BJP accepts defeat in Himachal Pradesh

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar and outgoing Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday accepted their party's defeat in Himachal Pradesh assembly polls.

Congress looked set to form the government in Himachal Pradesh. As per the latest trends, the Congress is leading in 37 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead in 25 seats.

"BJP has lost in Himachal Pradesh polls. In democracy people decide and we accept our defeat in the state," said Kumar, who is also a Member of Parliament from the state.

BJP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal accepted defeat of his party in polls gracefully and congratulated the Congress leaders for their victory.

"We analyse the reasons for our defeat despite taking development to each and every house of the state. At the same time I would like to congratulate Virbhadra Singh for winning the elections," Dhumal said.

Votes are being counted at 39 centres under heavy security. The Congress and the BJP are contesting on all 68 seats.

The BJP won 41 seats in the last assembly polls. The Congress bagged 23 seats and the BSP got one seat.

The results of the Himachal assembly polls are crucial for the future of Virbhadra Singh, who has been the chief minister of the state for five times.

Singh said on Thursday that he was confident of his party's win and exuded confidence to form the next government.

"I never had any doubt about the result and I knew that we will form the government. We need to understand the whole procedure of counting. First the postal ballots are counted and then the actual votes from the state are counted. And as the counting progresses, we see that the Congress is leading," said Singh.

78-year-old Virbhadra Singh, who had to resign from the Union Cabinet over allegations of corruption, was appointed the Congress Party's chief in the state just days before the polling. (ANI)

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