Counting across the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur has begun at 8 am this morning. The BJP is hopeful of winning Uttar Pradesh while exit poll results predict Congress will win Punjab. What will be the actual results? We get you the latest updates as they unfold at counting centres across these states.
LIVE election result updates from the five states:
11.45 am: Parkash Singh Badal has 20,000 lead in Lambi. Bhagwant Mann trailing in Jalalabad. Sukhbir still leading.
11.43 am: BJP ahead in all six seats in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh
11.39 am: Trouble for Rahul Gandhi? In Amethi, Congress is in fourth position. Garima Singh of the BJP is leading. Gaytri Prasad of SP is in second position, BSP’s Ram Ji is third.
11.13 am: Congress ka haath paapon se kaala ho chuka hai, isey ab janata kabhi nahin sweekar karegi, says Union Minister and BJP leader Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
11.07 am: Goa Forward Party’s Vijay Sardessai has won in Fatorda. He defeated BJP’s Damu Naik
11.05 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is leading in 310 seats while the SP is leading in 66. BSP has taken lead in just 20 seats.
11.00 am: In Uttarakhand, the BJP is leading in 55 seats while the Congress is leading in 13.
10.50 am: A look at the numbers in Manipur. Congress leading in 11 and have won 1. The BJP is leading in 13 and have won 1. The LDF is leading in two seats.
10.40 am: A wrap on the Uttar Pradesh numbers . BJP+ is leading in 305 seats, SP in 69 and BSP in 19. Others in 10.
10.38 am: In Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh leads by 14000 votes in Patiala Urban
10.35 am: In Shamli, the BJP is leading by over 10,000 votes. The BJP’s Tejender Nirwal is in lead position. SP’s Gayatri Prajapati is trailing to a BJP candidate by 5,000 votes.
10.29 am: Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh has won from Thoubal seat
10.28 am: Congress’ Navjot Singh Sidhu is leading in Amritsar East by 6000 votes. Revenue Minister and SAD leader Bickram Singh Majithia leading by 6000 votes in Majitha seat
10.25 am: In Goa, Glen Ticlo and Michael Lobo of the BJP are leading in Aldona and Calangute. Both the constituencies have Congress in second position.
10.20 am: The first reaction by the BJP has come in for the UP results. “People have rejected the SP-Congress alliance in a big way, this is a vote for development,” says Yogi Adityanath of the BJP.
10.17 am: A look at Punjab where the Congress is leading in 65 seats. The SAD+BJP is leading in 28 while the AAP is leading in 20. Others have leads in 3.
10.12 am: The BJP is inching closer to the 300 mark in Uttar Pradesh. They are leading in 289 seats now, while the SP+Congress is leaidng in 83. BSP is at 21. This massive win for the BJP could well be an indicator that the demonetisation move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had no or very little impact in Uttar Pradesh.
10.10 am: In Uttarakhand, the BJP is now leading in 51 while the Congress is leading in 16.
10.05 am: Will Congress retain Manipur? They are currently at 9, BJP at 11, and LDF in 1.
9.22 am: In Punjab, Congress is leading in 41 seats while the AAP is leading in 18. SAD+ in 14.
9.20 am: In Goa, the Congress seems to have the edge in the initial counting. The Congress is leading in four while the BJP is leading in three.
9.15 am: In Manipur, the Congress is leading in Congress is leading in six while the BJP is leading in seven. It appears to be a tough fight here.
9.12 am: Goa Chief Minister Parsekar is trailing in Mandrem at 2226 votes. The Congress’ Dayanand Sopte is leading.
9.10 am: In Punjab, The Congress is leading in 24. SAD+ in 10 and AAP in 9.
9.07 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is now leading 143. The SP in 33 and the BSP in 26.
9.05 am: We now have two leads in Goa. Congress’ Pratapsingh Rane and Dayanand Sopte are leading. The CM Laxmikant Parsekar is trailing.
9.02 am: In Manipur, Congress is leading in five seats while the BJP is leading in 2.
9.00 am: We have a lead in Goa and it is for Congress leader Pratapsingh Rane. He is leading by over 1700 votes.
8.58 am: The BJP has crossed the 100 mark in terms of leads in UP. The SP is leading in 22 and BSP in 16.
8.57 am: In Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal is leading with 5434 votes in Lambi. Remember, the 89-year-old CM has a tough fight there. Amarinder has 4189 votes currently.
8.57 am: In Uttarakhand, the BJP is leading in 10 while the Congress is second with 7 leads. Whoever gets to about 30 first will form government.
8. 55 am: BJP has taken a huge lead in Goa in the first few rounds of counting. They are now leading in 84 seats, while the SP+Congress are leading in 19. BSP in 16.
8.52 am: In Goa, there’s a technical glitch due to which no results are being displayed. The routers are down and therefore no results can be displayed. Suspense levels at its highest in that otherwise very relaxed state.
8.50 am: At the Samajwadi Party state headquarters, there’s a deserted look. Party state president Naresh Uttam present is at the office with over a dozen workers. Nobody yet from the top leadership.
8.45 am: In Uttarakhand, the Congress is leading in 1 seat while the BJP is leading in three.
8. 43 am: More details from UP. The BJP is now leading in 47 seats, the SP in 15, the BSP in 9 and others in four.
8.41 am: In Punjab, AAP is leading in two seats, Congress in one and SAD in one. A candidate from a smaller party is also leading in one seat.
8.40 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the leads are now at 55. SP is leading in 13, the BJP in 32, BSP 7 and others 3.
8.37 am: In Manipur, we have another lead. This time for a smaller party. In Punjab, Congress and AAP are both leading in one seat each.
8.37 am: We are also awaiting a lead in Uttarakhand, where voting is underway in the 70-Member house. Here’s a picture from the counting centre.
8.35 am: Samajwadi Party’s Shivpal Yadav is already reacting to the counting of votes. “Counting shuru ho gayi hai, humari badi jeet hogi.”
8.33 am: We have 29 leads in Uttar Pradesh. BJP leading in 17, SP in 9, BSP 2 and others 2. Meanwhile, we’re also getting to know that drone cameras are being used for surveillance in Lucknow.
8. 30 am: NDTV reports that Irom Sharmila is trailing in Manipur where she is in a fight with CM Okram Ibobi. So that’s one lead for Congress.
8.25 am: BJP is leading in 10 seats now. The SP+ in six, BSP in 1 and others in 2 – Uttar Pradesh.
8.22 am: Counting is underway in Manipur despite rains. Who will win control of the 60 member house should be clear in a few hours.
8.20 am: And the BJP has another lead in Uttar Pradesh. We are still awaiting a lead in the other states and will get them to you as soon as they unfold. Remember, these are postal ballot counting and not EVMs.
8.17 am: The first leads are in. SP+, BSP and BJP+ are all leading in one seat each in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
8. 15 am: We are still awaiting a lead in any of the five states. Here’s the strength of each of the five assemblies. Uttar Pradesh has 403 seats, Punjab has 117 seats, Manipur has 60 seats, Uttarakhand has 70 seats and Goa has 40 seats.
8.13 am: Can the BJP retain Goa? While counting has just begun there, reporters are being fed some really sumptuous breakfast. If you’re from Goa, head over to our Goa election result LIVE update page for the latest updates.
8.10 am: Punjab is the big test for the Aam Aadmi Party more than Goa. They want to win big in this state and use it to showcase their form of governance. The exit polls, however, give the Congress a slight edge over the AAP. But let’s wait and watch.
8.05 am: Rain in Uttarakhand and Manipur has not stopped the counting of votes there. Follow us as we bring you the latest election results as they unfold.
8.00 am: Counting has begun across the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand. We will get you the latest updates as they unfold.
7.57 am: In Uttarakhand, where exit poll results have indicated the BJP will win a majority, CM Harish Rawat will face a tough battle. The Congress is hopeful of winning in the range of 15-20 seats in the state.
7. 55 am: This is the Mohali district complex where counting will start in a few minutes. Candidates are yet to arrive.
7. 53 am: Will CM Okram Ibobi Singh retain power? He has been CM since 2002 and this time he faces activist Irom Sharmila. The BJP is hopeful of winning the state and putting an end to the Congress rule.
7.50 am: This election will also be a test for Prime Minister Modi’s demonetisation move. Will the people express their anger against their move or will it be a clear indication that the PM’s move has been accepted by the people?
7.45 am: Fifteen minutes to go before counting starts. The first hour will be postal votes following which votes from EVMs will be counted.
7.40 am: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has the edge according to exit polls but many experts believe the key could lie with BSP supremo Mayawati. If it is a hung assembly, much will depend on who BSP decides to support and bring to power. Mayawati, therefore, could well be the Queen Maker.
7.35 am: Who will win Punjab? Exit poll results predict it will be a neck-and-neck finish in the state between the AAP and the Congress. The SAD-Punjab, it appears, will win less than 10 seats in the 117-member House. But, then again, these are exit poll predictions. They have gone wrong in the past, right?
7.30 am: In Goa, where the BJP is hopeful of retaining power, counting this time is expected to be quicker than in 2012. The counting centres have been doubled to ten in each district. So we could expect election leads as early as 10.30 am.
7.23 am: A little over half an hour to go before polling begins across five states. This election result will determine, in a way, who comes to power in 2019. If the BJP wins Uttar Pradesh, it is a clear indication that the Modi wave is back after a lull. So who will ultimately win? Stay tuned to find out.
7.15 am: Here’s what the scene is at the BJP headquarters in the national capital. Since the exit poll results, the BJP is upbeat about winning in Uttar Pradesh, but many believe the BSP could hold the trump card and decide which party ultimately comes to power.
7.00 am: It’s decision day for political party candidates across Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand. Which party will manage to retain power? We will be getting you the latest from these five states. Counting begins at 8 am.
Updates from March 10, 2017
8:30 pm: 188 companies of Central paramilitary forces already deployed in UP to ensure safety at counting centres, also to maintain law and order: CEC
7:53 pm: Strong rooms are under protection and security cover of Central police forces, CCTVs and other facilities: CEC Nasim Zaidi
7:42 pm: We have to ensure that counting process is transparent, according to rules and be free from any of malpractice: CEC Nasim Zaidi
5:55 pm: We will win again and with full majority: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat
5:54 pm: CM Akhilesh Yadav was misquoted though there are no permanent foes or friends in politics, and ‘impossible’ word has no place in it: Naresh Agarwal, SP
5:52 pm: Not affected much by result, people yet to change, everybody knows muscle & money power were openly used: Irom Sharmila
5:26 pm: Lalu also said that in 2015 Bihar elections exit polls had predicted BJP-led NDA as winner. but after counting commenced, all assumptions were proved wrong.”
5:21 pm: RJD president Lalu Prasad rubbished the exit polls that came out on Thursday which predicted an edge to BJP in UP. He said the prediction would fall flat the way it did in Bihar elections.
5:01 pm: Will play another Holi tomorrow, which will be a saffron one, said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Patna, Bihar to news agency ANI.