The BJP scripted a historic victory in Uttar Pradesh where it emerged as the single largest party with win in over 300 seats. In Uttarakhand, the party defeated Congress led by Harish Rawat, winning 55 seats. In Punjab, however, the Congress made a comeback with Captain Amrinder Singh at the helm. In Goa and Manipur, the Congress has emerged as the single largest party.
LIVE election result updates from the five states
6.30 pm: After suffering a massive defeat in the Manipur assembly elections, anti-AFSPA activist Irom Sharmila has said she will quit politics. Sharmila had launched a political front soon after ending her 14-year long hunger strike against AFSPA. In her maiden foray into electoral politics, Sharmila finished with just 90 votes in her favour.
5.50 pm: Speaking after the SP’s poor show in the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said he accepted the verdict and that he will do an analysis of the debacle at booth level. Reacting to Mayawati’s allegations of EVM’s being tempered, he said the government should probe the issue. He also clarified that the SP’s alliance with Congress will continue. “We have been benefited by alliance with Congress,” he said.
5.45 pm: Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said that state election verdicts have established PM Modi as the most dominant person with a country-wide appeal. “BJP will have a majority in Rajya Sabha once elections are held for the Upper House of Parliament,” PTI quoted him as saying.
4.50 pm: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victry in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, reported ANI. “I thank everyone in Punjab for their immense faith and support. This is a mandate for a brighter future for Punjab and its youth, ANI quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying.
4.25 pm: “Every moment of our time, everything we do is for welfare & wellbeing of the people of India. We believe in the power of 125 crore Indians,” PM Modi said.
4.17 pm: Reacting to BJP’s victories in the assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Am overjoyed that BJP has received unprecedented support from all sections of society. Huge support from the youth is gladdening. I salute the hardwork of BJP Karyakartas. They have tirelessly worked hard at the grassroots level & won the confidence of the people.” PM Modi congratulated Amit Shah, party office bearers and state units “for their exemplary work in taking the party to new heights.”
4.08 pm: Congress leader and Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat sought to blame the EVMs for the Congress’ defeat in the elections. Earlier, BSP chief Mayawati had alleged that voting machines were tempered by the Central government. Rawat also said the election commission should regulate spending in elections.
3. 58 pm: The BJP parliamentary board will sit tomorrow to decide on next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, he said. “Everyone raised notebandi in UP poll. Now it is proved that people stood like a rock on this issue with the PM,” Amit Shah said.
3.52 pm: PM Modi is the strongest leader since Independence, he said.
3.44 pm: BJP’s victory in these elections will herald a new beginning in the political culture of the country, he said. He reiterated that people placed their faith in PM Modi.
3.42 pm: Amit Shah refused to react to BSP chief Mayawati’s allegations that EVM machines were tempered in these elections. Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be felicitated tomorrow at 6.00 pm.
3.37 pm: Amit Shah said the Central government’s demonetisation, jan dhan and other schemes worked in favour of the party. “This is the victory of BJP’s pro poor policies,” he said. The BJP chief also said that people have accepted politics of performance. These elections proved that BJP’s positive agenda has defeated politics of caste and dynasty, he said.
3.32 pm: BJP chief Amit Shah is addressing the media after his party’s resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakahnd. He thanked the voters of Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab for ensuring the BJP’s victory. He said the BJP will form government in four states.
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3.25 pm: Punjab Education minister Dr. Daljit Cheema of SAD lost the Rupnagar (Ropar) seat to Sandoa of AAP by more than 25,000 votes.
3.20 pm: Congress has secured a sweet victory in Amritsar Lok Sabha bypoll, vacated by Amarinder Singh
3.10 pm: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh is astounding. Speaking to NDTV, he, however, tried to downplay the party’s loss in the state, saying Congress was a negligible force in UP. The Congress had fought the UP elections in alliance with Samajwadi Party.
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2.48 pm: BJP president Amit Shah reached the party office at Delhi’s Ashoka Road. Festive scenes outside the office as Amit Shah makes his way amid the jubilant crowd of supporters. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the campaign, it was party chief Amit Shah who put the winning strategy in place for this historic mandate in Uttar Pradesh.
2.33 pm: Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani said that people of UP voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies. Speaking to NDTV, she said the PM has worked for Varanasi and that people across caste and religion voted for the BJP.
2.25 pm: PM Narendra Narendra Modi speaks to Captain Amarinder Singh, congratulates him on the win in Punjab
2.00 pm: BSP chief Mayawati pulls a Donald Trump, says EVMs did not accept votes other than for the BJP. “Either the EVMs did not accept votes other than BJP, or the votes of other parties have gone to BJP in the EVMs,” Mayawati said in a press conference. She went on to claim that most votes in Muslim-dominated areas went to the BJP, proving that the EVMs were tampered with. “Most votes in Muslim majority constituencies have gone to BJP, makes it evident that voting machines were manipulated,” she said.
1.48 pm: Congress, BJP are engaged in neck-and-neck competition in the state, with current trends predicting a BJP victory in the state. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh registered a win in Thoubal, while activist Irom Sharmila got only 90 votes in the constituency.
1.45 pm: BJP has pretty much sealed its win in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly as it raced past the incumbent Congress in the state. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Harish Rawat has lost both his seats from Haridwar Rural and Kichha constituency.
1.40 pm: Numbers in Uttar Pradesh – SP and Congress 42 leads, 14 wins; BSP 15 leads and six wins, BJP 200 leads and 120 wins
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1.25 pm: Manipur numbers – Leads + Wins 17 for Congress, Leads + wins 19 for BJP
1.20 pm: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat to resign at 3 pm today
1.10 pm: We will discuss the reasons in the core committee meeting & analyse each aspect of our performance in the elections: Prakash Singh Badal. Parkash will resign as CM on Sunday.
1.05 pm: Irom Sharmila breaks down, says won’t fight another election
1.00 pm: In Manipur, the Congress is leading in eight and have won nine. BJP is leading in nine and have won eight
12.55 pm: “We accept people’s verdict. Thankful to people of Lambi and Jalalabad. Congratulate Amarinder for his victory,” says Parkash Singh Badal.
12.47 pm: Cong-SP ne vikas ke liye alliance kiya; logon ne usse accept nahi kiya. Jeet ka ghamand nahi, haar bhi ek nayi seekh sikhati hai. Jo log Congress mukt Bharat ki baat karte the, unko apne mann mein jhaankna chahiye. Congress is desh ki aatma mein basi hai, says Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
12.43 pm: Uttar Pradesh CM and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is going to address the media at 5 pm today.
12.37 pm: Captain Amrinder Singh has won from Patiala urban seat by a margin of over 51000 votes
12.35 pm: Here are the numbers for UP: BJP+ 289 leads and 21 wins, SP 61 leads and 3 wins, BSP 21 leads
12.35 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wil arrive at BJP HQ in New Delhi at 4 pm. He is likely to address BJP workers.
12.25 pm: Celebrations break out in Chandigarh after clear victory emerges for Congress Party
12.20 pm: SP ne UP mein samasyaaon ka pahaad khada kar rakha hai: Pankaj Singh, BJP
12.05 pm: Meanwhile in Punjab, Sidhu is jubilant. “This is the revival of the Congress, it is just the beginning. Congress will spread from here,” he says.
12.00 pm: Here are the UP numbers – BJP wins+leads 312, SP 61, BSP 21.
11.59 am: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat loses from Haridwar rural seat. Capt. Amarinder Singh has lost Lambi.
11.50 am: Former Manipur DGP Yumnam Joykumar Singh wins Uripok Assembly constituency, he was an NPP candidate. He wanted a BJP ticket but since he was a controversial and unpopular police chief, but close to CM, he wasn’t given ticket either by Congress or BJP.
11.45 am: Parkash Singh Badal has 20,000 lead in Lambi. Bhagwant Mann trailing in Jalalabad. Sukhbir still leading.
11.43 am: BJP ahead in all six seats in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh
11.39 am: Trouble for Rahul Gandhi? In Amethi, Congress is in fourth position. Garima Singh of the BJP is leading. Gaytri Prasad of SP is in second position, BSP’s Ram Ji is third.
11.35 am: In the Congress bastion of Rae Bareli, Congress’ Aditi Singh, daughter of Akhilesh Singh, is leading.
11.32 am: The incumbent Congress is staring at an imminent defeat in Uttarakhand as the BJP has surged way ahead of the half-way mark. Although the latest trends do suggest an eventual victory for the BJP, what remains to be seen is the margin of majority secured by the party.
11.25 am: Congress on course for a marvellous victory in Punjab. It is currently leading in 71 seats according to our trends. Navjot Singh Sidhu has a healthy lead in Amritsar East. It looks like he is going to win after all. Will he be accommodated in the cabinet?
11.20 am: What are the numbers in UP? BJP is leading in 308, SP 64, BSP 22.
11.18 am: Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar officially declared lost. The margin of defeat was almost 4000 votes. Goa deputy CM and BJP leader Francis D’Souza has been declaread winner from Mapusa constituency.
11.13 am: Congress ka haath paapon se kaala ho chuka hai, isey ab janata kabhi nahin sweekar karegi, says Union Minister and BJP leader Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
11.07 am: Goa Forward Party’s Vijay Sardessai has won in Fatorda. He defeated BJP’s Damu Naik
11.05 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is leading in 310 seats while the SP is leading in 66. BSP has taken lead in just 20 seats.
11.00 am: In Uttarakhand, the BJP is leading in 55 seats while the Congress is leading in 13.
10.50 am: A look at the numbers in Manipur. Congress leading in 11 and have won 1. The BJP is leading in 13 and have won 1. The LDF is leading in two seats.
10.43 am: SAD’s Sukhbir Badal leads by 7000 votes in Jalalabad. The numbers in Punjab – SAD+ is at 25, Congress is leading in 68, AAP in 21.
10.40 am: A wrap on the Uttar Pradesh numbers . BJP+ is leading in 305 seats, SP in 69 and BSP in 19. Others in 10.
10.38 am: In Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh leads by 14000 votes in Patiala Urban
10.35 am: In Shamli, the BJP is leading by over 10,000 votes. The BJP’s Tejender Nirwal is in lead position. SP’s Gayatri Prajapati is trailing to a BJP candidate by 5,000 votes.
10.29 am: Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh has won from Thoubal seat
10.28 am: Congress’ Navjot Singh Sidhu is leading in Amritsar East by 6000 votes. Revenue Minister and SAD leader Bickram Singh Majithia leading by 6000 votes in Majitha seat
10.25 am: In Goa, Glen Ticlo and Michael Lobo of the BJP are leading in Aldona and Calangute. Both the constituencies have Congress in second position.
10.20 am: The first reaction by the BJP has come in for the UP results. “People have rejected the SP-Congress alliance in a big way, this is a vote for development,” says Yogi Adityanath of the BJP.
10.17 am: A look at Punjab where the Congress is leading in 65 seats. The SAD+BJP is leading in 28 while the AAP is leading in 20. Others have leads in 3.
10.12 am: The BJP is inching closer to the 300 mark in Uttar Pradesh. They are leading in 289 seats now, while the SP+Congress is leading in 83. BSP is at 21. This massive win for the BJP could well be an indicator that the demonetisation move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had no or very little impact in Uttar Pradesh.
10.10 am: In Uttarakhand, the BJP is now leading in 51 while the Congress is leading in 16.
10.05 am: Will Congress retain Manipur? They are currently at 9, BJP at 11, and LDF in 1.
10.03 am: A look at the numbers for Uttar Pradesh. BJP+ leading in 278, SP in 79 and BSP in 28. The BJP is set to take power in UP.
10.00 am: In Uttarakhand, Pritam Singh of the Congress is leading in Chakrata. Madhu Chauhan of the BJP is trailing by 3634 votes.
9.57 am: Punjab – an update from Jalalabad where the deputy CM Sukhbir Badal is leading by over 2,000 votes. Bhagwant Mann is in third place.
9.55 am: Clafasio Dias of the Congress is leading in Cuncolim, Goa. AAP CM candidate Elvis Gomes is trailing him by about 1500 votes.
9.52 am: Punjab appears to be going to the Congress. The party is leading 60 seats of 114 where counting is underway. AAP is leading in 20 while SAD+ is leading in 30. This could be terrible news for Arvind Kejriwal.
9.50 am: In Manipur, CM Ibobi Singh is leading Leithantem Singh of the BJP by 5276 votes.
9.47 am: In Goa, Curchill Alemao of the NCP is leading in Benaulim. AAP’s Royla Fernandes is trailing by 940 votes.
9.45 am: Let’s look at the numbers in Uttarakhand. The BJP is leading in 50 seats while the Congress is leading in 13.
9.41 am: In Uttar Pradesh, BJP is leading in 257, the SP in 75 and the BSP in 22.
9. 40 am: In Punjab, Congress is now leading in 57 seats while AAP is at 21.
9.35 am: Captain Amarinder Singh of the Congress is trailing in Lambi while in Patiala he is leading. Parkash Badal is leading in Lambi.
9.32 am: In Goa, Vijai Sardesai who leads Goa Forward Party is leading, with Damu Naik of the BJP trailing.
9.30 am: We are also getting to know that Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat is now trailing from Haridwar Rural seat .
9.27 am: Back to Manipur where teh Congress is now leading in six while the BJP has added one more to its leads and is now at 8.
9.25 am: In Uttarakhand, of the 58 seats where counting is underway, BJP is leading in 44, Congress in 12 and BSP in one.
9.22 am: In Punjab, Congress is leading in 41 seats while the AAP is leading in 18. SAD+ in 14.
9.20 am: In Goa, the Congress seems to have the edge in the initial counting. The Congress is leading in four while the BJP is leading in three.
9.15 am: In Manipur, the Congress is leading in six while the BJP is leading in seven. It appears to be a tough fight here.
9.12 am: Goa Chief Minister Parsekar is trailing in Mandrem at 2226 votes. The Congress’ Dayanand Sopte is leading.
9.10 am: In Punjab, The Congress is leading in 24. SAD+ in 10 and AAP in 9.
9.07 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is now leading 143. The SP in 33 and the BSP in 26.
9.05 am: We now have two leads in Goa. Congress’ Pratapsingh Rane and Dayanand Sopte are leading. The CM Laxmikant Parsekar is trailing.
9.02 am: In Manipur, Congress is leading in five seats while the BJP is leading in 2.
9.00 am: We have a lead in Goa and it is for Congress leader Pratapsingh Rane. He is leading by over 1700 votes.
8.58 am: The BJP has crossed the 100 mark in terms of leads in UP. The SP is leading in 22 and BSP in 16.
8.57 am: In Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal is leading with 5434 votes in Lambi. Remember, the 89-year-old CM has a tough fight there. Amarinder has 4189 votes currently.
8.57 am: In Uttarakhand, the BJP is leading in 10 while the Congress is second with 7 leads. Whoever gets to about 30 first will form government.
8. 55 am: BJP has taken a huge lead in Goa in the first few rounds of counting. They are now leading in 84 seats, while the SP+Congress are leading in 19. BSP in 16.
8.52 am: In Goa, there’s a technical glitch due to which no results are being displayed. The routers are down and therefore no results can be displayed. Suspense levels at its highest in that otherwise very relaxed state.
8.50 am: At the Samajwadi Party state headquarters, there’s a deserted look. Party state president Naresh Uttam present is at the office with over a dozen workers. Nobody yet from the top leadership.
8.45 am: In Uttarakhand, the Congress is leading in 1 seat while the BJP is leading in three.
8. 43 am: More details from UP. The BJP is now leading in 47 seats, the SP in 15, the BSP in 9 and others in four.
8.41 am: In Punjab, AAP is leading in two seats, Congress in one and SAD in one. A candidate from a smaller party is also leading in one seat.
8.40 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the leads are now at 55. SP is leading in 13, the BJP in 32, BSP 7 and others 3.
8.37 am: In Manipur, we have another lead. This time for a smaller party. In Punjab, Congress and AAP are both leading in one seat each.
8.37 am: We are also awaiting a lead in Uttarakhand, where voting is underway in the 70-Member house. Here’s a picture from the counting centre.
8.35 am: Samajwadi Party’s Shivpal Yadav is already reacting to the counting of votes. “Counting shuru ho gayi hai, humari badi jeet hogi.”
8.33 am: We have 29 leads in Uttar Pradesh. BJP leading in 17, SP in 9, BSP 2 and others 2. Meanwhile, we’re also getting to know that drone cameras are being used for surveillance in Lucknow.
8. 30 am: NDTV reports that Irom Sharmila is trailing in Manipur where she is in a fight with CM Okram Ibobi. So that’s one lead for Congress.
8.25 am: BJP is leading in 10 seats now. The SP+ in six, BSP in 1 and others in 2 – Uttar Pradesh.
8.22 am: Counting is underway in Manipur despite rains. Who will win control of the 60 member house should be clear in a few hours.
8.20 am: And the BJP has another lead in Uttar Pradesh. We are still awaiting a lead in the other states and will get them to you as soon as they unfold. Remember, these are postal ballot counting and not EVMs.
8.17 am: The first leads are in. SP+, BSP and BJP+ are all leading in one seat each in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
8. 15 am: We are still awaiting a lead in any of the five states. Here’s the strength of each of the five assemblies. Uttar Pradesh has 403 seats, Punjab has 117 seats, Manipur has 60 seats, Uttarakhand has 70 seats and Goa has 40 seats.
8.13 am: Can the BJP retain Goa? While counting has just begun there, reporters are being fed some really sumptuous breakfast. If you’re from Goa, head over to our Goa election result LIVE update page for the latest updates.
8.10 am: Punjab is the big test for the Aam Aadmi Party more than Goa. They want to win big in this state and use it to showcase their form of governance. The exit polls, however, give the Congress a slight edge over the AAP. But let’s wait and watch.
8.05 am: Rain in Uttarakhand and Manipur has not stopped the counting of votes there. Follow us as we bring you the latest election results as they unfold.
8.00 am: Counting has begun across the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand. We will get you the latest updates as they unfold.
7.57 am: In Uttarakhand, where exit poll results have indicated the BJP will win a majority, CM Harish Rawat will face a tough battle. The Congress is hopeful of winning in the range of 15-20 seats in the state.
7. 55 am: This is the Mohali district complex where counting will start in a few minutes. Candidates are yet to arrive.
7. 53 am: Will CM Okram Ibobi Singh retain power? He has been CM since 2002 and this time he faces activist Irom Sharmila. The BJP is hopeful of winning the state and putting an end to the Congress rule.
7.50 am: This election will also be a test for Prime Minister Modi’s demonetisation move. Will the people express their anger against their move or will it be a clear indication that the PM’s move has been accepted by the people?
7.45 am: Fifteen minutes to go before counting starts. The first hour will be postal votes following which votes from EVMs will be counted.
7.40 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has the edge according to exit polls but many experts believe the key could lie with BSP supremo Mayawati. If it is a hung assembly, much will depend on who BSP decides to support and bring to power. Mayawati, therefore, could well be the Queen Maker.
7.35 am: Who will win Punjab? Exit poll results predict it will be a neck-and-neck finish in the state between the AAP and the Congress. The SAD-Punjab, it appears, will win less than 10 seats in the 117-member House. But, then again, these are exit poll predictions. They have gone wrong in the past, right?
7.30 am: In Goa, where the BJP is hopeful of retaining power, counting this time is expected to be quicker than in 2012. The counting centres have been doubled to ten in each district. So we could expect election leads as early as 10.30 am.
7.23 am: A little over half an hour to go before polling begins across five states. This election result will determine, in a way, who comes to power in 2019. If the BJP wins Uttar Pradesh, it is a clear indication that the Modi wave is back after a lull. So who will ultimately win? Stay tuned to find out.
7.15 am: Here’s what the scene is at the BJP headquarters in the national capital. Since the exit poll results, the BJP is upbeat about winning in Uttar Pradesh, but many believe the BSP could hold the trump card and decide which party ultimately comes to power.
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7.00 am: It’s decision day for political party candidates across Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand. Which party will manage to retain power? We will be getting you the latest from these five states. Counting begins at 8 am.
Updates from March 10, 2017
8:30 pm: 188 companies of Central paramilitary forces already deployed in UP to ensure safety at counting centres, also to maintain law and order: CEC
7:53 pm: Strong rooms are under protection and security cover of Central police forces, CCTVs and other facilities: CEC Nasim Zaidi
7:42 pm: We have to ensure that counting process is transparent, according to rules and be free from any of malpractice: CEC Nasim Zaidi
5:55 pm: We will win again and with full majority: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat
5:54 pm: CM Akhilesh Yadav was misquoted though there are no permanent foes or friends in politics, and ‘impossible’ word has no place in it: Naresh Agarwal, SP
5:52 pm: Not affected much by result, people yet to change, everybody knows muscle & money power were openly used: Irom Sharmila
5:26 pm: Lalu also said that in 2015 Bihar elections exit polls had predicted BJP-led NDA as winner. but after counting commenced, all assumptions were proved wrong.”
5:21 pm: RJD president Lalu Prasad rubbished the exit polls that came out on Thursday which predicted an edge to BJP in UP. He said the prediction would fall flat the way it did in Bihar elections.
5:01 pm: Will play another Holi tomorrow, which will be a saffron one, said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Patna, Bihar to news agency ANI.