PM Modi on BJP’s victory
It is a day of zest and festivities; this enthusiasm is for India's democracy: PM Modi to BJP workers on party's win in state polls.
Uttar Pradesh has given many prime ministers but for first time it has reelected a CM after he served a full term: PM Modi.
Poll results highlight people's stamp of strong approval for BJP's pro-poor pro-active governance: PM Modi in address to party workers.
I am not going to rest until poor get their rights; we will reach every poor and those entitled to benefits, PM Modi added
Governance delivery has been made better and transparent in last few years, delivering poor their rights said PM Modi.
PM Modi also indicated a day will come when sun will set on dynastic politics in country; people indicated this in these polls as well
Manipur polls: BJP wins 12 seats, leads in 12
(Eds: With fresh inputs) Imphal, Mar 10 (PTI) The ruling BJP coalition looked set to return to power in the insurgency-hit state of Manipur, as it bagged 12 seats and was leading in 12 other constituencies, as per the latest ECI data.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh defeated his nearest Congress rival P Saratchandra Singh by 18,271 votes in Heingang seat.
Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) bagged three seats and was leading in three constituencies.
Congress and National People’s Party (NPP) won two seats each, while two Independent candidates secured victory. The Kuki People’s Alliance won one seat and was leading in another.
The NPP and Naga People’s Front were ahead in five seats each. Though both parties did not have a pre-poll alliance with the BJP, they were part of the ruling coalition.
Punjab polls: CM Channi defeated from Bhadaur
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has lost the electoral battle to AAP’s Labh Singh Ugoke from the Bhadaur seat in Barnala district. According to the results declared on Thursday, Ugoke, who contested the Assembly polls for the first time, defeated Channi by a margin of 37,558 votes.
The chief minister is also trailing from the Chamkaur Sahib seat in Rupnagar district, which is represented by him in the Assembly. Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Charanjit Singh has taken a handsome lead of nearly 8,000 votes over the Congress leader from Chamkaur Sahib.
Poll results shows politics of appeasement has no place, says M.P. CM
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said the BJP is heading towards a “great victory” in four out of five states, and it has clearly given a message that politics of appeasement has no place in the country.
As per the Election Commission of India’s data, the BJP is headed for a second straight win in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh and dominated the trends chart in three other states - Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) readied for a landslide win in Punjab. “
Mann to take oath in Khatkar Kalan; AAP govt’s focus to be on schools, industry
Aam Aadmi Party chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann on Thursday said the oath-taking ceremony of the new Punjab cabinet will be held at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Nawanshahr district.
He also said that no government office will display photograph of the chief minister. Instead, photos of Bhagat Singh and B R Ambedkar will be put on walls in government offices “The oath-taking ceremony will not be held at the Raj Bhawan, but at Khatkar Kalan. The date will be announced later,” Mann said addressing party workers and supporters at Dhuri after trends showed that the AAP was set to form the government in Punjab taking the lead in 91 of the 117 assembly seats.
Assam: BJP widens lead in Majuli assembly by-election
Ruling BJP alliance candidate Bhuban Gam on Thursday widened his lead over nearest rival, joint opposition nominee Chittaranjan Basumatary of the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP), to over 32,000 votes in the Majuli assembly by-election, as per the latest ECI data. Gam garnered 50,146 votes, while Basumatary secured 18,139 votes. Bhaity Richong of SUCI-C was in the third position with 1,755 votes, while 1,271 votes were polled for NOTA.
A total of 71.76 per cent of the 1.33 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the by-election which was held on March 7.
The by-election was necessitated following the resignation of Union minister and former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed on September 27 last year.
He was elected to the state assembly from the seat for two consecutive terms.
Cong will form next govt in Goa with help of other parties; it's premature to say BJP has won: Sequeira
Panaji, Mar 10 Even as the BJP is emerging as the single largest party in Goa, the Congress on Thursday expressed confidence that it will form the next government in the coastal state with the help of other political parties, saying that the final results are yet to be announced.
As per the Election Commission of India's (ECI) latest data for all the 40 Assembly seats in Goa, the BJP has so far won five seats and is leading in 15 others. The Congress has won three seats and is leading in eight.
Talking to reporters outside a counting centre, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee's working president Aleixo Sequeira said the final tally is yet to be announced, so it is premature to say that the BJP has won the election.
"Lead is not everything. The final results are yet to come. We will form the next government with the help of other political parties and Independents," he said.
Two independent candidates have so far emerged victorious in Goa. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) are leading in two seats each, while the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Revolutionary Goans Party and one independent candidate are leading in one sea each. - PTI
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UP polls: DyCM Maurya, Cong leader Lallu trail
Lucknow, Mar 10 Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya is trailing from Sirathu seat by about 3,000 votes, according to poll trends.
On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh Congress state president Ajay Kumar Lallu is trailing from Tamkuhi Raj constituency.
After the initial round of counting on Thursday, Maurya secured 11,492 votes while his nearest rival SP's Pallavi Patel got 14,313 votes, according to the Election Commission.
While Maurya has so far received 40.86 per cent votes, Patel has bagged 50.89 per cent votes.
Meanwhile, Lallu, the sitting MLA from Tamkuhi Raj, secured 8,232 votes so far, his nearest rival BJP candidate Asim Kumar has got 29,271 votes, according to the Election Commission. Samajwadi Party candidate Uday Narayan got 10,894 votes.
Lallu has so far commanded 14.13 per cent votes while Kumar has got 50.25 per cent votes. - PTI
EC lifts ban on victory processions
The Election Commission on Thursday lifted the ban on victory processions during the counting of votes and declaration of results in the five States where elections were held recently.
In a statement, the poll panel said keeping in mind the current status of Covid-19 in these States, it has "decided to relax the guidelines on victory processions during and after the counting and has withdrawn the blanket ban on victory procession." While announcing the poll schedule for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab, the Election Commission had issued guidelines to regulate various aspects of elections, including victory processions amid the pandemic.-PTI
Here are the latest trends:
Lucknow, Mar 10 Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav maintained his lead from Karhal constituency of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, according to latest poll trends.
Yadav secured 29,708 votes so far while his nearest rival Union Minister SP Singh Baghel got 10,763 votes, according to the Election Commission.
Karhal seat is considered as a stronghold of the SP.
Yadav has so far got 69.57 per cent votes while Baghel got 25.21 per cent votes.
Several political stalwarts, senior leaders trailing in Punjab
Mar 10 Several political stalwarts and senior leaders, including Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal, former chief minister Amarinder Singh and Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, were trailing in their respective assembly constituencies in Punjab, according to initial trends in the counting of votes.
Besides, Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia and former union minister Vijay Sampla were also behind their nearest rivals.
The Aam Aadmi Party appeared to be heading for a clean sweep, having taken a big lead in 88 of the 117 seats in Punjab.
Counting of votes for 117 assembly seats in Punjab began at 8am on Thursday amid tight security arrangements.
Five-time chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who was seeking re-election from his home turf Lambi, was trailing behind his nearest rival and AAP candidate Gurmeet Singh Khudian by a margin of 4,385 votes.
At 94, Badal is the country’s oldest candidate to fight elections.
Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi was trailing from the two seats he contested -- Chamkaur Sahib and Bhadaur.
AAP candidate Labh Singh Ugoke was leading from Bhadaur seat, which is part of the politically significant Malwa region. Channi was also trailing from his home constituency Chamkaur Sahib which he represented thrice.
AAP nominee Charanjit Singh is leading from Chamkaur Sahib seat by a margin of 1,438 votes.
Punjab Lok Congress chief and former chief minister Amarinder Singh was trailing from his pocket borough Patiala Urban.
The scion of the erstwhile Patiala royal family has been a legislator from Patiala seat in 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017 as a Congress candidate.
BJP marching ahead in Uttarakhand, CM Dhami trailing
The ruling BJP secured a comfortable lead in Uttarakhand on Thursday with its candidates ahead in 44 assembly seats while the main opposition Congress was ahead in 22 seats, according to poll trends available. BJP's Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami was, however, trailing behind Bhuwan Chandra Kapri of the Congress by 954 votes in Khatima, according to trends available for all 70 seats in the State.
BSP and Independent candidates were ahead on two seats each, the Election Commission said.-PTI
Here are the latest trends from across the five states where counting is taking place.
AAP leading in 5 seats in Punjab
Chandigarh, Mar 10 The AAP was leading in five seats in Punjab, while the BJP, BSP and the SAD were ahead in one seat each, according to early trends.
Counting of votes for 117 assembly seats in Punjab began on Thursday amid tight security arrangements.
According to data available on the Election Commission website at 9.05 am, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was leading in five seats. The SAD, BJP and the BSP were ahead in one seat each. An Independent was leading in one seat.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Sarabjot Singh from the Mukerian assembly seat was leading by 201 votes, according to early trends. - PTI
Goa: BJP eyes third term; Congress hopes of clear mandate
Panaji, Mar 10 Counting of votes polled in the February 14 Assembly elections in Goa began on Thursday morning in the coastal state, where the ruling BJP is seeking a third straight term in power, while the opposition Congress is hoping for a clear mandate to avoid the fiasco of 2017.
Counting got underway at 8 am at Government Polytechnic at Altinho in Panaji for 19 Assembly constituencies in North Goa and at Damodar College in Margao town for 21 seats in South Goa, an official said.
Altogether 302 candidates contested the elections which saw multi-cornered fights due to presence of many smaller and regional outfits besides the BJP and the Congress, the two major political forces in Goa.
The voter turnout was 79 per cent.
Most exit polls have predicted a hung House, amid talk of various post-result scenarios.
Counting of votes for 70 assembly seats in Uttarakhand begins
Dehradun, Mar 10 Counting of votes for the 70 assembly seats in Uttarakhand began on Thursday amid tight security arrangements.
The polling was held in the state on February 14 with more than 65 per cent of the electorate casting their votes.
The ruling BJP is seeking a second consecutive term in office this time -- something which has never happened in the state's 21-year history.
Routed in the 2017 assembly polls with a tally of 11 seats against the BJP's 57, the Congress is trying to stage a comeback. - PTI
Counting begins for Manipur assembly polls, over 260 contestants await electoral fate
Imphal, Mar 10 Counting of votes polled in the Manipur assembly elections began at 8 am on Thursday under tight security and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, officials said.
Polling for 60 assembly seats was held in two phases on February 28 and March 5.
The counting, underway in 12 dedicated centres across the northeastern state, will decide the electoral fate of 265 candidates, including nominees of the BJP, Congress, National People's Party and Janata Dal (United).
Various exit polls have predicted a win for the BJP in the state with the party slated to secure seats ranging from 23 to 43, while the Congress is seen winning between four and 17 seats.
“The counting process started at 8 am with the calculation of postal ballots, to be followed by votes polled in EVMs from 8.30 am in 41 counting halls notified for the purpose,” an election official said.
Manipur Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Agarwal had earlier said district election officers and senior police officers have been directed to make elaborate security arrangements for the exercise.
The entire process of counting will be supervised by 41 General Observers besides the Returning Officers.
District Election Officer Th Kirankumar said that 3,45,481 votes were cast on EVMs at polling stations out of a total of 3,80,480 votes.