Former Aam Aadmi Party leader and Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav on Saturday said that he expecting a BJP majority in Uttarakhand, hung assembly in Uttar Pradesh with BJP ahead, a total Akali rout in Punjab, BJP ahead in Goa and again a hung assembly in Manipur with Congress ahead. Yadav recently slammed the exit polls by saying “they haven’t helped much”. The counting across the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur began at 8 am this morning.
Elaborate arrangements and heavy security are in place for counting of votes. The Election Commission has issued guidelines on security arrangements for counting of votes and has also set up facilities for disseminating trends and results of elections of five assemblies. In Uttar Pradesh, counting will take place in 78 centres across 75 districts.
Uttkd: BJP majority
UP: hung, BJP ahead
PB: alkali rout, anything else possible
Goa: BJP ahead
Manipur: Hung, Cong ahead
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) March 11, 2017
The Chief Electoral officer reviewed preparations for counting of votes through video conferencing. In Uttarakhand, counting of votes will be held at 15 centers across the state. To avoid any controversy, the counting process will be video-graphed, while in Manipur, the counting of votes for 60-member Assembly will be taken up at eleven centres. Meanwhile, in Punjab, 14,000 officials have been deployed for smooth conduct of counting and it will be held at 54 counting centers at 27 locations, and in Goa, counting for 19 North Goa constituencies will be held at Panaji and for 21 south Goa constituencies in Madgaon city.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 11, 2017
Eyeing the political throne of Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday expressed confidence, saying that the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress would be wiped out in the assembly elections. “The BJP is going to form the government with a two-third majority. The Samajwadi Party and BSP will be wiped out,” Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya told ANI.