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Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Election Results 2019: 17th Lok Sabha Elections full coverage state, party and constituency-wise
  • 11:28 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    Congress leaders hold meeting following loss

    Karnataka deputy chief minister and Congress leader G Parameshwara is holding a meeting at his residence of the state's party brass. The Congress has won just one seat in the state, where it forms the coalition government with JD(S), which also won just a single seat. Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Rao, MB Patil and other leaders are present at the meeting.

  • 11:11 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    Below are the party-wise vote share percentages in the state, according to the Election Commission's website.

    • BJP 51.38%
    • BSP 1.17%
    • CPI 0.05%
    • CPM 0.05%
    • INC 31.88%
    • JD(S) 9.67%
    • NOTA 0.71%
    • SHS 0.04%
    • Other 5.04%

  • 11:09 (IST)

    Kerala election results latest updates

    Below are the party-wise vote share percentages in the state, according to the Election Commission's website.

    • BJP 12.93%
    • BSP 0.25%
    • CPI 6.05%
    • CPM 25.83%
    • INC 37.27%
    • IUML 5.45%
    • KEC(M) 2.07%
    • NOTA 0.51%
    • RSP 2.45%

  • 10:52 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    Lone JD(S) winner to give up seat

    The Janata Dal (Secular)'s lone winner in the Karnataka Lok Sabha election, Prajwal Revanna, is reportedly going to give up his Hassan seat so that his grandfather, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, who has lost by a significant margin from Tumkur, can seek election from the seat, said reports.

  • 10:45 (IST)

    Kerala election results latest updates

    Congress secures double digit seat count in just one state

    Congress has crossed the double digit seat count only in Kerala, where it won 15 of the 20 seats. 

  • 10:27 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    Rajeev Chandrasekhar's tweets remind Sidhu of promise 

    BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who lives in Bengaluru, sought to remind Congress MP Navjot Singh Sidhu of a promise he made, to quit politics if Rahul Gandhi lost the Congress's bastion of Amethi. Chandrasekhar exhorted Sidhu to indeed quit in order to remain a man of his word.

  • 10:18 (IST)

    Mandya election results latest updates

    Sumalatha congratulated by reel-life daughter

    With a 51.02 percent vote share, former Congress MP and late actor MH Ambareesh's widow Sumalatha is the undisputed winner of Mandya constituency. She was up against Janata Dal (Secular) leader Nikhil Kumaraswamy, whose father is chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. Enthused by Sumalatha's success, her on-screen daughter HariPrriya has taken to Twitter to congratulate her.

  • 09:50 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    BJP decimates ruling Cong-JDS coalition in Karnataka

    Steamrolling the ruling Congress-JDS alliance, the BJP Thursday scored a resounding win in Karnataka, bagging 25 out of the total 28 Lok Sabha seats in an outcome that left the one-year old Kumaraswamy government in a tizzy over its stability.

    With the BJP dealing a hammer blow, Congress and JD(S) managed to win only one seat each, indicating that neither arithmetic nor chemistry worked for the two, which apparently failed to reconcile with each other at the ground level.

    This is said to be the worst ever performance by Congress in Karnataka and a record of sorts by BJP, for which Karnataka emerged as the bright spot in the South with other neighbouring states bucking the "Modi magic".

    PTI

  • 09:31 (IST)

    Kerala election results latest updates

    Will examine reasons behind LDF defeat in detail, says Pinarayi Vijayan

    Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while satisfied that the BJP has not been able to make any inroads into the state, has admitted to ANI that the defeat of the Left Democratic Front in the Lok Sabha elections "was unexpected". "We will examine the reasons in detail," he said.

    Vijayan claimed that the sentiments against the ruling party at the Centre has been reflected in the state, which has led to Congress reaping the benefits.  

  • 09:11 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    HDK calls for discussion among coalition leaders

    His father HD Deve Gowda and his son Nikhil both having suffered humiliating defeats, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is a man diminished. He has, on Friday, called for a discussion among leaders of both parties of the coalition for a discussion about the loss of JD(S)-Congress coalition candidates. Kumaraswamy also tweeted his thanks to all coalition party workers.

  • 08:55 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu election results latest updates

    #TNRejectsBJP hashtag on Twitter spawns multiple cinema-inspired memes 

    Borrowing heavily from Tamil cinema (and of course, Game of Thrones), Twitter users have been busy making memes on BJP's lacklustre performance in Tamil Nadu.

  • 08:46 (IST)

    Telangana election results latest updates

    TRS suffers setback with only 9 seats in state

    The ruling TRS suffered a setback in the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, winning lower-than-expected nine seats as a resurgent BJP sprang a surprise emerging victorious in four constituencies Thursday. The Congress also put up a decent show, securing three segments in the state which has 17 constituencies.

    Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha crashed to a shock defeat in Nizambad, from where she sought re-election. The TRS had an electoral understanding with AIMIM and the two parties had repeatedly expressed confidence of winning all the seats. The final outcome coupled with the NDA securing majority on its own in Lok Sabha dashed Rao's hopes of a key role for himself in national politics.

    PTI

  • 08:10 (IST)

    South States Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

    Actor Siddharth promises to remain critical, berates Rahul

    South Indian actor Siddharth, a regular critic of the government, politicians and public institutions, has been tweeting through Thursday as the results of the election poured in. The actor berated Congress for an ineffective Opposition and congratulating Narendra Modi, said he will continue to 'voice his honest opinions.'

  • 08:02 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh election results latest updates

    A rollercoaster ride for Jagan to the top post

    From a small-time businessman to a formidable political leader, YSR Congress president Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy  popularly known as Jagan  has had a rather smooth and bumpy ride in the last two decades of his career. While the first decade of his career was spent in building a business in a hassle-free manner, the second decade had been tumultuous for Reddy as he set on the political path.

    But his single-minded focus of becoming chief minister paid off as his YSR Congress Party is poised to secure a landslide win in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls. It was virtually a ten-year wait that's coming to a happy end for the 47-year-old leader, who nurtured the ambition of becoming chief minister soon after his father's death in September 2009.

  • 07:42 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh election results latest updates

    Naidu's kingmaker aspirations die as TDP faces rout in assembly, LS polls

    N Chandrababu Naidu, who has a few records, including being the longest serving Chief Minister in Andhra Pradesh, finds himself at the crossroads as his TDP
    faced a rout in the assembly as well as Lok Sabha polls, dashing his hopes of emerging kingmaker at the national level.

    Naidu, who has claimed himself to be the senior most politician, given his 40 year career, created a record of sorts by embracing Congress, against which the party was founded by his father-in-law, the late NT Rama Rao. He served as chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh for a little over eight years from 1 September, 1995 to May 13, 2004  the longest tenure for any and served as the first chief minister of (bifurcated) Andhra Pradesh from June 2014.

  • 07:34 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu election results latest updates

    MK Stalin, Narendra Modi share pleasantries on respective victories

    DMK chief MK Stalin whose party is on course for a massive victory in the Lok Sabha election congratulated the man who is set to become Prime Minister for the second time, Narendra Modi, on Thursday. The DMK is aliied with Congress in Tamil Nadu.

    "We hope and wish he will provide a progressive government based on the principles of democracy and inclusivity," Stalin wrote on Modi, who replied with his congratulations.

  • 07:24 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu election results latest updates

    MK Stalin scripts fairytale comeback for DMK

    Assiduously working for a grand victory through the years, DMK President MK Stalin single handedly steered his party through the long night, sweeping the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu after back to back poll debacles. In 2014, the party had won no seats in the Lok Sabha polls, The DMK-led front, which also comprises Congress and the IUML, is set for a clean sweep and is poised to win 37 of 38 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu with the lone seat appearing to go to the AIADMK. The DMK lost the 2011 and 2016 Assembly polls and 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

  • 07:16 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu election results latest updates

    First timers set to make maiden foray in Lok Sabha

    Several first timers are set to make their maiden foray in the Lok Sabha as many are heading towards a remarkable victory, according to Election Commission data. Some of them, including AIADMK's P Raveendranath Kumar, son of Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, hail from a political background.

    Among the first timers are Congress candidate S Jothimani (Karur), Raveendranath Kumar (Theni), DMK's Kalanidhi Veerasamy (North Chennai), DMK's T Sumathy (alias) Thamizhachi Thangapandian (South Chennai) and India Jananayaka Katchi's (IJK) Dr Paarivendhar, who contested from Perambalur.

    PTI

  • 06:56 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu election results latest updates

    DMK takes the honours, AIADMK retains power in TN
     

    In a much needed morale booster for the DMK, the party swept the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu, while arch rival AIADMK managed to pull off wins in nine of the 22 Assembly seats that went for bypolls, virtually ensuring its continuance in power till 2021.

    Another key feature of the outcome is the relegation of Kamal Haasan's fledgling Makkal Needhi Maiam and AIADMK rival TTV Dhinakaran's Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam to the status of spoilers.

    The DMK-led front, which faced the Lok Sabha polls under a new nomenclature "Secular Progressive Alliance," appears set to win in 36 of the 38 constituencies in Tamil Nadu.

    PTI

  • 06:50 (IST)

     
    After defeat in Kerala, BJP sets eyes on 'next polls' in state
     
    BJP is on its way to a landslide victory, showing major gains in Odisha and West Bengal but a nought in Kerala, prompting leaders to say they will redouble efforts to make inroads in the southern state the next time. "The BJP will do well in Kerala in the next elections in the same way it has done in West Bengal and Odisha this time," BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told the media. 
     
    PTI

  • 06:42 (IST)

    South States Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

    Dynasts lose out in battle for south

    The southern states saw some big upsets as many dynasts were defeated resoundingly. In a big blow to the ruling coalition in Karnataka, JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda was defeated in Tumkur constituency by his BJP rival GS Basavaraj by a margin of over 13,000 votes. BJP-backed Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh, in Mandya, defeated Nikhil Kumaraswamy, Deve Gowda's grandson.

    In Telangana, chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha was defeated by a margin of 70,875 votes, by the BJP's Arvind Dharmapuri. TDP scion Nara Lokesh also lost to YSR Congress's Ramakrishna Reddy. The Congress, otherwise defeated, managed a big victory in Congress scion Rahul Gandhi.

  • 04:32 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu election results latest updates

    Anbumani Ramadoss loses in Dharmapuri


    Pattali Makkal Katchi chief Anbumani Ramadoss lost to DNV Senthilkumar S of the DMK from the Dharmapuri seat by a margin of 70,753 votes.

  • 03:32 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu election results latest updates

    Karti Chidambaram thanks voters

  • 03:28 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    Anant Kumar Hegde wins Uttara Kannada by massive margin

    From backing Sadhvi Pragya Thakur for her 'patriot' on Nathuram Godse to calling Rahul Gandhi a moron, Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde has of late been grabbing headlines. On Thursday, he was in the news again but for his victory in Uttara Kannada seat. He defeated Anand Asnotikar from the Janata Dal (Secular) by a huge margin of 4,79,649 votes.

  • 01:42 (IST)

    Telangana election results latest updates

    Fall of a dynast as Kalvakuntla Kavitha loses from Nizamabad


    BJP candidate from Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat Arvind Dharmapuri defeated Telangana Rashtra Samithi candidate Kalvakuntla Kavitha with a margin of 70,875. She is the daughter of Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

  • 01:38 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu election results latest updates

    Karti Chidambaram on the path of victory in Sivaganga

    Haunted by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the INX Media case, Congress leader and son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, Karti has some happy tidings despite a Congress downfall as he was leading in Sivaganga by an unassailable margin of 3,32,224 votes against H Raja of the BJP.

  • 01:02 (IST)

    Kerala election results latest updates

    Shashi Tharoor retains Thiruvananthapuram seat
     

    Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor retained the Thiruvananthapuram seat by defeating former Mizoram governor and BJP candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan by a margin of 99,989 votes, according to an ANI report.

  • 19:01 (IST)

    MK Stalin congratulates PM

  • 18:36 (IST)

    What are the elements in a VVPAT? how does it work?

     

    VVPAT has a printer and it has a VVPAT Status Display Unit (VSDU). VVPAT runs on a power pack (battery) of 22.5 volts. In the booth, the control unit and VSDU are kept with the Presiding Officer/Polling Officer and the balloting unit and printer are kept in the voting compartment.

  • 17:49 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    BJP's Pralhad Joshi wins Dharwad seat

    BJP's Pralhad Joshi defeated the Congress' Vinay Kulkarni in Karnataka's Dharwad.


    Manjunath Somareddi/101Reporters

  • 17:42 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    BJP candidate Nalin Kumar Kateel wins in Dakshin Kannada

    In Karnataka's Dakshin Kannada constituency, BJP's Nalin Kumar Kateel defeated Congress' Mithun Rai. Kateel received 7,74,456 votes compared to Rai's 4,99,664 votes.

    M Raghuram/101Reporters

     

  • 17:16 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    BJP candidate Anantkumar Hegde wins in Uttara Kannada 

    In Karnataka's Uttara Kannada constituency, BJP candidate Anantkumar Hegde has defeated Anand Asnotikar of the JD(S).

  • 17:00 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    EC: BJP candidate Shivakumar Udasi defeats Congress' DR Patil

     
    In Karnataka's Haveri Lok Sabha seat, Returning Officer Krishana Bajpai hands over winning certificate to BJP candidate Shivakumar Udasi, who defeated the Congress' DR Patil by a margin of 1,40,882 votes.
     
    Basavaraj Maralihalli/101Reporters

  • 16:37 (IST)

    What is an EVM? How does it work?

    An EVM, or an electronic voting machine has two units -- control unit and balloting unit. These units are joined together by a cable. The control unit of the EVM is kept with the presiding officer or the polling officer. The balloting unit is kept within the voting compartment for electors to cast their votes. This ensures that the polling officer has verified your identity. The polling officer will press the Ballot Button on the EVM which enables the voter to cast their vote. A list of candidates names and/or symbols will be available on the machine with a blue button next to it. The voter can press the button next to the candidate’s name they wish to vote for.  

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

     

    EC declares BY Raghavendra winner from Shimoga constituency

    The Election Commission has declared BJP's BY Raghavendra as the winner from Shimoga Lok Sabha constituency. He secured 7,29,872 votes, while JDS' Madhu Bangrappa got 50,6,512 votes.

    AS Kamalakshi/101Reporters

     
     

  • 16:00 (IST)

    Kerala election result latest update

    Rahul Gandhi takes lead of 3 lakh votes in Wayanad

    Rahul Gandhi is heading for a record-breaking margin against his nearest rival CPIs PP Suneer in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday, as roads in front of counting centres in this hill town wore a deserted look. As counting progressed, Gandhi established a lead of over three lakh votes, probably the biggest margin in the Lok Sabha elections in the State.  

  • 15:53 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    BJP-backed Independent takes massive lead in Mandya

    In Mandya Lok Sabha seat, BJP-backed Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh leads JD(S) candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy by a massive margin of 66,995 votes. She has 4,91,955 votes, while Kumaraswamy has 4,24,960 votes

     
    Deena D'Silva/101Reporters

  • 15:48 (IST)

    How are strong rooms secured?

    Three-layer security arrangements are made at EVM strong rooms across the country ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, under the tight vigil of the election commission. With Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) guarding the inner circle of the strong rooms where the EVMs are kept, the outer parameter is secured by the state armed constabulary and local police or the District Executive Force is deployed on the streets. The District Collectorate (DC) and Superintendent of Police (SP) are personally responsible for the security of strong room within the district and meticulous implementation of the protocol.  

     
     

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu election results latest updates

    Below are the constituencies where each party is leading in Tamil Nadu at the moment:

    • Congress: Thiruvallur, Krishnagiri, Arani, Karur, Tiruchirappalli, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Kaniyakumari
    • DMK: Chennai North, Chennai South, Chennai Central, Sriperumbudur, Arakkhonam, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Viluppuram, Kallakurichi, Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Nilgiris, Pollachi, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Thootukkudi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Erode
    • CPIM: Coimbatore, Madurai
    • DML: Kancheepuram
    • CPI: Tiruppur, Nagapattinam
    • AIADMK: Chidambaram, Theni
    • Indian Union Muslim League: Ramanathapuram

    Swathy Reddy/101Reporters

  • Karnataka election results latest updates

    Tejasvi Surya, BJP's rising star in Bengaluru

    The reason why Tejasvi Surya seems set to win Bengaluru South is also the reason why Modi swept the election in the rest of India: the perceived strength of the prime minister’s leadership and the lack of it in the Opposition. It’s just that Tejasvi made the country’s leadership his main campaign theme.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Karnataka election results latest updates

    BJP leads in 25 seats

    BJP leads in 25 of 28 seats.The Congress/JDS alliance leads in three seats.

    Kubra Fatima/101Reporters

     

  • 15:31 (IST)

     

    Which states voted in Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha election?

    Assam (5 parliamentary constituencies), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Karnataka (14), Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), UP (8), West Bengal (3) and Puducherry (1).

  • 15:29 (IST)

    Mandya election results latest updates

    BJP-backed Sumalatha's supporters celebrate lead

    Supporters of BJP-backed Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh celebrated her lead over JD(S) candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya. 

    Deena D'Silva/101Reporters

  • 15:16 (IST)

     

    What is VVPAT? How does it work?

    Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail is an independent system attached with the Electronic Voting Machines that allows the voters to verify that their votes are cast as they desired. When a vote is cast, a slip is printed on the VVPAT printer containing the serial number, name and symbol of the candidate and remains exposed through a transparent window for seven seconds. After that this printed slip automatically gets cut and falls in sealed drop box of the VVPAT.

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Dharwad election results latest updates

    BJP candidate surges ahead

    BJP's Pralhad Joshi, its candidate for Dharwad, is on his way to victory with 4,43,125 votes, Congress' Vinay Kulkarni has 2,97,397 votes

    Manjunath Somareddi/101Reporters

  • Kerala election results latest updates

    BJP candidates fail to convince state voters

    BJP leaders have attributed the dismal show to the voters’ resolve to punish the Left Democratic Front government for its attempt to tamper with the faith of the believers. Party Rajya Sabha member Muraleedharan said the voters had opted for the Congress as they were not convinced about the winning chances of the BJP candidates. 

  • Kerala election results latest updates

    BJP fails to see victory with big ticket candidates

    The Bharatiya Janata Party’s hope of opening an account in the Lok Sabha election in Kerala has diminished with the party candidates in the two constituencies, on which the party pinned much hope, trailing. Kummanam Rajashekharan, who was made to resign as Mizoram Governor to capture the Thiruvananthapuram seat is over 47,800 votes behind Shashi Tharoor of the Congress.

    The sweat made by the party to convert the Sabarimala issue into votes also failed dismally. K Surendran, who led the struggle against the entry of menstruating women in Sabarimala, slipped into third position in Pathanamthitta where the temple is situated. Congress candidate Anto Antony is leading by over 40,000 votes in the constituency. 

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Belagavi election results latest updates

    BJP workers celebrate potential victory of Suresh Angadi

    BJP party workers celebrated the potential victory of party candidate for Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency, Suresh Angadi, against Congress candidate VS Sadhunvar. After results are declared, Angadi will be undefeated for the consecutive fourth term.

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Tumkur election results latest updates

    Former PM HD Deve Gowda headed towards loss 

    BJP maintains a strong lead with 538090 votes for GS Basavaraju in the Tumkur Lok Sabha seat, pushing former prime minister HD Deve Gowda towards loss. 

    Chandramouli/101Reporters

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Rajinikanth tweets congratutations to Modi

    Superstar and south icon Rajinikanth was among those who wished Narendra Modi congratulations for what will soon be his victory in the Lok Sabha election 2019.

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Election Results 2019: 17th Lok Sabha Elections full coverage state, party and constituency-wise | The Janata Dal (Secular)'s lone winner in the Karnataka Lok Sabha election, Prajwal Revanna, is reportedly going to give up his Hassan seat so that his grandfather, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, who has lost by a significant margin from Tumkur, can seek election from the seat, said reports.

With a 51.02 percent vote share, former Congress MP and late actor MH Ambareesh's widow Sumalatha is the undisputed winner of Mandya constituency. She was up against Janata Dal (Secular) leader Nikhil Kumaraswamy, whose father is chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. Enthused by Sumalatha's success, her on-screen daughter HariPrriya has taken to Twitter to congratulate her.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while satisfied that the BJP has not been able to make any inroads into the state, has admitted to ANI that the defeat of the Left Democratic Front in the Lok Sabha elections "was unexpected". "We will examine the reasons in detail," he said. Vijayan claimed that the sentiments against the ruling party at the Centre has been reflected in the state, which has led to Congress reaping the benefits.

His father HD Deve Gowda and his son Nikhil both having suffered humiliating defeats, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is a man diminished. He has, on Friday, called for a discussion among leaders of both parties of the coalition for a discussion about the loss of JD(S)-Congress coalition candidates. Kumaraswamy also tweeted his thanks to all coalition party workers.

The Election Commission has declared the results in Kerala for all 20 seats. Congress-led United Democratic Front has secured a comfortable victory with 15 seats for Congress, two for the Indian Union Muslim League, one for the Kerala Congress (M) and one for Revolutionary Socialist Party. The CPM-led Left Democratic Front has secured just one seat.

BJP is on its way to a landslide victory, showing major gains in Odisha and West Bengal but a nought in Kerala, prompting leaders to say they will redouble efforts to make inroads in the southern state the next time. "The BJP will do well in Kerala in the next elections in the same way it has done in West Bengal and Odisha this time," BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told the media.

Assiduously working for a grand victory through the years, DMK President MK Stalin single handedly steered his party through the long night, sweeping the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu after back to back poll debacles. In 2014, the party had won no seats in the Lok Sabha polls, The DMK-led front, which also comprises Congress and the IUML, is set for a clean sweep and is poised to win 37 of 38 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu with the lone seat appearing to go to the AIADMK. The DMK lost the 2011 and 2016 Assembly polls and 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The southern states saw some big upsets as many dynasts were defeated resoundingly. In a big blow to the ruling coalition in Karnataka, JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda was defeated in Tumkur constituency by his BJP rival GS Basavaraj by a margin of over 13,000 votes. BJP-backed Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh, in Mandya, defeated Nikhil Kumaraswamy, Deve Gowda's grandson. In Telangana, chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha was defeated by a margin of 70,875 votes, by the BJP's Arvind Dharmapuri. TDP scion Nara Lokesh also lost to YSR Congress's Ramakrishna Reddy. The Congress, otherwise defeated, managed two big victories in Shashi Tharoor and Rahul Gandhi.

Pattali Makkal Katchi chief Anbumani Ramadoss lost to DNV Senthilkumar S of the DMK from the Dharmapuri seat by a margin of 70,753 votes.

From backing Sadhvi Pragya Thakur for her 'patriot' on Nathuram Godse to calling Rahul Gandhi a moron, Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde has of late been grabbing headlines. On Thursday, he was in the news again but for his victory in Uttara Kannada seat. He defeated Anand Asnotikar from the Janata Dal (Secular) by a huge margin of 4,79,649 votes.

BJP candidate from Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat Arvind Dharmapuri defeated Telangana Rashtra Samithi candidate Kalvakuntla Kavitha with a margin of 70,875. She is the daughter of Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Haunted by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the INX Media case, Congress leader and son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, Karti has some happy tidings despite a Congress downfall as he was leading in Sivaganga by an unassailable margin of 3,32,224 votes against H Raja of the BJP.

Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor retained the Thiruvananthapuram seat by defeating former Mizoram governor and BJP candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan by a margin of 99,989 votes, according to an ANI report.

DMK president MK Stalin congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, saying 'we hope and wish he will provide a progressive government based on the principles of democracy and inclusivity'.

In Karnataka's Uttara Kannada constituency, BJP candidate Anantkumar Hegde has defeated Anand Asnotikar of the JD(S).

Rahul Gandhi is heading for a record-breaking margin against his nearest rival CPI's PP Suneer in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday, as roads in front of counting centres in this hill town wore a deserted look. As counting progressed, Rahul established a lead of over three lakh votes, probably the biggest margin in the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Superstar and south icon Rajinikanth was among those who wished Narendra Modi congratulations for what will soon be his victory in the Lok Sabha election 2019.

Bangalore Central independent candidate, actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj, tweeted as it emerged that he was coming third to Congress's Rizwan Arshad and BJP's PC Mohan, that this was a slap on his face. He however, vowed to stand his ground on issues which mattered.

The picture for the Congress in Karnataka looks dismal with the party's veteran leader and its de facto leader in the opposition in the Parliament, Mallikarjun Kharge trailing BJP's Umesh Jadhav in Gulabarga by over 35,000 votes.

The lead of Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad in north Kerala has crossed 2 lakh votes. This is the record margin the Congress party has secured in the constituency after it was carved out from Kozhikode and Malappuram districts in 2009. The seat was won by MI Shanavaz by a margin of 1,53,439 votes. The current lead of 244500 is also the record lead any party has secured in Kerala in the Lok Sabha elections.

K Chandrasekhar Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samithi which was expected to sweep the election in Telangana is leading in 9 of the 17 seats in the state. This is the first time Telangana has gone for Lok Sabha elections. The 2014 elections were the last Parliamentary election for united Andhra Pradesh with 42 seats. In this election, Andhra has 25 seats and Telangana has 17 seats.

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi is leading with over 85,000 votes from Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency.

Mandya Lok Sabha seat is now seeing a close call between Nikhil Kumaraswamy, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy's son who has 1,39,327 votes, while Sumalatha Ambareesh, a BJP-backed Independent candidate has 1,38,739 votes.

K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha is trailing from the Nizamabad seat in Telangana while Chandrababu Naidu's son Nara Lokesh is trailing in Mangalagiri seat in Andhra Pradesh. Both Rao and Naidu are chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is headed towards a significant and record victory in Wayanad, where he is set to broaden his lead to one lakh.

In Tumkur Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka, BJP candidate GS Basavaraju leading with 69418 votes and JD(S) heavyweight and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda.

DMK is leading in 31 seats so far, AIADMK is trailing with six seats in Tamil Nadu.

BJP's Anant Kumar Hegde from Uttara Kannada LS seat is leading with 42,000 votes.

As the trends begin emerging while counting gets well underway, the DMK has a sizeable lead in Tamil Nadu with six seats in hand. In Karnataka, Tejasvi Surya is leading from the BJP's safe seat of Bengaluru South.

As the first trends begin coming in as the votes are being counted, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is currently leading in Wayanad and Shashi Tharoor is trailing at Thiruvananthapuram, where he is the incumbent MP.

The Election Commission of India has begun the counting of votes.  The southern states – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu – also have strong regional political parties that look at getting elected in their respective states.

This is a high stakes battle for TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu as he seeks to build a national profile, taking the lead in a non-NDA federal front. After meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister met Sharad Pawar, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP leader Mayawati too.

As the 8 am mark when the Election Commission of India will begin counting of votes nears, candidates of several political parties, including BJP and JD(S) are heading to temples across the south to complete some last minute prayers. Among those seen at temples were the BJP's Thiruvananthapuram candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan, BJP candidate from Bengaluru South constituency Tejasvi Surya and JD(S) Mandya candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy.

In conclusion to the seven-phases of Lok Sabha polls, political parties will hope for victory as the counting of votes begins today (Thursday, 23 May). Various exit polls predict another NDA wave in the country, mainly in the Hindi heartland, bringing back Prime Minister Narendra Modi back at the helm of affairs. However, the southern states – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu – also have strong regional political parties that look at getting elected in their respective states.

Tamil Nadu's voters will seal the fate of the EK Palaniswami-led AIADMK with exit polls giving some hopes to arch rival DMK, also an ally of the Congress. Palaniswami though attended the recent NDA leaders meet in Delhi on Tuesday, signalling the saffron party’s support to AIADMK, his party is also facing challenge from former AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran who is contesting the Lok Sabha election under the banner of his new party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam.

Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats, but counting of votes will be conducted in 38 constituencies with 800 candidates in the fray. Voting in Vellore was cancelled after recovery of a huge amount of cash. As counting gets underway in the state, 17,000 polling staff, 45,000 police personnel and 88 counting observers will be deployed. The counting process will be videographed since the opening of the strong room.

In Andhra Pradesh, whose chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is making efforts to unite Opposition leaders to form an anti-BJP front at the Centre, counting of votes will be held across 36 centres. The state will see a three-tier security cordon at counting centres with prohibitory orders under Criminal Procedure Code’s Section 144 implemented in the 16 towns where these booths will be situated. A total of 25,000 EC personnel will begin the counting process at 8 am. Apart from Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party, the BJP, Congress, YSR Congress  and Jana Sena Party are in the fray. Both the BJP and Congress are hoping to make inroads into the south this election.

Telangana will see a three-cornered contest in 17 constituencies between Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Congress and BJP. Some exit polls predict an edge for the party led by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao following the 11 April elections, which the TRS fought in alliance with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM. Counting will begin at 8 am at 126 counting halls in 35 locations.

The fates of 443 candidates will be decided, including that of 178 farmers in Nizamabad who contested the polls to support their demand for remunerative price for turmeric and red sorghum and setting up of a Turmeric Board. A total of 6,500 personnel of the Election Commission will count votes while nearly 10,000 police personnel stand vigil. Section 144 CrPC would be promulgated within 100 metres of the counting centres.

In Karnatka, the Congress-JD(S) combine will hope to emerge victorious over the BJP once again, just as it had in the state Assembly polls, even though many exit polls' predictions are in the saffron party’s favour. While Congress contested in 21 seats, JD(S) got tickets from seven constituencies. BJP contested from 27 seats and supported independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh in Mandya. State Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar told PTI that the first set of results may start from 3 pm and may be over by 6 pm. However, it can be delayed further too.

Flood rehabilitation and the Sabarimala imbroglio were among the biggest issues to be brought up by political parties during these elections. Some of the major parties in the fray are BJP, Congress and Sitaram Yechury-led CPM. Over 22,000 police personnel will be deployed in the state on the results day. "A total of 22,640 police personnel will be deployed under the various district police chiefs. Among these, there will be 111 DySPs, 395 inspectors, 2,632 SI/ASIs and 1,344 personnel from central forces," an official release of the Election Commission said.

Voting was held in seven phases on 11, 18, 23 and 29 April and 6, 12 and 19 May across 10.3 lakh polling stations across India. The polls saw a voter turnout of 67 percent, with over 8,000 candidates in the fray across 542 constituencies. The entire exercise of EVM-paper trail machine matching will take an additional four to five hours, EC officials said.

In the 2014 elections, the BJP won 282 seats while the Congress had won 44 seats as against the 206 it won in 2009.

Updated Date: May 24, 2019 12:17:54 IST