New Delhi: The Election Commission has started vote counting for assembly election results in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur, has started amid tight security. The most riveting contest is expected in Uttar Pradesh, seen as a game-changer and a virtual referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity and his reforms agenda.
In Uttar Pradesh, which has a 403-member assembly, 78 counting centres have been set up in 75 districts. Fifteen counting centres have been established in Uttarakhand where the assembly strength is 70 . Votes will be counted at 54 centres in 27 locations set up for election to 117-member Punjab Assembly. In Goa, votes will be counted at two centres in North and South Goa to declare the winners in 40 seats. In Manipur, counting of votes will be held for 60 seats.
Here are the live updates of Election Results 2017:
3.16 pm: Congress has won the majority in the 117-seat Punjab assembly, by securing victory in 59 seats and is currently leading in 19 constituencies.
3.01 pm: The BJP has more than doubled its vote share in Uttar Pradesh to close to 40% since the last assembly elections though there is a slight drop since the Lok Sabha polls of 2014.
A supporter of National People’s Party (NPP) candidate Y. Joykumar celebrates his win in the Uripok constituency in Imphal, Manipur, on Saturday. Photo: AFP
The BJP did even better in Uttarakhand with over 46% vote share, though down from nearly 56% in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
2.54 pm: The Uttar Pradesh election results not only underline Rahul Gandhi’s failure, but also that of Priyanka Gandhi who was part of the poll strategy, Union Minister Smriti Irani said today.
2.25 pm: Latest Election Commission data on Manipur election results shows the BJP has won 11 seats in Manipur and leading in another eight. The Congress has won 14 seats and is ahead on seven. A close fight in the offing for the 60-seat state assembly.
2.21 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congralulates Congress leader Amarinder Singh for the party’s victory in Punjab elections.
2.16 pm: According to latest Election Commission data, the BJP has won 19 seats in Uttar Pradesh and is ahead on 281 others. The SP is leading on 52 seats and has won one so far. The BSP is ahead on 19 seats but is yet to open its account.
The Congress office in Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
2.14 pm: Latest updates showed that Harish Rawat has also lost the Kichha seat in Uttarakhand.
2.10 pm: The BJP termed Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat’s loss as a complete rejection of his leadership. “While Rawat has lost by over 12,000 votes in Haridwar (rural) already, he is heading for a loss in Kichha as well, though with a narrower margin. This is a complete rejection of his leadership,” Uttarakhand BJP spokesman Munna Singh Chauhan said. (PTI)
2.07 pm: Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal has defeated Congress’s Captain Amarinder Singh by 22,770 votes for the Lambi seat. Badal polled 66,375 votes while Singh secured 43,605 votes. AAP candidate Jarnail Singh was at the third spot, securing 21,254 votes.
1.52 pm: Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh is ahead of his nearest rival by a margin of over 66,000 in the Noida seat by noon. Going by the counting of votes till noon, Singh polled 99,530 votes, while Samajwadi Party candidate Sunil Choudhary got 32,623 votes.
BJP supporters in Lucknow on Saturday.
1.48 pm: Congress oncourse to form the next government in Punjab, winning 16 seats so far and leading in 60 others in the 117-members state assembly.
1.47 pm: “Uttar Pradesh election results surprising, seems EVMs did not accept any vote other than that of BJP’s,” said BSP chief Mayawati. “Press any button, vote goes to BJP,” alleged Mayawati, after trends showed her party finishing a poor third. She dared PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to ask EC to hold polls in Uttar Pradesh using traditional ballot papers if they are “honest”.
1.42 pm: Trends show Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan and his son Abdullah Azam leading in Rampur and Suar seats in Uttar Pradesh.
1.29 pm: “We accept people’s mandate. All volunteers worked hard. We accept people’s mandate. All volunteers worked hard. Our struggle will continue,” AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on the Punjab election results and the drubbing in Goa.
1.23 pm: The AAP says disappointed with its performance in Punjab and Goa and will introspect on the reasons behind it.
1.18 pm: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal says he will resign on Sunday, even as he congratulated Amarinder Singh for Congress’s victory in Punjab elections. “SAD will discuss reasons for defeat in the Punjab assembly elections,” he added.
1.17 pm: Former Goa CM Digambar Kamat (Congress) wins from Margao constituency, defeating BJP candidate Sharmad Pai Raiturcar by 4,900 votes.
12.56 pm: Congress admits that “the bad loss” in Uttar Pradesh hurts, adding that the party needs to do “fundamental restructuring” in the state, calling for hard decisions.
12.54 pm: The BJP and its allies appear poised to sweep all the five assembly segments which together form PM Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency as well as the three adjoining ones falling in the district. As per trends available till noon, the BJP is leading by a comfortable margin in all the three urban seats it had won in 2012—Varanasi Cantt, Varanasi South and Varanasi North.
12.52 pm: BJP president hails the party’s win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand as a victory of BJP’s ideology and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pro-poor and development policies.
12.32 pm: Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh thanked people of the state for their overwhelming support. “Arvind Kejriwal is like a summer storm which came and has gone,” said Singh. “We hope Union Government will recognise demands of Punjab and assist us.” Thanking Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Singh said: “The Congress legislature party will meet tomorrow.”
12.29 pm: BJP and its allies ahead in 305 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, SP-Congress alliance in 67 seats and BSP in 19 seats. (Election Commission)
12.25 pm: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat loses Haridwar (Rural) seat to the BJP’s Yatishwaranand by over 12,000 votes.
12.19 pm: Navjot Singh Sindhu on Congress’s performance in Punjab: “Punjab results a defeat of Akali Dal’s arrogance… This is the revival of Congress. It will take strength from this beginning in Punjab and spread.”
12.17 pm: Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh wins Thoubal Assembly constituency by over 8,000 votes. Sapam Ranjan Singh and Sapam Ranjan Singh of the BJP also posted wins in the state.
12.07 pm: Goa deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza has defeated his nearest rival Vinod Phadke of the MGP in Mapusa constituency.
12.03 pm: Home minister Rajnath Singh acknowledges the support of the people of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in ensuring BJP’s victory in those states.
11.53 am: Congress Kanwarpal Singh wins Anandpur Sahib seat in Punjab by defeating his nearest BJP rival Parminder Sharma by a margin of 23,881 votes. The seat was earlier held by cabinet minister Madan Mohan Mittal of the BJP.
11.45 pm: Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar of the BJP loses to Congress’ Dayanand Sopte in Mandrem constituency.
11.35 pm: Initial trends released by the Election Commission show that the AAP is trailing in Punjab and is yet to open its tally in Goa—a setback in its attempt to widen its electoral footprint. The AAP is ahead on 23 seats in Punjab and none in Goa.
BJP supporters in Delhi celebrating the party’s performance in the assembly elections. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
11.33 am: The BJP and its allies consolidated their position in Uttar Pradesh by surging ahead in 290 of the 403 seats, going by trends available from 386 constituencies.
11.20 am: Congress’s Gurjit Singh Aujla leading by 21,881 votes in Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency. Bypolls here were held with the assembly polls.
11.15 am: BJP leaders today credited “Modi wave” for the party’s strong showing in Uttar Pradesh elections. On the next chief minister in the state, they said the decision will be taken by the BJP parliamentary board and the legislature party in the state soon.
11.09 am: BJP’s Sangeet Singh Som is ahead of his nearest SP rival Atul Pradhan by a margin of 8,359 votes in Sardhana seat in Uttar Pradesh. (Election Commission)
11.08 am: Counting of votes by the Election Commission shows BJP’s Suresh Rana trailing BSP’s Abdul Waris Khan in Thana Bhawan seat in Shamli by over 5000 votes.
11.08 am: Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari (BSP), son Abbas and brother Sigbatullah trailing in Mau, Ghosi and Mohammadabad seats, respectively.
10.48 am: The BJP is set to sweep Uttar Pradesh as it’s now leading on 300 seats out of 403 assembly constituencies, indicating a rout for SP-Congress alliance and the BSP.
10.46 am: Election Commission data shows Congress leading in 63 seats in Punjab, with AAP in 22 seats and BJP-SAD combine on 28 seats.
An Indian election official shows an open EVM to political agents at a counting centre in Ghaziabad on Saturday. Photo: AFP
10.40 am: Capt. Amarinder Singh of Congress is leading by 26, 000 votes in Patiala but trailing Parkash Singh Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal by 7,000 votes in Lambi.
10.35 am: Congress’s Navjot Singh Sidhu is leading from Amritsar (East) with 12,300 votes ahead of BJP’s Rajesh Kumar Honey (3,370 votes).
10.33 am: Counting of votes for election results in Uttarakhand shows BJP ahead in 48 constituencies from 62 out of 70 assembly seats.
10.31 am: The BJP is leading in eight seats in the 60-member Manipur Assembly, followed by the ruling Congress in four seats, election commission data showed. Naga People’s Front (NPF) and National People’s Party (NPP) ahead in two seats each and an independent candidate in one seat
10.23 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is now leading on 259 seats, way ahead of Samajwadi Party’s 57, BSP’s 16 and Congress’s 11 seats, according to election commission data.
10.21 am: The BJP is leading in Ramnagar (Barabanki) and Ayodhya seats. Ministers Arvind Singh Gope and Tej Narain alias Pawan Pandey trailing.
10.12 am: Congress surging ahead in 50 seats in Punjab, followed by the SAD-BJP in 28 seats and AAP in 22 seats, as per election commission data.
10.05 am: In Uttar Pradesh, SP leader Shivpal Yadav leading by 5,742 votes in Jaswant Nagar (Etawah) over his nearest rival Manish Yadav Batre of BJP.
10.00 am: Latest Election Commission data shows the BJP leading in 199 seats, the BSP on 16, the Congress on 12 and Samajwadi Party on 44.
9.59 am: Latest vote counting trends indicate BJP’s Suresh Rana leading in Thana Bhawan seat in Shamli, Uttar Pradesh.
9.58 am: Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s Dipak Pawaskar defeats Ganesh Gaonkar of BJP by 1,169 votes in Sanvordem constituency.
9.50 am: Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh of Punjab leading over nearest rival Ravneet Singh Bittu of Congress by a margin of 2144 votes from Jalalabad, Election Commission data shows.
9.49 am: In Goa, CM Laxmikant Parsekar of BJP trails Congress candidate Dayanand Sopte by 1,700 votes in Mandrem constituency. (Election Commission)
9.42 am: Home minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh leading in Noida.
9.40 am: In Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav is trailing Manish Yadav Batre of BJP in Jaswant Nagar (Etawah) by 65 votes, Election Commission data shows.
9.37 am: In Punjab, the Congress is currently leading in 13 seats, followed by the ruling SAD-BJP on five and AAP on four seats each, as per early trends. Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal leading from Lambi seat, ahead of nearest rival Congress’s Capt. Amarinder Singh.
Congress was ahead in Amritsar Central, Tarn Taran, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar West (R), Chabbewal (R), Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Dharamkot, Baluana (Reserve), Gidderbaha, Faridkot, Rajpura and Patiala seats while SAD was ahead in Lambi, Bhagapurana, Moga and Majitha seats. BJP is ahead in Abohar segment. AAP was ahead in Bathinda Urban, Mansa, Bhadaur (R) and Mehal Kalan (R) seats. (PTI)
9.32 am: BJP at half-way mark in Uttar Pradesh, early trends show. The party is leading on 200 seats out of the 403 assembly seats in the state, SP-Congress combine ahead in 50 seats and the BSP in 30. Trends are currently available for 300 seats. (PTI)
9.30 am: In Punjab, the Congress is leading on 13 seats followed by ruling SAD-BJP and AAP on four seats each, as per early trends. (PTI)
9.28 am: Rape accused Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati leading in Amethi. Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya, ahead in Kunda.
9.24 am: In Uttarakhand, BJP is now leading on 25 seats and Congress on four.
9.19 am: In Punjab, Congress leading on four seats followed by SAD-BJP on three and AAP on one. (PTI)
9.14 am: In Punjab, CM Parkash Singh Badal is ahead of Congress’s Capt. Amarinder Singh by a margin of 1,245 votes in Lambi seat. In Bhadaur, AAP’s Pirmal Singh Tohra has taken an early lead. Congress’s Amarinder Singh Raja Warring is off to a good start in Gidderbaha.
Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia is ahead in Majitha seat by a margin of 1,126 votes over his nearest Congress rival. In Hargobindpur seat, Balwinder Singh Laddi of Congress has taken the lead, while AAP’s Kulwant Singh is ahead in Mehal Kalan seat. (PTI)
9.12 am: In Goa, the Congress is ahead on three seats, while the rest of the parties are yet to open their leads tally.
9.09 am: In Uttarakhand, the BJP is leading in 31 constituencies, Congress in nine and other parties two.
9.05 am: Latest numbers from PTI show the BJP surging ahead in Uttar Pradesh with gains in over 100 of 180 constituencies for which trends are currently available.
9.03 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is now ahead on 58 seats, SP-Congress on 26 seats, and BSP on 10 and others on 2.
9.01 am: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh ahead on Thoubal constituency where he is pitted against Irom Sharmila. (Dainik Jagran)
8.58 am: Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is leading in Lambi seat, according to early trends. The 89-year-old is locked in a triangular contest with Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh and journalist-turned-politician Jarnail Singh of the AAP.
8.55 am: In Punjab, the SAD-BJP alliance is ahead on one seat, Congress is ahead on eight and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) one.
8.54 am: BJP is now ahead on 38 seats in Uttar Pradesh compared to SP-Congress’s 17 and BSP’s seven.
8.52 am: In Uttarakhand, BJP is ahead on 6 seats and Congress is leading on 2 seats. (CNBC-TV18)
8.43 am: The BJP is now ahead on 23 seats in Uttar Pradesh, SP-Congress on 11 seats and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on four.
8.41 am: Early trends emerging from Punjab show BJP-SAD leading on one seat and Congress ahead on as many.
8.38 am: Early trends emerging from Uttar Pradesh show BJP+ leading in 13 seats while the SP-Congress alliance is ahead in 11 constituencies.
8.26 am: Counting of votes begins for all 117 assembly seats begins in Punjab. Fifty-four counting centres have been established at 27 locations. More than 14,000 officials have been deployed.
8.23 am: Counting of votes begins in Manipur at 11 centres, amid tight security and prohibitory orders under Section 144.
8.21am: Counting of votes begins in Uttar Pradesh. “Counting of votes for 403 assembly seats started at 8 in the morning. Counting of ballots will take place in all the 75 districts,” the State Election Commission said in Lucknow. Postal ballots were being counted first and initial trends are expected to be in by 9 am.
8.17am: Counting begins in Goa. The fate of CM Laxmikant Parsekar (Mandrem constituency) to be decided in the first hour. The postal ballots and votes polled by service voters will be taken up first before calculating the numbers on electronic voting machines (EVMs).