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Assembly Election Results HIGHLIGHTS | Four-one for BJP, including prize state UP; AAP sweeps Punjab

The BJP is all set to retain power in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur while the AAP secured a landslide victory in Punjab.

Published: 09th March 2022 09:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th March 2022 02:12 AM   |  A+A-

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath (L) and AAP's Punjab CM face Bhagwant Mann.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath (L) and AAP's Punjab CM face Bhagwant Mann. (Photo | Agencies)

By Online Desk

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to retain power in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) secured a landslide victory in Punjab.

The AAP is the first regional party which will form a government in another state apart from New Delhi.

According to the Election Commission's counting update at 8 p.m., the ruling party BJP has won 171 seats in Uttar Pradesh and is leading in 82 Assembly constituencies, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) has won 63 seats and is leading in 50 constituencies.

In Uttarakhand, the BJP has won 40 seats and is leading in seven others, while the Congress has managed only 16 seats and is leading in three constituencies.

In Goa, the ruling BJP is short of the majority mark by just one seat as it bagged 20 seats in the 40-member Assembly.

The Congress has been confined to 11 seats, AAP won two seats, Goa Forward Party one, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party two, Revolutionary Goans Party won one, while three seats were won by Independent candidates.

In the 60-member Manipur Assembly, the ruling BJP retained power by winning 32 seats, while the Congress could bag only five seats.

The action as it happens in our Live Coverage:

08:53 Mar 10

Battle 2022: BJP rewrites history in Uttar Pradesh, AAP sweeps Punjab

01:34 Mar 11

Goa CM Pramod Sawant speaks to PM Narendra Modi after BJP's victory

Goa CM Pramod Sawant evening spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone after the BJP won half the seats in the Goa Assembly elections and was poised to form the next government comfortably.

01:29 Mar 11

Aparna Yadav meets Yogi Adityanath, congratulates him over BJP victory

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, who had recently joined the BJP, met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Thursday with her daughter and congratulated him over the party's victory.

01:22 Mar 11

UP polls: BJP wins all 8 seats in Lakhimpur Kheri

Notwithstanding the political heat generated over the Tikunia violence which had left four farmers among eight people dead ahead of assembly polls, the BJP made a clean sweep by winning all eight seats in Lakhimpur Kheri.

01:20 Mar 11

BJP in Telangana would take inspiration from party's win in 4 states: Bandi Sanjay Kumar

The BJP in Telangana would take inspiration from the party's victories in Uttar Pradesh and other states and strive to win the assembly poll next year in the southern state, the party's state unit chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar said on Thursday.

01:09 Mar 11

We will win one day: Aaditya Thackeray on Shiv Sena's poor poll show

Maharashtra Minister and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday said results of the just held assembly polls, where the BJP emerged victorious in four of the five states that voted, will not impact the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state.

01:06 Mar 11

Uttarakhand polls: Congress turncoats do well, daughters of 2 former CMs avenge defeat of their fathers

Former Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay and former pradesh mahila Congress president Sarita Arya won their respective seats of Tehri and Nainital. (READ MORE)

01:00 Mar 11

Respect public opinion: RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary on UP poll results

Rashtriya Lok Dal president Jayant Chuadhary on Thursday said he respected the public opinion after his alliance with the Samajwadi Party lost the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

12:58 Mar 11

Congress gets fouth position in Manipur with 5 seats, one less than JDU

The Congress which had emerged as the single largest party in the 2017 assembly election in Manipur with 28 seats produced one of its worst performances this time winning only five constituencies that relegated it to the fourth position, as per the Election Commission data.

12:57 Mar 11

Nearly 8 lakh voters in five states went for NOTA option

Nearly eight lakh voters, who exercised their franchise in the five states which went to assembly polls, used the 'none of the above' or NOTA option, according to data available on the Election Commission website.

12:54 Mar 11

Nitish congratulates BJP for performance in assembly polls, partymen in Bihar on cloud nine

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday congratulated the BJP, his ally for nearly three decades, over its stellar performance in assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.

12:48 Mar 11

Assembly poll results: Two current, five former CMs and three Deputy CMs bite dust

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and his Uttarakhand counterpart Pushkar Singh Dhami lost the polls from the seats they held respectively. (READ MORE)

12:45 Mar 11

Punjab polls: AAP MLA Aman Arora records highest margin, AAP's Raman Arora wins by lowest margin

Aam Aadmi Party's sitting MLA from Sunam, Aman Arora recorded the highest victory margin in the Punjab Assembly polls by defeating Congress nominee Jaswinder Dhiman. Arora won by a margin of 75,277 votes.

12:40 Mar 11

Poll results not as expected, but we accept people's mandate: Chhattisgarh CM

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday said the results of assembly polls in five states were not as per the expectations, but added that he accepts people's mandate.

12:37 Mar 11

Punjab polls: Among 13 winning women candidates, 11 belong to AAP

Thirteen of the 93 women who contested the Punjab polls tasted victory and 11 of them belong to the Aam Aadmi Party, which registered a landslide win bagging 92 of the 117 assembly seats. Most of the AAP women candidates who won are greenhorns.

12:36 Mar 11

AAP emerges as alternative in national politics with its Punjab victory

Buoyed by its performance in Punjab assembly polls, AAP is now aiming to expand its base in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. (READ MORE)

12:31 Mar 11

Poll results not unexpected, party fought with defeated mindset: Prithviraj Chavan

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, who was part of the 'Group of 23' which had demanded reforms in the Congress organization, on Thursday said the election results in five states were "frustrating but not unexpected".

12:28 Mar 11

Congress will be 'wiped out' from India shortly: BS Yediyurappa

Senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa on Thursday said after its rout in the assembly elections to five states, the Congress party will be wiped out of the country shortly.

12:20 Mar 11

After 3 decades of influencing UP politics, BSP relegated to margins

After being an influential player in the politics of Uttar Pradesh for three decades, the Mayawati-led BSP has been relegated to the margins with the party set to witness its poorest performance ever in the state Assembly polls.

12:18 Mar 11

Congress relegated to margins in UP: Its seat tally down to 2 from 7, vote share to 2.35% from 6.25%

While Congress' seats tally came down to two from seven in 2017, its vote share declined to 2.35 per cent from 6.25 per cent. (READ MORE)

12:14 Mar 11

All 5 BJP MLAs retain seat in Ghaziabad, SK Sharma sets 2.14 lakh win margin record

All five BJP MLAs, including minister Atul Garg, retained their seats in Ghaziabad, even as Sunil Kumar Sharma, contesting from Sahibabad constituency, won with a record 2.14 lakh vote margin, poll results showed on Thursday.

12:11 Mar 11

Shiv Sena bags less votes than NOTA in Goa, UP, Manipur

The Shiv Sena bagged less votes than the ones which went to NOTA in Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur, Election Commission data shows. The Sena, which is in power in Maharashtra in alliance with the NCP and Congress, had contested Assembly elections in these three states but drew a blank.

12:05 Mar 11

Saffron reigns in Uttar Pradesh as BJP scores thumping win, Samajwadi Party at distant second

BJP with its allies was winning or leading in 274 seats out of 403, becoming the first party in over three decades to form a government for a second consecutive time in Uttar Pradesh. (READ MORE)

11:56 Mar 10

Several turncoats face defeat in Punjab polls

Several party hoppers including Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Fatehjang Singh Bajwa and Anil Joshi faced defeats in their respective constituencies on Thursday.

11:50 Mar 10

People rejected Opposition's narrow-minded politics: UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma on state poll results?

With the BJP set to return to power in Uttar Pradesh, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Thursday said that the people of the state have rejected the Opposition's narrow-minded politics and put their stamp of approval on the saffron party's double engine government.

11:45 Mar 10

'Bulldozer baba': Mighty Yogi Adityanath's new sobriquet

Outside the BJP office in Lucknow, some excited supporters were spotted riding on a bulldozer with saffron flags to celebrate the party's victory in the elections. (READ MORE)

11:37 Mar 10

UP Polls: BJP's Aditi Singh wins from Raebareli

Aditi Singh, who had quit as a sitting Congress MLA to join the BJP ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, on Thursday won the Raebareli Sadar seat, according to official results.

11:31 Mar 10

Uttar Pradesh polls: NOTA garners more votes than those polled in favour of popular parties

AIFB, IUML and LJP could not manage to get any votes, and their vote share stood at 0.00 per cent, according to the ECI website. (READ MORE)

11:26 Mar 10

People voted for BJP as PM ensured good governance, says Sarbananda Sonowal as party wins 4 states

People of the country support the BJP as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ensured good governance and provided a life of dignity to them, Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Thursday reacting to the saffron party's win in assembly polls in four states.

11:15 Mar 10

UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya loses poll contest by over 7,000 votes

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya lost the Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll contest to Samajwadi Party's (SP) Pallavi Patel by 7,337 votes from the Sirathu constituency in Kaushambi district on Thursday.

11:07 Mar 10

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi, over half of his ministers lose

The Aam Aadmi Party scripted history by winning 92 of the 117 assembly seats while the ruling Congress suffered a severe drubbing. (READ MORE)

11:00 Mar 10

BJP's victory in 4 states is mandate for dynamic leadership, good governance, development: AIADMK

The Bharatiya Janata Party's "momentous victory" in four of the five state assembly elections is a mandate for good governance, dynamic leadership and development, said AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam, on Thursday.

10:53 Mar 10

TMC's high decibel campaign in Goa fizzles to a nought

TMC's show in the Goa assembly election failed to match the noise it made while entering the poll fray, with no seat to show for its efforts. (READ MORE)

10:46 Mar 10

Poll verdict in four states shows people want Narendra Modi to be PM again in 2024: Kailash Vijayvargiya

As the BJP is headed for a big win in Uttarakhand, besides registering comprehensive victories in Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur, party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Thursday said the poll verdict in the four states is an indication that people want to see Narendra Modi as the prime minister again in 2024.

10:31 Mar 10

Massive support for BJP in four states stamp of approval for PM Narendra Modi's schemes: JP Nadda?

BJP chief JP Nadda said the people's massive support to the party shows their stamp of approval for the prime minister's schemes and policies. (READ MORE)

10:21 Mar 10

Ex-ED officer Rajeshwar Singh wins Sarojini Nagar seat

Former ED officer and BJP candidate Rajeshwar Singh won the Sarojini Nagar seat in Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow with a margin of over 32,000 votes against his nearest Samajwadi Party rival.

10:13 Mar 10

BJP's vote share increases in four states, declines in Uttarakhand

The BJP has increased its vote share in four of the five states that went to polls in February-March, including a marginal rise in Punjab, where it managed to win just two seats. (READ MORE)

10:05 Mar 10

Celebrations in BJP office as party heads for a majority win in Manipur

With BJP headed for a majority win in the assembly election in Manipur, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Education, Rajkumar Ranjan Singh and state party unit President A Sharda Devi led celebrations at the party office here on Thursday.

09:50 Mar 10

Pushkar Singh Dhami: Played like MS Dhoni but gave away own wicket cheaply

Uttarakhand was then grappling with a series of problems and with elections just round the corner and Dhami ran against the clock. (READ MORE)

09:40 Mar 10

BJP set to retain power in Manipur

The BJP is heading for a victory in Manipur and retain power for the second successive term winning 28 seats and leading in four others so far in the election to the 60-member assembly.

09:31 Mar 10

Congress will continue to fulfil duty as combative opposition in UP: Priyanka Gandhi

After it suffered a crushing defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Congress general secretary in-charge of the state Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said party workers and leaders worked hard but failed to convert that into votes, and asserted that the Congress would continue to fulfil its duty as a combative opposition.

09:20 Mar 10

Mayawati: Dalit leader, four-time CM fails Uttar Pradesh test

Mayawati claims that several high-profile criminals and mafia dons landed behind bars during her terms in office. (READ MORE)

09:10 Mar 10

Punjab poll results signal 'endgame' for Congress: Ashwani Kumar

Former Congress leader Ashwani Kumar, who quit the party ahead of the Punjab Assembly polls, on Thursday said the state election results signal the "endgame" for the grand old party and the emergence of an alternative political narrative in the country.

09:00 Mar 10

AAP headquarters comes to life: Workers celebrate 'Jeet Ki Holi', dance to Punjabi songs

While addressing AAP leaders and workers at the party headquarters, Kejriwal asked them to practice 'politics of love' and said coming days belong to India. (READ MORE)

08:44 Mar 10

Poll results show people's support for BJP's pro-poor, pro-active governance: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi said Uttar Pradesh has given many prime ministers but for the first time, it has reelected a chief minister after he had served a full term. (READ MORE)

08:36 Mar 10

Elated by poll results, BJP members raise 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan in Madhya Pradesh Assembly

Buoyed by the BJP's performance in the elections of four states, including Uttar Pradesh, some BJP MLAs on Thursday raised 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly to express their happiness over the poll results.

08:28 Mar 10

People have reposed faith in PM Modi, Adityanath: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb

With the BJP having put up an impressive show in four out of the five states that went to polls recently, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday asserted that people have reposed their faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership.

08:17 Mar 10

Expected better results, but we accept the mandate: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said the party accepts the mandate of assembly elections held in five states. Reacting to the election results of five states, the senior Congress leader also extended wished to all those who have won the elections.

08:08 Mar 10

Massive support for BJP in 4 states stamp of approval for PM Modi's schemes: JP Nadda

Crediting Narendra Modi for the BJP's victory in four assembly elections, BJP chief JP Nadda on Thursday said the people's massive support to the party shows their stamp of approval for the prime minister's schemes and policies.

07:27 Mar 10

PM Modi arrives to address the party workers

07:25 Mar 10

Stage set for BJP's victory speech

After the historic victory, leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and JP Nadda along PM Modi will address the BJP workers at the party headquarters now. 

07:14 Mar 10

Jagdeep Kamboj on winning elections

07:12 Mar 10

Party workers celebrate BJP's victory

06:40 Mar 10

People have voted for nationalism: Yogi

06:27 Mar 10

PM to address party workers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address BJP workers from the Party HQ in Delhi at around 7 pm: Sources

06:13 Mar 10

Amit Shah congratulates CMs

06:05 Mar 10

BJP will form government in four states: Yogi after BJP's victory

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the victory. 

06:01 Mar 10

Yogi greets party workers after victory

CM Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders play holi, celebrate and greet party workers at the party office in Lucknow.

05:28 Mar 10

Disappointed by the result: Goa Congress

05:25 Mar 10
05:23 Mar 10

Goa: BJP wins 20 seats

BJP wins 20 seats, Congress wins 9 and leads on 2, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak and AAP win 2 each, Goa Forward Party and Revolutionary Goans Party win 1 each & Independent 3. 

05:23 Mar 10

Manipur: BJP wins 15 seats

Official EC trends for Manipur Election shows BJP wins 15 seats and leads on 14, Congress wins 3 and leads on 1, Janata Dal (United) wins 5 and leads on 2.

05:21 Mar 10

AAP wins in Punjab

AAP wins 79 and leads on 13, Congress wins 13 and leads on 5, Shiromani Akali Dal leads on 3, BJP on 2 and BSP & Independent win 1 each.

05:02 Mar 10

Results are very surprising, Harish Rawat

For me, the results are very surprising. I cannot understand that after such massive inflation, if this was the public's mandate, what is the definition of public welfare and social justice? I can't understand people saying 'BJP zindabaad' after this, says Congress leader Harish Rawat. 

04:44 Mar 10

Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader arrives at the party's headquarters

04:40 Mar 10

Yogi wins Gorakhpur

Yogi Aditynath wins Gorakhpur Urban by a margin of 1 lakh votes.

04:39 Mar 10

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav wins

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav wins by 60,000 votes in Karhal. 

04:39 Mar 10

SP's Kishan Dikshit leads

SP's Kishan Dikshit leads by 2000 plus votes in Varanasi Dakshini after 18th round. The seat which houses the most prominent temples, including the Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor has been BJP's bastion since 1989. It's one of the five assembly segments of PM Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi. Meanwhile, sitting BJP MLA and UP minister Neelkanth Tiwari is facing high anti-incumbency on the seat.

04:34 Mar 10

BJP's Pankaj Singh sets record

Creating a record in India, BJP's Pankaj Singh win his Noida seat by a record margin of 1,79,500. 

03:55 Mar 10

Accept people's verdict, Rahul Gandhi after the party loses all five states

03:39 Mar 10

Shows popularity of PM Modi: Goyal

03:24 Mar 10

Thakur credits victory to party workers

The victory in these states wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of our party workers. Bulldozer has become a symbol of uprooting mafias and criminals. We'll further implement PM Narendra Modi's welfare policies in Uttar Pradesh, says Union Minister Anurag Thakur on assembly election results.

03:22 Mar 10

Punjab: AAP CM candidate wins

AAP Chief Minister candidate from Dhuri, Bhagwant Mann wins with a margin of 58,206 votes.

03:07 Mar 10

Charanjit Singh Channi has lost the election

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has lost the election from both the seats that he contested-Chamkaur Sahib and Bhadaur.

02:58 Mar 10

CM N Biren Singh on assembly elections result

02:53 Mar 10

People have shown faith in PM Modi: Fadnavis

02:45 Mar 10

Bhagwant Mann to take oath in Khatkarkalan

I will take oath as the CM in Bhagat Singh's village Khatkarkalan, not at the Raj Bhawan: AAP's Bhagwant Mann, at Sangrur. "No government office will have Chief Minister's photos, there will be pictures of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Babasaheb Ambedkar," he added.

02:41 Mar 10

Uttarakhand: Chief Minister loses from Khatima seat

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami loses from Khatima seat. Though ECU is yet to confirm this officially. Former CM Harish Rawat also loses from Lalkuwa state assembly constituency.

02:36 Mar 10

In Chandauli, which is defence minister Rajnath Singh's district, BJP leads on three seats (Mughalsarai, Chakia and Saiyadraja), while SP leads in Sakaldiha. Close contest in Saiyadraja, where sitting BJP MLA and jailed mafioso Brijesh Singh's nephew Sushil Singh is locked in a fierce fight with SP's Manoj Singh.

02:36 Mar 10

Punjab: AAP leading on 91 seats

AAP leading on 91 seats, Congress on 17 seats, SAD 6 seats, BJP 2 seats and other 1 seat. As per trends issued by the Election Commission of India of all 117 assembly seats of Punjab.

02:28 Mar 10

Badals taste defeat

Former five-time Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal lost from Lambi while Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal lost from Jalalabad

02:24 Mar 10

Jeevan Jyot Kaur is giant-killer in Amritsar (East)

Jeevan Jyot Kaur of AAP wins Amritsar (East) defeating political biggies like Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia. 

Independent candidate  Rana Inder Partap Singh wins from Sultanpur Lodhi.

02:06 Mar 10

AAP CM candidate Bhagwant Mann and his mother share an emotional moment

AAP CM candidate Bhagwant Mann and his mother Harpal Kaur share an emotional moment as they greet the party workers and supporters in Sangrur.

02:02 Mar 10

Celebrations at the residence of Manipur CM

01:58 Mar 10

Dhan Singh Rawat could be new Chief Minister

Dhan Singh Rawat could be the new Chief Minister as defeat if incumbent Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami looks imminent, said sources from the BJP.

01:57 Mar 10

In Mau district, SP and allies lead on three seats, while the BJP leads only in Madhuvan seat. Jailed mafioso Mukhtar Ansari's skeet shooter son Abbas Ansari leading by 8,000 votes in Mau Sadar.

In Jaunpur district, out of the nine seats, SP+ leads on 6 seats and BJP+ on 3 seats.

01:52 Mar 10

BJP and ally Apna Dal lead on all eight seats of Varanasi district

BJP and ally Apna Dal lead on all eight seats of Varanasi district. Close contest in Rohaniya between AD (S), while UP minister leads by around 7,000 votes in Varanasi South (also known as Kashi ki Ayodhya).

In adjoining Ghazipur district, SP and allies lead on six out of seven seats, while BJP leads only on Ghazipur Sadar seat. The SBSP chief OP Rajbhar's lead, however, narrows down with every successive round in Jahoorabad. He is leading now by 2000 plus votes.

01:51 Mar 10

Uttarakhand: BJP is leading on 48 seats

In Uttarakhand, the BJP is leading on 48 seats, Congress on 19 seats. Counting on 70 state assembly seats on. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami trails by 4081 votes.

01:44 Mar 10

Yogi Adityanath leads by over 50,000 in Gorakhpur urban

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was heading for a landslide victory and leading by over 50,000 votes from Gorakhpur Urban seat on Thursday. 

While Adityanath was watching the poll outcome from his official residence in Lucknow, his supporters at the Gorakhpur Math and also at the party office had already started celebrating his and the BJP's victory in the state.

01:30 Mar 10

Pankaj Singh of BJP in Noida leads

Pankaj Singh of BJP in Noida leads by a margin of 75,000 votes.

01:12 Mar 10

Celebrations at Tamil Nadu BJP headquarters

01:09 Mar 10

Pramod Sawant wins, likely to be the Goa CM for another term of five years

01:05 Mar 10

No luck for Channi as he continues to trail at both the seats

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi trails in Bhadaur (by 22,843 votes) and Chamkaur Sahib (by 2671 votes) as per official EC trends.

12:58 Mar 10

Will form government in Goa: Pramod Sawant

12:56 Mar 10

Atanasio Monserrate, BJP candidate from Panaji, hits out at his own party

  • I feel the BJP cadre hasn't accepted me into the party. I look at it in that way. If he (Utpal Parrikar) can get so many votes, it's just because the cadre shifted their votes to him.
  • BJP leadership here didn't manage to do damage control. Disappointed as far as results are concerned. BJP cadre didn't work for me but for the Opposition candidate.
  • I fought BJP and Congress. It's due to the support of a few workers & supporters that we managed to retain the seat.
12:44 Mar 10

Kejriwal congratulates people of Punjab for 'this revolution' as AAP appears set for big win

  • As the AAP appeared set for a clean sweep in Punjab, the party's national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday congratulated the people of the state "for this revolution".
  • "Many congratulations to the people of Punjab for this revolution," Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, said in a tweet in Hindi.
  • In the tweet, he also posted a picture of him standing with the AAP's chief ministerial candidate and MP Bhagwant Mann, with both leaders flashing victory sign.
  • According to trends available at 12:30 pm, the AAP was leading in 90 of the 117 assembly seats.
  • The trends indicated that the ruling Congress has been decimated in Punjab, while the SAD, which contested the polls in alliance with the BSP, has failed to make much impact.
  • In Delhi, AAP workers assembled outside the party headquarters and burst into celebrations. They danced to the tunes of Punjabi songs.
12:39 Mar 10

Latest EC order on victory processions

12:38 Mar 10

Sidhu accepts defeat

12:37 Mar 10

Sukhbir Badal continues to trail

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal trails by a margin of 10,526 votes from the Jalalabad seat.

12:37 Mar 10

'Little Kejriwal' celebrates AAP's success

12:31 Mar 10

News from Goa

Congress leader Michael Lobo leading from Calangute constituency.

12:31 Mar 10

Update from Patiala

Aam Aadmi Party's Ajit Pal Singh Kohli leads from Patiala constituency; Punjab Lok Congress's Captain Amarinder Singh trailing.

12:30 Mar 10

EC lifts ban on victory processions

  • The Election Commission on Thursday lifted the ban on victory processions during the counting of votes and declaration of results in the five states where elections were held recently.
  • In a statement, the poll panel said keeping in mind the current status of COVID-19 in these states, it has "decided to relax the guidelines on victory processions during and after the counting and has withdrawn the blanket ban on victory procession."
  • While announcing the poll schedule for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab, the Election Commission had issued guidelines to regulate various aspects of elections, including victory processions amid the pandemic.
  • "During the period of elections as the COVID situation improved, the Commission gradually relaxed the norms concerning electioneering in consultation with the Union Health Ministry and state governments," the statement said.
  • The relaxation will be subject to existing instructions of state disaster management authorities and preventive measures imposed by concerned district authorities, it added.
12:22 Mar 10

News from Goa

BJP leaders to meet Goa Governor P.S.Sreedharan Pillai today to stake claim for government formation in the state.
12:14 Mar 10
12:13 Mar 10

BJP parliamentary board meeting likely on Thursday evening

  • The BJP parliamentary board, its apex organisational body, is likely to meet later on Thursday to review the party's performance in assembly polls in five states as initial trends projected a thumping victory for the party in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address party workers at the BJP headquarters in the evening, sources said.
  • As votes were counted for elections to five states on Thursday, early trends showed the BJP set for victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and was ahead in Manipur and Goa.
  • The Aam Aadmi Party appeared set for a landslide win in Punjab.
  • Top party leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and party president J P Nadda, will be attending the parliamentary board meeting, which is likely to be held after the results of assembly polls become more clear, they said.
12:04 Mar 10

BJP hails assembly polls results

  • With the BJP leaving its rivals comfortably behind in states like Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the initial rounds of vote counting, its leaders credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governance model for the expected win and said "new history" is being created in UP.
  • Party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi asserted that people have expressed their faith in the policies ushered in by Modi.
  • Trivedi said the BJP will end up winning close to 300 seats and asserted that what is clear is that a new history is being created in Uttar Pradesh.
  • It has never happened in India's largest and politically most important state that a chief minister is set to come back to power with a majority after serving a full term as the head of a government with full majority.
  • Several BJP leaders also lauded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath for effectively implementing welfare policies and providing an efficient and clean governance.
  • Many party leaders simply tweeted "Jai Shri Ram" to hail the trends projecting a big win for the party which is also ahead in Goa and Manipur.
  • "The silent BJP voter gives the loudest message on poll day," BJP youth wing president Tejasvi Surya tweeted.
  • The Election Commission website showed that the BJP is leading in nearly 250 seats in the 403-member assembly and around 44 in the 70-member Uttarakhand assembly.
12:02 Mar 10

Union Minister Prahlad Joshi on Uttarakhand Elections

12:02 Mar 10

UP polls: Rajbhar leading now

11:56 Mar 10

Yogi stands at the cusp of history

If BJP forms the government and Yogi Adityanath becomes CM, history will be created in UP where no CM has returned to power for second consecutive term after successfully completing a five-year term. He is leading by 34,000 votes in Gorakhpur urban

11:53 Mar 10
11:52 Mar 10

WATCH | Punjab has accepted Kejriwal's model of governance: Manish Sisodia

11:52 Mar 10

Celebration at AAP camp

11:51 Mar 10
11:50 Mar 10

Keshav Maurya faces tough battle, informs our UP correspondent

Keshav Maurya, a prominent backward caste leader in BJP, is facing tough fight from SP's Pallavi Patel who belongs to Apna Dal (Kamerawadi), the other faction of Apna Dal (S). Pallavi is the elder sister of Apna Dal (S) leader Anupriya Patel. Pallavi comes from Kurmi backward caste and is believed to be cashing in on the division of Kurmi votes in Sirathu.

11:44 Mar 10
11:43 Mar 10

Our correspondent Vineet Upadhay gives an interesting development from Uttarakhand

BJP leader Satpal Maharaj flies to Delhi to lobby for himself for the CM post as Chief Minister Dhami trails and likely to lose.

11:42 Mar 10

Keshav Maurya trails

UP Deputy CM Keshav Maurya trails behind by over 2100 votes in Sirathu. Yogi Adityanath leads by over 30000 votes in Gorapkhpur Urban.

11:41 Mar 10

Our correspondent Namita Bajpai reports from Varanasi

BJP leads in all eight seats in Varanasi , parliamentary constituency of PM Narendra Modi.

11:39 Mar 10

Manpreet Badal trails

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal is trailing behind Jagroop Singh Gill of AAP in Bathinda (Urban).

11:38 Mar 10

Despite the farmers' killing, anti-BJP sentiment, saffron party sweeps Lakhimpur

In Lakhimpur Kheri district which has eight assembly segments, BJP is leading over 7 and SP on one. It seems that the much pronounced anger against the BJP due to the farmers' killing and the role of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni's son Ashish Mishra being the main accused, has not impacted the BJP performance to the extent it was expected.

11:29 Mar 10

Swami Prasad Maurya trailing

Samajwadi Party candidate and high profile BJP turn coat Swami Prasad Maurya trails by 16,000 votes in Fazilnagar.
11:21 Mar 10

UP polls: SP says early trends 'not authentic', appeals to workers to stay put till counting ends

  • The Samajwadi Party on Thursday said initial trends in Uttar Pradesh were "not authentic" and asked its workers to stay put at local assembly election offices till the counting of votes ends.
  • The Akhilsh Yadav-led SP claimed the initial trends, which showed the BJP leading in majority of the 403 seats in the state, were only to "create a perception" that the saffron party was winning.
  • "These trends are not authentic, a perception is being made that BJP is winning, so that the morale of the workers can be broken and results manipulated dishonestly after 3 PM. It is an appeal to the workers to stay put at the spot till the last results!" the Samajwadi Party's media cell tweeted in Hindi.
  • Counting of votes for the UP assembly elections was underway on Thursday.
11:20 Mar 10

EVM being made the scapegoat again?

11:19 Mar 10

Here is what senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia has to say about party's spectacular Punjab show

  • Punjab has given chance to Kejriwal's model of governance. Today, his model of governance has been established at the national level.
  • This is the victory of the 'Aam Aadmi' (common man). We had fielded candidates in Goa, Uttarakhand and UP, but somewhere the focus was on Punjab. Gradually people in these states will also start to believe in our party.
11:17 Mar 10

Our correspondent Prasanta Mazumdar on Manipur tally

Manipur Seats: 60.

Leads:

BJP: 25. Congress 14.

NPP 11.

NPF 4.

Others: 6.

11:14 Mar 10

Akhilesh's lead grows further

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav leads by more than 12,000 votes in Karhal.
11:13 Mar 10

Goa CM now leads

11:12 Mar 10

Uttarakhand polls: BJP leads at crucial Gangotri seat

  • The BJP leads on Gangotri state assembly constituency.
  • Congress: 6782.
  • BJP : 8894.
  • AAP : 1411.
  • The BJP leads by 2112 votes. There is a belief/myth related to this seat. Whoever wins this seat forms goverment in the state.
11:11 Mar 10

Here is what our correspondent Namita Bajpai has to report about Gorakhpur tally

Yogi Adityanath leads by 26,000 votes in Gorakhpur Urban, Satish Mahana of BJP leading by 16000 in Maharajpur in Kanpur.

11:10 Mar 10

Punjab polls: Bhagwant Mann maintains decisive lead at Dhuri seat

  • AAP's chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann is leading from Dhuri seat by a margin of 4,387 votes leading over his nearest rival and Congress candidate Dalvir Singh Goldy.
  • Punjab Sports Minister Pargat Singh trailing from Jalandhar Cantt, AAP canddiae Surinder Singh Sodhi leading
11:09 Mar 10

BJP will sweep Goa: Visawjit Rane

10:57 Mar 10

WATCH VIDEO | Akhilesh Yadav reaches at Samajwadi Party headquarters

10:56 Mar 10

Channi to submit his resignation

  • Celebrations break outside the residence of AAP's CM candidate Bhagwant Mann in Sangrur as the party crosses the majority mark in Punjab.
  • Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi has arrived at his official residence in Chandigarh and is likely to meet the Governor to submit his resignation as the Aam Aadmi Party crossed the halfway mark in Punjab
10:55 Mar 10

Our correspondent Vineet Upadhay reports from Uttarakhand CM's constituency

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami leading by 73 votes now.

10:47 Mar 10
10:46 Mar 10

Azam Khan leading in Rampur constituency

  • Senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan is leading in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur constituency by about 4000 votes, according to poll trends.
  • After the initial round of counting, Azam got 5,090 votes while his BJP rival Akash Saxena got 1,006 votes, according to the EC.
  • SP candidate Khan is presently lodged in Sitapur jail in connection with a number of cases lodged against him in Rampur district.
10:46 Mar 10
10:45 Mar 10

Congress on Goa trends

10:44 Mar 10

News from Noida

BJP leads on all three Noida seats, reports our correspondent Namita Bajpai.

10:42 Mar 10

Mukhtar Ansari's son trailing at UP, reports our correspondent Namita Bajpai

Mafia don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari's son Abbas Ansari trails on Mau Sadar.

10:37 Mar 10
10:33 Mar 10

Our correspondent Harpreet Bajwa on Punjab situation right now

Five-term former Punjab chief minister and SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal was trailing from his home turf Lambi seat by 1,416 votes, according to initial poll trends, AAP candidate Gurmeet Singh Khudian was leading from the seat. As initial poll trends, two-time former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh is trailing in his pocket Aam Aadmi Party candidate Ajit Pal Singh Kohli was leading.

10:23 Mar 10

Samajwadi Party chief continues to lead

Akhilesh Yadav leads by 9816 votes in Karhal.

10:19 Mar 10

WATCH | AAP will be a national force soon: Raghav Chadha

10:18 Mar 10

Our correspondent Namita Bajpai on latest UP tally

BJP leading in 225 seats of 349 trends received so far. SP leading on 111, BSP on 6 and Congress on 5. Former cop, ex-Kanpur Commissioner Asim Arun leads in Kannauj.

10:14 Mar 10

AAP leader Gopal Rai on Punjab trends

10:13 Mar 10

UP polls: BJP deserters seem to have mixed fortune in early trends

The BJP deserters seem to have mixed fortune with the saffron brigade taking early leads in the initial trends of Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll results. While Swami Prasad Maurya, contesting on SP ticket from his Fazilnagar seat in Kushinagar district of eastern UP, is trailing behind while Dhara Singh Saini, another BJP turncoat in the fray from Nakur seat in Saharanpur in the west is also trailing his rival Mukesh Chaudhury of the BJP. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:12 Mar 10

AAP sweeps Punjab

AAP leading on 88 seats, Congress on 15 seats, SAD 8 seats, BJP 4 seats and other 2 seats: As per trends issued by Election Commission of India of all 117 assembly seats of Punjab.

10:12 Mar 10

Latest UP tally

BJP leading in 225 seats of 349 trends received so far. SP leading on 111, BSP on 6 and Congress on 5.

10:11 Mar 10

UP CM continues to lead, reports our correspondent

Yogi Adityanath leads by 12,000 votes in Gorakhpur Urban.

10:10 Mar 10

Shivpal Yadav trails

Shivpal Singh Yadav, who has been given ticket by Samajwadi Party, trails from Jaswantnagar Assembly constituency, as per EC trends.

10:08 Mar 10
10:08 Mar 10

CM Yogi, his ministers lead at UP

10:07 Mar 10
10:06 Mar 10

Bhagwant Mann leading from Punjab's Dhuri seat

  • AAP's chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann is leading from Punjab's Dhuri seat by a margin of 4,387 votes on Thursday, according to early poll trends.
  • Mann is leading over his nearest rival and Congress candidate Dalvir Singh Goldy.
  • Counting of votes for 117 assembly seats in Punjab is underway.
10:05 Mar 10

Punjab CM trailing at both the seats

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is trailing behind in both assembly segments of Badaur and Chamkaur Sahib, reports our correspondent Harpreet Bajwa.

10:04 Mar 10

Sukhbir Badal trailing

  • Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal is trailing behind the AAP candidate in Punjab's Jalalabad constituency on Thursday, according to initial poll trends.
  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Jagdeep Kamboj is leading by a margin of 827 votes in the constituency in Fazilka district.
  • Counting of votes for 117 assembly seats in Punjab is underway.
10:03 Mar 10

Our correspondent Namita Bajpai on UP results so far

Yogi Adityanath, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav leading in their respective Gorakhpur Urban and Karhal. BJP seems to approach more than an absolute majority with 222 seats of the 323 trends received so far. SP is leading on 8 seats, BSP on 5, Congress on 6 and others 2.

10:02 Mar 10

Our correspondent Harpreet Bajwa on current Punjab situation

  • AAP leading on 83 seats, Congress on 18 seats, SAD 8 seats, BJP 3 seats and other 2 seats: As per trends issued by Election Commission of India.
  • AAP Deputy Leader of Opposition Sarvjit Kaur Munke takes the decisive lead in Jagraon after three rounds
10:02 Mar 10

Big update from Uttarakhand

BJP's Pushkar Singh Dhami and Congress's Harish Rawat trailing from Khatima and Lalkuwa constituency, respectively, as per EC.

10:01 Mar 10

Update from Goa

Congress leader Altone D'costa leading, BJP's Chandrakant Kavlekar trailing, in Quepem constituency, as per EC.
10:01 Mar 10

Channi, Sidhu trailing

AAP crosses majority mark in Punjab, in early trends; CM Channi, Captain Amarinder Singh, Navjot Sidhu trailing.

10:00 Mar 10

AAP reaction on latest Punjab trends

09:58 Mar 10

WATCH | Celebrations at AAP's CM candidate Bhagwant Mann's residence

09:58 Mar 10

UP bigshot Aditi Singh is leading at her constituency

Bharatiya Janata Party's Aditi Singh leading in Rae Bareli Assembly constituency, as per Election Commission.

09:49 Mar 10

Our correspondent Harpreet Bajwa on Punjab scenes

  • Early leads in Punjab show that the Aam Aadmi Party is way ahead of others.
  • Former CM Parkash Singh Badal trailing from Lambi Jeevan Jyot Kaur of AAP leading from Amritsar (East) the hot seat as both Navjot Singh Sidhu of Congress and Bikram Majithia of SAD trailing.
09:48 Mar 10

Update from Uttarakhand

BJP's Sarita Arya leading from coveted Nainital state assembly constituency.

09:48 Mar 10

Manipur CM leading

Manipur CM N Biren Singh leads by around 2500 votes over his Congress rival in Heingang seat after round 1 of counting.

09:47 Mar 10

Amarinder Singh trailing in Patiala Urban seat

  • Two-time Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh is trailing in his pocket borough Patiala Urban seat by 3,575 votes on Thursday, according to initial poll trends.
  • Aam Aadmi Party candidate Ajit Pal Singh Kohli was leading from the Patiala Urban seat. Counting of votes for 117 assembly seats in Punjab is underway.
09:46 Mar 10

Latest tally from UP

  • The BJP was leading in 110 seats as against 95 of its nearest rival Samajwadi Party in the initial rounds of counting of votes in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Among those leading included Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav from Karhal, Shivpal Yadav from Jaswant Nagar, and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya from Sirathu.
  • Counting of votes for the 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh began on Thursday morning with three-layer security in place and cameras installed at all counting centres.
  • In the initial rounds, postal ballots were counted. According to early trends available from 215 constituencies, the BJP was leading in 110 and the SP in 95 seats.
  • The BSP and the Congress were leading in five and four seats, respectively.
  • Jansatta Dal candidate Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya was ahead in Kunda seat.
  • All the exit polls have predicted a BJP win in the state.
  • According to the official figure of EC available for 82 seats, the BJP is leading in 48, while the SP is leading in 24, Apna Dal in four and the RLD and the Congress were ahead in two each.
09:46 Mar 10

Latest tally from UP

  • The BJP was leading in 110 seats as against 95 of its nearest rival Samajwadi Party in the initial rounds of counting of votes in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Among those leading included Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav from Karhal, Shivpal Yadav from Jaswant Nagar, and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya from Sirathu.
  • Counting of votes for the 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh began on Thursday morning with three-layer security in place and cameras installed at all counting centres.
  • In the initial rounds, postal ballots were counted. According to early trends available from 215 constituencies, the BJP was leading in 110 and the SP in 95 seats.
  • The BSP and the Congress were leading in five and four seats, respectively.
  • Jansatta Dal candidate Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya was ahead in Kunda seat.
  • All the exit polls have predicted a BJP win in the state.
  • According to the official figure of EC available for 82 seats, the BJP is leading in 48, while the SP is leading in 24, Apna Dal in four and the RLD and the Congress were ahead in two each.
09:46 Mar 10

Update from Manipur

  • The BJP was ahead in 11 seats and the Congress in seven constituencies in the initial rounds of counting of votes in Manipur.
  • Counting of votes for 60 assembly seats in Manipur began at 8 am on Thursday under tight security and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, officials said.
  • According to early trends available from 26 constituencies, the BJP was leading in 11 seats and the Congress in seven.
  • The Janata Dal (United) was ahead in three seats and the National People's Party in two constituencies.
  • As per the official figure of the Election Commission, the BJP was ahead in six seats, the Congress in one and the JD(U) in two.
09:44 Mar 10

Update from Varanasi

  • In PM Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi, out of the eight seats, BJP leading in North, Cantt and ally Apna Dal (S) in Rohaniya, while UP minister Neelkanth Tiwari very close behind SP's Kishan Dikshit in Varanasi South. (All initial trends).
  • Congress's Ajay Rai (who lost two LS polls to PM Modi in Varanasi) was leading in Pindra after counting of postal ballots. In 2017, BJP had won all 8 seats.
09:40 Mar 10

SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal trailing

  • Five-term Punjab chief minister and SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal was trailing from his home turf Lambi seat by 1,416 votes, according to initial poll trends.
  • AAP candidate Gurmeet Singh Khudian was leading from the seat. Counting of votes for 117 assembly seats in Punjab is underway.
09:36 Mar 10

Manipur CM confident of retaining power

09:35 Mar 10

Senior Goa minister Vishwajit Rane leading

BJP's Vishwajit Rane leading in Valpoi Assembly constituency, in early trends, as per Election Commission.

09:34 Mar 10

Goa CM trailing

CM and BJP candidate from Sanquelim, Pramod Sawant trailing by 400 votes, Congress leading here.

09:34 Mar 10

BJP leads at Manipur too

09:33 Mar 10

News from Uttarakhand

09:33 Mar 10

BJP gains advantage at Uttarakhand too

  • The BJP was leading in four seats while the Congress in three in Uttarakhand on Thursday, according to early trends available.
  • Counting of votes for the 70 assembly seats in the state is underway.
  • According to data available on the Election Commission website at 9. 20 am for seven seats, the BJP was slightly ahead of its main rival Congress.
  • The polling was held in the state on February 14 with more than 65 per cent of the electorate casting their votes.
  • The ruling BJP is seeking a second consecutive term in office this time, something which has never happened in the state's 21-year history.
  • Routed in the 2017 assembly polls with a tally of 11 seats against the BJP's 57, Congress is trying to stage a comeback.
  • Prominent candidates who contested the polls are Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, his cabinet colleagues Satpal Maharaj, Bansidhar Bhagat, Subodh Uniyal, Arvind Pandey, Dhan Singh Rawat and Rekha Arya, besides state BJP president Madan Kaushik.
  • Important Congress leaders whose fate will be decided include former chief minister Harish Rawat, former minister Yashpal Arya, state Congress president Ganesh Godiyal and Leader of Opposition in the fourth assembly Pritam Singh.
09:26 Mar 10

Uttarakhand CM leading

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami leading in Khatima constituency.

09:25 Mar 10

BJP well ahead at Punjab

  • The BJP was leading in 88 seats as against 37 of its nearest rival Samajwadi Party in the initial rounds of counting of votes in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Counting of votes for the 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh began on Thursday morning with a three-layer security in place and cameras installed at all counting centres.
  • In the initial rounds, postal ballots were counted. According to early trends available from 134 constituencies, the BJP was leading in 88 and the SP in 37 seats.
  • The BSP and the Congress were leading in four seats each. The Jansatta Dal was ahead in one seat. All the exit polls have predicted a BJP win in the state.
  • According to the official figure of EC available for two seats, the BJP is leading on both.
09:19 Mar 10

Laxmikant Parsekar, Utpal Parrikar lead in counting of postal ballots

  • Two prominent BJP rebels, Laxmikant Parsekar and Utpal Parrikar, were leading against their rivals in the counting of postal ballots in Goa on Thursday, an official said.
  • Former chief minister Parsekar contested the Assembly election, held on February 14, from Mandrem Assembly seat as an Independent candidate, while Utpal Parrikar, the son of former CM Manohar Parrikar, contested from Panaji seat against BJP candidate Atanasio Monserratte.
  • In the counting of postal ballots before the opening of EVMs, both Parrikar and Parsekar were ahead of their rivals, the official said.
  • The counting is underway since 8 am at a centre each in Panaji and Margao. Parsekar on Wednesday said he was confident of winning the election, but refused to say anything about whether he would support the BJP.
  • He contested the election as an independent after the BJP denied him ticket and fielded sitting MLA Dayanand Sopte instead from Mandrem.
09:17 Mar 10

Harish Rawat leading

Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat leading in Lalkuan constituency at Uttarakhand.

09:12 Mar 10

Update from Goa

09:01 Mar 10

Channi offers prayers in Chamkaur Sahib Gurudwara

08:46 Mar 10

Manipur CM offers his prayers

08:32 Mar 10

Update from Punjab

08:28 Mar 10

CEC on 'One Nation, One Election' concept

One Nation One Election is a good suggestion but this needs a change in the Constitution. The Election Commission is fully geared up and is capable of holding all the elections simultaneously. We are ready to hold elections only once in five years.
08:20 Mar 10

Latest scenes from Punjab

08:20 Mar 10

Goa CM offers prayers

08:19 Mar 10

CEC Sushil Chandra addressed the media this morning. This is what he had to say

  • There is no question of EVM tampering. EVMs are continuously used since 2004, in 2019 we have started using VVPAT at every polling booth.
  • EVMs are sealed in the presence of political party agents. The questions raised on an EVMs in Varanasi was meant for training purpose.
  • The ADM's mistake was that he did not inform political parties about the movement of EVMs for training purposes as per the standard operating procedure.
  • When questions were raised by some parties, we showed them no. displayed on that EVM. It didn't match with EVMs that were sealed & kept in the strong room for counting.
  • They were satisfied after this. No EVM on which votes are cast can be taken out from the strong room. During the ban on election rallies due to the Omicron wave, EC took MCC violations seriously.
  • Around 2,270 FIRs were filed for violation of COVID norms as well as MCC violations in all 5 states.
  • Every political party is the same for EC. 31,000 new polling booths were created for the Assembly polls. We created 1,900 polling booths that were run by women & large women participation was seen due to this. In 4 out of 5 states, the percentage of female voters were higher than that of male voters.
  • 'Know your candidate' App was a successful initiative by EC. Supreme Court had decided that people with criminal backgrounds should be known to the voters. So, we created this app & out of 6,900 candidates, more than 1,600 were with a criminal background.
08:06 Mar 10

No question of EVM tampering: CEC

There is no question of EVM tampering. EVMs are continuously used since 2004, in 2019 we have started using VVPAT at every polling booth. EVMs are sealed in the presence of political party agents: Sushil Chandra, Chief Election Commissioner.

08:05 Mar 10

Harish Rawat confident about Congress' chances at Uttarakhand

"I am confident about the victory of the Congress party in Uttarakhand. Everything will be clear in the next 2-3 hours. I have faith in the people of the state. I believe Congress will get close to 48 seats," said the former Uttarakhand CM.

08:03 Mar 10

Counting begins

Counting of votes begin for Assembly elections in five States including Uttar Pradesh.
07:48 Mar 10

Our fight has just begun: Priyanka Gandhi to Congress workers in Uttar Pradesh

On the eve of counting of votes for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday urged the party workers to be ready for keeping up their struggle for people's cause, saying "our fight has just begun" and "we have to move forward with new energy". (READ FULL STORY HERE)

07:47 Mar 10

Trust people's judgment to deliver positive verdict in our favour: Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

On the eve of the counting of votes, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday exuded confidence that the people of Punjab will deliver a positive verdict in favour of his party's alliance with the BJP and SAD (Sanyukt). (READ FULL STORY HERE)

07:46 Mar 10

EVM issue continues to rage at UP

In a tweet from its official Twitter account, the SP claimed that the car carrying 10,000 plain ballot papers was trying to enter a strong room in Azamgarh after switching off its headlights. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

07:45 Mar 10

BJP, Congress leaders rush to Goa, hold talks with smaller parties

To avoid a repeat of 2017 — when a large group of Congress legislators defected to the BJP despite the party emerging as the single largest — the Congress has rushed a team headed by P Chidambaram, D K Shivakumar, Satish Jarkiholi, Dinesh Gundurao and Sunil Kedar to Goa to keep its flock together. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

07:44 Mar 10

Update from Varanasi

07:43 Mar 10

Bhagwant Mann prays at gurdwara

07:41 Mar 10

Latest scenes from Imphal

07:41 Mar 10

Strong rooms open at Goa

The strong rooms have just been opened in the presence of candidates and observers. Postal ballots will be taken to the counting halls through a dedicated corridor of security personnel. Counting for South Goa will be done at Damodar College: Collector Ruchika Katiyal

09:13 Mar 9

AAP to seize power in Punjab?

Equal attention will be on Punjab too, where the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has been predicted to cause the major upset by removing the incumbent Congress from power.

All the 117 assembly seats in the state are facing multi-cornered contests this time around.

While some exit polls have predicted an AAP victory, some have also given forecast of a hung assembly.

Ground reports:

Jobs and development on voters' lips, not caste

Sand mining storm sweeps netas, not voters in Punjab

Unlike 2017, sacrilege not a burning poll issue anymore in the state

09:08 Mar 9

Can BJP break a 30-year-old record?

If the BJP retains power in UP, it will be the first time a party is getting re-elected in the state for a second term in over three decades.

In 2017, BJP had won 312 seats on its own while NDA's figure was 325. The SP had won 47, BSP 19 and the Congress had won seven seats, two less than Apna Dal (S) at nine.

The BJP went to the polls this time with Apna Dal (Sonelal) and NISHAD party while Akhilesh Yadav had formed a rainbow coalition with RLD and a string of regional parties, including Om Prakash Rajbhar's Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP).

Political parties await results with bated breath

Personal remarks, rhetoric put real issues on backburner

Battle lines drawn between Modi’s Kashi, Akhilesh's Azamgarh


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