BJP makes huge gains in West Bengal; Congress marginally improves tally.
India’s longest election is heading towards the grand finale. The fate of over 8,000 candidates who contested in 542 constituencies is expected to be declared on May 23.
For the first time, voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) was used in every booth. As per the Supreme Court ruling, five VVPATs will be randomly selected from each Assembly segment and would be matched with the EVM numbers.
Voting in Vellore seat in Tamil Nadu was rescinded after widespread cash for votes was detected in the constituency.
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Here are the live updates:
Trends available 542: BJP 288, Congress 52
The ECI website is showing status for 542 constituencies.
Updated at 11:10:01 am
Babul Supriyo leading from Asansol, Abhishek Banerjee from Diamond Harbour
Union Minister Babul Supriyo and sitting MPs Abhishek Banerjee and greenhorn Mimi Chakrabory were among those taking the lead from their respective constituencies in West Bengal, according to initial EC trends.
Union minister Babul Supriyo of the BJP is leading by 21379 votes against Moon Moon Sen of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) from Asansol Lok Sabha seat,as per the trends.
In Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha seat, sitting MP and AITC candidate Abhishek Banerjee is leading by 3808 votes against Nilanjan Roy of BJP.
BJP candidate Santanu Thakur is leading by 3461 votes against Mamata Thakur of AITC in Bangaon seat, while Khagen Murmu of the BJP is leading by 4699 votes against Mausam Noor of the Trinamool Congress in Maldaha Uttar.
Mala Roy of AITC is ahead of BJP’s Chandra Kumar Bose by 11898 votes, the trends suggest.
In Kolkata Uttar, Sudip Bandopadhyay of AITC is leading by 5361 votes against BJP’s Rahul Sinha.
John Barla of the BJP is leading by 1846 votes against Dasrath Tirkey of the AITC in Alipurduar
In Jadavpur, Mimi Chakraborty of the AITC is currently leading by 214 votes against Anupam Hazra of BJP.
In both Bankura and Howrah seats, BJP candidates are ahead of their nearest TMC rivals.
While Subhas Sarkar of BJP is leadings by 2687 votes against Subrata Mukherjee of AITC in Bankura, Rantideb Sengupta of BJP is leading by 1150 votes against footballer and Trinamool candidate Prasun Banerjee.
In Jangipur, Khalilur Rahman of AITC is leading by 10395 votes against INC candidate Abhijit Mukherjee, son of former President Pranab Mukherjee
Gadkari, Bhamre leading; Chavan, Shinde trailing
Union minister Nitin Gadkari was leading by 3066 votes in Nagpur, while Union minister Subhash Bhamre was leading in Dhule by 13128 votes, as per the trends available so far for the Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan, however, was trailing by 2876 votes in Nanded and former Union minister Sushilkumar Shinde was trailing in Solapur by 4627 votes.
Out of the 48 seats in Maharashtra, BJP leads in 23 seats and Shivsena is ahead in 19 seats. Nationalist Congress Party is ahead in five seats and the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen is currently leading in one seat.
Trends available 537: BJP 291, Congress 50
The ECI website is showing status for 537 constituencies.
Updated at 10:35:01 am
Rahul Gandhi trails in Amethi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi is trailing Smriti Irani in Amethi by over 2,000 votes as per trends at the ECI site at 10:30:01 am.
Upper hand for UDF in Kerala
Initial hints of counting of votes render a major blow to the ruling Left Democratic Front.
The LDF could not gain an upper hand in any of the 20 seats, mainly its strongholds like Attingal, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Kasargod, Kannur, Vadakara and Alathur.
Congrerss president Rahul Gandhi was leading in Wayand with over 39,000 votes.
UDF candidate Shashi Tharoor is sustaining his lead in the prestigious fight for the capital segment. LDF candidate C. Divakaran has been pushed to the third position, with BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekharan coming second.
Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) candidates P.K. Kunhalikutty and E.T. Mohammed Basheer maintained noticeable lead in Malappuram and Ponnani when the counting progressed into the second hour.
Except in Thiruvananthapuram, the Left Democratic Front is maintaining its second position in all other 19 segments when almost15% votes have been counted by 10 am.