Rajasthan, MP, Mizoram, Telangana, Chhattisgarh Election 2018 highlights: Ending its prolonged electoral reversals, a reinvigorated Congress produced a resilient comeback as it is on course to oust the BJP to form its governments in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Madhya Pradesh is witnessing a tantalisingly close fight between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. The TRS, on the other hand, secured a thumping majority in Telangana while MNF has defeated Congress in the latter’s last bastions in Northeast.
As of 10.30 pm, Congress has won 35 seats and leading in 33 others, while BJP has won 7 and leading in 9 others in the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly. In Rajasthan, the Congress emerged as single largest party by securing 99 seats. However, it fell two seats short of crossing 101-majority mark. It now needs support and post-poll alliance to form the government. BJP, on the other hand, could win only 73, down from 163 in 2013. In MP, the Congress has won 69 seats and leading in 44 seats, while BJP has won 66 seats and leading in 44 seats. In the event of not crossing the majority mark, the Congress may need to stitch a post-poll alliance with BSP and Samajwadi Party.
Rajasthan, MP, Mizoram, Telangana, Chhattisgarh Assembly Election Results 2018. Follow Vidhan Sabha result highlights here
Madhya Pradesh: Counting ends in 215 seats, final results likely to come at 3 am
JUST IN: The wait for final results in MP could go up to 3am, say EC sources @IndianExpress— Ritika Chopra (@KhurafatiChopra) December 11, 2018
Congress seeks appointment with MP Governor Anandiben Patel after declaration of results
The Congress party sought an appointment with the Governor of Madhya Pradesh Anandiben Patel to apprise her about the foundation of the government in the state. State party president Kamal Nath wrote in its letter to the Governor apprising that the party has emerged as the single largest party with majority support and sought an appointment with the Governor late tonight, soon after the results are declared.
PM Modi congratulates Congress, says BJP accepts people's mandate with humility
Congratulating the Congress for their performance in the recently-held elections in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his party accepts the mandate of the people with humility. He also congratulated KCR for his party's thumping victory in Telangana as well as MNF's stellar performance in Mizoram
He also thanked BJP cadres for their work during these elections and said: "Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India."
Congratulations to the Congress for their victories: PM Modi
We accept the people’s mandate with humility.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 11, 2018
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.
Accept the mandate given by people of Rajasthan: Outgoing CM Vasundhara Raje
Congratulating Congress for emerging as the single largest party, outgoing Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje said she accepts the mandate given by the people and that her party will keep raising people's issues. "I would like to congratulate Congress. I accept this mandate by the people. BJP has worked a lot for them in these 5 years, I hope the next party takes those policies and works forward," Raje told reporters in Jaipur.
We have defeated BJP in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh: Rahul Gandhi
Buoyed over the Congress' performance in Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi dedicated the victory to farmers and youths.
"We have defeated BJP in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh," Gandhi told reporters. He stated that the Congress will provide these states a vision. "We are going to provide these states a govt that they can be proud of," he added.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh concedes defeat
Dr Raman Singh, speaking to the media in Raipur, said the elections were fought under him and therefore the defeat is his responsibility. "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. Asked if today's defeat would have an impact on the 2019 polls, Singh said the elections were different and the party would put in all effort to ensure their victory in the upcoming general elections.
All smiles in Chhattisgarh Congress
Celebrations are underway in Chhattisgarh where the Congress has come back to power with 63 seats leaving the BJP with 18.
RLD backs Congress in Rajasthan
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.
Shiv Sena congratulates Congress
Voters have rejected what was unwanted, congratulations to them: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on assembly poll results. The Congress is leading in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
'Modi Wave will never recede, we will bounce back in 2019'
Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundarajan expressed confidence that the BJP will bounce back in 2019. "The result is just a setback; it’s not a defeat. People still want Narendra Modi to continue as PM and they don’t prefer Rahul Gandhi, and we have not suffered a huge defeat in any of the states. The union of opposition parties will not affect BJP. Modi wave will never ever recede. We never jump on victories nor lie down on defeats. I just have one thing to say to Congress; whenever we managed to win the elections, you say it’s due to faulty electoral machines, what about your victory now?"
Chhattisgarh elections: Kharsia goes Congress way
Umesh Patel wins in Kharsia
In Kharsia,one of the most high profile constituencies in Chhattisgarh, Umesh Patel of the Congress has taken an unbeatable lead over former IAS officer OP Choudhary. This video below of a few mins ago is of Choudhary congratulating Patel @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/6p5WSkl9dc— Dipankar Ghose (@dipankarghose31) December 11, 2018
Congress is back in the lead in Madhya Pradesh
Congress is back in the lead in Madhya Pradesh. The party is presently leading in 115 seats, while the BJP is leading in 105. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena said the outcome of the elections in the five states was a clear message to the BJP and there was a need for the ruling coalition to introspect.
Suspense over CM candidate in Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel has arrived at Congress office in Raipur. He says, “People of Chhattisgarh took the fight in their own hands. We are grateful to Rahul Gandhi, we fought for the people. We got more seats than expected, high command will decide who will be the chief minister."
TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu reacts to poll results
People have recognised that BJP has done nothing in the last 5 years and they are moving towards other alternatives. People are with us in our fight against BJP. These 5 states results will help form a strong alternative to the BJP. TDP respects the mandate of people of Telangana. Congratulations to Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Also, best wishes to all the newly elected public representatives of 5 states.
TDP respects mandate of people of Telangana, says Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu concedes defeat, says TDP respected the mandate of people of Telangana. "Congratulations to K Chandrasekhar Rao. Also, best wishes to all the newly elected public representatives of 5 states," he said. T Harish Rao, the nephew of KCR, said people had reposed faith in the TRS chief. "The people reposed faith in the leadership of our chief minister and they did not believe in the disinformation campaign of the opposition," said T Harish Rao.
Mayawati calls her winning 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 will now be for the Congress to woo Mayawati and consequently form government.
Telangana elections: Congress says EVMs manipulated, want count of VVPATs
Following a massive defeat in the Telangana elections, the Congress party has moved the Election Commission blaming EVM machines. "There is a strong suspicion that EVM machines have been manipulated," the Congress wrote in its letter to the EC.
"The Congress party requests that 100% counting of VVPAT papers should be taken up in all Assembly constituences of Telangana prior to the declaration of the results."
Telangana Assembly elections: TRS Chief KCR wins with a huge margin
TRS President and Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao wins from Gajwel constituency by over 50,000 votes.
Narrow vote share margin in Rajasthan
While the Congress appears set to form government in Rajasthan, the vote share difference between them and the BJP is just about a percent.
"It's even-steven in Madhya Pradesh"
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah is watching the election results closely.
"It’s even-steven in MP & from what I hear the BJP hasn’t given up the hope of forming a government there. “Others” in Madhya Pradesh will be a happy lot at the moment," he tweeted.
In Mizoram, celebrations outside MNF office
MNF party workers have begun celebrations outside the party office in Mizoram following the party's sweep in the Assembly election results.
CPI: Results in Telangana unexpected
The Communist Party of India said the results in Telangana are unexpected, adding that TRS resorted to "huge distribution of money and liquor" to influence voters. The party said the victory was a "technical, not a moral one". CPI is part of the Congress-led alliance in the state. "Huge distribution of money, particularly on the last day (before the election)...purchasing votes..this must have resulted in this victory for TRS," Reddy alleged. "Most important: this election was not free and fair. Distribution of money and liquor... I don't think it's a moral victory for him (Rao), it's only a technical victory for TRS."
Open to forming govt with like-minded parties, says Sachin Pilot
"People have rejected the BJP across three states. They were in power and used govt machinery but still could not win the elections. Sitting ministers are losing their seats. We will form a comfortable government in the state. We will be open to like-minded parties as well as those who are against the BJP's ideology," Congress Rajasthan party chief Sachin Pilot said.
Losers blame EVMs, people have given us clear verdict: TRS
In Telangana, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao is set to retain power and come back as chief minister for a second term. "The losing party always says the EVMs have been tampered with, this is absolutely false. Even the CEC in a press meeting yesterday said that it is not possible to tamper EVMs. People have given victory to TRS, what Congress is claiming is false," K Kavitha, TRS MP said.
Here's a look at the vote share in Madhya Pradesh
While the BJP and Congress continue to fight it out on seats, the voteshare of the two parties has a difference of just .5 per cent. This is data from the Election Commission of India as of 12.45 pm.
Still neck-and-neck in Madhya Pradesh
The BJP is putting up a tough fight in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where the numbers are reversing every few minutes. In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is currently leading in 109 seats while the BJP is leading in 107 whereas in Rajasthan, the Congress is leading in 94 while the BJP is leading in 80.
Rajasthan hangs in balance, Gehlot open to post-poll tie-up
Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot is speaking to reporters. "Congress has won the mandate. Numbers can go up and down but public's mandate is in the favour of Congress. We will get clear majority, still we would want independent candidates and parties other than BJP to support us if they want."
As things stand, the Congress is still short of a full majority in the state. Gehlot's statement to media hints that the Congress is open to forming a post-poll alliance with independents or like-minded parties. However, history shows that the BJP has always managed to outmanoeuvre the Congress in states that threw up a hung verdict.
Not a referendum on Modi govt, says Rajnath Singh
Speaking to reporters outside Parliament House, Home Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh congratulated all the winners of the five elecion states but added that the results were no referndum on the performance of the Central government. "I congratulate all those who have won the elections... the results are not an indication of the performance of the Union government," Rajnath Singh said.
BJP fights back in Madhya Pradesh
With about five rounds of counting left, the BJP has put up a tough fight and has taken lead again. The BJP is currently at 114 while the Congress is at 107. The BSP is with 5 seats.
People are 'man of the match' says Mamata Banerjee
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee tweeted following the election results saying it was a victory of the people against divisive politics. "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."
Rahul Gandhi decides who will be CM: Sachin Pilot
"We should wait till the end for the results but it is clear that the Congress is going to form government in three states. The hardwork of the Congress party over the five years has shown in the results. The people have blessed us... we will get a comfortable majority in Rajasthan," Sachin Pilot said, speaking to reporters in Jaipur. When asked if he would be CM, Pilot said "the decision is Congress president Rahul Gandhi's."
Ashok Gehlot is all smiles
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot reiterated that the Congress will form government in Rajasthan and that it was all the hardwork of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He refused to comment on whether he would be the next chief minister of the state.
We will get a full majority, won't need outside support: Kamal Nath
Speaking to reporters in Madhya Pradesh, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said his party was confident of winning with a full majority. "No, we won't need outside support.. we will form government on our own," Nath told reporters when asked if he would approach Mayawati's BSP for support to form government.
Outside Parliament, PM Modi sticks to tradition
Speaking to reporters outside Parliament in his customary address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: This session is important, many issues of public importance will be taken up. I have faith that all the members of the Parliament will respect this sentiment and move ahead. Our efforts are that discussions are held on all issues.
In Rajasthan, roses for Ashok Gehlot
Will Congress leader Ashok Gehlot be made chief minister? Going by the way party workers are celebrating he could well be, if the party manages to form government. His car has been decorated with roses!
Celebrations begin in Mizoram where MNF is set to form govt
In Mizoram, the MNF is back to power and they have begun celebrations. News agency ANI has shared this picture from the state where the party has taken an unassailable lead.