesday.

Driving a nightmare on Parwanoo-Solan NH

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

SOLAN: Traffic jams have become the order of the day on the Parwanoo- Solan where excavation of the hill for four-laning the highway was underway near Jabli and Datiyar.

Rift over entry fee at Kangra bus stand

Rift over entry fee at Kangra bus stand

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

KANGRA: Tension prevailed in the Kangra bus stand area today when there was a conflict over paying of the entry fee to the bus stand management between the fee collector and the driver of an HRTC bus.

Fatehpur youth ranks 8th  in Delhi Judicial Services

Fatehpur youth ranks 8th in Delhi Judicial Services

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

NURPUR: Advocate Manuj Kaushal hailing from Reeingh village in Fatehpur subdivision has brought laurels to his area by securing 8th rank in Delhi Judicial Services,2018 for Civil Judge-cum-Metropolitan Magistrate.

Discussion on cancer treatment

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

SHIMLA: The role of bio-molecules in the treatment of cancer was discussed by Prof KS Rangappa, president of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), during a national seminar on “Future India science and technology” here on Wednesday.

Bar owners threaten to surrender licences

Bar owners threaten to surrender licences

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

DHARAMSALA: Owners of bars in Kangra district are threatening to surrender their licences against the licence fee hike by the state government.

Kullu-Keylong bus resumes

Kullu-Keylong bus resumes

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

MANDI: The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) today resumed bus service between Kullu and Keylong via Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul on the Manali-Leh highway.

NHRC notice to Chief Secy, DGP

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh, calling for a detailed report about the death of a class VI student due to alleged delay in providing medical care to him after he was hit on his head by a fellow student in his school.

Minor’s death: Student, two teachers booked

Minor’s death: Student, two teachers booked

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

NURPUR: The police have registered an FIR in connection with the mysterious death of Ketan (11), a Class VI student of Government Senior Secondary School, Charuri, near here, on May 15, after the public outcry.

Travel startup gets global recognition

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

CHAMBA: The ‘NotOnMap, a Chamba-based travel startup, makes it big on travel portal Booking.

Filling station employees robbed

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

NURPUR: Two salesmen of a filling station at Kuthera in Jawali were robbed of Rs 50,000 at gunpoint by unidentified miscreants last evening.

‘Rape’ in moving car: All eyes on forensic lab report

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

SHIMLA: With Congress leaders pointing fingers on the working of the police in the alleged rape of a 19-year-old girl on April 28, all eyes are now on the report of the forensic laboratory, Junga, where the samples have been sent.

Justice Kurian Joseph cautions lawyers against complacency

Justice Kurian Joseph cautions lawyers against complacency

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

SHIMLA: Advocates and judges are equally responsible for dispute resolution and justice delivery.

Rain, snow predicted today

Rain, snow predicted today

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

SHIMLA: The MeT office on Wednesday warned of thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds with speed up to 40 kmph in mid and lower hills from tomorrow.

No admission in colleges after June

No admission in colleges after June

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

SHIMLA: Government degree colleges, Sanskrit colleges and grant-in-aid colleges will have 68-day vacations, besides Sundays and other gazetted holidays while the regular teaching days will be 100 to107 days.

Expecting win, BJP supporters ready for victory marches

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

DHARAMSALA: With the exit polls predicting results in favour of the BJP, party workers were today seen making preparations for victory processions on Thursday.

Ashray’s charges baseless: BJP

Ashray’s charges baseless: BJP

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

MANDI: Ram Singh, state vice president of the BJP, said that the allegations levelled by Congress nominee Ashray Sharma against the state government and the Election Commission were baseless.

Wait over, nominees’ fate to be decided today

Wait over, nominees’ fate to be decided today

23 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

SHIMLA: Preparations have been put in place for the counting of votes tomorrow as upbeat BJP workers are making elaborate plans for celebrations in anticipation of victory while there is complete silence in the Congress camp.

NHRC notice to Himachal chief secy, DGP over student’s death

NHRC notice to Himachal chief secy, DGP over student’s death

22 May 2019 | 7:50 PM

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh, calling for a detailed report on the death of a class 6 student due to alleged delay in providing medical care to him after he was hit on his head by a fellow student in his school.

Exit polls are wrong, say CPM, BSP

22 May 2019 | 7:49 AM

SHIMLA: The CPM, the BSP and independents candidates from the state have termed the exit polls as “highly fraught with error” and “melodramatic”.

Stage set for counting at Nurpur centre

22 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

NURPUR: Preparations have been made for the counting of votes polled in the four Assembly segments of lower Kangra — Nurpur, Indora, Jawali and Fatehpur.

Man dies as truck, tractor collide

22 May 2019 | 7:47 AM

CHAMBA: The driver of a tractor died and his counterpart and conductor of a truck were injured when both vehicles collided with each other and fell into a deep gorge at Chehli on the Chamba-Pathankot national highway today, a police report said here.

HC shifts 14 judicial officers

22 May 2019 | 7:49 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court has transferred 14 Judicial Officers. As per notification, Parveen Chauhan, Additional District and Sessions Judge-II, Solan, posted as Additional District & Sessions Judge-I, Solan.

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