Here are Gujarat Election Result 2017 Highlights :
9.30 pm: Gujarat Assembly elections: Final party position
Bharatiya Janata Party===================99
Indian National Congress===================77
Nationalist Congress Party===================1
Bhartiya Tribal Party===================2
9.10 pm: BJP bags 99 seats in 182-member Gujarat Assembly; Congress gets 77 and others six.
9.00 pm: This is a blessing by the people to the leadership of PM Modi and his government. It shows that they support his vision for development and the vision for the future of India: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal
8.40 pm: We received 49% votes, more than what was predicted in Exit Polls. This is a victory for development. It was tough to change development into victory but our workers did it. Congress must introspect what went wrong for them: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
8.30 pm: As mandated by Election Commission, VVPAT counting was carried out at 1 randomly selected polling station per constituency during counting of votes for Gujarat elections.There was no mismatch between EVMs count & VVPAT slip count in all 182 polling stations:BB Swain, CEO, Gujarat
8.20 pm: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh wins in Arki defeating BJP’s Rattan Singh Pal. BJP’s chief ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal lost to Congress’ Rajinder Singh Rana in Sujanpur.
8.10 pm: BJP gets a majority in Himachal Pradesh, wins 35 seats, leading by nine in 68-member Assembly, according to Election Commission tally.
8.00 pm: The official tally of Gujarat assembly elections, 2017 at 8.00 pm
7.50 pm: FM Arun Jaitley and General Secy of the party Saroj Pandey will go as observers to Gujarat & discuss the leadership in the state. Similarly, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar will go to Himachal Pradesh to discuss the leadership there: BJP leader, JP Nadda
7.45 pm: EVMs cannot be manipulated in any way. I want to urge everyone to ignore rumours on this matter. The election conducted through EVMs & VVPAT are completely unbiased: Pushpendra Rajput, Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh
7.40 pm: PM Narendra Modi leaves from BJP HQ after Parliamentary board meeting
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
7.35 pm: The official tally of Gujarat assembly elections, 2017.
7.20 pm: PM Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah & others at BJP Parliamentary board meeting at party HQ in Delhi
PM Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah & others at BJP Parliamentary board meeting at party HQ in Delhi pic.twitter.com/dw4spwB3bx
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
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6:53 PM: 30 years back, the poison of caste was spread so badly in Gujarat that it took workers like me 30 years to get rid of it. In last few months, there were attempts again to sow seeds of casteism, but people rejected it, I congratulate them, but ppl must be alert: PM Narendra Modi
6:50 PM: After 2014, there is hunger for development. Even if you do not like BJP, do not try to derail the progress being made towards development: PM Narendra Modi
6:49 PM: Whether you like BJP or not but don’t try to derail the nation from the road of development: PM Modi.
6:47 PM: So many conspiracies were hatched in Gujarat by Congress, misinformation was being spread. People cannot bear if anyone makes fun of ‘vikas’: PM Narendra Modi
6:45 PM: In Gujarat, BJP won all the seats it contested in 1989 Lok Sabha polls. We won most of the seats we contested in 1990. In 1995, in 1998, in 2002, in 2007 and in 2012 we won. We won most seats in Lok Sabha polls too: PM Modi
6:44 PM: The victory in Gujarat gives double pleasure. One is because we have won and the other is because after I left Gujarat, ny colleagues have worked very hard to keep our development agenda going. This has enabled our victory again, says PM Modi.
6:37 PM: The results in Himachal Pradesh show that if you don’t do development and are embroiled in all wrong acts then after 5 years people will not accept you, he added.
6:36 PM: During UP elections it was said BJP would lose due to GST effect in urban areas, same was said in Gujarat elections and local body polls in Maharashtra: PM Narendra Modi
6:33 PM: Election results have proved that country is ready for reforms, he says.
6:31 PM: Before Gujarat polls, there were views that party will lose the state, but it was not so, he says.
6:28 PM: Problems of people will be sorted out through path of development, says PM Modi
6:27 PM: Amit Shah accuses Congress of taking politics to a new low.
6:26 PM: Since 1990, BJP never lost in Gujarat Assembly polls, he said
6:24 PM: Big thanks to people of Gujarat and Himachal for helping BJP win in both states today, says Amit Shah.
6:15 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at BJP headquarters in Delhi, received by BJP President Amit Shah.
6:05 PM: The BJP’s vote share in the state has slumped sharply since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when it clocked nearly 60 per cent votes. On the other hand Congress vote share has improved significantly.
6:01 PM: The victory of the BJP in Gujarat is a victory of “developmental politics” over dynasty and appeasement, BJP President Amit Shah said, attributing the party’s lesser number of seats to the caste-based campaign of the Congress. Shah also said that the BJP’s win in the 2019 Lok Sabha election was “definite”.
5:53 PM: ‘Congratulations BJP on winning the elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Wishing them all the best for their forthcoming tenure in governance’, tweets Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu.
5:45 PM: Congress candidate Rajinder Rana, who won in Sujanpur against BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal said, “It’s a symbol of people’s confidence in Congress. Thankful that they made me victorious. We have never stepped back from serving people in Sujanpur & we will always serve them.”.
5:30 PM : “We are sad about Prem Kumar Dhumal losing but we are happy that people of Himachal Pradesh voted for BJP,” says Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
5:15 PM: “I’ll always stand with government, whichever party it might be of, & serve people. As a son I am sad we couldn’t make it possible for him (Virbhadra Singh) to become the CM 7th time. We’ll analyse our drawbacks in meeting,” said Virbhadra’s son Vikramaditya Singh, who was leading in Shimla Rural.
5:05 PM: “I would like to give credit for this victory to the people of Gujarat, also give assurance that in the coming 5 years BJP will work towards what the people of the state want” says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani.
4: 53 PM: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani flashes victory sign as BJP leads in Gujarat elections.
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
4:45 PM: My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage, tweets Congress President Rahul Gandhi
4.30 PM: Congress president Rahul Gandhi accepts defeat in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections . He congratulated BJP for winning in two states.
4:20 PM: Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala while talking to media said that two Independents who won support Congress+ and so does NCP so the Congress+ tally right now is 84 and BJP is 98-99.
4:11 PM: Amit Shah while addressing the media said, “We have once again emerged triumphant. I offer heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat and Hiamchal Pradesh that they gave us anther opportunity to serve them.”
4:06 PM: The Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa says, “Victory in Gujarat & Himachal shows people have once again accepted PM Modi, his policies & Gujarat model. They’ve voted for development & against corrupt Congress. It’ll have positive impact in Karnataka.”
3:52 PM: The Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah who reached the party HQ a few minutes back, will address the media shortly.
3:36 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reacted to BJP’s win. He dedicated it to the party workers. “I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly,” PM Modi said.
Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP Karyakartas in these states for their hardwork which has led to these impressive victories.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2017
I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2017
3:26 PM: The Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah arrived at the party headquarters in New Delhi amid a thunderous response. He showed the victory sign to the party workers:
3:23 PM: It is being reported that Congress candidate Ajit Chauhan has won from Balasinor in Mahisagar district, defeating Congress turncoat Mansinh Chauhan, who was the BJP candidate. Meanwhile, another Congress candidate Sukhram Rathwa wins in tribal seat of Jetpur in Chhota Udepur, defeating sitting MLA Jayanti Rathwa.
3:19 PM: Hardik Patel said that people of Gujarat have become very aware but added that there is a long way to go. Talking about his own political career, the Patidar leader said that he is just 23-year-old right now and will take a call after few months.
3:16 PM: Hardik Patel added that his job was only to lead the campaign against Bharatiya Janata Party. However, he added that ‘jo jeeta wohi sikander’. The 24-year-old leader added that more attention should be given to the issue of EVM tampering.
3:12 PM: Patidar leader Hardik Patel while addressing the media said that there has been tampering in EVMs in Surat, Rajkot and Ahmedabad, hence the gap is very less wherever tampering happened. He said that EVMs are hackable.
3:07 PM: Jignesh Mevani who is leading by 19,696 votes from Vadgam and has already won said that he will raise the voice of Gujarat’s discriminated sections in the assembly. “I express my gratitude to the people of Vadgam for all their support. Now I will raise the voice of Gujarat’s discriminated sections in the assembly,” he said.
3:04 PM: BJP’s Bharatbhai Kikubhai Patel won from Valsad by 4000 votes against Congress’ Tandel Jagubhai. Bhartiya Tribal Party President Mahesh Vasava, son of former JDU leader Chhotu Vasava, wins Dediapada constituency in Narmada district, defeating BJP sitting MLA Moti Vasava by 21700 votes.
3:00 PM: So far, the Bharatiya Janata Party has won 33 seats in the state and is leading on 65 other seats while Congress has won on 22 seats and is leading on 54 other seats.
2:52 PM: Minister of State for Civil Aviation posted on Twitter: “The people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have reinforced their support to the progressive reforms for the development of India under the dynamic leadership of Hon. PM @narendramodi ji. Congratulations to the karyakartas of @BJP4Gujarat & @BJP4Himachal on the victory.”
2:40 PM: As the BJP is set to win a fifth successive term in Gujarat, supporters all across the country celebrate by singing, dancing and fireworks.
2:36 PM: Gujarat Minister Chimanbhai Sapariya is trailing from Jamjodhpur to Congress’s Chiragbhai Kalariya.
2:34 PM: Congress leader Shakti Singh Gohil is trailing by 10,000 votes in Gujarat, says ABP News.
2:32 PM: People have faith in PM Narendra Modi , says Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan on BJP win in Gujarat.
2:19 PM: Latest trends suggests BJP winning at 100, Congress+ at 80, NCP at 1 and others 1 seats in Gujarat Assembly polls.
2:18 PM: Akhilesh Yadav says common people of the country were affected by demonetisation.
2:17 PM: “EVMs are stand alone machines, aren’t connected to any network, can’t be influenced over Bluetooth or wireless message,so to say EVMs have something wrong is absolutely incorrect. It’s only a glorified calculator, moment you open it, it goes dead” N Gopalaswami, Former CEC, was quoted as saying by ANI.
2:15 PM: Akhilesh Yadav once again questions EVM during his discussion with ABP channel. says even proper working EVMs can also develop problems
2:12 PM: The gap between BJP and Congress has now reduced to 18. Trend shows BJP leading in 99, Congress at 81 and Others at 2.
2:07 PM: “In his opening innings he scored zero” says Goa CM Manohar Parrikar on Rahul Gandhi.
2:01 PM: “Undoubtedly, a major victory. The kind of work which Party workers have done right from booth workers level till PM’s level, everybody put their best foot forward and both #Gujarat & #HimachalPradesh have recognised the good work going on in the name of development,” says Nirmala Sitharaman.
1:52 PM: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s son-in-law Paranjadtiyasinh Parmar is now leading in Lunawada. Meanwhile, Dr Tejashriben Patel loses to Congress’s Lakhabhai Bharwad from Viramgam. Jasabhai Barad, who was minister of state for water supply in the outgoing government loses from Somnath seat.
1:44 PM: The sitting BJP MLA Ketan Inamdar has retained the Savli Assembly in Vadodara district seat by a margin of 41,219 votes. He defeated Congress candidate Sagar Brahmabhatt, son of former Lok Sabha MP Prakash Koko, who was with the Janta Dal at that time.
1:35 PM: Another former CEC Naveen Chawla said. “EVMs cannot be tampered with, even in the future. I am very clear about this. During my time, BJP had raised doubts on EVM so we had also held a demonstration like earlier this year for all to come and try rig it.”
1:32 PM: Amid counting, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, HS Brahma said, “I firmly believe that our EVMs, VVPATs cannot be tampered with. This matter should be closed once and for all as it is tried and tested. EVM is a standalone machine, question of hacking doesn’t arise.”
1:23 PM: The Bharatiya Janata Party has won on 9 seats so far and is leading on 101 seats in total while the Congress has won in 6 seats and is leading on 78 seats. BJP is past the majority mark but only by 9 seats.
1:19 PM: Another leader who was the face of Patidar campaign, Alpesh Thakore, 40 has won from Radhanpur, one of the largest constituencies in Gujarat. He was initially trailing but picked up soon to take a lead.
1:15 PM: In the Nandod Assembly Constituency of Narmada district, the sitting BJP MLA and State Minister for Forest and Tribal Development Shabdasharan Tadvi loses to Congress candidate Premsinh Vasava. BJP has managed to retain Jetpur Pavi- all ST constituencies.
1:08 PM: Congress is still fighting hard. It now leads on 76 seats while BJP is ahead on 102. In 2012, BJP had won 112 seats and this time Amit Shah had claimed that the party will win at least 150 seats. So, this is a highly impressive performance from Congress.
1:03 PM: In the Anand district, Congress won 5 seats while BJP won 2 seats. Congress retained Borsad, Anklav, Sojitra, Petlad while the Bharatiya Janata Party won Khambhat and Umreth. NCP candidate Jayant Patel, who was sitting MLA from Umreth lost.
12:56 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi reached the Parliament a few moments ago but didn’t respond to today’s election results. No response has come yet from Sonia Gandhi too.
12:52 PM: Congress has retained two important seats of Petlad and Sojitra Assembly Constituencies in Anand district as Niranjan Patel and Punam Parmar, respectively, won with comfortable margins.
12:47 PM: For the last 22 years, the Bharatiya Janata Party has ruled Gujarat and at the moment it seems like it will continue to do so for the next 5 years. Party leads on 105 seats now.
12:38 PM: “It is a matter of happiness for us, this is the victory of development,” says Union Minister Smriti Irani, on a question about Congress giving a tough fight she said, “jo jeeta wohi sikandar. It is victory of every booth worker’s hard work & the people who trusted development,” she added.
12:35 PM: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for wins in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. He said that these wins are a proof that under PM Modi the nation’s development is going in the right direction.
12:27 PM: BJP has maintained its lead in 108 seats. “Casteist agenda of Hardik, Jignesh, Alpesh troika has helped Congress or cost it the election? Congress has to search for answers coolly after all the details come out. BJP, in its 5th consecutive victory, will celebrate but candidly analyse too,” Ram Madhav posted on Twitter.
12:17 PM: BJP leader Anurag Thakur while talking to CNN-News 18 said that Gujarat loves Narendra Modi. “It’s not easy to remain in power. “Modi factor” worked in our favour,” he said.
12:15 PM: It is being reported that Congress has won in Sojitra Assembly constituency. Meanwhile, there can be a big upset for BJP in Anand Assembly constituency where party candidate Yogesh Patel is trailing behind Congress’ Kanti Soda Parmar.
12:10 PM: Congress leader Pawan Khera while speaking to CNN-News 18 said that the party had the courage to remove Mani Shankar Aiyar but why did Bharatiya Janata Party not take an action against Paresh Rawal.
#ElectionsWithNews18 | We have exposed the true face of BJP. We had the moral courage to remove Mani Shankar Aiyar. But did BJP remove Paresh Rawal?: @Pawankhera to @bhupendrachaube #LIVE: https://t.co/8coAq3AUZ0 pic.twitter.com/wWiaFVDKph
— News18 (@CNNnews18) December 18, 2017
12:05 PM: The BJP MLA from Talala seat in Gir Somnath district, Govind Parmar is on the brink of a heavy loss as his Congress challenger is leading by more than 30000 votes at the end of 18th round of counting. Congress leading the final round of counting in Matar in Kheda district.
11:58 AM: The Bharatiya Janata Party is now leading on 108 seats. Congress is ahead on 72. Meanwhile, Tajinder Bagga, BJP’s spokesperson celebrated by taking a mushroom cake to the party headquarters.
11:48 AM: Out of the 39 urban seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party has won on 32 seats while Congress has won only on 7 seats. This has been a major reason behind BJP’s massive lead. Interestingly, Arjun Modhwadiya lost by only 1855 votes. Stay tuned for more Gujarat election results live updates.
11:45 AM: Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia who was a big party face from Congress has lost to Babubhai Bokharia from Porbandar. BJP is now leading on 103 seats.
11:43 AM: Independent candidate Jignesh Mevani has won from his constituency Vadgam in Banaskantha district by 18,150 votes. It was an easy victory for Mevani who was up against BJP’s Vijay Chakravarti.
11:40 AM: As per the official trends by EC, BJP is now leading on 105 seats while Congress is ahead on 69. Interestingly, Bhartiya Tribal Party is leading on 2, NCP on 1 and the Independent candidates are ahead on 4 seats. Congress’ Arjun Modhwadia is trailing by 1800 votes from Porbandar.
11:30 AM: Congress’ Arjun Modhwadia trailing by 1800 votes from Porbandar. Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia was trailing in Porbandar by just 50 votes after counting of three rounds, against BJP leader and fisheries minister Babubhai Bokhiriya.
11:24 AM: Target of achieving 150 seats was laughable, says BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy
11:22 AM: BJP leading on 101 seats, Congress on 74, Bhartiya Tribal Party on 2, NCP on 1 & Independent candidates on 3 seats: Election commission
11:20 AM: Visuals from Congress office in #Ahmedabad as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh
11:15 AM: BJP celebrates at party office in #Bhopal as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh
11:10 AM: Party workers celebrate at party HQ, as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh
11:05 AM: Independent candidate Jignesh Mevani leading by 10785 in Vadgam. Meanwhile, celebrations have begun at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters as the trends indicate a victory for the party, both in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
11:00 AM: In a major boost for the Bharatiya Janata Party, chief minister Vijay Rupani has won from Rajkot West. The Gujarat CM was trailing initially but made an impressive comeback to win. This is an important seat for BJP as Prime Minister Narendra Modi contested the first-ever election of his life from this constituency and won.
10:57 AM: It is being reported that BJP’s four-term sitting MLA Pankaj Desai is marching towards victory from Nadiad Assembly Constituency in Kheda district. It is being reported that former BJP MP Babu Katara’s son and Congress candidate Bhavesh Katara is inching towards victory from Jhalod (ST) seat in Dahod district.
10:54 AM: According to the latest trends by the Election Commission, BJP is now leading on 100 seats. Meanwhile, chief minister Vijay Rupani is leading by 21,000 votes from Rajkot West.
10:50 AM: Home Minister Rajnath Singh while talking to the reporters outside the Parliament said that the Bharatiya Janata Party will form the government in both Himachal and Gujarat with a clear majority. The party currently leads on 109 seats in Gujarat.
10:47 AM: PM Narendra Modi arrived at the Parliament in a happy mood this morning. He was clicked showing a victory sign this morning:
10:39 AM: BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain while speaking to ABP News said that the party went on to this election on the agenda of development and this will be a huge win for it. He, however, ruled out that Rahul Gandhi has emerged as a huge threat to the party. Hussain said that BJP contests with an aim to win all the seats.
10:36 AM: The BJP candidate Nitinbhai Patel who is presently trailing by over 2000 votes from Mahesana says that the Bharatiya Janata Party is going to register the victory. He said that contrary to early trends, the party is leading almost everywhere now.
10:33 AM: The first result is out and it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that has opened its account. Rakesh Shah from Ahmedabad has won by 70,000 votes. In Rajkot, BJP is leading on 5 seats while Congress is ahead on 3.
10:27 AM: As per the latest official trends released by the Election Commission, the Bharatiya Janata Party is now leading on 96 seats while Congress is ahead on 63. Stay tuned for more Gujarat elections results live updates.
10:24 AM: The opposition leaders, in a meeting, have decided to raise, in both houses, the issue of PM Modi’s allegations against former PM Manmohan Singh of conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat election.
10:17 AM: It is being reported that BJP candidate Bhupendra Patel is leading by 20,000 votes on Ghatlodia seat in Ahmedabad. Independent candidate leads by 2,000 votes on Tharad seat of flood-affected Banaskantha. Independent candidate Jignesh Mewani leads by 7000 votes on Vadgam seat.
10:15 AM: Reactions have started to come in. Here is what BJP leader Subramanian Swamy posted on Twitter:
I put on record that 95+_ was predicted throughout to me by Nalapat and my daughter Suhasini. Foreigners: 80+_. Ram Mandir is the difference
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 18, 2017
2019 will be perhaps soft bogus Hindutva + failing economy versus genuine hindutva and anti corruption
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 18, 2017
10:10 AM: In North Gujarat, the Bharatiya Janata Party is leading at the moment while in Saurashtra, there is a tough fight going on between both the parties. BJP continues to lead on 104 seats while Congress is ahead on 76 seats.
10:05 AM: For the first time in the day, Bharatiya Janata Party has crossed the 100-seat mark. It is now leading in 105 seats while Congress is ahead on 74 seats. So suddenly the gap is widening. Stay tuned for more Gujarat election results live updates.
10:01 AM: Currently, BJP is leading on 98 seats while Congress is ahead on 80. So, the Bharatiya Janata Party has taken a healthy lead of 18 seats. Sourabh Patel of BJP is behind, Rajendra Trivedi is also trailing.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) December 18, 2017
9:57 AM: As per the data by the Election Commission, BJP is leading on 77 seats now while Congress is leading on 59. It is being reported that Congress’ Shaktisinh Gohil is trailing by 1355 votes from Kutch’s Mandvi.
9:51 AM: The Bharatiya Janata Party is still in the lead. It is ahead on 93 seats while Congress is leading on 85 seats. Meanwhile, Vijay Rupani is leading by 7600 votes from Rajkot West, at the end of Counting round 3.
9:47 AM: Gujarat Congress chief Ashok Gehlot is confident of party’s win in the state. “The mood of the people of Gujarat will lead Congress to victory, can’t comment much on initial trends; let the final results come,” he said.
9:40 AM: Given the kind of battle we are witnessing at the moment and the fact that there is no other party in the fray, each seat won by the independent candidates can turn out to be crucial. At the moment, independent candidates are leading on 4 seats.
9:35 AM: As per the latest data, BJP is now leading on 95 seats while Congress is ahead on 84. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani is now leading by 1800 votes from Rajkot West. Meanwhile, BJP’s Jitu Vaghani, contesting from Bhavnagar West seat is leading by 2200 votes.
9:30 AM: Bharatiya Janata Party has once again taken the lead. It is now ahead on 89 seats while Congress is leading on 82 seats. Meanwhile, CM Vijay Rupani has finally taken lead from his seat. BJP is still 3 seats away from majority.
9:24 AM: Even though Congress is leading Gujarat, some of its key leaders are still behind. Congress’ Arjun Modhwadia is trailing by 989 from Porbandar. Meanwhile, Indrneel Rajguru is leading from his seat.
9:20 AM: Meanwhile in Himachal Pradesh where Congress was expected to win easily, BJP has gone past the majority mark. Prem Kumar Dhumal is leading from his constituency.
9:17 AM: As per the official figures given by the Election Commission for the 45 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party is now leading on 24 seats. Meanwhile, Congress is ahead on 21 seats. Meanwhile, Vijay Rupani is now behind by 800 votes.
9:11 AM: This is turning out to be a tense day for the Bharatiya Janata Party. Congress is leading on 88 seats while BJP is ahead on 77 seats. Is this Rahul Gandhi magic? Is it Hardik Patel effect? Whatever it is, Narendra Modi must be a tensed man right now!
9:09 AM: For the first time in the day, Congress has taken a lead in Gujarat. It is now leading on 85 seats while BJP is ahead on just 80. Remember, Amit Shah had claimed that BJP will win 150 seats in Gujarat by 11 am.
9:05 AM: Big setback to BJP! It is being reported that CM Vijay Rupani is now behind by 500 seats from his constituency. Congress has taken lead in 80 seats while BJP is leading on 85 seats.
8:58 AM: In last few minutes, Congress has bounced back once again. Now, the party leads on 73 seats while BJP is ahead on 87 seats. This means that Rahul Gandhi magic is working in favour of Congress. This is certainly a better performance than the last election.
8:51 AM: This is turning out to be an interesting competition. Congress, unlike, Uttar Pradesh is giving a tough fight. It is now leading on 65 seats while BJP is ahead on 91 seats. These are only early trends and the numbers can change in the next one hour.
8:48 AM: Meanwhile, in Himachal Pradesh BJP has taken lead in 16 seats while Congress is leading on 11. So, the Bharatiya Janata Party is ahead in both the states.
#ElectionsWithNews18 | If you don’t vote for BJP, there will be Muslim rule. That is how BJP has campaigned in UP and Gujarat: Madhu Goud Yaskhi, Congress to @bhupendrachaube#LIVE: https://t.co/4Gq0CNZXJt pic.twitter.com/sLP6hPGPTq
— News18 (@CNNnews18) December 18, 2017
8:45 AM: Congress leader Shakti Singh Gohil who was a major political face in this election is trailing. It is being reported that BJP has gone past the majority mark. Congress is ahead only on 58 seats. But, these are only initial trends.
8:42 AM: In a big surprise, Congress leader Alpesh Thakur is trailing from his constituency. Overall, BJP has taken lead in 85 seats while Congress is leading on 55 seats.
8:38 AM: The Bharatiya Janata Party has taken lead in 83 seats while Congress is ahead on 52 seats. From Budgam, independent candidate Jignesh Mevani is leading. In Saurashtra, Congress has taken a good lead.
8:34 AM: We are learning at this moment that BJP has taken lead in 75 seats and is just 17 seats away from the majority mark. Here are the visuals from the counting centre in Vadodara:
8:31 AM: The current Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has taken a lead in from his seat in Rajkot. From Mehrana, BJP’s Nitin Patel is trailing. The party has taken lead in 63 seats while Congress is ahead on 42.
8:28 AM: The Bharatiya Janata Party has taken a lead on 52 seats as per the live updates. Congress, on the other hand, is ahead of 36 seats. So, BJP now needs only 40 seats to cross the majority mark.
8:25 AM: “Questions being raised about EVMs have already been answered by us in the media. VVPATs were there in every polling stations in Gujarat, which enabled voters to see whom they voted for, so issues being raised aren’t right. I assure that EVMS cannot be tampered with,” says CEC, AK Joti.
8:20 AM: Big surprise from the state. Congress took a lead in the state before BJP once bounced back. Currently, BJP leads in 32 seats while Congress is ahead on 23 seats.A neck and neck competition is going on at the moment.
8:15 AM: The numbers are out for, 21 seats. Right Now, the Bharatiya Janata Party is leading on as many as 15 seats while Congress is ahead of 6 seats. This is a huge lead intial lead for BJP. Stay tuned for more live updates.
8:12 AM: The initial trends are out. Bharatiya Janata Party is leading on 8 seats while Congress is ahead on 3 seats. “Tight security arrangements have been made, police personnel adequately stationed across the region” says Surat police commissioner Satish Kumar Sharma.
8:08 AM: We will get the initial trends very soon. Keep a close eye on Patidar-dominated seats like Dhoraji and Amreli in Rajkot from where PAAS member Lalit Vasoya is contesting on a Congress ticket, Tankara in Morbi, Katargam in Surat, Viramgam in Ahmedabad (where Hardik voted) and Nikol in Ahmedabad.
8:00 AM: The counting of votes has begun for 182 seats in the state. Meanwhile, the counting of votes has also begun in Himachal Pradesh.