2012 Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election

The Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2012 was held in Himachal Pradesh, India in 2012 after the five-year term of the incumbent state legislature and government expired following the assembly elections of 2007. The election chose 68 MLAs to the Vidhan Sabha. The Indian National Congress won a majority of seats as well as the popular vote, and Virbhadra Singh was reappointed as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh for his fourth term.

State assembly elections in India

2012 Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly election

 2007 4 November 2012 2017 

All 68 assembly constituencies
35 seats needed for a majority

Turnout 73.51%
  Majority party Minority party
Leader Virbhadra Singh Prem Kumar Dhumal
Leader since 2007
Leader’s seat Shimla Rural Hamirpur
Seats before 23 42
Seats won 36 26
Seat change 13 16
Popular vote 1,447,319 1,300,756
Percentage 42.81% 38.47%

Chief Minister before election

Prem Kumar Dhumal

Elected Chief Minister

Virbhadra Singh

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Himachal Pradesh leads various socio-economic parameters amongst Indian states. Himachal Pradesh has a low female fertility rate (1.9 children per woman) due to which the population of the state is likely to decline in the coming decades. Almost 90% of Himachal Pradesh is well equipped with electricity. The state has a high sex ratio of 999 females per thousand males. It ranks fifth in the literacy rate which is 83.78%, higher than the national rate. It ranks fourth in life expectancy at 67 years,[1] higher than the national rate of 65.4 years.[2]

The legislative assembly has 68 seats, 42 of which were won by the BJP in the previous election.[3]

Elections took place in HP on 4 November, and results were declared on 20 December.

The BJP attempted to seek another term for CM Prem Kumar Dhumal led the campaign. The Congress suffered a massive setback after its star campaigner in HP, ex-minister Virbhadra Singh, was indicted for corruption and scams and was forced to be dismissed from the Union cabinet.

The BJP president Satish Chandra announced that the next assembly polls would be fought under Manish’s command and claimed charges of corruption against the state government are baseless and politically motivated. BJP general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP from HP, J. P. Nadda, and co-in-charge of the party affairs in HP, Shyam Jaju, have said, “All is well with the Dhumal government and the charges of corruption leveled against the government have no substance and are found to be baseless”. The HP state government’s performance had been rated very high compared to several other states and Dhumal enjoyed a high approval rating as well as is much admired by the people of the state for having delivered good governance and inclusive growth.

Senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP from HP, Shanta Kumar, considered to be a critic of Dhumal, had indicated that he would continue to work for the party with dedication always, and would campaign for the victory of the party in the coming assembly polls. He has gone on record to mention that no BJP leader has any role in controversial land deals and that there is no proof of corruption by any government functionary.[4]

Some BJP dissidents who were dissatisfied with Dhumal’s functioning and the nonchalance of the BJP high command to their request to enquire into Dhumal’s corruption, or were finding themselves squeezed out of power had formed the Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) party.[5] However, senior BJP leaders had strongly mentioned that HLP dissidents had no “genuine grouse” and left the party for “extraneous” personal reasons. They said that the rebels have been leveling allegations of corruption against the state government with no substantive evidence. BJP leaders have expressed concern about the feelings of all those who are in the party and are working to remove their misgivings. BJP had started “Mission Repeat 2012” in which they got sufficient information about the functioning of the party and the government and found that the people were generally happy and satisfied.[6] Himachal Pradesh 2016 panchayat and Zilla Parishad election results are to be announced on 7 January 2016 for 10 districts of the state for the ward members election and for president election( electing the president for the ward members).[7]

Name Reserved for
District Electors
Lok Sabha
1 Churah SC Chamba 59,909 Kangra
2 Bharmour ST Chamba 62,584 Mandi
3 Chamba None Chamba 66,983 Kangra
4 Dalhousie None Chamba 58,803 Kangra
5 Bhattiyat None Chamba 63,719 Kangra
6 Nurpur None Kangra 73,605 Kangra
7 Indora SC Kangra 73,046 Kangra
8 Fatehpur None Kangra 71,362 Kangra
9 Jawali None Kangra 80,230 Kangra
10 Dehra None Kangra 69,138 Hamirpur
11 Jaswan-Pragpur None Kangra 66,693 Hamirpur
12 Jawalamukhi None Kangra 63,906 Kangra
13 Jaisinghpur SC Kangra 71,973 Himachal
14 Sullah None Kangra 87,091 Kangra
15 Nagrota None Kangra 73,578 Kangra
16 Kangra None Kangra 66,763 Kangra
17 Shahpur None Kangra 71,430 Kangra
18 Dharamshala None Kangra 62,727 Kangra
19 Palampur None Kangra 62,593 Kangra
20 Baijnath SC Kangra 73,168 Kangra
21 Lahaul and Spiti ST Lahaul and Spiti 22,077 Mandi
22 Manali None Kullu 59,876 Mandi
23 Kullu None Kullu 72,473 Mandi
24 Banjar None Kullu 60,076 Mandi
25 Anni SC Kullu 70,338 Mandi
26 Karsog SC Mandi 60,000 Mandi
27 Sundernagar None Mandi 66,482 Mandi
28 Nachan SC Mandi 69,782 Mandi
29 Seraj None Mandi 67,549 Mandi
30 Darang None Mandi 71,977 Mandi
31 Jogindernagar None Mandi 83,449 Mandi
32 Dharampur None Mandi 67,430 Mandi
33 Mandi None Mandi 63,727 Mandi
34 Balh SC Mandi 64,741 Mandi
35 Sarkaghat None Mandi 75,777 Mandi
36 Bhoranj SC Hamirpur 70,601 Hamirpur
37 Sujanpur None Hamirpur 64,208 Hamirpur
38 Hamirpur None Hamirpur 65,202 Hamirpur
39 Barsar None Hamirpur 74,950 Hamirpur
40 Nadaun None Hamirpur 79,759 Hamirpur
41 Chintpurni SC Una 70,998 Hamirpur
42 Gagret None Una 68,803 Hamirpur
43 Haroli None Una 70,192 Hamirpur
44 Una None Una 69,527 Hamirpur
45 Kutlehar None Una 71,008 Hamirpur
46 Jhanduta SC Bilaspur 65,435 Hamirpur
47 Ghumarwin None Bilaspur 73,614 Hamirpur
48 Bilaspur None Bilaspur 70,587 Hamirpur
49 Sri Naina Deviji None Bilaspur 60,521 Hamirpur
50 Arki None Solan 75,692 Shimla
51 Nalagarh None Solan 73,888 Shimla
52 Doon None Solan 52,466 Shimla
53 Solan SC Solan 70,764 Shimla
54 Kasauli SC Solan 56,296 Shimla
55 Pachhad SC Sirmour 61,605 Shimla
56 Nahan None Sirmour 65,821 Shimla
57 Sri Renukaji SC Sirmour 57,058 Shimla
58 Paonta Sahib None Sirmour 63,743 Shimla
59 Shillai None Sirmour 56,307 Shimla
60 Chopal None Shimla 64,056 Shimla
61 Theog None Shimla 72,997 Shimla
62 Kasumpti None Shimla 56,991 Shimla
63 Shimla None Shimla 48,263 Shimla
64 Shimla Rural None Shimla 66,858 Shimla
65 Jubbal-Kotkhai None Shimla 61,657 Shimla
66 Rampur SC Shimla 65,088 Shimla
67 Rohru SC Shimla 63,603 Shimla
68 Kinnaur ST Kinnaur 50,076 Mandi

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