New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been elected to power in Himachal Pradesh, wresting control from the Congress party. BJP won 41 of the 68 seats in the state assembly, where it previously held only 16, according to the Election Commission’s website.
The Congress lost 20 of the seats it won in 2003, winning only 23 this time around.
The scenic and relatively prosperous Himalayan state is not especially significant in the national picture, it being home to a mere 6 million of India’s billion-plus population. Power has alternated between the two rival parties in the state over the past two decades.
Friday’s victory will further boost BJP’s morale, coming five days after it comfortably won a third term in Gujarat.
“Immediately after the victory in Gujarat I said the BJP is on a comeback trail,” L.K. Advani, BJP leader, said. “Today’s results from Himachal Pradesh have shown that the trail has progressed further. It will reach its ultimate destination whenever the next parliamentary elections are held.”