HIGHLIGHTS|Assembly poll results: SKM sweeps Sikkim, BJP set for a third term in Arunachal

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) has swept the assembly polls in Sikkim by winning 31 out of the 32 seats. In Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP has won 46 out of 60 seats while the Congress has won one seat.
People show their inked fingers after casting their votes during Lok Sabha elections.
People show their inked fingers after casting their votes during Lok Sabha elections.Photo | EPS
Summary

After months of campaigning, elections have come to an end, and it is time to know the results.

The counting for 50 Assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh and 32 Assembly seats in Sikkim is currently underway.

With 10 BJP candidates elected unopposed in Arunachal, the results for 50 of the 60 assembly seats will be known today. In Sikkim, the incumbent Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) is eyeing its second term.

Counting to be held only in 50 assembly seats in Arunachal

Counting of votes for 50 assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh began on Sunday with a massive security cover in place.

The counting commenced in 24 district headquarters at 6 am amid heavy rain across the state and the final results are expected to be out by noon, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Pawan Kumar Sain said.

Assembly and Lok Sabha elections were held simultaneously in Arunachal Pradesh in the first phase of polls on April 19.

The northeastern state has 60 assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats.

The ruling BJP has already won 10 assembly seats unopposed.

"Counting of postal ballots will be conducted first which would be followed by counting of votes in EVMs," Sain said.

The counting process would be managed by over 2,000 officials.

Counting of votes underway for 32 assembly seats in Sikkim

Counting of votes for 32 assembly seats in Sikkim began on Sunday, amid tight security arrangements, officials said.

The counting was underway at one location each in all six districts of the state.

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, his spouse Krishna Kumari Rai, ex-Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, former Indian footballer and SDF leader Bhaichung Bhatia, state BJP president DR Thapa, Speaker Arun Upreti and senior minister Lunga Nima Lepcha are the prominent candidates among 146 nominees.

BJP leading in nine seats in Arunachal Pradesh

An hour after counting began, the BJP is leading in nine Arunachal seats and its ally, Conrad Sangma's National People's Party, in one.

In Sikkim, incumbent Sikkim Krantikari Morcha is leading in six seats, BJP in one and the Opposition Sikkim Democratic Front in one.

The Congress is yet to make a breakthrough in both states.

In both states, the parties did not forge any pre-poll alliance. Elections in Arunachal were held in 50 seats as BJP won 10 seats uncontested.

Among those elected unopposed is Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who has won three of his four terms as MLA without a contest from Mukto is in Tawang district.

Ruling SKM leading in four assembly seats in Sikkim

The ruling SKM was leading in four assembly seats, according to the Election commission data.

Chief Minister and SKM candidate Prem Singh Tamang was leading by 1,423 votes over his nearest SDF rival Som Nath Poudyal from the Rhenock assembly constituency.

State minister and SKM nominee Sonam Lama established an initial lead by 98 votes over his nearest BJP rival Tseten Tashi Bhutia in Sangha.

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha's Puran Kumar Gurung was ahead by 667 votes over Mani Kumar Gurung of SDF in the Chujachen assembly constituency.

Delay Namgyal Barfungpa of SKM was also leading by 1,053 votes over BJP nominee Pema Aanchal Rinzing from the Gangtok assembly segment.

SKM leading in 27 assembly seats in Sikkim; CM ahead, Chamling trailing

The ruling SKM was leading in 27 of the 32 assembly seats in Sikkim, while the SDF was ahead in one constituency.

Former CM and Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) supremo Pawan Kumar Chamling was trailing behind SKM candidate Raju Basnet by 546 votes in Namcheybung seat.

Chamling was also trailing behind SKM's Bhoj Raj Rai by 1,057 votes in the Poklok-Kamrang assembly segment.

State minister and SKM nominee Sonam Lama established an initial lead by 98 votes over his nearest BJP rival Tseten Tashi Bhutia in Sangha.

BJP leading in 16 seats, NPP ahead in 4 in Arunachal

The ruling BJP in Arunachal Pradesh was leading in 16 assembly seats while the National People's Party (NPEP) was ahead in four constituencies, according to the Election Commission of India.

The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) was leading in two seats.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress were leading in one seat each and an Independent was also ahead in one seat.

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) leading in 29 seats in Sikkim, Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) leading in one seat.

Celebrations begin as ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha leads in 29 of Sikkim's 32 seats

The ruling SKM was leading in 29 of the 32 assembly seats in Sikkim, while the SDF was ahead in one constituency, according to initial trends.

Celebrations begin in Sikkim.
Celebrations begin in Sikkim.Photo | Special arrangment

Arunachal Pradesh- Party wise trends

Sikkim- Party wise trends

BJP leads in 31 seats in Arunachal Pradesh; NPEP ahead in eight seats

The ruling BJP in Arunachal Pradesh was leading in 31 assembly seats while the National People's Party (NPEP) was ahead in eight constituencies.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is leading in three seats, while the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) and independent candidates were leading in two seats each. The Congress is ahead in one seat in the northeastern state.

Visuals from a counting centre in the Papum Pare district

Despite rain across the state, hundreds of supporters of various political parties were seen standing near the counting centres.

Visuals from Sikkim where counting is underway

Sikkim: Former CM Pawan Kumar Chamling trailing from Namcheybung and Poklok Kamrang seats

In the Namcheybung seat, former Chief Minister and Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) leader Pawan Kumar Chamling is behind SKM candidate Raju Basnet by 546 votes.

In the Poklok Kamrang Assembly constituency, Chamling is trailing Bhoj Raj Rai of SKM by 1,057 votes.

Sikkim CM Prem Tamang leading from Rhenock assembly constituency by 4,830 votes

Chief Minister and Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) candidate, Prem Singh Tamang, is currently leading by approximately 4,830 votes over his closest rival from the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), Som Nath Poudyal, in the Rhenock assembly constituency.

Similarly, in the Soreng Chakung Assembly constituency, Tamang holds a lead of 2,052 votes over his nearest SDF competitor, A. D. Subba.

Bhaichung Bhutia trailing from Barfung Assembly seat

Bhaichung Bhutia, former India Football captain and SDF candidate, is currently behind his SKM rival Riksal Dorjee Bhutia by 2,872 votes in the Barfung Assembly seat.

BJP leading in 33 seats, NPEP ahead in six seats in Arunachal Pradesh

The ruling BJP in Arunachal Pradesh was leading in 33 assembly seats while the National People's Party (NPEP) was ahead in six constituencies, according to the Election Commission of India.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is leading in four seats, while the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) is leading in three.

The Congress is ahead in one seat while in two constituencies independents are leading after the third round of counting.

Majority mark in the Arunachal Assembly is 31

With 10 seats secured without contest, the BJP appears poised to maintain its hold on power in the state, potentially allowing sitting CM Pema Khandu to serve a fourth consecutive term.

Surpassing the majority threshold of 31 seats, the BJP is currently leading in 33 constituencies, including Lumla, Kalaktang, Koloriang, Nacho, Likabali, Basar, Along (West), Along (East), among others. Meanwhile, the National People's Party is ahead in six seats according to current trends.

First win declared - Independent candidate from Khonsa (East) wins

Independent candidate Wanglam Sawin won the Khonsa East assembly constituency defeating his nearest rival Kamrang Tesia of the BJP by a margin of 2,216 votes, according to the Election Commission of India.

Sawin had won the seat in the 2019 Assembly elections on a BJP ticket. He was denied a saffron party ticket this time and contested the elections as an independent.

SKM leading in 31 seats in Sikkim

SKM party cadres celebrate in Sikkim.
SKM party cadres celebrate in Sikkim.Photo | Special arrangment

The ruling SKM was leading in 31 of the 32 assembly seats in Sikkim, while the SDF was ahead in one constituency, according to the ECI.

Chief Minister and Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) candidate Prem Singh Tamang was leading by around 6,443 votes over his nearest SDF rival Som Nath Poudyal from the Rhenock assembly constituency, while in the Soreng Chaku