Congress party candidates on Tuesday took significant leads in BJP-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh, they were inching ahead of the saffron party in assembly elections. Trends from counting centres also showed that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appeared set to retain power in Telangana. In Mizoram, the Mizo National Front (MNF) on Tuesday scripted a spectacular victory, uprooting the grand old party in its last bastion in the Northeast to return to power after 10 years.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday night handed over their resignations to the Governors of their respective states. Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla also resigned on Tuesday evening following the debacle by Congress in the assembly election and admitted that he had "underestimated" the opposition strength.
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ELECTION RESULT HIGHLIGHTS:
11:32 pm: An appointment will be given only after the situation is made clear by the Election Commission: Governor House
11:18 pm: This is a victory of the public & democracy. Public saw how the govt institutions were threatened, the manner in which people have indulged in 'jumlebaazi'. The public is angry with this tyranny: Tejashwi Yadav
11:05 pm: Congress party seeks an appointment late tonight with the Governor to stake their claims to form the govt in Madhya Pradesh. The party has sought appointment by sending an email and a fax too.
10:02 pm: The family of BJP Karyakartas worked day and night for the state elections. I salute them for their hardwork. Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India: PM Modi
10:01 pm: We accept the people’s mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people: PM Modi
10:00 pm: Congratulations to the Congress for their victories. Congratulations to KCR Garu for the thumping win in Telangana and to the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their impressive victory in Mizoram: PM Modi
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09:45 pm: Issues in state elections are entirely different, we won all these states in 2003 Dec & lost the general election in 2004. Therefore these results don't reflect automatically. The 2019 elections will be around the performance of Central govt & leadership of PM Modi: Arun Jaitley
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09:15 pm: Madhya Pradesh | BJP's Yashodhara Raje Scindia wins from Shivpuri constituency with a margin of 28,748 votes
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08:43 pm: I would like to congratulate Congress. I accept this mandate by the people. BJP has worked a lot for them in these 5 years, I hope the next party takes those policies and works forward: Vasundhara Raje
08:34 pm: Congress leaders AK Antony and Mallikarjun Kharge have been appointed as observers for Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, respectively
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08:08 pm: BJP has an ideology, we'll fight against it & defeat them. We have defeated them today & we will do this again in 2019. But we don't want to erase anyone from the face of India: Rahul Gandhi
08:06 pm: When PM was elected to power, he was elected on three platforms—employment, corruption and farmers. It was in people's mind that PM will fight against corruption. Now people think that PM Modi himself is corrupt: Rahul Gandhi
08:05 pm: But the central issue of EVM is still there, if the chip is manipulated you can affect the entire voting system, that's not possible with manual voting. This is a question that has been answered in the US&other countries, where they've said that we don't want an EVM: Rahul Gandhi
08:02 pm: As far as the EVMs are concerned, there are issues with them, universally. If the people in the country are uncomfortable with the EVM, then it's a big issue which needs to be addressed: Rahul Gandhi
08:00 pm: We will defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections 2019 but will not aim for BJP-mukt Bharat: Rahul Gandhi
07:59 pm: The ideology of SP, BSP & Congress is the same - different from that of BJP. There will not be a big issue of Chief Minister face. It will be done smoothly: Rahul Gandhi
07:55 pm: PM Modi is unable to take the pressure coming from the opposition: Rahul Gandhi
07:53 pm: We are going to provide these states a vision. We are going to provide these states a govt that they can be proud of: Rahul Gandhi
07:52 pm: This is a big responsibility for Congress party and we will work on this: Rahul Gandhi
07:50 pm: Time for change in 3 states where Congress has won: Rahul Gandhi
07:47 pm: Youths of the states, farmers have supported us. I'm thankful to them: Rahul Gandhi
07:44 pm: I want to congratulate all Congress workers for the win: Rahul Gandhi
07:25 pm: Complete MP results by 10 pm, says EC; 2-7 rounds of counting yet to be done
07:17 pm: This is very disappointing. I didn't expect this. I think I underestimated the new formation ZPM: Lal Thanhawla
07:15 pm: Outgoing Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla submits his resignation to the Governor
06;40 pm: Democracy has won. Thank you India, you have chosen love over hate, peace over violence & truth over lies: Congress on state polls results
06:20 pm: This is a grand victory. We're forming govt in 3 states what can be better than that. The way Rahul Gandhi ji tackled Modi ji&Amit Shah ji in Gujarat, after that graph of Congress is going up and the graph of Modi ji is constantly going down. It's a sign: Ashok Gehlot
05:40 pm: I take full responsibility for the BJP's defeat in Chhattisgarh assembly poll: Raman Singh
05:39 pm: Madhya Pradesh | BJP's Aakash Kailash Vijayvargiya wins from Indore-3 constituency with a margin of 7000 votes
05:31 pm: I say this with all responsibility that K Chandrasekhar Rao has all capabilities & capacities to ensure that a non-Congress govt comes into existence when the next parliament election takes place & this country requires a non-Congress & a non-BJP govt: Asaduddin Owaisi
05:07 pm: There are many reasons behind BJP's defeat. Misuse of democratic institutions is one of the reasons. People from all strata of society are against BJP. This a disaster for them, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
04:45 pm: It's a victory of people of Telangana. I thank all the people who supported us in this victory. In next 6 months, I will work for poor people, says KCR after his party TRS sweeped Telangana Assembly elections
04:20 pm: K Chandrsekhar Rao reaches TRS headquarters in Hyderabad. He won from Gajwel constituency by over 50,000 votes.
03:25 pm: First win for Samajwadi Party in Madhya Pradesh. Rajesh Shukla wins Bijawar seat in Chhatarpur district
03:04 pm: AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi wins from Chandrayangutta constituency in Telangana for fifth time in a row. Defeats nearest BJP rival Syed Shehjadi by a margin of over 80,000 votes.
03:01 pm: Congress Rajasthan president Sachin Pilot wins Tonk seat. Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot is leading in Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur with a margin of 37,470 in 15th out of total 18 rounds of counting.
02:15 pm: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje wins from Jhalrapatan seat defeating Congress candidate Manvendra Singh.
As per the official Election Commission trends, Congress is leading on 100 seats, BJP on 73 seats. Mayawati's BSP on 5, CPM on 2 and others on 19 seats in Rajasthan.
02:14 pm: TRS President and Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao wins from Gajwel constituency by over 50,000 votes.
02:01 pm: Congress Rajasthan president Sachin Pilot leading with 33,00 votes from Tonk Assembly constituency.
01:31 pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi reaches Sonia Gandhi's residence at 10 Janpath in New Delhi. Congress is engaged in a close battle with Madhya Pradesh, while in Rajasthan is appears falling short of the majority mark. In Chhattisgarh, the party is on course of forming government after 15 years. As per latest trends of Vidhan Sabha election results, Congress ahead on 111 seats in Madhya Pradesh, BJP on 108. In Rajasthan, Congress ahead on 97 seats, BJP on 78 seats.
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01:27 pm: Cliffhanger in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan; Congress dethrones BJP in Chhatisgarh, TRS sweeps Telangana, MNF ousts Congress in Mizoram | READ
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01: 10 pm: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh is leading by 1,200 votes over Congress nominee and former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla in Rajnandgaon Assembly seat, as per the latest poll trends.
12:57 pm: "Jab ek aur ek milkar bante hai gyaarah, tab badey bado ki satta ho jaati hai nau do gyaarah (it takes two to tango and when two powers meet the power of the bigwigs eventually fade away)," tweets former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav taking a jibe at BJP's performance in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in Vidhan Sabha elections.
12:54 pm: Mizoram latest party positions
Total seats: 40
Party Won Leading
MNF 1 22
ZPM - 09
INC - 06
BJP - 02
12:50 pm: Congress leader Sachin Pilot in talks with 8 independents in Rajasthan, reports news agency ANI quoting sources. As per latest trends, Congress is ahead on 94 seats, BJP on 80 and Others on 25 seats.
12:46 pm: Nine ministers in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh are trailing in the Assembly polls as per the latest trends. State minister Narottam Mishra was trailing by a margin of 3,114 votes from Datia seat while Rustam Singh was at the third position in Morena constituency. Besides, Balkrishna Patidar was trailing in Khargone by a margin of 44 votes, while Lal Singh Arya was lagging behind by a margin 3,039 votes from Gohad seat in Bhind district.
12:44 pm: Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot ahead by 15,000 votes in Tonk. CM Vasundhara Raje leading by 17,000 votes from Jhalrapatan.
12:36 pm: Sources say the Ashok Gehlot is leading the race for the post of Rajathan CM ahead of Sachin Pilot. The Congress has also started talks with Independent candidates as the party appears falling short of simple majority in Rajasthan. | Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha results: LIVE UPDATES
12:35 pm: Official Election Commission trends: Congress leading on 99 seats, BJP leading on 79 seats, BSP on 2, CPM on 2 and others on 16 seats in Rajasthan.
12:28 pm: I won't say it victory of Congress but this is anger of the people. Self-reflection is needed, says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
12:23 pm: Congress has won the mandate. Numbers can go up and down but public's mandate is in the favour of Congress. We will get clear majority, still we would want independent candidates and parties other than BJP to support us if they want. People are disappointed with the way Central government is governing the country, many speak against it, while some do not: Ashok Gehlot
12:20 pm: Nothing is yet clear from the trends. Congratulations to the MLA candidates and the political parties that are winning. But Mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh
11:51 am: We can't say anything after only first round of counting. We hope to form the government in Chhattisgarh. It's a very close fight: Saroj Pandey, BJP national general secretary and MP from Durg (Chhattisgarh)
11:46 am: Official Election Commission trends: TRS leading on 90 seats, Congress leading on 16 seats, AIMIM on 5 seats, BJP leading on 1 seat, and others on 3 seats in Telangana.
11:44 am: Official Election Commission trends: Mizo National Front leading on 21 seats, Congress leading on 4 seats, BJP leading on 1 seat, and Independents on 7 seats in Mizoram.
11:28 am: Madhya Pradesh is witnessing a seesaw battle between the Congress and the BJP. As per latest trends, the BJP is ahead on 112 seats, Congress on 108 seats. Others leading on 10 seats.
11:32 am: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has lost from Champhai South seat, MNF's TJ Lalnuntluanga wins.
11:22 am: Confident Congress will form government in Rajasthan; party chief Rahul Gandhi will decide who will be CM: Ashok Gehlot.
11:18 am: Early trends show that Congress will certainly form government in three states. In Rajasthan, Congress will return to power, says Sachin Pilot
11: 14 am: These are trends, but I am fully confident that we will get full majority (in Madhya Pradesh), says Congress leader Kamal Nath. As per latest trends, Congress is ahead on 114 seats, BJP on 106, others on 10 in Madhya Pradesh.
11:12 am: Official Election Commission trends: Congress leading on 91 seats, BJP leading on 71 seats, others on 22 seats in Rajasthan.
09:39 am: Rajasthan's Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini trailing by 1,167 votes in the Anta seat.
09:38 am: Rajasthan Water Resource Minister Rampratap trailing by margin of 658 votes in Hanumangarh seat.
09:33 am: Neck-and-Neck fight between Congress and BJP in Madhya Pradesh. Congress ahead on 106 seats, BJP on 104 seats.
09:22 am: Congress ahead on 96 seats in Madhya Pradesh, BJP closes in the gap with lead on 94 seats. Others ahead on two seats.
09:20 am: Congress races ahead on 55 seats in Chhattisgarh, BJP is leading on 27 seats, Others on six seats.
09:14 am: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh is trailing from Rajnandgaon seat. Congress candidate Karuna Shukla ahead.
09:10 am: Close contest between the BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh. Both BJP and Congress ahead on 80 seats each as per initial trends available. In Rajasthan, the Congress has taken initial lead on 90 seats, BJP ahead on 60 seats. In Chhattisgarh, Congress leading on 38 seats, BJP on 40 seats. In Telangana, TRS ahead on 40 seats, Others on 43, BJP on one seat. In Mizoram, MNF 16, Congress 11 seats
09:03 am: It's too early to comment. Picture will be clear only after 12 pm. Leads of only postal ballots have come till now. I am confident that in Madhya Pradesh, Congress will form government. We have favourable situation in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh also, says senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh
08:50 am: Congress has taken initial lead in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram | Rajasthan (leads) - Congress 62, BJP 36, Others 4 | Madhya Pradesh (leads) - BJP 45 , Congress 40, Others 0 | Chhattisgarh (leads) - BJP 36, Congress 22, Others 2 | Telangana (lead) - TRS 30, BJP 3, Others 34 | Mizoram (leads) - MNF 2, Congress 1, Others 0
08:42 am: Congress Rajasthan state unit president Sachin Pilot leading from Tonk Vidhan Sabha seat. Huge crowd has gathered outside his house in Tonk in anticipation of Congress win. CM Vasundhara Raje ahead from Jhalrapatan
08:40 am: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan leading from Budhni seat. BJP ahead on 16 seats, Congress on 13.
08:37 am: Telangana election results - Trends available fo 23 seats out of 119 where elections were held on December 7. TRS ahead on 8 seats, BJP on 2, Others on 15 seats. | Telangana election results: LIVE UPDATES
08:26 am: Madhya Pradesh election results - Tight contest between the Congress, BJP in initial trends pouring in from Chhattisgarh. Trends available for 12 seats. Congress ahead on 10 seats, BJP 12.
08:25 am: Rajasthan election results - Early trends for 12 seats available. BJP ahead on 4, Congress on 8. CM Vasundhara Raje leading from Jhalrapatan against Congress candidate Manvendra Singh.
08:19 am: Congress ahead on 5 seats, BJP on 3 seats in Rajasthan as per initial trends. Counting of postal ballots underway. | Rajasthan Assembly results: LIVE UPDATES
08:16 am: Madhya Pradesh early trends | BJP ahead on 3 seats, Congress on 2 seats
08:14 am: First trend available from Chhattisgarh. Congress ahead on three seats, BJP on two seats | LIVE UPDATES
08:10 am: First trends filter in from Nagod in Madhya Pradesh. Congress candidate Yadvendra Singh ahead in counting of postal ballots.| LIVE UPDATES
08:00 am: Counting of votes for Assembly elections in five states Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram has started. Postal ballots will be counted first.
07:42 am: Strong opened in Bhopal in presence of candidates. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed confidence of winning the election comfortably despite exit polls predicting a tough fight against the Congress.
07:20 am: All set for counting of postal ballots in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. Counting of votes for four Vidhan Sabha seats will be done on 52 tables. Result of Mandhata seat is likely to be out first. Mandhata seat is the only general or unreserved constituency in Khandwa.
07:10 am: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje to offer prayer at a temple in Banswada. Sources say she will spend her day in Banswada.
06:45 am: Election results will decide whether Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla of the Congress will be able to return for a third consecutive term in office in Mizoram or not. Mizoram is the last bastion of the Congress in the northeast. | Mizoram Assembly Election Results 2018: Full Coverage
06:35 am: India TV-CNX Exit Poll has predicted a clear majority for the ruling TRS in Telangana. KCR's party is likely to win 66 out of 119 seats, the exit poll has predicted.| Telangana Assembly Election Results 2018: Full Coverage
06:30 am: Nearly 20,000 government staff have been deployed for counting of votes for the Rajasthan Assembly elections. Counting will take place at 35 centres including two centres each in Jaipur and Jodhpur. Can Vasundhara Raje defy the trend and win second consecutive term or Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot help the Congress return to power? | Rajasthan Assembly Election Results 2018: Full Coverage
06:15 am: In Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh is seeking a record fourth term. The coalition between Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Ajit Jogi's Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and Communist Party of India (CPI) has added another dimension to the electoral politics of the state which has been dominated by the BJP and the Congress. | Chhattisgarh Assembly Election Results 2018: Full Coverage
06:10 am: In Madhya Pradesh, where elections were held on November 28, voter turnout of about 75 per cent was recorded. As many as 2,899 candidates are in fray for 230 seats. | Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2018: Full Coverage
06:05 am: The Election Commission has reminded the chief electoral officers that round-wise results should be shared with the candidates without fail in all five states.
06:00 am: The D-Day is here. Counting of votes for Assembly elections in five states - Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram to begin at 8 am today. First postal ballots will be counted.
(With inputs from agencies)