Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes

Traditional rivals - the Congress and the BJP - to lock horns in 68 constituencies as Himachal Pradesh goes to poll today. This time, 337 candidates including 62 legislators are in the poll fray. More than 50 lakh people are expected to cast their votes for the election. Among the heavy weights are Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, eight Chief Parliamentary secretaries, Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, 10 ministers and over a dozen former ministers.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Hamirpur: BJP's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal and BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur cast their votes. "We aimed to get 50 plus seats but now that we are receiving so much support from all sections of the society, we expect it to cross 60," says Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his son Vikramaditya cast their votes at a polling booth in Shimla. CM Singh says the Congress party will be victorious with full majority.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Union Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda casts his vote at a polling booth in Bilaspur.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
As polling in Himachal Pradesh comes to an end, here are visuals from a polling booth in Mandi.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
101-year-old Shyam Saran Negi, first voter of Independent India, casts his vote in Kinnaur, says everyone must work in the nation's interest.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Senior Congress leader Vidya Stokes casts her vote at a polling booth in Shimla's Barubag.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Polling booth in Manali's Baashing village saw a groom casting his vote right before his wedding.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Elections in Himachal Pradesh witness participation of women more than men.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Barfi Devi, an elderly woman, casts her vote at polling booth number 7 in Samirpur. A total of 50,25,941 individuals will vote today in 7,525 polling booths that have been set up in the state.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Senior citizens lead the way in state assembly elections. Seen here is a resident of Shimla's Rampur city after casting her vote.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Visual of voters in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh. The prestige of a father-son and a father-daughter duo is at stake in Mandi Sadar where former Telecom minister Sukh Ram's son Anil Sharma is pitted against state Congress minister Kaul Singh Thakur's daughter Champa Thakur.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling booth in Dharamshala. Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning urged people of Himachal Pradesh to vote in "record numbers".
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Polling station Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district is one of the 136 all women-managed polling stations which have been set up in the state to motivate women's participation in the electoral process.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
A total of 11,500 jawans, 6400 Home guards and 65 companies of paramilitary forces are deployed across the state. Seen here are jawans from a polling booth in Shimla's Rampur.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Here's a visual from a polling booth in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Election staff from polling station number 7 in Dharamshala gear up for the massive state election. Chief Minister Virabhadra Singh, 83, of the Congress and the BJP's PK Dhumal, 73, lock horns again to form government. Results will be announced 40 days later on December 18, along with those for Gujarat, which votes next month.
Himachal Pradesh Elections: CM Aspirants Virbhadra Singh, PK Dhumal Cast Their Votes
Women voters wait to cast their vote at a polling booth in Chamba district.

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