The main contest is between ruling BJP and Congress which have put candidates in all the seats. Led by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, incumbent BJP is hoping to script history in Himachal Pradesh by going the Punjab way, where the Akali Dal-BJP combine returned to power. The state has never repeated a government since 1977.
Congress leader and five-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh cast his ballot at his native place in Rampur town, some 120km from here, while the chief minister exercised his franchise in Hamirpur.
Image: Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Virbhadra Singh casts his vote for the State Assembly elections in Rampur on Sunday.