Congress on Thursday convincingly wrested Mandalgarh Assembly seat and secured a massive victory in Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan bye-elections. The Trinamool Congress under Mamata Banerjee has, meanwhile, romped home at West Bengal’s Naopara and Ulluberia constituencies. While BJP has failed to impress the electorate in Rajasthan, it has emerged as a runner-up in West Bengal relegating the Left Front to third and Congress to the fourth position.
7:50 pm: Rajasthan Congress Chief Sachin Pilot said, “It is emphatic victory that people have registered for Congress.Thankful to people of Rajasthan. Beyond Rajasthan also, these election results will have an impact as Jumlebaazi, politics of division & venom isn’t acceptable.”
7:23 pm: BREAKING | Raghu Sharma has won the Ajmer seat with a margin of 84414 votes defeating BJP’s Ramswaroop Lamba. Sharma and Lamba have got 611514 and 527100 votes respectively. Also Read | Rajasthan bypolls: Congress wrests Mandalgarh Assembly seat from BJP, secures massive victory in Ajmer, Alwar
7:15 pm: West Bengal wrap up | Trinamool Congress today made a clean sweep in the by-elections to Uluberia Lok Sabha and Noapara assembly seats, while BJP finished second increasing it vote share. CPI(M)-led Left Front was pushed to the third position while Congress candidates suffered the ignominy of losing security deposits in both the seats, including Noapara which it won in 2016.
6:30 pm: Ashok Chavan who heads the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said, “The process of the revival of the Congress has begun. The political environment in the country is changing rapidly and it is the beginning of the end of Narendra Modi government.”
6:05 pm: BREAKING | Karan Singh Yadav has won the Alwar seat with a margin of 196719 votes defeating Jaswant Singh Yadav of BJP. Karan and jaswant have got 642031 and 445312 votes respectively.
6:04 pm: Assembly polls in Rajasthan are due later this year.
6:01 pm: So, the Congress candidates have established unassailable lead in Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan, with the party set to deal a huge blow to the state’s ruling BJP which had won them in 2014.
5:56 pm: In Ajmer, after completion of 91.99 per cent of counting of votes, Congress’ Raghu Sharma is leading with a margin of 80059 votes. Raghu has secured 563878 votes till now while his nearest rival Ramswaroop Lamba from BJP has secured 483819 votes till now.
5:52 pm: After completion of 99.35 per cent of counting of votes in Alwar, Congress’ Dr Karan Singh is leading with a margin of 194905 votes. Till now he has got 637373 votes while his nearest rival is Jaswant Singh Yadav from BJP with 442468 votes.
5:18 pm: Rahul Gandhi said he was proud of each of the partymen in Rajasthan.
05:15 pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi hailed the party’s Rajasthan unit for its impressive show in the bypolls for two Lok Sabha and one Assembly seats, calling the outcome a “rejection” of the BJP by the people.
05:08 pm: “We respect the people’s mandate and we will analyse the reasons for our defeat. I am taking responsibility for the defeat,” IANS quoted Rajasthan BJP chief Ashok Parnami as saying. The Congress drew a blank in Rajasthan in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
05:00 pm: The ruling BJP on Thursday conceded defeat in Rajasthan, where the Congress won the Mandalgarh Assembly seat and was poised to grab the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats.
03:32 am: Congress is on the verge of winning the Alwar bypoll as after 90 per cent of counting of votes, Congress is leading with a massive margin of over 1.6 lakh votes. BJP could only manage 4,42,502 votes.
03:21 pm: After winning the Noapara bypoll, TMC candidate Sunil Singh said, “It is a great win and it shows people’s faith in TMC. I will now work for the people. There was a rumour that former TMC leader and now a BJP leader Mukul Roy would be a factor in Noapara seat but he could not make a difference in reality.”
03:03 pm: Sachin pilot is being credited for the likely victory in Rajasthan, as the State Congress President launched an intensive campaign in all three constituencies.
03:00 pm: The BJP meanwhile emerged second in both the seats pushing Left Front to the third position. In Uluberia, BJP received 1,68,805 votes while CPM bagged 85,244 votes. In Noapara, BJP registered 38,711 votes while CPM managed to get 35,497 votes. The Congress meanwhile came fourth in both the seats and lost its deposits.
02:59 pm: BREAKING | TMC’s Sajda Ahmed wins Uluberia Lok Sabha Constituency by 4,74,510 votes. BJP occupies second position with 2,93,046 votes.
02:45 pm: After completion of 80 per cent of counting in Alwar congress has maintained a lead of over 1.40 lakh votes and is winning in Ajmer as well with a margin of 80,204 votes.
02:22 pm: After completion of 79 per cent of counting of votes in Alwar, Congress’ Dr Karan Singh is leading with 140845 votes heading towards a massive victory.
02:05 pm: BJP is trailing in both Alwar and Ajmer with Congress holding the massive lead.
01:33 pm: Dr Karan Singh of Congress has maintained a sturdy lead of 111209 votes to his closest rival of BJP’s Dr Jaswant Yadav after completion of 64.87 per cent of votes.
01:31 pm: “Congratulations to Vivek Dhakad & INC Rajasthan for winning the Mandalgarh Vidhan Sabha, tweets Congress.
01:26 am: In Ulluberia constituency of West Bengal, TMc has maintained a massive lead of over 2,00,000 votes to its closes BJP rival.
01:23 am: Congress is all set to clean sweep in the bypolls on the two parliamentary seats as it wins the Mandalgarh Vidhan Sabha seat in the state.
01:15 am: BREAKING | Congress’s Vivek Dhakad has won Mandalgarh assembly seat by 12976 votes.
01:11 pm: Congress has now taken an unassailable lead in Mandalgarh with its candidate taking a margin 13,105 votes after counting of 99 per cent of votes.
01:05 pm: In a huge setback for the BJP, its candidate Shakti Singh Hada is now trailing by 6622 votes to Congress’ Vivek Dhakar who has tanked 60557 votes after completion of 88.58 per cent of polls in Mandalgarh.
01:02 pm: After 38.51 per cent counting in Ajmer, Congress’ Raghu Sharma is leading with 45,321 votes while Dr Karan Singh is leading with 72,101 votes.
12:54 pm: Trinamool Congress is poised to sweep the bypolls in WestBengall with its candidate all set to win from Ulluberia seat. The party had earlier won from the Naopara seat with BJP as the runner-up.
12:40 pm: The results in Rajasthan will set the tone for upcoming assembly election in the state likely to be held at the end of this year.
12:33 pm: Congress candidate Raghu Sharma is leading on Ajmer parliamentary seat with over 26000 votes.
12:25 pm: If BJP looses the three seats it will be a setback for Raje government which has won on all three seats. BJP had won all 25 parliamentary seats in 2014 general elections.
12:17 pm: Rajasthan Congress President Sachin Pilot is likely to address a press conference shortly as the party is poised to win on two seats and leading on the third.
12:15 pm: Congress leads Alwar Lok Sabha with 42,000 votes, Ajmer with 22,000 votes, and Mandalgarh Vidhan Sabha seat with 1,864 votes.
12:09 am: According to reports, Raghu Sharma is leading on Ajmer Lok Sabha seat by 34000 votes scoring over 2,00,000 votes.
12:06 am: Congress is now leading on Alwar parliamentary seat by over 45000 votes with Dr Karan Singh bagging over 2,20,000 votes. Meanwhile, in Ajmer has maintained its lead by over 20,000 votes.
12:02 pm: As Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the Budget 2018, Rajasthan and West Bengal will see a new wave of orientation in the results that ensue.
11:55 am: Trinamool Congress had taken a solid lead in Ulluberia with over 1,20,000 votes. BJP is number two.
11:48 am: While TMC expected to a clean sweep on the two seats, it received a tough challenge from BJp which has emerged as the main opposition on the two seats relegating left front to the third position and Congress to fourth.
11:42 am: Congress seems to be banking upon the Rajput and Gujjars anger against the current government over. While Gujjars have been protesting in demand of reservation, Rajputs are unhappy with the government’s handling of Padmaavat controversy in the state.
11:35 am: Congress leading in Ajmer Lok Sabha by 20800 votes, in Alwar Lok Sabha by 43728 votes and in Mandalgarh assembly by 116 votes.
11:34 am: After 28.15 per cent counting in Alwar Lok Sabha, Congress’ Dr Karan Singh Yadav has improved his lead with almost 40,000 votes. He has secured 1,72,535 votes, ahead of Dr Jaswant Singh Yadav of BJP with 1,33,289 votes.
1:32 am: Congress continues it’s lead in Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha while BJP leads marginally in Mandalgarh Vidhan Sabha. After 17.03 per cent counting for Ajmer Lok Sabha, Congress’ Raghu Sharma leads with over 22,000 votes, having secured 1,08,161 votes, ahead of BJP’s Ramswaroop Lamba, who has polled 85,510 votes.
11:23 am: Congress is heading towards a victory on two parliamentary seats while it is now challenging BJP on Mandalgarh assembly seat taking lead ahead.
11:18 am: The results are a referendum on the five-year governance of BJP led government under Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan, as it will set the mood for the assembly election just months ahead.
11:13 am: After trailing to BJP on Mandalgarh assembly seat, Congress has now taken the lead. The party which campaigned under the leadership of Sachin Pilot is now leading on all three seats in the state.
11:08 am: There was enthusiasm at party offices of both the BJP and the Congress as they were upbeat about the initial trends.
11:05 am: Bypolls were necessitated following the demises of TMC MP from Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency Sultan Ahmed and Congress MLA from Noapara Assembly seat Madhusudan Ghosh.
11:01 am: According to reports, Congress is holding a strong lead in Ajmer and Alwar while giving a close fight to BJP in Mandalgarh assembly seat.
11:00 am: We thank Maa-maati–maanush for making TMC victorious by a huge margin in the Naopara polls, tweets AITMC.
10:54 am: While BJP emerged as opposition in West Bengal bypolls, it is trailing behind Congress in Rajasthan’s Alwar and Ajmer. Congress candidate Karan Singh Yadav is leading with 30,432 votes in Alwar constituency.
10:53 am: TMC after claiming victory in Noapara is heading towards a win in Ulluberia.
10:49 am: Trinamool Congress wins in Noapara assembly bypoll by 63018 votes. Meanwhile, it is leading in Uluberia lok Sabha bypoll by 68,503 votes. BJP finishes second.
10:48 am: BREAKING | Naopara assembly seat by-poll: TMC candidate Sunil Singh wins with 1,11,729 votes.
10:44 am: Mamata Banerjee led faction is also leading on the Ulluberia seat leading with 119385 votes, according to local reports.
10:42 am: TMC is heading for a victory on Noapara seat.
10:37 am: In Mandalgarh Vidhan Sabha, BJP leads by 6,309 votes after six rounds of counting. BJP candidate Shakti Singh Hada has secured 20,784 votes, ahead of Vivek Dhakar of Congress who has tolled 14,475 votes. Trends indicate Congress rebel Gopal Malviya may damage the Congress badly, having polled 9,375 votes so far.
10:36 am: In Ajmer Lok Sabha, Congress’ Raghu Sharma is leading with over 15,000 votes, ahead of BJP’s Ramswaroop Lamba.
10:35 am: In Alwar Lok Sabha, after 18.17 per cent counting, Congress’ Dr Karan Singh Yadav is leading by 28,962 votes. Congress has secured 1,13,160 votes ahead of Dr Jaswant Singh Yadav of BJP with 84,198 votes.
10:32 am: Initial trends from Rajasthan bypolls are a mandate against the Government, I hope our leads will increase even more. Vasundhara ji and her Government have been totally rejected by people, says Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin pilot.
10:30 am: Naopara assembly seat by-poll trends: TMC’s Sunil Singh gets 96297 votes, CPIM’s Gargi Chatterjee gets 33,729 votes, BJP’s Sandip Banerjee gets 35980 votes and Congress’s Goutam Bose gets 10090, NOTA-3427
10:25 am: Trinamool is leading by 23,208 votes over BJP in Second place with 17625, followed by CPI(M) and Congress in Uluberia bypolls.
10:10 am: TMC leads in Ulberia Lok Sabha byelection with 40829 votes, BJP at 17625 and CPIM at 8576 votes.
10:02 am: TMC surges ahead with a major lead against the left front with its candidate Sunil Singh getting over 77,000 votes after the closing of the eleventh round of counting.
9:56 am: Congress’ Raghu Sharma is leading from Ajmer by nearly 12000 votes against BJP’s Ram Swaroop Lamba
9:54 am: In Alwar, Jaswant Singh Yadav of the BJP and Karan Singh Yadav of the Congress are contesting the election. In Ajmer, Congress’ Raghu Sharma is up against BJP’s Ram Swaroop Lamba, while in Mandalgarh BJP’s Shakti Singh Hada and Congress’s Vivek Dhakad are poised for a tough fight.
9:46 am: BJP is leading in the Mandalgarh assembly seat in Rajasthan. According to reports, Shakti Singh Hada is leading with 15,419 votes.
9:41 am: TMC seems to be heading to a clean sweep in the two seats as it is also surging ahead from Uluberia. BJP which had high hopes of denting the AITMC bastion is trailing behind the left front on the third position.
9:38 am: TMC is leading with a big margin in Noapara assembly seat where its candidate Sunil Singh has got 46,281 votes after six rounds of counting.
9:35 am: While Congress is leading in Ajmer and Alwar parliamentary seats, it is trailing behind BJP in Mandalgarh assembly seat. BJP is leading with 3072 votes.
9:30 am: Naopara assembly seat bypoll: After seven rounds of counting, TMC’s Sunil Singh gets 51694 votes, CPIM’s Gargi Chatterjee gets 19067 votes, BJP’s Sandip Banerjee gets 17688 votes and Congress’s Goutam Bose gets 6138, NOTA-1866.
9:26 am: Congress is leading from Alwar after the second round of counting, according to local reports.
9:22 am: Congress now leading with 30,595 votes in Alwar and 7, 585 votes in Ajmer.
9:10 am: While Congress is leading in Alwar Lok Sabha seat with 9225 votes, BJP is leading with a small margin of 699 votes in Mandalgarh assembly seat. In West Bengal’s Naopara assembly seat, TMC leads with more then 19,000 votes.
9:04 am: As the first round of counting ends BJP is trailing behind Congress in Alwar. congress received over 5000 votes in first round of counting while BJP tolls around 2000 votes.
8:57 am: According to reports, after three round of counting on Noapara assembly seat TMC is leading with 19282 votes.
8:53 am: In Uluberia, which has a 54 per cent Muslim population, the Trinamool has fielded Sultan’s wife Sajda Ahmed. Political experts consider Muslim votes to be crucial in the constituency. Both CPM and Congress have chosen Muslim candidates.
8:45 am: Congress is leading on both Alwar and Ajmer parliamentary seats in Rajasthan in early trends. meanwhile after the counting of the first round of ballot Tmc is leading in Noapara, while BJP is behind the left front.
8:34 am: The BJP has fielded a Hindu candidate — its Howrah (rural) district president Anupam Mallik. In 2014, the BJP had received only 11.56 per cent votes in Uluberia.
8:31 am: Counting of votes have begun in Rajasthan where the Congress and BJP have locked horns ahead of the state assembly election.
8:25 am: The bypoll is a litmus test for Rajasthan Congress President Sachin Pilot who had campaigned intensively on the seats.
8:24 am: All three seats in Rajasthan were held by BJP, but it will be an uphill task looking at the growing resentment in Rajputs with the Vasundhra government over the release of the controversial period drama Padmaavat. The Gujjars have threatened violence against the state over their demand seeking 5 per cent reservation.
8:20 am: The three seats were earlier held by the BJP, but the party’s traditional vote-bank of Rajputs and Gujjars are upset with the Vasundhara Raje government.
8:18 am: Over 76 per cent of the electorate in Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency and 75 per cent in Noapara Assembly constituency cast their votes on the bypolls held on January 29.
8:16 am: 63.74 per cent polling was recorded for Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha bypolls while 78.69 per cent votes were polled on Mandalgarh Vidhan Sabha segment. In Ajmer, Congress’s Raghu Sharma is facing BJP’s Ramswarup Lamba among a total of 23 candidates. Meanwhile, in Alwar, Congress’ Dr Karan Singh Yadav faces BJP’s Dr Jaswant Singh Yada.
8:15 am: counting of votes begin in Rajasthan and West Bengal on three parliamentary and two assembly seats.
A total of 42 candidates are in the fray for the bypolls to the three seats, the election to which was held on Monday. The bypolls are being dubbed as a referendum on the governance of Vashundhra Raje ahead of the assembly elections later this year. Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has claimed that Congress will emerge as the winner in the bypolls.
Meanwhile, the bye-elections in West Bengal are widely being viewed as a crucial test for the Trinamool Congress and opposition parties ahead of the 2018 panchayat polls.