Polling was undisturbed by cases of violence and the atmosphere was peaceful in the hill state. Some constituencies like Doon in Solan recorded 85% polling, while turnout in Nalagarh was 82%. Jubbal-Kotkhai constituency in Shimla district, which was in the news, after the Gudia rape and murder case, also recorded 82% voting.
Some districts like Mandi, Kangra, Sirmaur and Hamirpur which are important for the formation of the government also had a large turnout along with constituencies like Banjar and Manali in Kullu districts.
Contesting the elections for the chief ministerial post, are former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s candidate, from Sujanpur in Hamirpur district and present Congress CM Virbhadra Singh from Rampur.
“The BJP’s target of 50-plus will go to 60-plus. The Congress will not be able to win more than 10 seats,” said the BJP candidate, Prem Kumar Dhumal. The voter turnout demonstrated that people were frustrated with the present corrupt Congress government and mafia raj, he added.
BJP media head Anil Baluni said, "People have given their mandate. The five-year corrupt rule of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is going to end. We will get over 60 seats and the Congress tally will be confined to single digit. It will disappear from the state after results are announced.”
The assembly poll results are to be declared on December 18.