Breaking: BJP's CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal TRAILING

New Delhi, Dec 18: BJP's CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing by 1709 votes from Sujanpur. 

 The BJP was set to take power in Himachal Pradesh as its candidates were on the victory lap in 36 of the 68 Assembly elections on Monday.

Trends from counting centres across the hill state showed the Congress was ahead in 21 constituencies while smaller parties and independents had inched ahead of all others in three seats.

The Bharatiya Janata Party needs 35 seats to control the Himachal Assembly.

State BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt told IANS: "We have crossed the half-way mark. This clearly indicates we are going to form the government in the state."