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Election Results 2021 Highlights: TMC sweeps Bengal, Modi congratulates Mamata

The elections were held amid a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country - a second wave that has ridden the country to an unprecedented crisis.  

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, New Delhi |
Updated: May 3, 2021 1:47:14 pm
Assembly Election results, Assembly Elections 2021Pinarayi Vijayan, Mamata Banerjee, Edappadi Palaniswami, Sarbananda Sonowal

West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, Puducherry Election Results 2021: The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) pulled off a spectacular victory in a high-stakes electoral battle, trouncing BJP to form the government for a third consecutive term in West Bengal. As per the latest data from the Election Commission, TMC is on its course to win over 210 seats in a 294-member Assembly, while BJP is likely to win 77 seats. In the hotly contested Nandigram seat, BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari defeated his former party chief Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram. However, Mamata has moved the Election Commission requesting recounting of votes in the constituency.

In Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin is set to become the state Chief Minister with the DMK-led alliance leading in at least 145 seats. In Kerala, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government scripted history by retaining power, the first time in four decades that the same grouping will form the government for the second consecutive time. The CPM-led LDF alliance is projected to win around 97 seats in the 140-member assembly, while the Congress-led UDF alliance had a dismal performance as it is expected to grab only 43 seats.

For the BJP, Assam emerged as the lone bright spot with the ruling NDA projected to win 77 of 126 seats to retain power in the state. Meanwhile, in Puducherry, the NDA looked set to form the government with NR Congress winning eight seats and its ally BJP securing four seats in the 30-member House.

The elections were held amid a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country – a second wave that has ridden the country to an unprecedented crisis.

Get state-specific election result updates for West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Kerala, and Assam.

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Election Results 2021 highlights: Read our coverage on West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, Puducherry assembly election results. Read in Malayalam, Tamil, Bangla

10:53 (IST)03 May 2021
‘On CAA… I feel we must protect genuine refugees’: Himanta Biswa Sarma

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"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made the Northeast the centre of development in the country… There are policies towards the development of infrastructure, roads, railway, universities etc. The state government too took a number of initiatives. People have also appreciated the state government’s fight against Covid… and have voted against the divisive politics and unholy alliances of the Opposition," Himanta Biswa Sarma told Liz Mathew in an interview. 

10:02 (IST)03 May 2021
SOS is refrain within as Congress continues downward march

Yet another counting day and yet another demoralising defeat for the Congress. Since 2014, of the 40 Assembly elections held, the party, on its own, could win and form governments in only four states and a Union Territory.

After today’s defeats in Kerala, Assam, Puducherry and the wipeout in West Bengal, Congress leaders across states are admitting, in hushed tones, that the bigger worry is that the party is losing its legitimacy — moral and political — to lead the Opposition at the national level as it is fast ceding space to regional forces in the fight against the BJP.

The defeat, many party leaders said, is set to deepen internal turmoil and give another window for the detractors of senior leader Rahul Gandhi, who had virtually led the party’s campaign in Kerala, from where he is an MP. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had campaigned in Kerala and Assam. Read more

09:24 (IST)03 May 2021
Kerala: LDF win could trigger change in all parties

The victory of the LDF marks the first time since the 1980s that an incumbent political combination has returned to power in Kerala. In doing so, the LDF has surpassed its earlier tally of 91 in the 140-member Assembly. How was electoral history rewritten in Kerala, and what are the key takeaways from Sunday’s results? Read more

08:45 (IST)03 May 2021
Bengal defeat robs BJP of planks, boosts Mamata, federal pushback

The under-par performances in Jharkhand, Haryana, Maharashtra, Delhi after the party’s stellar performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections have raised questions over the erosion of the formidable political capital mobilised by Modi for his party. With a defeat in West Bengal, those questions get sharper focus. Read more

01:41 (IST)03 May 2021
Swearing-in ceremony will be simple, says DMK chief Stalin

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the swearing in ceremony of the new government led by his party would be simple, DMK president M K Stalin said here on Sunday.

Stalin, who spoke to reporters after paying floral tributes in the mausoleum of his father and late party patriarch 'Kalaignar' M Karunanidhi at the Marina beach said the date of the swearing-in ceremony would be made known soon. (PTI)

23:30 (IST)02 May 2021
Bengal decisive win for 'idea of India', shows BJP's poll juggernaut not invincible: Tharoor

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday hailed Mamata Banerjee-led TMC's electoral triumph in the West Bengal Assembly polls as a "decisive win for the idea of India" and asserted that the BJP had met its match in Bengal and lost.

Tharoor, who campaigned extensively for the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the Kerala polls, also expressed disappointment with the results in the state where the ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front was all set to retain power with a thumping mandate.

"It's a day of disappointment for many of my friends and colleagues in @INCKerala. You fought a good fight. The energy and commitment I've seen from you is the party's greatest strength," Tharoor said.

"We must not be disheartened. There is work ahead to renew and revive our party, and to serve the people," he said in a series of tweets. (PTI)

23:11 (IST)02 May 2021
West Benagl polls: Postal votes counting on, Suvendu edges past Mamata in Nandigram

BJP's Suvendu Adhikari has now taken a slight lead against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Nandigram constituency as the Election Commission counts postal votes.

22:39 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam elections: Raijor Dal president Akhil Gogoi wins from Sibsagar

Jailed Raijor Dal leader Akhil Gogoi has won the election from Sibsagar with over 11,000 votes against the BJP's Surabhi Rajkonwari.

22:30 (IST)02 May 2021
Congress's Assam president Ripun Bora resigns after poll debacle

Congress's Assam president Ripun Bora resigns after poll debacle, sends letter to Sonia Gandhi. (PTI)

22:22 (IST)02 May 2021
Kamal Haasan defeated on his poll debut

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan faced defeat on his poll debut in the Coimbatore South constituency.  BJP's national women's wing leader Vanathi Srinivasan, who was trailing initially, gained momentum in the second half of the day and managed to beat the Tamil actor by a slender margin of over 1,300 votes.

The constituency which gained huge traction from the day the candidates were announced, offered a nail-biting finish with Vanathi being declared winner only in the last round of counting of votes. 

The Coimbatore (South) constituency saw a three-way battle between Kamal Haasan, Vanathi Srinivasan, and Congress candidate Mayura S Jayakumar. In the first couple of hours, Mayura S Jayakumar gained some momentum but soon Haasan took the lead. The contest then looked like an easy finish for the Tamil actor until Vanathi Srinivasan made inroads. Since afternoon, the votes swung like a pendulum between BJP and MNM. Till the 22nd round, Haasan was leading the contest and then Vanathi never looked back. (Report by Janardhan Kaushik)

22:09 (IST)02 May 2021
EC rejects TMC's request for recounting of votes in Nandigram

Election Commission's Returning Officer (RO) has rejected the TMC’s request for a recount of all votes cast in the Nandigram seat. Final result to be notified soon. Suvendu Adhikari has won the seat against TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee.

21:28 (IST)02 May 2021
Mamata takes slight edge over Suvendu as VVPAT counting goes underway

Mamata Banerjee has now taken a slight lead against BJP's Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram constituency as the Election Commission conducts mandatory VVPAT verification.

19:45 (IST)02 May 2021
Suvendu Adhikari edges past Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram battle, VVPAT verification underway

As per the Election Commission count, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari has defeated Mamata Banerjee by 1,736 votes in Nandigram. However, mandatory VVPAT verification is currently underway and results will be officially announced only after that.

19:42 (IST)02 May 2021
PM Narendra Modi congratulates Assembly election winners

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin, Pinarayi Vijayan for their victories in Assembly elections in Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.

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19:09 (IST)02 May 2021
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan wins Dharmadam seat by margin of over 50,000 votes

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has won the Dharmadom seat with a margin of 50,123 votes. (PTI)

19:02 (IST)02 May 2021
Don't speculate, counting process still on: TMC over Nandigram result

With the Nandigram verdict hanging in balance, the Trinamool Congress issued a statement saying that the counting process has not been completed and urged everyone to not speculate the results yet.

18:40 (IST)02 May 2021
Let people of Nandigram give whatever verdict they want: Mamata

With the suspense continuing over the Nandigram verdict, CM Mamata Banerjee said: "Don't worry about Nandigram, I struggled for Nandigram because I fought a movement. It's ok. Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that. I don't mind. We won more than 221 seats and BJP has lost the election."

18:19 (IST)02 May 2021
'Victory of democracy': Mamata Banerjee on TMC's resounding performance

Following TMC's resounding performance in Assembly elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed that she was grateful to the people of her state for TMC's landslide victory. She also termed the results as "victory of democracy". She said the swearing-in ceremony will be a low-key event in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation. 

18:00 (IST)02 May 2021
Tamil Nadu polls: Rahul Gandhi congratulates MK Stalin after DMK-led alliance's superb win

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi congratulated DMK chief MK Stalin on their alliance's superb performance in the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. The DMK-led alliance is set to win over 145 seats in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly.

17:43 (IST)02 May 2021
Kerala once again reposed faith in Left front: CM Vijayan

With the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF alliance set to retain power in Kerala, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the people of Kerala have once again reposed faith in the Left front.&nb

"But this is not a time to celebrate due to the large spread of Covid-19. We have to continue the fight against Covid-19," CM Vijayan said while addressing a press conference.

The CPI(M)-led LDF alliance is on its course to buck the over four-decade-old trend of swinging between the Communists and the Congress-headed UDF in the southern state. At present, the LDF is leading at least in 94 of the 140 assembly seats. 

election results 2021 live updates kerala west bengal assam puducherry tamil nadu Preparations underway at a counting centre in Kerala. PTI Photo

Here's a look at each of the states where the assembly election results will be declared Sunday

West Bengal assembly election results 2021:

Following an intensely polarised election - and the state's longest (eight phases) - all eyes are on who will emerge victorious in Bengal. Will Didi hold fort or will the BJP go beyond what exit polls are predicting and win a comfortable majority in Bengal? In the current assembly, the BJP has three seats with a vote percentage slightly above 10 percent. All exit polls have predicted it will cross the three-figure mark, if not get a clear majority to form government, and record a jump in vote share to somewhere around 40 percent. For the Trinamool Congress, which had won 211 of the 293 seats it contested in 2016, the few months ahead of elections proved expensive. It lost several of its party leaders to the BJP. Battling incumbency, the Mamata Banerjee-led party is hopeful of retaining power for a third term.

Tamil Nadu and Puducherry election results:

Tamil Nadu and Puducherry voted in a single-phase election conducted on April 6. Tamil Nadu will see its first election without the two towering figures - J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi - putting current chief minister and Jayalalithaa loyalist Edapaddi K Palaniswami and Karunaidhi's son M K Stalin - in the ring. All exit poll surveys have given the DMK a clear majority, and if they hold true, Stalin will emerge as the next chief minister of the state. In 2019, the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance swept the Lok Sabha elections winning 38 of the 39 seats. In power since 2011, the AIADMK, part of the BJP-led NDA, will hope to win a third term despite the incumbency and instability within the party following the death of its leader.

In Puducherry, exit poll surveys have predicted a victory for the AIADMK-BJP-NR Congress alliance. The Congress lost power weeks ahead of elections after party MLAs resigned reducing the strength of the ruling alliance to 11 against the opposition's 14. Congress Chief Minister V Narayanasamy had to resign ahead of the trust vote on February 22.

Kerala Assembly election results:

In Kerala, it's ‘thudarbharanam’ (re-election) vs ‘adiozhukkukal’ (undercurrents). With exit poll surveys giving the LDF a historic win, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led alliance is hopeful of ending the state's political tradition of voting out the incumbent. For the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), the high-octance election campaign by the Gandhis is what they're banking on to form government and oust the LDF. If the exit polls hold true, it reinforces the argument of there being very little anti-incumbency against Vijayan's government - one that saw the state through several crises including the Kerala floods, and the on-going Covid-19 surge.

In the 2016 Assembly election, the LDF rode to power winning 91 of the 140 seats, reducing the UDF to 47 seats. The BJP had opened its account in the state, winning one seat. The half-way mark is 71.

Assam Assembly election results:

The BJP-led alliance comprising the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) are confident of retaining power in the northeastern state - hoping to become the only non-Congress government to win a consecutive term. In 2016, the BJP alliance won 86 of the 126 Assembly seats. Sixty four is the halfway mark. Most exit polls have given the saffron party a comfortable majority in the range of 70-80 seats while the Congress-led Grand Alliance is predicted to win around 45-55 seats.

The BJP, through the election campaign, sought to politicise the issue of the immigrant influx in Assam, often accusing the previous Congress governments of harbouring illegal Muslim immigrants in exchange for political support.

The state voted in three phases - March 27, April 1 and April 6 - and saw a 79.93 per cent, 80.96 per cent and 82.33 per cent turnout respectively.

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