Gujarat, Himachal Assembly election results 2017 Highlights:
10:39 pm: According to News18, BJP has eaten into a large chunk of Patel voters and Patidar voters in North Gujarat also had voted for BJP.
10:33 pm: Final tally for Himachal Pradesh assembly polls are out.
9:40 pm: Final tally for Gujarat polls.
9:12 pm: BJP bags 99 seats in 182-member Gujarat Assembly; Congress gets 77 and others six.
9:09 pm: FM Arun Jaitley says that BJP has acquired 49 per cent votes, more than was predicted in exit polls. He says BJP’s victory is a sign that development for the people has won the party both elections. Jaitley taking a dig at the Congress said that the party must introspect on their loss and also must figure out what went wrong in Gujarat polls.
9:07 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, says BB Swain, Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat
8:59 pm: Himachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare minister Kaul Singh losses in Darang. His daughter Champa Thakur losses against BJP’s Anil Sharma in Mandi.
8:58 pm: HP BJP Chief Satpal Singh Satti lost against Satpal Singh Raizada of Congress in Una.
8:55 pm: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya Singh wins from Shimla (Rural).
8:50 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.
8:36 pm: 70 per cent of the country will be under BJP administration with 14 CMs and 19 governments point to PM Modi’s want for development. People were with us even when Surat was called the epicentre of “Gabbar Singh Tax’ that says about the development we have brought in this country, says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
8:32 pm: Congress’ usage of language and the way Kapil Sibal handled the Ramjanmabhoomi issue went against the the party, says Yogi Adityanath. He says people will never accept underdevelopment and non-active party. that’s why BJP emerges as the choice of the people in every election.
8:21 pm: People have voted for reforms, said Sambit Patra during discussion in ABP News.
8:10 pm: Read Also: How ‘neech’ comment helped PM Narendra Modi beat Congress
8:07 pm: Congress in Himachal Pradesh secures majority by winning 35 seats in a 68-member Assembly and was leading in nine other seats.
8:02 pm: Known tally for Gujarat polls till now.
7:54 pm: FM Arun Jaitley and General Secretary party of BJP Saroj Pandey will go as observers to Gujarat & discuss about the leadership in the state. Similarly Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar will go to Himachal Pradesh to discuss about the leadership there, says JP Nadda.
7:44 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, says Pushpendra Rajput, Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh.
7:27 pm: PM Modi says, ‘For me Gujarat polls are a matter of double happiness”.
7:16 pm: There is no need to waste time on those who will keep dismissing our victory. Since 1989, BJP has been victorious in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls and this makes today’s win special: PM
7:04 pm: Official tally of Gujarat assembly elections, 2017.
7:01 pm: BJP workers and Modi fans chant ‘Jeetega bhai jeetega, Vikas hi jeetega’.
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
6:57 pm: 30 years back, 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, as per ANI.
6:51 pm: Gujarat’s mantra is Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas, says PM Modi. Gujaratis want to move forward, forget what happened.
6:48 pm: This victory gives people’s approval for everything, says PM Modi. 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. 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
6:44 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, says PM Modi. He says pollsters must analyse BJP’s 6th Gujarat win, we have won in Gujarat due to development, even after I left Gujarat, my friends have continued to take the development path.
6:39 pm: PM said people of India have new hopes, aspirations and expectations. He has said that Gujarat election is historic for BJP as one party has not maintained victory for so long and the elections have proven that people of Gujarat are ready to embrace reform and they believe in transformation.
6:34 pm: Prime Minister said that GST had no effect on the assembly polls. Giving an instance of UP polls, PM said that the same thing was said during UP urban polls, during Gujarat elections and also during Maharashtra local body polls.
6:29 pm: Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the BJO HQ at the eve of his party’s assembly wins paid his respects to the people of Himachal and Gujarat for choosing development.
6:23 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated by BJP Chief Amit Shah and other members.
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
6:20 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at BJP HQ, received by Amit Shah.
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
6:05 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh reaches BJP headquarters. HM is there for the party’s parliamentary board meeting.
6:01 pm: Final tally till now.
— Tv9 Gujarati (@tv9gujarati) December 18, 2017
5:48 pm: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has claimed that BJP’s vote share has increased by 8 per cent in the 2017 assembly polls.
5:36 pm: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu greets BJP for sweeping Himachal and Gujarat polls via tweet.
‘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 #ElectionResults pic.twitter.com/7pbUBEJbzi
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
5:32 pm: Arun Jaitley congratulates Gujarat and Himachal BJP workers for their victory in both assembly polls.
Congratulations to people of Gujarat, @BJP4India & @BJP4Gujarat Karyakartas on BJP winning the #GujaratAssemblyElections2017 This victory reiterates pan India trust of people in the development agenda & policies of our government led by PM @narendramodi ji.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) December 18, 2017
Gratitude to the people of Himachal Pradesh for voting and making BJP win the #HimachalPradeshAssemblyElections2017 Compliments to BJP Karyakartas, @BJP4Himachal @BJP4India & people of the state. Election results show trust of the people in national development agenda of the BJP.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) December 18, 2017
5:29 pm: BJP’s Babubhai Jamnadas Patel wins Daskroi assembly seat beating Congress’ Patel Chimanbhai.
5:27 pm: 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, says Rajinder Rana who defeated Prem Kumar Dhumal in Sujanpur constitutency.
5:13 pm: Vijay Rupani flashes victory sign as BJP leads in 99 seats in Gujarat elections.
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
4:55 pm: Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress President made it easy for us, says Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
4:53 pm: I’ll always stand with govt, 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: Vikramaditya Singh, leading in Shimla Rural
4:51 pm: We are sad about Prem Kumar Dhumal losing but we are happy that people of #HimachalPradesh voted for BJP, says Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
4:48 PM: Current standing in Gujarat
4:45 PM: Personal loss is not of much importance.The gain that victory has brought to state BJP is important. Thankful to people of the state for voting for BJP. In politics, sometimes one wins, sometimes one losses. I was not expecting to lose, I will do an analysis, says BJP Chief Ministerial candidate PK Dhumal.
4:35 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
4:32 pm: This is a lesson to the parties which indulge in caste-politics and dynasty, says BJP President Amit Shah.
4:30 pm: The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with all my heart for the love they showed me, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Tweeted.
4:27 pm: There is 8 per cent gap in vote share which is not a close fight, says BJP Chief Amit Shah.
4:24 pm: We will win the upcoming assembly election in 4 states, including Karnataka, says BJP President Amit Shah.
4:22 pm: We are confident that when we go into 2019 elections under the leadership of PM Modi we will once again get people’s support and Modi ji’s aim for the youth in 2022 will become a reality, says BJP President Amit Shah.
4:19 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought the mandate on govt’s GST and demonetisation policies. And, the fact is people of Gujarat have rejected these two policies. Over 150 was BJP’s target, but they have been reduced to double digits, says NCP leader Majeed Memon.
4:17 pm: The 2/3rd lead in Himachal Pradesh shows that people there want to join PM Narendra Modi in the journey to development: BJP chief Amit Shah.
4:15 pm: Two Independents who won support Congress+ and so does NCP so the Congress+ tally right now is 84 and BJP is 98-99: Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala
4:13 pm: “The BJP speaks of sabka sath, sabka vikas but when we try to give justice to all sections of society, the same BJP calls it appeasement,” says Akhilesh Yadv.
4:11 pm: This is a victory of development over dynasty and polarisation, says BJP President Amit Shah
4:10 pm: Whatever the results, it was moral win for Congress. It was a win for Rahul ji’s issue based campaign.BJP in home state of PM Modi ji and Amit Shah ji is struggling to cross even 100, says Congress leader Ashok Gehlot.
4:09 pm: 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, says BJP chief Amit Shah
4:07 pm: Congress had a very good campaign in Gujarat, Rahul ji’s campa+
ign reminded us of Indira ji: Congress leader Ashok Gehlot.
4:05 pm: Victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh shows people have once again accepted PM Modi, his policies and Gujarat model. They’ve voted for development & against corrupt Congress. It’ll have positive impact in Karnataka, sais Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa.
4:02 pm: BJP Chief Ministerial candidate in Himachal Pradesh Prem Kumar Dhumal lost from Sujanpur constituency.
3:58 pm: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said party has made such a significant jump and it’s not a small thing.
3:55 pm: I accept the victory of BJP. I, being the CM, take full responsibility of our performance here. I hope Vikramaditya (Singh) keeps winning in future, like he won today, says Virbhadra Singh
3:50 pm: BJP chief Amit Shah to hold press conference shortly.
3:33 pm: 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, says PM Modi.
3:30 pm: 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, says PM Modi.
3:24 PM: BJP President Amit Shah arrives at party HQ as workers celebrate party’s lead in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
3:12 pm: There has been tampering in EVMs in Surat,Rajkot and Ahmedabad, hence the gap is very less wherever tampering happened. EVMs are hackable: Hardik Patel
3:09 pm: Winning margin for BJP is decreasing as ruling party in Gujarat is leading in 98 seats, Congress is ahead in 80 seats.
3:06 PM: “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,” says Jignesh Mevani who is leading by 19696 votes from Vadgam.
3:03 PM: Other senior Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Prakash Javadekar, said the polls trends reflect the impact of Modi’s leadership, while party leaders like Sakshi Maharaj attributed the outcome to the prime minister’s “magic”.
3:00 PM: Minister Giriraj Singh termed the result as the first defeat for Congress’ new president Rahul Gandhi and asserted that his charisma did not work.
2:57 PM: “Jo jeeta wohi Sikandar (whoever wins is king). This is the message to those who joked about vikas (development),” said Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Union minister Smriti Irani seconded him and said the victory was dedicated to booth-level party workers and those who voted for “good governance” and “development”.
2:54 PM: Asked whether the Congress had given the party a tough fight, Smriti Irani said, “I feel ‘Jo jeeta wohi Sikander’…”
2:52 PM: BJP leaders used the 1992 Aamir Khan starrer “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar” title to downplay the better than projected performance of the Congress in Gujarat and a possible decline in their own numbers.
2:49 PM: “Jo jeeta wohi Sikandar (whoever wins is king). This is the message to those who joked about vikas (development),” said Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
2:47 pm: Rahul Gandhi says he is not disappointed with party’s performance, according to ABP news report
2:44 pm: BJP Parliamentary party meeting to be held at Parliament Library building on December 20.
2:41 pm: As the BJP today headed for its sixth straight term in Gujarat and wresting Himachal Pradesh from the Congress, its leaders described the poll outcome as a vote for development and trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
2:38 pm: Echoing his party’s mood, PM Modi flashed a victory sign after he arrived in Parliament here.
2:36 pm: Gujarat Minister Chimanbhai Sapariya trailing from Jamjodhpur to Congress’ Rameshbhai Kalariya.
2:34 pm: As per the latest trends, BJP is leading in 100 seats in Gujarat and Congress is ahead in 80 seats.
2:33 pm: Earlier in the day, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has retained the Rajkot West seat by defeating Congress candidate Indranil Rajyaguru.
2:31 pm: Rupani, who was initially trailing after the count of postal ballots, later marched ahead of his Congress rival and defeated him by a margin of 54,300 votes.
2:29 pm: BJP chief Amit Shah will hold a press conference at 3.30 pm, according to reports.
2:27 pm: Congress supporters staged protest outside AICC headquarters. They have alleged that BJP won due to EVM tampering.
2:24 pm: As per the latest trend, BJP is leading in 99 seats, Congress is ahead in 81 seats
2:22 pm: People have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, says Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan on Gujarat win.
2:20 pm: In Himachal Pradesh, BJP is leading in 41 seats and Congress is leading in 23 assembly constituencies.
2:18 pm: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 100 seats and Congress is ahead in 80 seats.
2:16 pm: Former Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy said today that electronic voting machines (EVMs) are the “real winner” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections and their “bashing” should stop now.
2:13 pm: When asked over the remarks in some quarters that the EVMs are the “real winner”, as results of the two Assembly elections are being declared, he said, “I agree.” “They (EVMs) have done their job well. After all, the Congress has increased its position (in Gujarat compared to the last elections). Some leaders of the BJP have been defeated. EVMs have served the purpose”, Krishnamurthy told PTI.
2:10 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 Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
2:07 pm: “In his opening innings he scored zero” says Goa CM Manohar Parrikar on BJP wins in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
1:39 pm: Union Minister Rajnath Singh flashes victory sign outside Parliament as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
1:37 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” says Former CEC N Gopalaswami.
1:34 pm: “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” says former CEC Naveen Chawla.
1:31 pm: Celebrations broke out at the Gujarat BJP headquarters ‘Kamalam’ in Gandhinagar today as soon as the trends suggested that the ruling party was poised for a victory in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.
1:28 pm: Party supporters gathered in large numbers at the office and distributed sweets among themselves.On the other hand, only a few people could be seen at the Congress headquarters in Ahmedabad.
1:25 pm: “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” says former Chief Election Commissioner of India, HS Brahma.
1:22 pm: In Himachal Pradesh, BJP is leading in 44 seats, Congress is leading in 20 constituencies.
1:03 pm: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 102 seats, Congress is ahead in 76 assembly constituencies
1:01 pm: The stock market today inched closer to the all-time intra-day high as the BJP sniffed victory in Gujarat and also stayed on course to take power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh.
12:58 pm: As soon as the House met, the Speaker referred to the death of people in a boat accident in Andhra Pradesh, Okchi cyclone, earthquakes in Mexico and Iran-Iraq border and terror attacks in various parts of the world, including the US, the UK, Afghanistan and Egypt.
12:55 pm: The sloganeering started soon after the House stood in silence in the memory of the departed souls.
12:53 pm: The Shiv Sena today said the people were not happy with the BJP in Gujarat, going by the trends of the Assembly election counting.
12:50 pm: The BJP appeared to be on its way to retain power in the state, with trends from 182 seats giving it a lead in 103 while the Congress followed with 72. The simple majority mark in the 182-member Assembly is 92.
12:47 pm: The BJP supporters, waiving the saffron flag and donning the party cap, greeted each other over the impending victory of the party which is set to retain power for the sixth term in a row.
12:44 pm: “The Congress carried out negative politics and talked about caste. They said development has gone crazy, when in fact people in the opposition party had gone crazy. The people in Gujarat supported development over caste,” said a supporter of the ruling party.
12:41 pm: He was referring to the Congress’ campaign theme “Vikas Gando Thayo Che” (development has gone crazy), ahead of the polls. The BJP had launched a counter drive, titled “I am development, I am Gujarat”.
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”.
12:36 pm: People have rejected divisive politics of Congress, this win is due to the dynamic leadership of BJP and the hard work of BJP workers, says UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
12:34 pm: I congratulate both PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for the results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, says Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
12:32 pm: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 108 seats, Congress and others ahead in 72 and 2 constituencies respectively.
12:30 pm: “Hard work pays off. What was the need for Rahul Gandhi to start “temple tourism” and call himself a ‘Shiv Bhakt’,” BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma told CNN News18
12:26 PM: Pictures from 12 Tughlaq lane as Congress President Rahul Gandhi leaves from his residence
12:23 PM: Gujarat loves Narendra Modi. After 22 years, it’s not easy to remain in power. “Modi factor” worked in our favour: Anurag Thakur to CNN-News 18.
12:20 pm: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 108 seats, Congress is ahead in 72 seats.
12:17 PM: 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.
12:14 pm: BJP’s Kirit Somaiya was heard taking a dig at the Congress in Parliament over poll result trends coming in from Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
12:11 pm: The opposition raised the issue of remarks made by PM Modi against Singh in Gujarat in Parliament.
12:08 pm: Celebrations in Mumbai as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.
12:06 pm: Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha yesterday witnessed noisy scenes amid sloganeering from both sides of the House, leading to adjournment of the proceedings till noon.
12:03 pm: As BJP members raised slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the polling trends, the opposition raked up the remarks made by him against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
12:00 PM: “The way the Congress campaigned and the way Rahul Gandhi did bus trips, we put up a very nice campaign. Whatever the results, the country will see this as the Congress’ victory,” Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said.
11:56 am: Take a look at the mushroom cake
11:53 am: Congress members disrupted proceedings in the Rajya Sabha for the second day today over the insinuations made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
11:50 am: Soon after the House assembled for the day, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the proceedings till noon after Congress members stormed the Well demanding an explanation from Modi for his remarks made in an election rally that Singh had colluded with Pakistan against the BJP in Gujarat.
11:47 am: In Gujarat, BJP has taken a decisive lead with 103 seats, Congress is ahead in 76.
11:45 am: Meanwhile, in Gujarat, Key Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia loses by 1,855 votes from Porbandar
11:42 am: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 105 seats, Congress is ahead of in 75 seats.
11:40 am: This is the first loss of Rahul Gandhi as Congress President, says Union Minister Giriraj Singh
11:38 AM: “We have set a record in the history of the BJP by winning six consecutive polls: four assembly and two general elections. Anti-incumbency is not working there. The prime minister’s popularity is intact. Amit Shah’s strategy has worked,” BJP vice president Shyam Jaju said.
11:35 AM: BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya seconded Jaju. “There is nothing to worry. We will form government in Gujarat with comfortable majority,” Vijayvargiya added.
11:32 AM: Madhusudan Kela to btvi: BJP winning Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will be positive for markets; not all policies announced by government is populist
11:29 am: The BJP today said the poll trends in its favour indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity was intact in his home state Gujarat and it was on its way to form government with a “comfortable majority”.
11:26 am: BJP leaders said their party would “retain” power notwithstanding the opposition and the aggressive campaign by the Congress, particularly its new president Rahul Gandhi.
11:23 am: It attributed the favourable trends to its Gujarat development model as the anti-incumbency factor had “failed”. The saffron party, however, said it will analyse the trends in detail later.
11:20 AM: Target of achieving 150 seats was laughable, says BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy
11:18 am: BJP celebrates at party office in #Bhopal as trends indicate BJP’s victory in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
11:15 am: “Will form Government in both Himachal and Gujarat with clear majority” says Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
11:13 am: Scene outside BJP office in Delhi
11:10 am: Amit Malviya, BJP to ET Now: This victory is a reinstatement of the beliefs of people of Gujarat that- come what may, they are going to stand with their ‘Bada Pradhan’ Narendra Modi
11:07 am: In Himachal Pradesh, BJP is leading in 43 seats. Incumbent Congress is ahead in 21 seats. Magic figure is 35 seats.
11:05 am: BJP workers started celebrating in Delhi as party is set to form governments in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
11:03 am: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 109 seats, Congress is ahead in 72 seats
11:01 am: People of Gujarat relate to PM Modi and he identifies himself to Gujarat, says BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.
10:58 am: Meanwhile, in Gujarat, Independent candidate Jignesh Mevani is leading by 10785 in Vadgam
10:56 am: Incumbent Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is leading by 21,000 votes from Rajkot West
10:53 am: BJP is leading in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and set to form governments there
10:50 am: “I’m done with Election 2017. Gujarat hasn’t been a disaster for the Congress & it hasn’t been the emphatic victory the BJP wanted. Take from it what you will. Over and out!” former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tweeted.
10:48 am: PM Narendra Modi in Parliament
10:46 am: WATCH- PM Modi did this as BJP is ahead in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
10:43 am: Ajay Srivastava to BTVI: Investors need to stay put in markets; no need to panic; expect more normalising policy from government in the next 12-18 months.
10:40 am: PM Modi flashes victory symbol while entering Parliament.
10:38 am: Porinju Veliyath to ET Now: Positive in the long term, I don’t think that the state poll verdict will change reforms path; I believe short-term reactions in markets have no value
10:36 am: BJP candidate Rakesh Shah has won Ellis Bridge seat in Ahmedabad
10:33 am: In Gujarat, BJP is ahead on Surat East, Surat West, Navsari, Ankleshwar and Olpad
10:31 am: Ultimately BJP is going to register victory, contrary to early trends BJP is leading almost everywhere now, says BJP’s Nitinbhai Patel who is presently trailing by over 2000 votes from Mehsana
10:28 am: In Gujarat, BJP is ahead in 103 seats. Congress is ahead in 77 seats. BJP maintains its stronghold in urban areas in the state.
10:25 am: “I am sure in the end Congress will be victorious and form Government in the state” says Vikramaditya Singh, contesting from Shimla Rural
10:23 am: In their meeting, opposition leaders 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
10:21 am: Meanwhile, Rupee recoups most losses as BJP extends lead in Gujarat poll
10:19 am: Former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, BJP star candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing by 1500 votes.
10:16 am: WATCH- Here is what this BJP MP has to say about BJP’s performance in Gujarat
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) December 18, 2017
10:14 am: In a shocking news for BJP, party’s CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing by 1709 votes from Sujanpur.
10:12 am: After initial setback, Markets trading in green, Sensex up by 220 points after BJP crosses 100 seats in Gujarat
10:10 am: Meanwhile, BJP heavyweight Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing, Congress leader Virbhadra Singh is leading in their respective constituencies in Himachal Pradesh
10:08 am: Even as anticipation builds for the final outcome, markets will be driven by earnings at the end of the day, says Kotak AMC MD Nilesh Shah
10:06 am: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 106 seats, Congress is ahead in 76 seats.
10:03 am: OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress ahead of polls is fighting from Radhanpur seat, while Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is contesting from Vadgam.
10:01 am: The main contenders from the Congress are Shaktisinh Gohil (Mandvi), Arjun Modhvadia (Porbandar), Siddharth Patel (Dabhoi), and Paresh Dhanai (Amreli).
9:59 am: The main contestants from the BJP are Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani (Rajkot West), Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel (Mehsana) and state BJP unit president Jitu Vaghani (Bhavnagar West).
9:57 am: In the 2012 elections, the BJP had won 115 seats while the Congress emerged victorious on 61 seats.
9:55 am: The BJP has been in power in the state since 1995, winning consecutive elections in the home state of Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
9:53 am: Gujarat results will be a photo finish, predicts JD (S) leader.
9:52 am: Congress’ Shaktisinh Gohil trailing by 1355 votes from Kutch’s Mandvi in Gujarat.
9:51 am: Meanwhile, Incumbent Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is leading by 1162 votes in Arki.
9:49 am: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 93 seats, Congress is ahead in 85 seats
9:47 am: Vikas Khemani of Edelweiss Securities to ET Now: These poll verdicts will be forgotten in a few days.
9:44 am: Vijay Rupani is leading by 7600 votes from Rajkot West, at the end of Counting round 3.9:42 am: As per the latest report, Congress is leading in Surat of Gujarat.
9:41 AM: “The mood of the people of Gujarat will lead Congress to victory, can’t comment much on initial trends; let the final results come” says state party in-charge and former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot as counting continues
9:38 am: In Himachal Pradesh, BJP is leading in 41 seats, Congresss is ahead in 25 seats.
9:36 am: Sensex, Nifty recover but still trading in red as BJP seen narrowly leading again.
9:34 am: In Gujarat, BJP has overtaken Congress. BJP is leading in 96 seats. Congress is ahead in 83 seats.
9:32 am: Congress CM Vijay Rupani is leading by 1800 votes from Rajkot West. BJP’s Jitu Vaghani, contesting from Bhavnagar West seat, leading by 2200 votes. Deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel is trailing by over 3000 votes from Mahesana
9:29 am: As per Election Commission trends, the BJP is leading on 48 seats and the Congress on 40, as per the trends available after the first hour of counting. As per the trends available for 89 seats, the BJP is ahead on 48 seats, while the Congress candidates have a slight edge over their BJP opponents in 40 constituencies. The NCP is leading on one seat.
9:26 am: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 88 seats, Congress is ahead in 82 seats.
9:24 am: Prem Kumar Dhumal is leading from Sujanpur in Himachal Pradesh.
9:22 am: BJP is ahead in 40 seats in Himachal Pradesh, Congress is leading in 22 seats
9:20 am: Meanwhile, Sensex is down by 600.51 points, currently at 32,862.46. Nifty at 10,134.35.
9:18 am: Meanwhile, Congress’ Arjun Modhwadia is trailing by 989 from Porbandar in Gujarat.
9:16 am: Congress is leading in 88 seats in Gujarat, BJP is ahead in 78 seats.
9:13 am: In Himachal Pradesh, BJP is leading in 29 seats, Congress i s ahead in 15 seats.
9:11 am: Congress is leading in 89 seats, BJP is ahead in 76 seats
9:09 am: Vijay Rupani trailing by 800 votes from Rajkot West.
9:07 am: Congress is leading 85 seats, BJP is ahead in 81 seats.
9:05 am: Close fight in Gujarat, BJP is leading in 85 seats, Congress is ahead in 80 seats.
9:03 am: Supporters perform ‘Havan’ in Varanasi as counting of votes continues for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.
9:00 am: In Himachal Pradesh, BJP is leading in 23 seats, Congress is ahead in 12 seats.
8:57 am: In Gujarat- Congress is fighting back as it is ahead in 75 seats. BJP is leading in 86 seats.
8:55 am: In Gujarat, Congress is ahead in 72 seats, BJP is leading in 88 seats
8:53 am: In Himachal Pradesh- BJP is leading in 18 seats, Congress is ahead in 11 seats
8:51 am: BJP is leading on 2 seats, Porbandar and Bhavnagar East; Congress is also leading on 2 seats, Mandvi and Nadiad.
8:49 am: BJP has taken lead in 16 seats. Congress is ahead in 11 seats in Himachal Pradesh
8:47 am: Congress heavyweight Shaktisinh Gohil is trailing from Mandvi seat in Gujarat.
8:45 am: In Gujarat– BJP is leading in 92 seats, Congress is ahead in 58 seats. Notably, 92 is the magic figure.
8:43 am: EVMs opened by officials at counting centre set up in Ahmedabad’s Gujarat College.
8:42 am: In Himachal Pradesh- BJP is leading on 11, Congress is ahead in 6 seats.
8:41 am: The main contestants from the BJP are Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani (Rajkot West), Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel (Mehsana) and state BJP unit president Jitu Vaghani (Bhavnagar West).
8:39 am: BJP is leading in 83 seats, Congress is ahead in 52 seats.
8:37 am: In Himachal Pradesh BJP is leading in 9 seats, Congress is head of 4 seats.
8:35 am: Key Congress nominee from the Porbandar seat Arjun Modhwadia is trailing
8:33 am: Postal ballot counting underway; visuals from a counting center in Surat.
8:32 am: In Gujarat- BJP surges ahead in 69 seats, Congress is leading in 45 seats.
8:31 am: Postal ballot counting underway; visuals from a counting center in Vadodara.
8:29 am: In Himachal Pradesh- BJP is leading 7 seats, Congress is ahead of 3 seats.
8:27 am: In Gujarat, Deputy CM Nitin Patel is trailing, CM Vijay Rupani is leading. Alpesh Thakur is trailing
8:26 am: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 52, Congress is ahead in 35 seats.
8:25 am: In Himachal Pradesh- BJP is leading in 4 seats, Congress in 3, Others 2
8:23 am: In Gujarat, BJP is ahead in 45, Congress is leading in 30 seats.
8:20 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
8:18 am: In Gujarat- BJP is leading 21 and Congress is ahead in 20 seats
8:17 am: Gujarat- BJP is leading in 18 seats while Congress+ is ahead in 17
8:16 am: “All arrangements have been made in Gujarat by Chief Electoral officer of the state, at all places in counting halls for the state assembly elections,” said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AK Joti.
8:14 am: BJP has taken lead in one seat in Himachal
8:13 am: In Gujarat, BJP is leading in 12 seats, Congress is ahead in 4 seats
8:12 am: Postal ballots de-sealed by officials at a counting centre in Shimla’s Sanjauli in Himachal Pradesh, as counting of votes begins.
8:09 am: Tight security arrangements have been made, police personnel adequately stationed across the region,
Surat police commissioner Satish Kumar Sharma said.
8:06 am: Ahmedabad residents believe that competition is tough but BJP banking on PM Narendra Modi will win.
8:04 am: Officials at counting centre set up in Ahmedabad’s Gujarat College open ballot boxes as counting of votes begins
8:02 am: Take a look at Election Commission’s webcasting control room in Gandhinagar. EC has installed a total of 1251 cameras across 37 counting centres in the state.
8:00 am: Counting of votes has begun for Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat assembly elections.
7:55 am: Election Commission has installed a total of 1251 cameras across 37 counting centres in the state.
7:53 am: Supporters perform ‘Hawan’ outside Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi ahead of counting of votes in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
7:50 am: BJP Office in Gandhinagar ahead of counting of votes for all 182 assembly seats in Gujarat.
7:48 am: Amid EVM-tampering allegations during Gujarat Assembly elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) have helped making elections “transparent and impartial” and those criticising them were doing so out of the fear of defeat.
7:45 AM: WATCH: BJP’s take on EVM-tampering allegations in Gujarat Assembly polls
Yesterday, Hardik Patel saying 104 engineers are sitting inside a room and hacking 5,000 EVM machines is more like a James Bond movie than the real election scenario, says @sambitswaraj, BJP #Dec18WithTimesNow pic.twitter.com/zSaHZSjImZ
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) December 18, 2017
7:43 AM: The fate of 337 candidates including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal will be known today as counting of votes is taken up in Himachal Pradesh where traditional rivals BJP and Congress have contested all 68 seats
7:40 AM: The hill state witnessed a record 75.28 per cent turnout and pollsters have predicted a BJP vitory.
7:36 AM: Adequate security arrangements have been made for counting which would start simultaneously in all 68 constituencies at 42 counting centres.
7:30 am: Meanwhile, more than 70 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the re-polling held yesterday at six polling booths in four Assembly constituencies of Gujarat, said officials.
7:27 am: The voting was held following an acrimonious campaign, where both the main political parties indulged in no-holds-barred attacks on each others.
7:24 am: The much-awaited results of the keenly fought elections will be announced today when the counting of votes will be held at 37 centres across the Gujarat’s 33 districts, amidst tight security.
7:21 AM: counting centres in Shimla and Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh
7:18 am: Counting centre at Surat’s Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology.
7:15 am: While the BJP is seeking a sixth straight term in office, the Congress is aiming to stage a comeback in power after being in the opposition for over two decades.
7:13 am: The results are expected to have a bearing on the 2019 parliamentary polls also as Modi had come to power in 2014, based on the Gujarat ‘model of development’.
7:11 AM: Counting is set to begin at 8 am.
Gujarat, Himachal Assembly election results 2017 LIVE UPDATES: The much results of keenly fought assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat will be out today. The counting of votes has started in the two states amid tight security. In both states, PM Narendra Modi led the campaign for the BJP, while Rahul Gandhi was the pivot of the Congress’ electioneering. During the campaign in Gujarat, Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah trained guns on the Congress on issues like Ram Temple, alleged Pakistani interference in the Gujarat polls and (suspended Congress leader) Mani Shankar Aiyar’s remarks.