Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh), November 12: In the world's highest voting station, Tashigang in Lahaul and Spiti, approximately 98.08 percent of eligible voters turned out to vote on Saturday.
In Himachal Pradesh, 51 of the 52 registered voters cast ballots to elect a new state government. The polling station in Tashigang, located at a height of 15,256 feet, was designated as a Model Polling Station to make voting easier for senior citizens and disabled voters.
Voting for the new Himachal Pradesh government began at 8 a.m. on Saturday, amid tight security.
A total of 55,92,828 electors who can cast their votes today will decide the fate of 412 candidates who are in the fray.
The state has 27,37,845 female electoral votes, 28,54,945 male electoral votes, and 38 third-gender electors. This time, 24 women candidates from various parties are running.
The high-voltage campaigning for the state polls concluded on November 10, with the key players, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and Chattisgahr Chief Minister Bhupaesh, among others, deploying their heavyweights to campaign for their respective party candidates.
The fight is in between the ruling BJP in the state which is looking to retain power ditching the trend of the alternate party coming to power every five years since 1982, and Congress which is banking on its '10 guarantees' that the party listed out in its manifesto to take them home. Aam Aadmi Party is in line looking to leave a mark in the state and thus contesting on all the 68 seats alone. The challenge for the ruling BJP will be to buck anti-incumbency and change the trend of the alternate government.
Besides these three parties, parties like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Rashtriya Devbhumi Party (RDP) are in the fray.
According to Election Commission, a total of 7,881 polling stations have been set up for today's polls. The Kangra district has a maximum of 1,625 polling stations while the Lahaul-Spiti district has the lowest 92. There are 7,235 polling stations in rural and 646 polling stations in urban areas. Besides, three auxiliary polling stations have also been set up at Sidhbari (Dharamshala), Bara Bhangal (Baijnath) and Dhillon (Kasauli).