Election Results updates: PM congratulates Congress, thanks people of Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan for 'opportunity to serve'

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Election Results updates: PM congratulates Congress, thanks people of Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan for 'opportunity to serve'
  • 22:13 (IST)

    Shivraj Singh Chouhan wins from Budhni


    Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has won from his constituency of Budhni. The chief minister won by a margin of 58,999 votes, ANI reported.

  • 21:59 (IST)

    PM congratulates Congress
     
     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Congress on its performance in the Assembly elections. Modi said, "I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people."

  • 21:57 (IST)

    11 ministers in MP govt defeated
     
     
    Eleven ministers in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh went down to defeat in the state Assembly polls, among them: Rustam Singh in Morena constituency, Balkrishna Patidar in Khargone, Lal Singh Arya in Bhind's Gohad. Om Prakash Dhurve in Dindori district's Shahpura seat, Antar Singh Arya in Sendhwa. Deepak Joshi in Hatpipliya seat, and Archana Chitnis in Burhanpur seat. 
     
     

  • 21:38 (IST)

    Selection of CMs to be done smoothly, says Rahul


    With Congress set to form governments in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and locked in a close fight in Madhya Pradesh, party president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said the selection of chief ministers in the three states will be done "smoothly". "We have defeated the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh... There will be no issue over (selection of) chief minister. It will be done smoothly," he said. He was replying to a question on who will be the party's chief ministers in the three Hindi heartland states.

  • 21:30 (IST)

    Congress, BJP vie for control of crucial MP


    Rahul Gandhi's attempts to wrest the narrative ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls seem to be working. To avoid another Goa-like situation, the Congress' senior leadership tried to woo smaller parties such as the Gondwana Gantantra Party, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party and keep its prospects of forming the government alive.  

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  • 21:23 (IST)

    MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh results lend Rahul Gandhi deserved credibility

    The BJP's spin doctors will portray the Congress victory as an outcome of anti-incumbency operating in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Since the polity in these three states is bipolar, the Congress, it will be argued, became the recipient of votes of those who were angry and alienated from the Bharatiya Janata Party. In other words, the story of these elections was more about the BJP losing the elections rather than the Congress winning it.
     

  • 20:53 (IST)

    Vasundhara Raje resigns


    Outgoing chief minister Vasundhara Raje addressing the media, said she had submitted her resignation to the governor. Raje thanked BJP workers for their "relentless work" and said, "I am proud of the work done by the BJP and I hope the next government will take those ahead. We will continue to represent the people of Rajasthan, but this time in the Opposition. I thank the people of Rajasthan."  

  • 20:43 (IST)

    'Time for change'

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi congratulated the TRS in Telangana and the MNF in Mizoram. He added, "In the states we won, we thank the erstwhile chief ministers of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh for their services. But it is now time for change."

  • 20:20 (IST)

    Despite Congress win, Rahul Gandhi questions the usage of EVMs

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi once again questioned the usage of EVMs for polling. Addressing the media, he said, " As far as the EVMs are concerned, there are issues with them, universally. If the people in the country are uncomfortable with the EVM, then it's a big issue which needs to be addressed."

    "The central issue of EVM is still there, if the chip is manipulated you can affect the entire voting system, that's not possible with manual voting. This is a question that has been answered in the US and other countries, where they've said that we don't want an EVM," he said.

  • 20:16 (IST)

    PM Modi sold a vision five years, but failed today: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the most important lesson for him in the Assembly election was to not act like Narendra Modi. He said that the prime minister stopped listening to the people, and that's what led to the BJP's loss. The Congress chief also said that the party will set the architecture of a new vision in the three states: "The BJP sold a vision to Indians five years ago and they have failed today. What we would try is to set the architecture for a new vision," he said.

  • 20:11 (IST)

    Loan waiver alone not a solution to farmers' woes: Rahul Gandhi

    Addressing the media on Tuesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that loan waiver alone is not a solution to farmers' issue. "The solution for the agriculture crisis is challenging and will require infrastructure," he said.

  • 20:08 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi bats for manual voting, says EVM tampering is a universal issue

    "It’s a universal issue that is still prevalent, there is a chip if that is manipulated it changes everything, this will not be done when the voting is manual," Rahul Gandhi said.

  • 20:06 (IST)

    There will be no issue in selecting CM faces: Rahul Gandhi

    "The ideology of SP, BSP and Congress is the same —  different from that of BJP. There will not be a big issue of Chief Minister face. It will be done smoothly," says Rahul Gandhi, according to ANI

  • 20:01 (IST)

    PM Modi unable to handle pressure: Rahul Gandhi

    Looking at the current trends of the election results, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi claimed that it will be difficult for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to win in 2019 as the "country is not happy with demonetisation, GST and lack of jobs. I am happy with what we achieved." He said, adding that the prime minister is unable to handle pressure.

  • 19:58 (IST)

    Congress win a message against Narendra Modi: Rahul Gandhi

    "The prime minister won on the promise that he will fight against corruption. But that feeling is over. Now the public thinks that the prime minister himself is corrupt. The reality is there is corruption in Rafale scam, and it will come out soon," said Rahul Gandhi.

  • 19:55 (IST)

    WATCH: Rahul Gandhi addresses the media after Congress gains lead in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

  • 19:53 (IST)

    Congress will provide a vision to the states it has won: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the party is going to provide the states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh — a vision to overcome the problems that its youth, farmers and small shopkeepers are facing. "There's a lack of understanding about the problems that the people are facing. We are going to provide these states a govt that they can be proud of," he said.

  • 19:50 (IST)

    This win is dedicated to farmers, small shopkeepers, youth and Congress workers: Rahul Gandhi

    "This is a victory of Congress workers, small traders, farmers. This is a big responsibility for Congress party and we will work on this," said Rahul Gandhi, while addressing the media on Tuesday.

  • 19:35 (IST)

    FIRST DATA: How the Mizoram election was won

    From the time counting began, the Mizo National Front never gave the incumbent Congress a chance. Compared to their 2013 tallies, the Congress lost a remarkable 29 seats, while the MNF gained 21. The two exit polls conducted pulled in favour of a hung Assembly, but the actual outcome put both estimates to shame.

  • 19:34 (IST)

    TELANGANA: Congress suspects EVM manipulation, demands to recount VVPATs

    Raising suspicion about manipulation of EVMs in the Telangana assembly polls, the state unit of the Congress on Tuesday demanded counting of all VVPATs, reported News18. With Congress headed for a comprehensive defeat at the hands of ruling TRS, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy also claimed that the Election Commission declined to accept the party's demand for counting of VVPATs. He said his party has petitioned the state Chief Electoral Officer here and the Election Commission in Delhi for counting the VVPATs.

  • 19:32 (IST)

    TELANGANA: Congress suspects EVM manipulation, demands to recount VVPATs

    Raising suspicion about manipulation of EVMs in the Telangana assembly polls, the state unit of the Congress on Tuesday demanded counting of all VVPATs, reported News18. With Congress headed for a comprehensive defeat at the hands of ruling TRS, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy also claimed that the Election Commission declined to accept the party's demand for counting of VVPATs. He said his party has petitioned the state Chief Electoral Officer here and the Election Commission in Delhi for counting the VVPATs.

  • 19:27 (IST)

    India chose love over hate: Congress

  • 19:26 (IST)

    MADHYA PRADESH: Congress maintains lead; party workers celebrate in Bhopal

    Congress has won 13 seats and is leading on 99 seats in the state. The party has been facing neck and neck contest from ruling BJP which has won 15 seats and is leading in 94 seats. Counting is still underway in 201 seats.

  • 19:19 (IST)

    CHHATTISGARH: Counting still underway in 86 seats; Congress leading in 63, wins 4 seats

  • 19:16 (IST)

    RAJASTHAN: Congress wins 64  seats, leading in 34; BJP trailing with 44 wins, 30 leads

  • 19:12 (IST)

    MADHYA PRADESH: Congress leading in 113 seats, according to Election Commission

  • 19:04 (IST)

    RESULTS 2018: Govt High on Drama, Low on Action,' says BJP ally Goa Forward Party

    Taking potshots at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the woes of the mining industry, the Goa Forward Party, its ally in Goa, said Tuesday that "those in the government" are "high on drama and low on action".

    GFP president and Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai met representatives of those dependent on the mining industry in Delhi. Talking to PTI on phone after the meeting, Sardesai said his party puts Goans first.

    "Unfortunately, so far those in the government are high on drama and low on action," he said.

  • 18:56 (IST)

    RAJASTHAN: Congress MLAs, senior leaders to meet tomorrow, decide on next chief minister

    Congress will hold a meeting of Congress MLAs and senior leaders in Rajasthan on Wednesday morning. KC Venugopal, Congress leader said, that the party will seek views of all MLAs and senior leaders on the next chief minister of Rajasthan and then apprise Congress president Rahul Gandhi with the situation. "As per party customs, the party president will take the final decision on the leadership issue," he said.

    Till 6.46 pm, Congress has won 58 seats and is leading in 40 seats.

  • 18:54 (IST)

    RESULTS 2018: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik congratulates Congress, MNF, says BJP ignored farmers

    Speaking with ANI, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, said that BJP's loss shows the mood of the nation."These states are pre-dominantly agrarian states and BJP government in the Centre has more or less ignored the Swaminathan report recommendations and loan problems of farmers," he said.

  • 18:47 (IST)

    RESULTS 2018: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik congratulates Congress, MNF, says BJP ignored farmers

    Speaking with ANI, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, said that BJP's loss shows the mood of the nation."These states are pre-dominantly agrarian states and BJP government in the Centre has more or less ignored the Swaminathan report recommendations and loan problems of farmers," he said.

  • 18:39 (IST)

    MIZORAM: MNF delegation meets Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan; CM Lal Thanhawla resigns

    Outgoing chief minister of Mizoram Lal Thanhawla submits his resignation before the Governor. "This is very disappointing. I didn't expect this. I think I underestimated the new formation ZPM,"  he told ANI.

    Meanwhile, a delegation of Mizo National Front (MNF) leaders met with Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan. The party has won 26 seats.

  • 18:39 (IST)

    MIZORAM: MNF delegation meets Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan; CM Lal Thanhawla resigns

    Outgoing chief minister of Mizoram Lal Thanhawla submits his resignation before the Governor. "This is very disappointing. I didn't expect this. I think I underestimated the new formation ZPM,"  he told ANI.

    Meanwhile, a delegation of Mizo National Front (MNF) leaders met with Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan. The party has won 26 seats.

  • 18:19 (IST)

    MADHYA PRADESH: Congress' win a sign of Modi's waning popularity: Ashok Gehlot

    Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said that the Congress performance in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh is a sign of Modi's waning popularity. Speaking with ANI, Gehlot, said, 

    "This is a grand victory. We are forming government in three states what can be better than that. The way Rahul Gandhi tackled Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in Gujarat, after that graph of Congress is going up and the graph of Modi is constantly going down. It's a sign."

  • 18:09 (IST)

    RESULTS 2018: Congress makes significant gains in vote share, adds 9% in Rajasthan, crosses 40 in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh

    Congress vote share rose in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh as well as Chhattisgarh in the Assembly Elections, counting for which is currently undergoing.

    According to party national spokesperson, Abhishek Singhvi, the party added 9 percent to its 2014 vote share (30.4%) in Rajasthan. In Madhya Pradesh, the party gained six percents (from 34.9 percent to 41.4 percent) and in Chhattisgarh, the party added five percent to its vote share from 38.4 percent in 2014 to 43 percent in 2018.

  • 17:55 (IST)

    CHHATTISGARH: Congress' Bhupesh Patel terms win a victory of democracy

    Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel termed the party's win a victory of democracy, Addressing the press, Baghel said, "BJP had a lot of money and a team of corrupt officers, they also had conspirators in their pocket. Despite all of this, the mandate given by the people in Chhattisgarh is historic."

  • 17:44 (IST)

    CHHATTISGARH: Outgoing CM Raman Singh tenders resignation to governor

    Outgoing Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh tendered his resignation to the governor. Singh, who addressed the media, says, the party accepts the people's mandate and will be playing the role of Opposition in the Assembly.

    "I won't discuss the reasons for today's defeat but I congratulate the winners and thank all the party workers for their effort," Singh said.

    "I take the responsibility for this defeat because the poll was contested under my leadership. We will act as a strong Opposition and work for the development of the state," ANI quoted him as saying.

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Want to see a non-BJP and non-Congress govt at the Centre: Asaduddin Owaisi 

    Asaduddin Owaisi slammed both the BJP and the Congress by saying that Telangana has rejected the false claims by both the parties. Claiming that regional parties will rise to form a non-BJP and non-Congress government at the Centre, Owaisi dissed the idea of "united opposition" and said that the wave brought in by the TRS led by KCR will repeat in every election. AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, who happens to be the brother of Asaduddin, has won from Chandrayangutta in Telangana Assembly Elections.

  • 17:13 (IST)

    RAJASTHAN: RLD to join hands with Congress

    RLD vice president Jayant Chaudhary has announced that his party will support the Congress in Rajasthan. The party has won one seat. The Congress is leading in 104 and the BJP in 70.

  • 16:56 (IST)

    Congress Rajasthan to meet on Wednesday morning 

    Congress Legislative Party in Rajasthan to meet on Wednesday morning to decide the chief minister, says Sachin Pilot. Pilot has won form Tonk constituency in Rajasthan. According to trends so far, Congress has bagged 102 seats.

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Sachin Pilot wins by biggest margin in Rajasthan

    With over 54,000 votes, Sachin Pilot has won with the biggest victory margin in Rajasthan. It was the first assembly elections for 41-year old Pilot, a two-time MP, and he defeated Khan with a margin of 54,179 votes on the Muslim-dominated seat.

    So far, the Congress and the BJP have won six seats each, while the BSP has bagged three. Also, one independent and one other party candidate have won. 

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee calls for regional forces to join hands and oust BJP as 'quickly as possible'

    Slamming the BJP for showing arrogance, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that BJP is poised to lose every election because of their anti-people policies across the country.

    Giving examples of Assam, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, the TMC supremo called on the regional forces and said that "states are the pillars of India" and they should join hands to ensure a fast removal of the BJP from the Centre. "Let's get done with this quickly."

  • 16:30 (IST)

    MADHYA PRADESH: There are 27 seats where the difference is within 1000 votes

    It’s anyone’s game in Madhya Pradesh now as at least 26 seats are going down to the wire with a margin of less than 500 votes between the Congress and BJP candidates. If the Congress sees off the last-minute scare, it will a trifecta of wins in the heartland of India, having already comfortably bagged Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. 

  • 16:16 (IST)

    ELECTION LEADS TILL 4 PM IN ALL 5 STATES

    RAJASTHAN: Congress 107; BJP: 68; Others 24

    MADHYA PRADESH: Congress - 117; BJP - 102; Others - 11

    CHHATTISGARH: Congress - 68; BJP - 13; Others - 9

    MIZORAM: MNF - 26; Congress - 5; Others - 9

    TELANGANA: Congress - 22 seats; TRS - 87; Others 10 seats

  • 16:01 (IST)

    CHHATTISGARH: Largest electoral victory for any party in history of state

    The term of Bharatiya Janata Party’s longest serving chief minister in Chhattisgarh is finally going to end.  Trends available for 83 seats in the 90-member assembly showed the Congress was leading in 60 seats – a sweeping victory that even the party leaders had not anticipated.

    In fact, this is the largest electoral victory for any party in the history of Chhattisgarh, which has always seen closely fought elections. Reports have said that in 2013 the vote share difference between the BJP and Congress was merely 0.7%. "This time, however, at 2 pm, the Congress had 43.4% of the vote share while the BJP had 32.3%."

  • 15:55 (IST)

    MADHYA PRADESH: Mayawati calls winning BSP MLAs to Delhi

    Emerging kingmaker in Madhya Pradesh, BSP chief Mayawati has reportedly called all her winning MLAs to New Delhi for a meeting. The Congress will be hoping to stitch a post poll alliance with the BSP. While the party was supposed to have a pre-poll alliance, Mayawati pulled out following a disagreement over seat sharing. It is now up to the Congress to woo the BSP supremo and consequently form government. 

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Chandrababu Naidu congratulates winners

    TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu tweeted congratulations to winners of Assembly elections in the five states and separately tweeted out message for "KCR Garu."

  • 15:33 (IST)

    ELECTION TALLY FOR ALL FIVE STATES

    MADHYA PRADESH: Congress is leading with 115 seats while BJP is tailing behind with lead in 104 seats. 

    RAJASTHAN: Congress leading with 107 seats; BJP is leading in 68

    Chhattisgarh: BJP 17 seats as compared to 49 in 2013 Assembly election. Congress leading in 67, as opposed to the 39 in previous elections

    TELANGANA: TRS successfully rode on the KCR wave to secure a win in the sourthern state with very early leads. 

    MIZORAM: MNF is leading with 26 seats while Congress only projected win in 5 seats

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Don't worry, Congress will form government: Ashok Gehlot

    Did he say this for Rajasthan alone? Maybe not. 


    The chief minister hopeful from Rajasthan addressed the media on Tuesday and spoke on Congress strategy for all the five states which went to polls in November and December. Responding to questions from the media, Gehlot told the lot not to worry. "Sarkaar Congress hi banayegi."

  • 15:00 (IST)

    MADHYA PRADESH: Ambah, Damoh constituencies throw up a volatile contest 

    Ambah (SC/ST) constituency in Morena district has witnessed the most volatile contest till now. In the morning, Neha Kinner started with a lead, further Kamlesh Jatav of Congress picked up a lead around 10:30 am. Around 11:30 AM Neha Kinner, the state's only transgender candidate made a comeback, however Kamlesh Jatav is leading right now at the seat.

    Likewise, Damoh, one of the prestigious constituency of Madhya Pradesh, where two political stalwarts Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya and BJP rebel leader Ramkrishna Kusmariya are at loogerheads has also shown substantial swing. In the morning, Ramkrishna Kusmariya started with a lead, but for sometimes Malaiya was also leading the race, but currently Ramkrishna Kusmariya is inching closer to victory.


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  • 14:58 (IST)

    Congress workers celebrate party's performance in five states 

MP, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Telangana, Chhattisgarh Assembly Election Results LATEST Updates:  While felicitating  the victorious TRS in Telangana and the MNF in Mizoram, Rahul Gandhi said, "In the states we won, we thank the erstwhile chief ministers of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh for their services. But it is now time for change."

Outgoing Chhattisgarh Raman Singh has resigned taking responsibility for the BJP's performance in the state Assembly election, even as Counting was undergoing in the Naxal-hit state. According to Election Commission website, Congress secured 43.2 percent vote share in the state and was leading in over 60 seats.

However, Congress and BJP are giving neck and neck competition to each other in Madhya Pradesh. If the Congress maintains its lead in 113 seats, it will see a trifecta of wins in the heartland of India, having already comfortably bagged Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. With the sudden slump in electoral fortunes of the BJP, 2019 is no longer a walkover for Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. The result is a fresh lease of life for the Congress which now has a stronger claim to leadership in the proposed grand alliance of non-BJP parties in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Slamming the BJP for showing arrogance, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that BJP is poised to lose every election because of their anti-people policies across the country. Giving examples of Assam, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, the TMC supremo called on the regional forces and said that "states are the pillars of India" and they should join hands to ensure a fast removal of the BJP from the Centre. "Let's get done with this quickly."

It’s anyone’s game in Madhya Pradesh now as at least 26 seats are going down to the wire with a margin of less than 500 votes between the Congress and BJP candidates. If the Congress sees off the last-minute scare, it will a trifecta of wins in the heartland of India, having already comfortably bagged Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Emerging kingmaker in Madhya Pradesh, BSP chief Mayawati has reportedly called all her winning MLAs to New Delhi for a meeting. The Congress will be hoping to stitch a post poll alliance with the BSP. While the party was supposed to have a pre-poll alliance, Mayawati pulled out following a disagreement over seat sharing. It is now up to the Congress to woo the BSP supremo and consequently form government.

After several hours of uncertainty over MP results, the Election Commission released the official numbers for Madhya Pradesh till 3 pm. The Congress is leading in 115 seats while BJP is tailing behind in 105 seats. Losing Madhya Pradesh will be a huge setback for the saffron party.

Congress, as opposed to everyone's expectation, has managed to rally ahead of the BJP in three very crucial states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. CM-hopeful from Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot said, "Don't worry. Congress will win these elections." 

Speaking to media, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade said, "I knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh but MP trends have come as a surprise." Kakade blamed the poor performance on state units deviating from Narendra Modi's development pitch. "I think we forgot the issue of development that Modi took up in 2014. Ram Mandir, statues and name changing became the focus."

Congress has gained clear leads in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh, the contest is extremely close with BJP and Congress both  leading in 110 seats. The Congress was leading in 60 seats, and the ruling BJP in 15 in Chhattisgarh as per trends available in 64 seats, poll officials said Tuesday.

Reports have said that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has reached Sonia's house in New Delhi to discuss further strategy as Congress surged ahead of the BJP in two crucial states — Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — and the contest is really close in Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, Mayawati has extended its support to the Congress in MP. 

The Congress was leading in the BJP-ruled states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and was locked in a close fight in Madhya Pradesh while the TRS forged ahead in Telangana and the MNF in Mizoram, trends indicated on Tuesday as votes for elections in the five states were counted.

The Rahul Gandhi-led party became the focal point of attention as the morning progressed and trends showed it could possibly steal a march over rival BJP in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh, the picture changed minute to minute, in an electoral exercise being seen as a semi-final to 2019. "Trends show Congress marching ahead to victory in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh. We are confident the trend will continue across the country," Congress leader Sachin Pilot said in Jaipur.

Congress has hit the halfway mark in Madhya Pradesh with lead in 116 seats while BJP is tailing with lead in 104 seats. Meanwhile, reacting to the election results, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee called it a people's victory. "People voted against BJP. This is the people’s verdict and victory of the people of this country. Victory of democracy and victory against injustice, atrocities, destruction of institutions, misuse of agencies, no work for poor people , farmers, youth, Dalits, SC, ST, OBC, minorities and general caste. Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states. This is a real democratic indication of 2019 final match. Ultimately, people are always the ‘man of the match’ of democracy. My congrats to the winners."

It is certain that Congress will win elections in Rajasthan, said Rajasthan chief minister hopeful Ashok Gehlot. According to reports, if Congress wins Rajasthan, Gehlot is poised to be the next chief minister. Congress has its nose ahead in three states, but in Madhya Pradesh the contest is very close with BJP at 106 and Congress at 113, however, the numbers are changing extremely fast.

Celebrations at Congress offices in the poll-bound states began way before clear leads started emerging.

Election Commission released the voteshare of BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Observers said that the BJP in Madhya Pradesh is marginally ahead and the contest with Congress in Rajasthan is neck and neck. Things could swing in favour of the BJP.

With solid leads, Congress seems assured of a victory in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, and is closing its gap with the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samiti has widened its lead in Telangana. In Mizoram, the Mizo National Front (MNF) has stolen a march on the ruling Congress.

As opposed to everyone's expectation, Congress has taken an early lead in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In Mizoram, MNF is set to form the next government in Mizoram while KCR-led Telangana Rashtra Samiti has got very early lead in Telangana.

In Mizoram, the MNF is set to return to power and they have already begun celebrations. ANI shared pictures where the party has taken an unassailable lead. Congress extends lead to 114 seats in Madhya Pradesh while BJP is leading in 96 seats.

Early trends give advantage Congress in three previously-BJP ruled states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Several offices of Congress across the state — especially in Delhi and Rajasthan — have already started celebrating the numbers which are slowly trickling in. Numbers steadily rose in Madhya Pradesh where two-way contest was favouring BJP till Congress took over. In MP, while the BJP is leading in 100 seats, Congress has secured an early lead with 109 seats.

According to early trends, Congress has gained an early lead in Rajasthan and in Madhya Pradesh the gap between the Congress and the BJP is closing in really fast. While BJP has got leads in 93 seats, Congress is surging ahead in 87 indicating a real climax in the offing. In Rajasthan, the Congress is leading in 97 seats, while BJP is ahead in 66 seats.

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi with other Congress leaders at an election rally in Medchal, Telangana. PTI

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi with other Congress leaders at an election rally in Medchal, Telangana. PTI

Delay in counting has been reported in Khammam district in Telangana, which recorded on the highest polling percentages across the state at 85.5%, and other districts in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. According to early trends, BJP has gained early leads in Madhya Pradesh.

K Chandrashekar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is leading in Tungaturthi and Jagtial. Nearly all the exit polls predict KCR retaining yet another term with a clear majority although the margin varied from poll to poll.

Early trends indicate good start for Congress in Rajasthan. Reports said party is ahead in eight seats. Congress leading in Mandawa and Tonk seat. Reeta Choudhary is leading from Mandawa seat while Sachin Pilot is leading in Tonk.

The results of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will decide the fate of Congress in the Mahagathbandhan ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha election. Regional parties like Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and others had distanced with the Congress in these elections. If Congress manages to win in these three states then there are high chances that regional parties will contest elections with the Congress against the BJP in 2019.

Counting in five states has begun. Hectic political parleys marked the eve of counting of votes for five state assemblies, billed as semi-finals before the 2019 national polls, with the Congress asserting that the mandate from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram on Tuesday would send a "clear message" against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

Dubbed as the semi-finals ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, these polls are bipolar contest between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Ahead of the results, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said people will give a "clear message" in form of results for the five assemblies and exuded confidence that the BJP would be ousted in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Counting of votes for five state assemblies billed as semi-finals before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, will start on Tuesday (11 December) at 8 am. The election season which saw both national as well as regional parties and their leaders attending public meetings, rallies and roadshows to woo the voters in the five states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram, will finally end with the Election Commission set to announce the results today.

Exit polls have mostly forecast a tight race between the ruling BJP and the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring Chhattisgarh, while many of them have given a clear majority to the Congress against the ruling BJP in Rajasthan.

For Telangana, exit polls have been divided between the TRS and the Congress-led opposition alliance. Same is the case for Mizoram where the ruling Congress is being challenged by its arch-rival in the state, Mizo National Front, while the BJP is also separately in the fray.

The Congress, buoyed by the predictions of exit poll results, has already said that the results on Tuesday would send a "clear message" against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The BJP leaders, on the other hand, has de-linked the state polls from the next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Even the stock market will be curiously tracking the poll results on Tuesday, especially after it reacted negatively on Monday with the benchmark Sensex plummeting by over 700 points.

Over 8,500 candidates were in the fray in polls for these assemblies and their electoral fate is currently sealed in over 1.74 lakh EVMs, stored in over 670 strongrooms across the five states. A total of 678 assembly seats across five states went for polls after polling was countermanded in one seat in Rajasthan due to death of a candidate.

Tight security arrangements have been made for the counting, especially in Chhattisgarh where at least 12 assembly seats are in Naxal-affected areas. Besides, there have been allegations related to the electronic voting machines.

These assembly elections are being seen as crucial for the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as it is in power in three of these states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The Congress is in power in Mizoram, while the TRS ruled Telangana before the assembly was dissolved there.

The BJP is trying for a fourth term in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and is seeking to retain power in Rajasthan. The three states also played a significant role for the BJP in the 2014 general elections, when it had won 62 out of the 65 Lok Sabha seats in these three states.

The elections are also significant for Congress, which is out to challenge the BJP's rule in three states and protect its last bastion in the North-East, where Mizoram remains the only state under the rule of BJP-led NDA. The eight North-East states together have 25 Lok Sabha seats.

In the multi-phase polling, Chhattisgarh voted on November 12 (18 seats) and November 20 (72 seats); Madhya Pradesh (230 seats) and Mizoram (40 seats) on November 28; and Rajasthan (199 seats) and Telangana (119 seats) on December 7.

In the 2013 elections in Mizoram, the Congress had won 34 seats, while MNF got five and the Mizoram People's Conference bagged one seat. Since 1987, Mizoram has been ruled by either Congress or the MNF, while the BJP is yet to win an assembly seat there.

In Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the BJP has been in power for three consecutive terms, while Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government Rajasthan is seeing to defy a recent trend of the saffron party and the Congress being in power alternately.

KCR-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had formed the first government of the country's youngest state in 2014 after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

In the maiden polls for the 119-seat Telangana assembly, 1821 candidates were in the fray and a voter turnout of 73.20 percent was recorded.

Chhattisgarh recorded 76.60 percent voter turnout, while the same for Madhya Pradesh was 75.05 percent. Rajasthan recorded over 74 percent voting, while it was nearly 80 percent in Mizoram.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2018 22:49:20 IST

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