Congress Gets Lead on 55 Seats, BJP Ahead

In Telangana, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi met interim chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao to extend his support and said he was sure about the ruling TRS coming back to power, while the BJP also hinted at its possible support.

Postal votes are available for nine out of 200 seats in Rajasthan, with Congress leading in five out of the nine seats, as of 8:43 a.m.

Along with Naidu, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is also involved in efforts to resolve differences between the Congress and its rival political parties to ensure that a broad-based alliance is firmed up to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 elections.

The BJP needs to bag at least 33 of the seats where tight fights are being witnessed to cross the hump, while the Congress needs to win 25 of the seats classified as tight fights to be able to form the government in Madhya Pradesh.

The outcomes of these elections will have a significant impact next year as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have 65 Lok Sabha seats, of which the BJP had won 62 in the 2014 Narendra Modi wave.

The BJP, meanwhile, mocked the scheduled meeting of opposition parties and said they should first declare a prime ministerial candidate before thinking of ousting the Narendra Modi government.

These assembly elections are being seen as crucial for the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as it is in power in three of these states - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Trends show that Congress is leading in the state with 46 seats so far, the BJP is at 20 seats.

For the Rajasthan assembly elections results, the counting will take place at 35 centres. The Rahul Gandhi-led Congress has promised farm loan waivers and remunerative pricing for crops in all states in its manifesto. The counting of votes in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram will begin at 8 am.

KCR-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had formed the first government of the country's youngest state in 2014 after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. The party also played the soft Hindutva card to the hilt, promising cow protection in its manifestoes in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The chief minister was locked in a fight in Rajnandgaon seat against Congress' Karuna Shukla, the niece of former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In Madhya Pradesh, it is turning out to be a close contest between BJP and the Congress; Congress+ is ahead in 52 seats and BJP is leading in 49. Early trends also showed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading from his constituency in Budhni against Congress leader Arun Yadav. Together these states account for 83 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats that go to polls next year and may give a hint of the nation's mood. Catch live updates on Madhya Pradesh assembly elections results here. As many as 2,899 candidates were in the fray including 250 women and five third gender candidates. As many as 5,184 counting personnel and 1,500 micro-observers have been appointed for smooth conduct of the process.

In the 2013 elections in Mizoram, the Congress had won 34 seats, while MNF got five and the Mizoram People's Conference bagged one seat. The Congress and the MNF have ruled Mizoram since 1987.

  • Joey Payne