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Will the Congress win in Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls?
The polling process for Himachal Pradesh will begin with the issue of gazette notification on October 16, 2017 as announced by the Chief Election Commissioner, AK Joti.

Elections are part of the democratic set-up of any country. India too is running its government under this set-up and elections are held from time to time in different states after the expiry of five years term.

The two-way system of governments at State and Central level is formed in our country.

The elections to Members of Parliament and Member of Legislative Assemblies are held separately and sometimes jointly depending upon the circumstances.

The next Assembly elections are due in Himachal Pradesh to be held on November 9, 2017, when all the 68 members of the HP legislative assembly will be elected and the leader of the largest party will become the next Chief Minister.  In the event of shortage of the majority, a coalition government could also be formed.

The present term of Legislative Assembly ends on January 7, 2018, and since 2013, the Indian National Congress has been in power with 36 seats.  The lone opposition is the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) with 27 seats. The rest of the seats are divided amongst Himachal Lokhit Party, which had bagged 1 seat, and independent candidates.

In India, any citizen over 18 years of age is allowed to vote provided he or she is a resident of that state. India has a large Tibetan Diaspora that fled from Tibet along with the Dalai Lama. Dharamshala, a city in Himachal Pradesh is the capital of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). The government has allowed Tibetans born in India between 1950 and 1987 to vote in the elections. This, however, does not affect their relationship with the CTA. 

Following is the official schedule of the elections in Himachal Pradesh:

Date of Nominations                                                      16 Oct 2017

Late date for filing nominations                                      23 Oct 2017

Date for scrutiny of nominations                                    24 Oct 2017

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures                        26 Oct 2017

Date f Poll                                                                       9 Nov 2017

Date of counting                                                            18 Dec 2017

Date before which the elections shall be completed        20 Dec 2017 

Frankly speaking, at this stage, it is difficult to say as to which party will form its government. But in case the adjoining state – Punjab's impact could be there, the chances are of a repeat in HP too.  The political leaders are still to open their cards and strategies with allegations and counter-allegations to warm-up the election campaign. The picture is likely to be cleared after the final withdrawal of candidatures on 26 October, 2017 to form an opinion of the formation of the government. Let us see which way the wind blows.

While BJP has named all 68 candidates, Congress has announced 59; there are also 12 news faces by BJP and 3 Congress deserters make it too. 

Over to leaders and voters!

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