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Himachal results: As counting nears, BJP, Congress both claim victory

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who returned to Shimla after 18 days, dismissed the exit poll results

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Virbhadra Singh
Virbhadra Singh, the incumbent CM of Himachal Pradesh.

With less than 36 hours to go before the counting of votes begins in the Assembly polls, both ruling and opposition are claiming victory.

While the dismissed the exit poll results, which predicted a victory, the saffron party expressed confidence that their performance would better projections.

Virbhadra Singh, who returned to Shimla after 18 days, dismissed the exit poll results, saying he could well read the mood of the people of the state and the actual would be opposite to the exit poll projections.

"I am confident that 'mission repeat' would be achieved and tall claims made by the would be proved wrong," he told reporters.

Singh said he visited every nook and corner of the state during the campaign and has no doubt the was in a strong position.

"The Congress would certainly for the "

On the other hand, former and senior BJP leader Dhumal was highly optimistic and said the would be same as projected in the exit polls.

Talking to reporters at his Samirpur residence, Dhumal said the was upset with the exit polls and was making vague statements. "In fact, the BJP would win more seats than projected in exit-polls," he said.

Dhumal was declared the chief ministerial face of the BJP towards the end of the campaign.

First Published: Mon, December 18 2017. 02:36 IST