Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, J&K, HP, Uttarakhand Election Results 2019 Highlights: The BJP has mainatined its grip over North India, where it is leading in all seats in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Haryana. The Congress, meanwhile, has found solace in Punjab and is leading in eight of the 13 seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the NDA had won 29 of the total 42 seats across these seven states riding on the “Modi wave”.
LIVE Updates: BJP set to enter House with historic mandate
According to early trends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA appears to be headed for a second term with the BJP leading in 279 seats. In Delhi, BJP is poised to win all seven seats. While Congress is hoping for some respite in Punjab, SAD candidates Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal have won the Firozpur and Bhatinda seats. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party has opened its account in Sangrur from where Bhagwant Singh is expected to win. Uttarakhand will go to BJP, with the party leading in all five seats.
The BJP had swept all the seats in Delhi and Uttarakhand in the 2014 elections, while in J&K, which has been under President’s rule since December last year, it had won three seats riding on its strong presence in the Jammu region. The promise to revoke the special status of J&K and Article 35 A has been the cornerstone of BJP’s campaign this year.
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Highlights: Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand Election Results 2019.
In Jammu and Kashmir, NC wins Valley, BJP Jammu & Ladakh
It was almost Jammu and Ladakh versus Kashmir in Jammu and Kashmir, as BJP won the two seats from Jammu and the lone Ladakh seat, while the National Conference (NC) won the three seats of Kashmir Valley. The BJP, in its manifesto, had promised to abrogate the special status provided to J&K by Indian Constitution through Articles 370 and 35-A. The NC — like the PDP — promised to fight attempts at changing this, as also work for getting more autonomy for J&K. Read more
In Punjab, Amarinder shows Congress the way, Badals stay afloat
At a time when the Congress was swept away even in the states where it had won the recent Assembly polls, the party won eight of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, where Amarinder Singh delivered a second win for the party after the impressive win in the 2017 Assembly elections. The Congress win even bucked the post-Balakot surge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with Amarinder, an ex-Armyman, accusing him at every rally of using air strikes to garner votes.Among the biggest Congress wins was in Patiala, where Amarinder’s wife Preneet Kaur defeated Surjit Singh Rakhra of SAD. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and BJP won two seats each and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) retained one.
While the Akali Dal fared poorly, losing by huge margins in eight seats, the wins for both president Sukhbir Singh Badal and wife Harsimrat will consolidate the hold of the family on the party. Read more
What explains the BJP sweep in Haryana?
The BJP created history in Haryana by winning all 10 constituencies with comfortable margins. The Modi factor was one big reason for the landslide win. Besides, Haryana sends a large population of its youth to the armed forces and the ripples of the Pulwama attack were felt in its villages. The Congress, on the other hand, was a divided house, as was evident both in the panchayat polls and in the Jind bypoll, in which party national spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala came a distant third. The INLD split vertically with party supremo Om Prakash Chautala's younger son Ajay Chautala forming his own Jannayak Janata Party. Traditionally, Haryana was ruled by the party that got the Jat votes. But the BJP managed to polarise the voters, creating a Jat, non-Jat divide. While the Jat votes got split among Jat candidates, the BJP managed to consolidate the non-Jat electorate. Read more
Kejriwal congratulates PM Modi, says looking forward to work together for Delhi
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the BJP's historic victory in the Lok Sabha elections. In Delhi, the BJP is poised to win all seven seats.
I congratulate Sh Narendra Modi for this historic win and look forward to working together for the betterment of the people of Delhi.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 23, 2019
Punjab election results: Winning candidates
Congress' Manish Tewari wins from Anandpur Sahib, SAD'S Sukhbir Singh Badal wins from Firozpur, Congress' Ravneet Singh Bittu wins from Ludhiana and Congress' Preneet Kaur wins from Patiala.
PM Modi addresses party workers in Delhi after BJP's resounding victory
Former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala's INLD stares at bleak future
The saga of electoral debacles for the Indian National Lok Dal led by former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala continued as the party was once again headed for a defeat in the general elections.
After a vertical split in the party last year following feud in the Chautala family, INLD's political graph in Haryana further nosedived.
The party had fielded its candidates on all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, but going by the Election Commission trends until evening, INLD candidates have performed poorly and were relegated to fifth spot on a few seats.
Even its sitting MP from Sirsa Charanjeet Singh Rori was trailing at fourth spot, going by the trends.
The BSP, an ally of the INLD which walked out from the alliance after the party split, had put up a comparatively better performance than Chautala-led party.
Delhi Election results 2019: BJP leads in all 7 seats; Sheila, Atishi fail to sway voters
As the Lok Sabha election results are being counted, the BJP has gained a massive lead in all the seven seats in Delhi, leaving the Congress party in the second spot in five constituencies. AAP is finishing third as most of the exit polls predicted.
In pics: Amit Shah greeted by BJP supporters in party office
BJP president Amit Shah was met with enthusiastic party workers at the BJP's office in New Delhi. The BJP is set to hold on to power at the Centre, with initial trends securing over 300 seats for the party.
BJP president Amit Shah at party office in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)
BJP president Amit Shah at party office in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)
BJP, NC leading 3 each Lok Sabha seats in J&K, Mehbooba concedes defeat
The BJP and National Conference is leading on three Lok Sabha seats each out of the total six in Jammu and Kashmir with the PDP apparently facing total rout in the state.
Former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is trailing at the third spot at the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, where the NC's Hasnain Masoodi is leading, leaving Congress state president GA Mir in the second place.
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah is leading in Srinagar by 67,159 votes over PDP candidate Aga Mohsin. He has bagged 82,166 votes till now.
Union minister and BJP leader Jitendra Singh is leading by over 3,30,687 votes over his Congress rival Vikramaditya Singh in Udhampur constituency. He has polled 6,72,172 votes. He is likely to register win anytime now.
BJP's Jugal Kishore is leading by over 2,48,906 votes against Raman Bhalla of the Congress from the Jammu seat. He has polled 6,74,106 votes till now.
In Ladakh constituency, BJP's Jamyang Tsering Namgyal is leading by a margin of over 2,440 votes at the end of the latest round of counting.
In north Kashmir's Baramulla constituency, NC candidate Mohammad Akbar Lone is leading by a margin of 28,288 votes against Peoples Conference's Raja Aijaz Ali. Former MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid is in the third place.
In South Kashmir's Anantnag seat Masoodi of NC is leading over G A Mir of the Congress by 8,096 votes. Masoodi polled 37,607 votes, followed by Mir with 29,511 votes and Mehbooba Mufti relegated to the third place with 28,054 votes.
In pics: SAD leading in two seats in Punjab, Badals celebrate
Punjab Lok Sabha election results: SAD's Sukhbir Singh Badal won from Firozpur, while Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is set to retain her Bhatinda seat.
Sukhbir Badal wins from Ferozepur (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)
Union minister Harsimrat Badal after winning from Bathinda. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)'
Union minister Harsimrat Badal after winning from Bathinda. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)
Parkash Singh Badal at home in Mukatsar. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)
Punjab CM Amarinder on Sidhu: No Indian will tolerate hugging Pakistan army chief
Addressing the press on Thursday, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh expressed his displeasure with party colleague Navjyot Singh Sidhu. "Indians especially servicemen will not tolerate hugging the Pakistani Army Chief" he said.
Amarinder had Sunday lashed out at the Punjab tourism and cultural affairs minister for his comments against him and the Congress leadership in the state claiming that Sidhu was perhaps “ambitious” and “wants to be the chief minister”.
Don't understand how people gave preference to actor (Sunny Deol), not experience: Amarinder Singh on Gurdaspur Cong loss
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addressed the press after Lok Sabha election results showed the BJP leading in two seats, including Gurdaspur where actor Sunny Deol contested from the party's ticket.
On Congress's Sunil Jakhar trailing from Gurdaspur, Singh said, "Sunil ji is a fine candidate, he had done a lot of work there. This is one thing I didn't understand that people gave preference to an actor than to experience."
[LIVE] Press Conference from Chandigarh. https://t.co/teKExNdZU6— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 23, 2019
BJP leading in nine seats in Haryana, see-saw battle in Rohtak
The BJP has gained an unassailable lead in nine of the ten Lok Sabha seats in Haryana and the fight appears to be only for the Rohtak seat where Congress' sitting MP Deepender Singh Hooda has put up a challenge to the saffron party candidate. Rohtak was witnessing a see-saw contest between sitting MP Deepender Singh Hooda, who after leading with a margin of more than 13,000 votes at one stage over BJP's Arvind Sharma, was now trailing by over 4500 votes, as per trends available with the Election Commission.
If the BJP wins nine or even the tenth seat, it will be the party's best-ever performance, surpassing the previous best in 2014 when it won seven of the eight it contested.
Punjab bucks the Modi wave, Congress leading in 8 seats
Punjab seems to be bucking the Modi wave, with Congress leading on eight out of the 13 seats in the state. In 2014, it had won only three seats. Interestingly, BJP, which is in alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal (B), maintained its hold on its two seats of Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur.
The Akalis and BJP are leading on two seats each, while AAP is leading on one. Congress is leading in the constituencies of Patiala from where it had fielded Preneet Kaur, wife of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib and Faridkot.
Explained: What explains BJP’s sweep in Haryana?
The BJP looks set to sweep the state, leading in nine of the 10 seats in the state. The only seat it could lose is Rohtak, where Deepender Hooda has a slender lead over BJP’s Arvind Kumar Sharma.
So what explains the BJP’s sweep? For one, the Modi factor. Besides, Haryana sends a large population of its youth to the armed forces and the ripples of the Pulawama attack were felt in its villages. The Congress, on its part, was a divided house as was evident both in the panchayat polls and in the Jind by-election in which Congress national spokesman Randeep Singh Surjwala came a distant third.
Today belongs to BJP, time for Congress to get an Amit Shah: Mehbooba Mufti
Congratulating BJP on its victory in the Lok Sabha elections, former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said "today belongs to BJP and its allies."
Taking to Twitter, Mufti said, "Congratulations to Narendra Modi ji for a historic mandate. Today surely belongs to BJP and it’s allies. Time for Congress to get an Amit Shah."
Mehbooba Mufti concedes defeat
Former Jammu & Kashmir CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti conceded defeat on Thursday after trends showed she was trailing at third from the Anantnag constituency.
Taking to Twitter, Mufti said she "accepts verdict with humility."
I’ve been fortunate to get the love & affection of my people. They have every right to express their anger for my failings. Accept their verdict with humility. Congratulations to winning candidates from NC. I’m grateful to my party workers & colleagues.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) May 23, 2019
BJP set for clean sweep in Delhi, AAP says respect people's mandate
The AAP on Thursday congratulated the BJP for its victory and said it hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would do "good work" in his future tenure.
The BJP was leading in all the seven seats in the national capital, with three of its candidates ahead by over one lakh votes, while the Congress and the AAP were trailing at the second spot in five and two seats respectively.
"In democracy, mandate of the people is considered to be very powerful. We respect the mandate of India and congratulate the BJP for its victory. We offer Prime Minister Narendra Modi best wishes for his future tenure. We hope he would do good work in his future tenure," Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Saurabh Bharwaj said.
Delhi Congress alleges EVM strongrooms opened without party representatives
Congress veteran and candidate from Delhi's Chandni Chowk constituency JP Agarwal Thursday alleged that EVM strong rooms were opened in the absence of his party's counting agents.
"The strong rooms were opened in the absence of our counting agents. We were not even allowed to take breakfast inside while the BJP was free to carry any material inside," Agarwal told reporters.
The Chief Electoral Officer said that they had not received any official complaint. "We have not received any complaint from any candidate with regard to counting of votes including from JP Agarwal. (PTI)
Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah congratulates NDA for 'stellar performance'
National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Thursday congratulated the BJP and the NDA for its "stellar performance" in the Lok Sabha polls.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for putting together a winning alliance and a professional campaign.
So the exit polls were correct. All that’s left is to congratulate the BJP & NDA for a stellar performance. Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib & Mr Amit Shah put together a winning alliance & a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 23, 2019
"So the exit polls were correct. All that's left is to congratulate the BJP & NDA for a stellar performance," Abdullah tweeted. "Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib & Mr Amit Shah put together a winning alliance & a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years," he added.
Saffron surge again: Sri Lanka PM congratulates Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA is set to return to power, according to early trends that have projected a clean sweep by the saffron party.
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe took to Twitter to congratulate Modi on his imminent victory.
"Congratulations to Narendra Modi on a magnificent victory! We look forward to working closely with you," he said.
Congratulations to @narendramodi on a magnificent victory! We look forward to working closely with you.— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) May 23, 2019
Haryana elections: What early trends say
The BJP appears poised to win all ten seats in Haryana, according to early trends. Congress stalwarts including Bhupinder Singh Hooda is trailing in Sonipat. JJP's Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala are also trailing in Hisar and Sonepat constituencies, respectively.
BJP – Rattan Lal Kataria (264368)
Congress – Kumari Selja (157077)
BJP – Dharambir Singh (334173)
Congress – Shruti Choudhry (138054)
BJP – Krishanpal Gurjar (207491)
Congress – Avtar Singh Bhadana (64450)
BJP – Rao Inderjit Singh (344542)
Congress – Ajay Yadav (162759)
BJP – Brijendra Singh (313231)
Congress – Bhavya Bishnoi (98479)
JJP – Dushyant Chautala (136111)
BJP – Sanjay Bhatia (422734)
Congress – Kuldeep Sharma (117992)
BJP – Nayab Saini (357499)
Congress – Nirmal Singh (158684)
INLD – Arjun Chautala (31865)
BJP – Arvind Sharma (175302)
Congress – Deepender Hooda (182483)
BJP – Suneeta Duggal (265022)
Congress – Ashok Tanwar (176889)
BJP – Ramesh Chander Kaushik (242164)
Congress – Bhupinder Hooda (155342)
JJP – Digvijay Chautala (16602)
BJP maintains comfortable lead in all five seats of Uttarakhand
In the hill state of Uttarakhand, BJP is surging ahead on all five Lok Sabha seats, with its candidates maintaining comfortable leads over their nearest rivals from the Congress. It looks like BJP is set to again sweep the state.
State BJP president Ajay Bhatt is leading with a margin of 1,06,373 votes over Congress general secretary and former chief minister Harish Rawat in the Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar seat. Bhatt's margin is the highest among BJP candidates in the hill state.
BJP national secretary Tirath Singh Rawat is leading by 92,747 votes over his Congress rival and sitting BJP Pauri Garhwal MP BC Khanduri's son Manish Khanduri in the constituency. Here is what Congress had said when Khanduri joined the party
Union Minister of State Ajay Tamta is leading by 56,351 votes over his nearest rival Pradeep Tamta in Almora. Sitting MP from Tehri Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah is leading by 62,249 votes over her nearest rival and state Congress president Pritam Singh in the seat. BJP MP from Haridwar Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank snatched a lead of 43,677 votes over his nearest rival from the Congress Ambrish Kumar.
BJP's Kirron Kher leading in Chandigarh
BJP's candidate Kirron Kher is currently leading from Chandigarh by over 3,000 votes.
Delhi: BJP leading in all seats, Congress at second
The BJP is leading the trends in all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, with the Congress trailing in all the constituencies and the AAP at a far third.
Vote share till noon
BJP – 51.47
Congress – 30.29
AAP – 15.04
BJP – 52.2
Congress – 26.14
AAP – 18.86
BJP – 53.15
Congress – 28.35
AAP – 16.49
North East Delhi
BJP – 57.59
Congress – 24.3
AAP – 13.99
North West Delhi
BJP – 62.5
Congress – 15.76
AAP – 20.09
BJP – 54.2
Congress – 14.64
AAP – 27.34
BJP – 59.72
Congress – 19.18
AAP – 18.69
BJP ahead in Himachal with 68% vote share
Currently, in Himachal Pradesh, the BJP is leading in all four seats with a vote share of 68%
(Source: Election Commission)
BJP ahead in all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana; Former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda trailing
The BJP was leading in all the 10 seats in Haryana as per early trends available with the Election Commission. Union Ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar were ahead in Gurgaon and Faridabad respectively, maintaining a healthy lead over their nearest Congress rivals—Ajay Singh Yadav and Avtar Singh Bhadana respectively.
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress was trailing in Sonipat.
Hooda, a sitting MLA from Rohtak district who contested the Lok Sabha polls after a gap of 14 years, was trailing behind sitting MP Ramesh Chander Kaushik by a margin of nearly 15,000 votes, as per Election Commission trends.
The former CM's son and sitting MP from Rohtak Deepender Singh Hooda, who was earlier leading over his nearest BJP rival Arvind Sharma from Rohtak, was trailing in later rounds of counting.
Saffron surge in Himachal
The BJP is leading in all four seats of Himachal Pradesh by over 2 lakh votes.
Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur is set to retain his seat from Hamirpur, so is Ram Swaroop Sharma from Mandi. Kishan Kapoor and Suresh Kumar Kashyap are leading in Kangra and Shimla respectively.
Punjab: AAP's Bhagwant Mann leading from Sangrur
Aam Aadmi Party's Bhagwant Mann is currently leading from Sangrur constituency in Punjab by 37298 votes, according to the latest trends.
Jammu & Kashmir: Congress leading in Anantnag, PDP's Mehbooba Mufti at third
In Jammu & Kashmir's Anantnag constituency, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is currently at the third position. A tough fight is underway between Congress' Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Hasnain Masoodi from the National Conference with a difference of 100 votes currently.
Uttarakhand: Former CM Harish Rawat trailing by over 1 lakh votes
Former Uttarakhand chief minister and Congress candidate Harish Rawat is trailing by over 1,105089 votes in Nainital-udhamsingh Nagar constituency. BJP's Ajay Bhatt is leading from the seat.
Ghaziabad early trends
According to the early trends, BJP is leading in Ghaziabad by over 33,000 votes. Early trends
VK Singh (BJP)- 58262
Suresh Bansal (MGB)- 24441
Dolly Singh (Congress)- 7222
Flash: Sheila Dikshit is trailing by 51,000 votes in North East Delhi
Congress' North East Delhi candidate and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is trailing BJP's Manoj Tiwari by 51,000 votes
Modi a 'phenomenon', says BJP's Hans Raj Hans, leading in North West Delhi
BJP North West candidate Hans Raj Hans said: “Modiji has become a phenomenon across the country, people of all ages are voting for him based on the work he has done. That’s why the BJP’s vote share is increasing.”
Delhi Lok Sabha election results: Former CM Sheila Dikshit trails BJP's Manoj Tiwari
Former Chief Minister of Delhi and Congress candidate Sheila Dikshit is trailing in the North East Delhi seat, from where BJP's Manoj Tiwari has taken the lead. Aam Aadmi Party's Dilip Pandey is behind at third.
North India election results: Trend so far
North India election results trend so far
Delhi (7 seats)
Punjab (13 seats)
Himachal Pradesh (4 seats)
J&K (6 seats)
National Conference: 2
Haryana (10 seats)
Uttarakhand (5 seats)
BJP ahead in all five seats in Uttarakhand
The BJP is leading in all five seats in Uttarakhand, early trends show.
(Source: Election Commission)
Lok Sabha election results: BJP leading in West Delhi, AAP a distant second
BJP's West Delhi candidate Pravesh Verma is leading with over 4000 votes, according to early trends. AAP's Balbir Singh Jakhar is at a distant second.