The BJP which romped to power in Himachal Pradesh by trouncing the Congress saw a jump of about 10 per cent in its vote share as compared to the the last Assembly polls in the state in 2012.
On the other hand, the Congress despite polling just one per cent votes less than what it got in 2012, was sent out of power this time.
The BJP bagged 48.8 per cent of the total votes, securing 18,46,432 votes to return to power after winning 44 seats, against the 38.47 per cent votes it had polled in 2012 when it won only 26 seats by polling 13,00,756 votes in its favour.
The Congress won 21 seats in the 68-member Assembly after polling 15,77,450 votes, which is 41.7 per cent of total votes cast this time.
The Congress had in 2012 polled 14,47,319 votes, which was 42.81 per cent of total votes cast, to secure power from the BJP in the last Assembly polls.
Meanwhile, many other top leaders in the state lost their seats by very narrow margins this time around.
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