After testing of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) through mock voting, polling for the Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly started at 8 am on Saturday.
As per reports, 5.02% voter turnout was recorded till 9 AM.
Coming back to power in Himachal Pradesh is a question of survival for the Congress, whose popularity is on the decline.
Will the hill state continue its four-decade pattern of voting out the incumbent government, or will it grant the BJP one more term is a big question, that will be answered through this polling.
The fate of 412 candidates, including Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and the son of former CM Virbhadhra Singh, Vikramaditya Singh, will be decided by more than 55 lakh voters who will cast their votes today in 68 constituencies throughout the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spearheaded the campaign for the ruling BJP, which is expecting to retain power on the strength of its development plan. The PM concluded his campaign with a personal appeal to the state’s voters, saying every vote cast for the BJP’s “lotus” emblem will increase his strength. For Congress, which has been losing voters’ support during the last two elections, it is a matter of survival.