According to the Election Commission, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Jai Ram Thakur leads Congress candidate Chet Ram in the Seraj assembly constituency by over 22,000 votes.

The 57-year-old Thakur wants to end the state's custom of having "alternate administrations" and remain chief minister.

In the past nearly forty years, Himachal Pradesh has not elected an incumbent government back to office.

The Mandi parliamentary seat, which Pratibha Singh, the state Congress leader, represents, includes the Seraj constituency. In a by-election, she won.

From Seraj, formerly known as the Chachiot seat, Thakur has previously won five elections in 1998, 2003, 2007, 2012, and 2017. For the past 25 years, the BJP has ruled the district.

Thakur defeated Ram in the 2017 assembly elections by a margin of more than 11,000 votes.

Mahender Singh (CPI-M), Gita Nand (AAP), Indra Devi (BSP), and Narender Kumar are the other four contenders (Independent).

The 68-member assembly's vote counting started at 8 am, and the election results will also show whether the BJP's

Whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aggressive, individualised push to counteract the.