Himachal Pradesh poll analysis: Incumbency, rebels cost BJP power
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The BJP had won nine seats in Kangra district in 2007 and the lone BSP MLA had joined it.
In Shimla district too, Congress did exceedingly well, winning six out of eight seats while in Mandi both the BJP and Congress shared five seats each and BJP conceded two seats to Congress.
The BJP made deep inroads in Sirmaur and Chamba districts winning three out of five seats in each district against only one seat in Sirmaur. The Congress wrested the Shillai seat in Sirmaur from Congress while the BJP won for the first time from Nahan.
The Congress lost the Shillai seat only once in 1990 since 1957 and former minister Guman Singh of Congress created a sort of record by winning the seat seven times in row.
The BJP suffered set back in Kullu where it had won all three seats last time and had to content with won seat only in spite of the district getting additional seat of Manali in delimitation.
In Hamirpur, the home district of Chief Minister P K Dhumal, the party won three out of five seats against four in present Assembly and five in 1998. Dhumal won by a reduced margin of about 20,000 votes from Hamirpur while the BJP rebel Rajinder Singh Rana, relegated the official party candidate to third position winning the adjoining Sujanpur seat by over 14,000 votes.
The Congress and the BJP, who had won the Nalagarh and Renuka seats respectively in the by-elections held one year ago, lost the seats this time.
The BJP which won all five seats in Solan district last time, lost the Solan (SC) and Doon seats and won the Kasauli (SC) seat by wafer thin margin of 24 votes.
The "mission repeat" of BJP was thwarted by the people who did succumb to aggressive campaign of BJP making corruption as main issue against Virbhadra Singh and harping of price rise and development.