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Narendra Modi set to win, counting of votes in Gujarat, HP today

New Delhi, Dec 20 ():Seeking a third straight term in office, Narendra Modi is set to win the 2012 Gujarat assembly elections that observed a remarkable 71.32% voter turnout. Counting of votes will be held on Thursday for all the 182 constituencies across the State.

Counting is expected to commence at 8:00 am in the morning at three places in Gujarat where 44,579 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been placed under tight vigil in separate rooms. It was a three-sided clash for Narendra Modi with rebel BJP leader Keshubhai Patel launching his own political group Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) and the arch rival Congress organizing unrelenting aggressive campaign against the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The BJP seems to be in a stronger position appearing more positive than the Congress with exit polls forecasting another tremendous victory for the BJP in Gujarat. As far as Himachal Pradesh poll is concerned, surveys have predicted an edge for the Congress keeping the BJP not very far away in achieving the goal.

The Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, which took place on Nov 4, is also known to be very crucial for the five-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh. Just few days before the polling, Virbhadra who was appointed as the state party congress chief  had to step down from the cabinet after he was charged with corruption allegations by the BJP on the alleged irregularities relating to steel ministry as well as his IT returns.

The Congress who failed to field an effective leader in Gujarat is probably sitting on the front seat in HP, as it appears to have done better in Himachal Pradesh rather than Gujarat. A victory in Himachal Pradesh is likely to help the Congress recover its lost pride.  The BJP on the other hand is expecting a definite victory both in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on Thursday boosting the party’s self-esteem in the country.