6.27pm: With the results clear in all five states that went to polls, we now conclude our live blog of the results. A quick recap before we wind up: The Samajawadi Party is leading in 226 seats, with the second placed BSP only managing 77. In Punjab the Akali Dal are ahead in 68 seats while the Congress is leading in 46. The BJP are ahead in Uttarakhand by 2 seats, while they have won convincingly in Goa. The only solace for the Congress party is in Manipur where they show leads in 42 seats. The second placed TMC only shows leads in 7 seats.
6.10pm: The celebrations of the Samajawadi party have been tinged with tragedy after a child died in celebratory firing.
5.50pm: The Congress has crossed the halfway mark in Manipur. The party is now leading in 44 seats, compared to the TMC's 7.
5:29pm Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri loses in Kotdwar. Khanduri thanked Uttarakhand electorate for voting the BJP to power. "I could not win myself but I thank everyone," he said. He added, " I thank my party for giving me the responsibility to govern this state. I want to express my gratitude to my party and people of Uttarakhand."
5:26pm SP headed for biggest win in UP since 1985.
5.17pm: The final Punjab results are in. The Akali Dal win with 56 seats, Congress 46, BJP 12 and Others 3.
5.08pm:Baba Ramdev addressed the media praising everyone but the Congress for their victories. He said that although he is not an astrologer, he has seen the world, and he knew Congress was going to lose. Ramdev said, "Congress is a sinking ship now." He praised Akhilesh Yadav saying that he is a 'nice boy' and deserved to win.
4.59pm: Latest media reports state that Digvijaya Singh has offered to resign as the General Secretary of the Congress party. Watch this space for more details.
4.29pm: The Samajawadi Party's Akilesh Yadav held a press conference and thanked the people of Uttar Pradesh for giving them a resounding majority in the state. The younger Yadav said that the party would immediately move towards implementing all the promises made in its manifesto, adding that the state would now move towards development. He added that curbing corruption would also be high on the agenda of the new government. Yadav added that the party's parliamentary board will meet on Wednesday to decide their future course of action. Meanwhile in response to a question, he said that his party would not pull down the many statues of Mayawati dotted across the state. "The Samajawadi Party is not associated with any mafia", he said.
4.05pm: Quick results update: Uttar Pradesh shows the Samajawadi Party on top with 224 seats way ahead of second placed BSP who are leading in 81 seats. The BJP seem to have pipped Congress into fourth place, picking up the lead in 47 states as opposed to 39 for the Congress. In Punjab the Akali Dal are strongly positioned, leading in 68 seats while the Congress has only been able to garner the lead in 39 seats. Uttarakhand is still very closely placed, with the BJP leading Congress in just three constituencies. In Goa however the BJP has a massive lead of 25 seats to the Congress' 8. IN Manipur the Congress seems headed for an absolute majority, leading in 42 seats. Second placed TMC is only leading in 7 constituencies.
3.58pm: Speaking to the media Congress General Secretary has said that the party was happy that the Samajawadi Party had been voted into power and the Goonda Raj of the BSP had been broken in Uttar Pradesh. However he laid rest to speculation that the Congress would be a part of a ruling coalition with the SP, by categorically stating that the party would sit in the opposition. He was also quick to absolve Rahul Gandhi from blame for the party's poor showing, saying that State unit of Congress took responsibility.
3:47 I admire Rahul for taking the responsibility of the party's performance in UP elections upon himself, says Salman Khurshid.
3: 41 Rahul Gandhi speaks - "I take responsibility for results in UP. Fundamentals of Congress in UP are weak but we have improved our position overall. We haven't done well in the whole of UP. My job is to work for the betterment of the people. This is a lesson for me and I will think on it."
3:35 On being asked if the BJP is facing a crisis of local leadership, Swaraj said, "we have very strong local leaders in Raman Singh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Sadanand Gowda."
3:24 Sushma Swaraj - " We have snatched Goa from the Congress. But UP results are heartbreaking. It is not true that we did not encourage local leadership in Uttar Pradesh."
3:11 Gadkari speaks to media: " Punjab has a history of anti-incumbency voting, but this time even there Akali-BJP combine has been voted into power again. In Goa also we have won 26 seats till now. We have stolen Goa from the Congress. I am sure we will win in Uttarakhand also. We did not get the expected numbers in UP. I congratulate Mulayam Singhji. I thank the electorate of Goa and Uttarakhand. I also thank the Election Commission for conducting fair and peaceful elections.
The floating votes in Uttar Pradesh went to the SP. "
3:10 Final tally in Uttar Pradesh - SP - 217, BSP- 85 BJP- 47 Congress+RLD - 38
3:00 Akalis beat incumbency, set to form the government in Punjab. "Won Punjab on development plank," said Parkash Singh Badal. Akali-BJP combine sweeps elections.
2:45 Amarinder Singh takes responsibility for the Congress' loss in Punjab. Agreeing that Punjab needs good governance, he said that despite his struggle and fight, they lost the battle. Meanwhile, Prakash Singh Badal credits SAB's win to developments in the state its strong relationship with the BJP.
2.41pm: Salman Khurshid who played a prominent role in the Congress' poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh has said that the party could have performed a lot better in the state. In an interview with NDTV, Khurshid said that while no one was expecting the Congress to get 202 seats from 22, they certainly could have done a lot better. He added that the party would now go into introspection mode and analyze and restrategize accordingly. As far as Rahul Gandhi was concerned he said, "Rahul Gandhi always said we were in here for the long haul, and now the long haul continues."
2.32pm: Early trends show that the Samajwadi Party has reached the halfway mark in Uttar Pradesh. The latest figures show the SP leading in 215 seats, the BSP in 88, the BJP in 47 and the Congress in 39. Meanwhile in Punjab the Akali Dal is breaking clear of the Congress, with leads of 68 seats to Congress' 46.
1:50pm: Manohar Parikkar, the BJP candidate who won in Goa said that the people have realised that they were being looted, therefore they chose BJP. On illegal mining, Parikkar said, "Shah Commission report on the Illegal mining in Goa will come soon. Lokayukta will take action. All the corrupt will be punished."
Speaking to media, Salman Khurshid said that Congress has made some interesting gains and there is no threat to the government. He said, 'Rahul has made a big difference in Uttar Pradesh.'
1.46pm: Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi has insisted that although the Congress did not do as well as they hoped in Uttar Pradesh, it was not a poor showing by the party. "We are now a significant political force in Uttar Pradesh", he said. However Singhvi said that he was "anguished and baffled" by the Congress' performance in Punjab, where the party was expecting to gain a clear majority.
1.30pm: The Congress is set to form the next government in Manipur with an unassailable lead over the Trinamool Congress. The Congress is showing leads in 31 seats to the TMC's five. Leads have been released for 46 of Manipur's 60 constituencies. Current Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh defeats his nearest rival O Indira of BJP in Thoubal by over 10,000 votes. Meanwhile the Congress has also inched ahead of the BJP in Uttarakhand, with 32 seats to the BJP's 28. The BJP however continue to do well in Goa, showing leads in 21 seats to the Congress' nine.
1.17pm: Speaking to the media in Uttar Pradesh, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has said that her party accepted the result, where early leads show the BJP in third place with leads in just 50 seats. Comparing elections to Bollywood she said, "Isey kehte hain kabhi khushi kabuki gam".
1.04pm: Renuka Chowdary speaking to NDTV says that the Congress will introspect its performance in the polls, but that nothing would stand in the way of implementing its policies in the future.
12.55pm: Samajawadi Party leading in 189 seats in Uttar Pradesh. BSP in second place at 98. BJP (52) moves one seat ahead of Congress (51) in early leads. Prabhu Chawla on CNN-IBN says the election results prove importance of local leaders over national leaders who don't have as much clout.
12.40pm: Quick recap of leads are as follows: Samajawadi Party ahead in Uttar Pradesh, leading in 192 seats to the BSP's 97. In Punjab the Akali Dal lead in 59 seats, with the Congress leading in 55. The BJP have nosed ahead in Uttarakhand, leading in 32 seats to the Congress' 29, and also currently lead in 16 seats to the Congress' 7 in the state of Goa. The Congress meanwhile has a decisive lead in Manipur, leading in 26 seats to the TMC's 5.
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