Maharashtra, Gujarat Election Results 2019 Highlights: Riding high on the ‘Modi wave’, BJP-led NDA is determined to return to power for another five years after securing a stranglehold in Gujarat as well as Maharashtra. In North Goa, the BJP races ahead, however, Congress emerged victorious in South Goa. Election results dashboard
The BJP-NDA duo was leading in 40 out of the 48 seats in Maharashtra whereas they had a clean sweep in all of the 26 seats in Gujarat. BJP national president Amit Shah in his maiden Lok Sabha battle, led in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar with a margin of 5.5. lakh votes, where the party had replaced veteran LK Advani with Shah. In Maharashtra, Congress’ Milind Deora lost by 1 lakh votes and issued a statement congratulating Sena-BJP combine. In Baramati, though NCP leader Supriya Sule was trailing initially, she picked pace and was leading comfortably against BJP’s Kanchan Kul.
NCP chief Parth Pawar, who has made his political debut in Maval was lagging terribly. BJP’s Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of former Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil soared in Ahmednagar seat as talks about the latter joining the Saffron party are doing the rounds. Congress had fielded actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar in Mumbai North constituency where she trailed by over 4 lakh votes; as Priya Dutt also took to Twitter to congratulate her opponent Poonam Mahajan in Mumbai North Central.
As the contest at the Centre thickens, today will prove if BJP-Sena duo maintain its stronghold or is the NCP-Congress combine likely to prove their mettle in the West region? Stay tuned to this space for latest updates:
BJP repeats 2014 sweep in Gujarat, vote share rises to 62 per cent
The BJP not only repeated its 2014 tally by heading towards a win in all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, but also improved its vote share from 59% in 2014 to over 62% this year as the party returned to power at the Centre with a larger mandate. Leading the BJP’s win in the state was party president Amit Shah, who won from the prestigious Gandhinagar constituency with a margin of over 5.57 lakh votes. In Gujarat, voting was held in a single phase on April 23, which had witnessed a record turnout of 64.11%. Read the full story
BJP-Shiv Sena alliance sweeps Maharashtra
Riding a Modi wave, the BJP and Shiv Sena alliance swept the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra on Thursday, winning 41 of the state’s 48 seats. In a near replay of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress-NCP alliance was completely routed. While the Congress was leading in just one seat Chandrapur (Vidarbha), its ally NCP won four seats — Satara, Shirur, Baramati in western Maharashtra and Raigad in Konkan region. The AIMIM, under the banner of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), won from Aurangabad in Marathwada. In Amravati, an Independent candidate (backed by NCP) was leading.
Amit Shah: The man, his machine, and the 2019 blueprint
After the BJP’s stunning victory in 2014, many compared Amit Shah to the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, who was known for his strategising skills. But someone who knew Shah from his early years in politics said, “Pramod could be indulgent while dealing with a request for a seat from someone he loved or respected, even if he knew he would not be able to win it. But with Shah, it’s impossible to make him oblige if he is not sure you can win that seat.” Read the full story
Amit Shah wins with a margin of 5.5 lakh votes; addresses rally in New Delhi
PM Modi easily won his seat in Varanasi with a margin of over 4.3 lakh votes while party president Amit Shah took Gandhinagar in their home state of Gujarat by over 5.5 lakh votes. Modi and Shah arrived at party headquarters and are addressing a gathering in New Delhi.
In Picture | Commuters take a quick glance at the result screen at Churchgate station in Mumbai
CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray celebrate victory.
Feeding each other sweets at Sena HQ Matoshree, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray share some light moments. NDA is racing ahead in 40 seats in Maharashtra.
Nitin Gadkari retains Nagpur; praises PM Modi at press conference
Union Minister for Surface Transport, Shipping and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the BJP's victory in Lok Sabha elections is due to his leadership "that could deliver in five years what couldn't be delivered in the past 50 years."
He said, "people have faith in leadership of Modi." "I thank people for reposing trust in me again," he said addressing mediapersons at his residence here on Thursday. Supporters celebrated the victory with sandal, sweets and crackers outside his house overflowing with people from all walks of life.
CM Fadnavis at Matoshree
Congress emerges victorious in South Goa
South Goa sitting MP Narendra Sawaikar concedes defeat. After final round of counting of votes, Sawaikar garnered 1,66,072 votes whereas, Congress Francisco Sardinha was leading with 1,81,340 votes. “I accept my defeat. I thank everyone for the support and co-operation throughout my tenure as MP”, Sawaikar posted on Facebook.
Congress' South candidate Milind Deora congratulates PM Modi
Congratulating PM Modi, Congress Mumbai South candidate Milind Deora issues a statement where he says that "Mumbai Congress accepts the verdict of the people of Mumbai". Deora was trailing in his constituency against BJP's Arvind Sawant by 1 lakh votes.
Mumbai Congress office wears a deserted look; party chief Rahul Gandhi holds press conference
As Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference in New Delhi today conceding defeat in Amethi; on the other side, Congress main office in Mumbai wears a deserted look as BJP takes over majority seats in Maharashtra
PM Modi thanks people for 'placing faith in NDA'
PM Modi thanks people for placing 'faith in the (NDA) alliance' and also congratulated BJP workers.
Thank you India! The faith placed in our alliance is humbling and gives us strength to work even harder to fulfil people's aspirations.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2019
I salute every BJP Karyakarta for their determination, perseverance & hardwork. They went home to home, elaborating on our development agenda.
Amit Shah leads with margin of 5.54 lakh votes in Gandhinagar
Party president Amit Shah, who is contesting his maiden Lok Sabha election, has taken a lead of over 5.54 lakh votes over his nearest Congress rival C J Chavda in Gandhinagar. BJP patriarch L K Advani had won from Gandhinagar by 4.83 lakh votes in 2014.
Maharashtra: Shiv Sena's Rahul Shewale defeats Eknath Gaikwad in South Central Mumbai
Shiv Sena candidate Rahul Shewale has the polls from South Central Mumbai constituency. He defeated Congress candidate Eknath Gaikwad by a margin of 1.50 lakh votes.
Won't blame EVMs for defeat of anti-BJP parties: Sharad Pawar
NCP chief Sharad Pawar Thursday said he would not blame the electronic voting machines (EVMS) for the defeat of anti-BJP parties in the Lok Sabha polls and added he has gracefully accepted the people's mandate.
The NCP, along with other opposition parties, had repeatedly raised concerns over the possibility of EVM tampering. Pawar said the opposition parties had anticipated the BJP would do well in certain states, but did not expect "such a big victory" across the country.
"Doubts were indeed raised (about EVMs functioning)," Pawar told reporters here. "But I don't want to blame the machines now since the result is out. Once the verdict is out, it has to be accepted gracefully and I am accepting it gracefully," he said. (PTI)
READ | Amit Shah interview
On April 19, en route to Gujarat, from where, he said, he’s seeking a public mandate to the ‘highest panchayat (Lok Sabha)’, he spoke with Ravish Tiwari and Raj Kamal Jha.
What’s the difference between Amit Shah campaigning in 2019 and Amit Shah campaigning in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections?
We had Narendra Modiji’s naam (name) in 2014. Now we have Modiji’s naam aur kaam (name and work). In 2014, there was hope in Modi, today the people have hope and expectations. Read Full interview here
WATCH | BJP heads for spectacular win, PM’s mother greets media in Gandhinagar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had contested the Lok Sabha polls from Vadodara in 2014, did not seek re-election from his home constituency and instead focused on his seat in Varanasi. However, here are celebratory pictures of PM Modi's mother in Gandhinagar. Meanwhile, Amit Shah is leading in Gandhinagar with a huge margin. Watch the video
Amit Shah at the BJP Headquarters as he sweeps Gandhinagar with a margin of 4 lakh votes
Gujarat: Jawahar Chavda of BJP is leading by 6,966 votes in the bypoll to Manavadar
Jawahar Chavda of BJP is leading by 6,966 votes in the bypoll to Manavadar Assembly constituency. This comes after around two-thirds of votes having been counted.
With around two-thirds of votes having been counted, Jawahar Chavda of BJP is leading by 6966 votes in the bypoll to Manavadar Assembly constituency. #LokSabhaElections2019 @IndianExpress @decision2019 pic.twitter.com/N4VM7I9Bd0— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) May 23, 2019
Priya Dutt congratulates Poonam Mahajana, says 'people's verdict very clear'
Nobody can counter Modi for next 25 years: Shiv Sena
The Shiv Sena Thursday lavished praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP-led NDA appeared to be retaining power comfortably, saying nobody would be able to pose a challenge before him for the next 25 years. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party had often criticized the BJP in the last five years but eventually sealed a fresh alliance with it ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that people had given a befitting reply to opposition parties who created "an atmosphere of illusion" against Modi over issues such as the Rafale fighter jet deal.
"The entire country is `Modi-may' (in thrall of Modi)," Raut, who edits the Sena mouthpiece `Saamana', told reporters here. "The truth has to be accepted that no one could counter Modi. Today's mandate is such that no one can counter (Modi) for the next 25 years," Raut added. (PTI)
BJP wins Daman and Diu Lok Sabha seat
The BJP Thursday won the Daman and Diu Lok Sabha seat, poll officials said. BJP candidate from the Union Territory, Lalubhai Patel, won the seat by defeating his nearest Congress rival Ketan Patel by a margin of 9,942 votes on Thursday, an official said.
The BJP nominee polled 37,586 votes and the Congress candidate got 27,643 votes, he said. Independent candidate Babubhai Patel secured 19,938 votes, he added. (PTI)
Gopal Shetty at 4,32,inches closer to his 2014 victory margin
BJPs Gopal Shetty who is pitted against Urmila Matondkar is leading with 4,32,330 votes and is only 14,252 votes away from reaching his 2014 victory margin.
Amit Shah reaches BJP Headquarters in New Delhi
BJP-Sena makes its presence strongly felt in Mumbai's 6 seats
In Mumbai South, Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant records 3,40,639 votes, thus leading against Congress' Milind Deora. In South Central seat, Congress leader Eknath is trailing behind Rahul Shewale. The NOTA votes polled in South Mumbai and South Central Mumbai constituencies are 14,295 and 13,783 votes respectively.
Cong's Sardinha leading on South Goa constituency
Cosme Francisco Caitano Sardinha of Congress party was leading on the South Goa constituency. South Goa Lok Sabha constituency, one of 2 Lok Sabha segments in Goa, went to polls in the third phase of the 2019 general elections, on April 23.
Congress candidate Urmila Matondkar arrives at counting centre in Goregaon
BJP's Shripad Yesso Naik leading on North Goa
As per trends available till afternoon, BJP's Shripad Yesso Naik was leading on North Goa seat. North Goa Lok Sabha constituency, one of the two Lok Sabha segments in Goa, went to polls in the third phase of the 2019 general elections, on April 23.
In the 2014 general election, Shripad Yesso Naik of the BJP won the North Goa seat. He received 2,37,903 votes. Ravi S Naik of the Congress was his closest opponent with 1,32,304 votes.
'Modi wave' became tsunami this time: Devendra Fadnavis
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hailed BJP-led NDA's performance in the Lok Sabha elections saying the 'Modi wave' of the 2014 polls turned into a 'tsunami' this time, news agency PTI reported.
"In the previous election, there was a Modi wave. Now, it has turned into a tsunami. Going by the current trends, I think our seats in Maharashtra are likely to go up. It has also increased our responsibilities," he said. (PTI)
Urmila Matondkar trails by a margin of over 3 lakh votes
In a major bolt to Congress, Urmila Matondkar who contended from Mumbai North constituency seat is trailing by 3,46,052 votes against BJP's Gopal Shetty who has garnered 5,11,350 votes. Meanwhile, in South Mumbai, Arvind Sawant is likely to retain his seat with 3,19,431 votes against Congress' Milind Deora. Whereas, in South Central Mumbai, Rahul Shewale is leading.
Raju Shetti admits siding with NCP-Congress backfired
Amit Shah terms NDA's majority a 'historic victory', thanks voters
Terming it a 'historic victory', BJP Chief Amit Shah in a series of tweets thanked BJP workers, masses saying it a triumph of public confidence in PM Modi's development term of the past 5 years.
अपने अथक परिश्रम से देश के हर बूथ पर भाजपा को मजबूत कर मोदी सरकार बनाने वाले भाजपा के करोड़ों कर्मठ कार्यकर्ताओं को इस ऐतिहासिक विजय की हार्दिक बधाई। pic.twitter.com/epgoj6FIVQ— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 23, 2019
BJP workers dance to 'Banayenge Mandir' to celebrate the win at its Pune headquarters
Kutch: Vinod Chavda of the BJP leading by 1.90 lakh votes
Vinod Chavda of the BJP is now leading by 1.90 lakh votes. Chavda, the sitting BJP MP, is seeking second term from Kutch Parliamentary constituency.
Phir ek baar, Modi Sarkaar: Amit Shah tweets thanking Indians
BJP president Amit Shah who has been leading with a margin of over 4 lakh votes took to Twitter to thank Indians for their support which has per latest trends has the NDA government in a clear sweep.
फिर एक बार मोदी सरकार— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 23, 2019
Thank You India. pic.twitter.com/kZC6YoXfdt
Congress' Paresh Dhanani concedes defeat from Amreli
Paresh Dhanani, Leader of Congress Legislative Party in Gujarat Assembly, concedes defeat from Amreli Lok Sabha constituency. Presently, he is trailing by around 93,000 votes to sitting BJP MP Naran Kachhadiya. Kachhadiya is seeking 3rd term from Amreli.
Leader of Congress Legislative Party in Gujarat Assembly, Paresh Dhanani concedes defeat from Amreli Lok Sabha constituency. Presently, he's trailing by around 93000 votes to sitting BJP MP Naran Kachhadiya. Kachhadiya is seeking 3rd term from Amreli #2019Elections @IndianExpress— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) May 23, 2019
Nagpur: BJP's Nitin Gadkari leading by 58,045 votes after fourth round
Barring Aurangabad, NDA candidates lead in seven out of eight Lok Sabha seats in Marathwada. MIM candidate Imtiyaz Jaleel leading in Aurangabad. State Congress chief Ashok Chavan trailing from Nanded. Meanwhile, in Chandrapur, minister of state for home affairs and MP Hansraj Ahir (88,274) trailing by 6,164 votes in 5th round against Congress candidate Suresh Dhanorkar (94,438).