The verdict also put aside all forecasts by pollsters of a hung house . The Congress is well past the half way mark and has won 36 seats .
The BJP managed to win 26 seats and Independants 5 seats . The HLP which broke away from the BJP last year won only one seat .
The Congress victory is being largely attributed to five time former chief minister Virbhadra Singh who was made PCC chief only six weeks before the elections.
Singh , 78, not only enthused the party but also toured the entire hill state extensively to take on arch rival the BJP .
While Virbhadra won from the Shimla rural seat by a huge margin of exactly 20,000 votes .
Reacting to the Congress win Virbhadra said , “The people of the state were fed up with the non-performance of the BJP government in the state.”
Another Congress veteran Vidya Stokes won for the eight time . The 85 year old Stokes won from Theog in a bitterly fought triangular contest .
A former Congress chief and minister Kaul Singh has won from Darang by 2232 votes .
Outgoing chief minister P.K.Dhumal has won his seat from Hamirpur by a margin of 9302 votes . Four out of ten ministers in the Dhumal government lost their seats.
Prominent BJP losers are horticulture minister Narinder Bragta , food minister Ramesh Dhawala , industries minister Kishan Kapoor and forest minister and ex-BJP president Khimi Ram .
Prominent Congress losers include ex ministers Ram Lal Thakur , Gangu Ram Musafir , Vijay Singh Mankotia . Rangila Ram Rao and Former MLAs Kuldeep Singh Pathania, Harshwardhan Chauhan and Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu .
Mohan Lal Brakta of the Congress won from Rohru (SC) with the biggest margin in the state by 28415 votes .
Rajiv Saizal of the BJP won by only 24 votes in from Kasauli (SC) seat .
Voting took place on Nov 4 and counting took place after 46 days .