This is the Congress‘ lowest showing ever. Even when it lost power at the Centre in the past, it always was in power in more than a dozen states. When it received its latest drubbing in 2014 at the hands of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, the Congress remained in power in 11 states.
3:46 pm Congress has lost Assam and Kerala and is now in power in six states out of 30. Its presence, or return to power, in Puducherry is not even notional because it is the All India N Rangaswamy Congress (AINRC), a breakaway faction of the Congress, which is fighting on its own.
2:13 pm Jayalalithaa says truly historic victory because after 1984, no ruling party in state has been able to win in elections for second successive time.
2:00 pm TMC cruising ahead of Left; seats won — TMC:159 against Left: 39.
1:55 pm AIADMK now has won 31 seats and is leading in 106 seats in Tamil Nadu.
1:50 pm TMC wins in a couple of more constituencies in Bengal; seats won: 152
1:47 pm LDF alliance wins 88 of 140 seats in Kerala; UDF tally at 50 wins.
1:44 pm Victory getting louder for Mamata Banerjee; 145 seats won in West Bengal.
1:39 pm Union Minister Nitin Gadkari: Work done under PM's leadership has developed hope among people. This is why we have been successful.
1:37 pm Prakash Karat, CPIM: This is a huge win for LDF in Kerala, will bring development for Kerala and take people towards a new direction.
1:35 pm AIADMK wins 18 seats in Tamil Nadu.
1:30 pm Jayalalithaa says DMK's 'campaign of lies shattered' by people; Thanks voters for handing AIADMK a 'historic victory'.
1:30 pm TMC extends lead over rival parties with wins in 121 seats.
1:27 pm TMC wins in 118 seats.
1:25 pm BJP now has won 44 seats in Assam and is leading in 44 seats.
1:20 pm DMK alliance leads in 82 seats, but is far behind AIADMK which leads in 127 seats.
1:14 pm Mamata Banerjee to CNN-NEWS18: No time for rest, rest is unrest for me.
1:12 pm TMC wins 94 seats and leads in 117 seats.
1:11 pm Mamata Banerjee to CNN-News18: Differ with BJP on ideology but will work together on state issues.
1:08 pm BJP strengthens position in Assam by winning in 35 constituencies.
1:06 pm Mamata Banerjee to CNN-News18: A section of media was working against the TMC in West Bengal.
1:05 pm Mamata Banerjee to CNN-News18: It was our calculation that we will cross that 200-mark in the elections.
1:02 pm INC leads in Puducherry by winning 11 seats
1:00 pm AIADMK has won 7 seats in Tamil Nadu and is leading in 133 seats.
12:56 pm Jitendra Singh (MoS, PMO): I would like to thank the people of Assam. A message will go throughout the country that this is the reiteration of people’s faith in PM Modi. We are cautious of the occasion to dedicate our self to people’s service
12:54 pm LDF+ has won 82 seats in Kerala and is leading in 7 seats.
12:51 pm BJP has won 30 seats in Assam and is leading in 55 seats.
12:45 pm AIADMK leads in 132 seats in TN
12:28 pm Mamata Banerjee: Our next big focus is Tripura. We will look to win there now.
12:24 pm BJP leads in 61 seats Assam.
12: 22 pm AIADMK leads in 135 seats with 4 wins and DMK leads tally in 89 seats.
12:16 pm Mamata Banerjee: I want to thank EC as despite several problems, elections were conducted peacefully.
12:15 pm Mamata Banerjee: We will take oath on May 27, session of West Bengal Assembly will be called before May 29.
12:15 pm BJP leads in 63 seats and wins 20 in Assam.
12:10 pm Rahul Gandhi on Twitter: I take this opportunity to thank every Congress worker and leader and our allies for their effort during these elections.
12: 01 pm Mamata Banerjee: Opposition tried to tarnish TMC's image, we stood against all odds. All my decisions are for the benefit of the people.
11:58 am Mamata Banerjee: It is a phenomenal victory in West Bengal because of our work.
11:55 am Mamata Banerjee addresses media after trends show her winning in West Bengal.
11:00 am In Puducherry, the Congress-DMK alliance has won 6 seats; N Rangaswamy's AINRC has won in 2 seats.
10:57 am AIADMK leading in 133 seats in Tamil Nadu.
1050 am TMC leads in 209 seats in West Bengal.
1049 am BJP's Ram Madhav: We thank the people in Assam for believing in us. We back Sarbananda Sonowal as party's CM candidate. This is a historic win for the BJP
1045 am BJP leads in 81 seats in Assam.
1042 am AIADMK ahead in 134 seats in TN.
1040 am In Kerala, LDF ahead in 82 seats against UDF's 49 seats.
1037 am AIADMK's tally in Tamil Nadu strong at 138 seats; DMK behind at 93 seats.
1035 am TMC leading in West Bengal with 211 seats; BJP leads in 82 seats in Assam.
10:25 am TMC leading in 211 seats in West Bengal; BJP leads in 84 seats in Assam.
9:50 am AIADMK ahead in 124 seats.
9:47 am It's good news for BJP. It is set to form the government in Assam for the first time ever. The BJP+ is leading in 9 seats in West Bengal, inching towards a double digit mark for the first time ever. It is set to open its account in Kerala ; its candidates leading in Nemom and Palakkad.
9:41 am Mamata Banerjee leads in Bhabanipur constituency in West Bengal
9:36 am M Karunanidhi is leading in the Thiruvarur seat by over 2,000 votes
9:30 am Good news for BJP in West Bengal and Kerala, where it has very little stakes. It is leading in 8 seats in WB and 2 seats in Kerala.
9:15 am Market opens: The market has opened lower as counting continues for Assembly elections in five states. The Sensex is down 42.46 points or 0.2 percent at 25662.15, and the Nifty down 18.45 points or 0.2 points at 7851.70. About 311 shares have advanced, 169 shares declined, and 38 shares are unchanged.
Lupin, Tata Motors, Dr Reddy's, NTPC and Sun Pharma are top gainers while ONGC, Asian Paints, Maruti, HDFC and SBI are losers in the Sensex. Stocks like Sun TV and Raj TV will be in focus as DMK is likely to make a come back in Tamil Nadu.
9:10 am In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is getting very close., AIADMK has actually taken a slender lead. The LDF still maintaining a slender lead over the UDF in Kerala. The BJP leading in 3 seats
9:07 am Will market react to election result?: Election results from the five states that have begun counting today won't greatly impact the big picture policy, says Gautam Chhaochharia of UBS.
The BJP-led government at the Centre will be able to pass the Goods and Services Tax Bill in the Upper House even without the support of the Congress and the Left parties, he said. Even without these opposing parties, the rest of the parties have a two-thirds majority in the Rajya Sabha. But the Centre would feel more confident about putting the GST Bill to the vote.
Right now, the internals for US markets suggest a flight away from risk-on asset classes. What the US Fed does as regards the rate hike are bigger issues. He said there could be profit-taking in the near-term in Indian markets.
9:00 am: Trinamool Congress took a massive lead in the six-phase West Bengal Assembly Election (total seats 294 and the magic figure 148). Actor-politicians Locket Chatterjee is leading in Mayureshwar, while Anjan Bera of CPIM is leading in the Bally constituency in Howrah District.
In Bardhaman district, TMC and CPI (M) supporters clashed with each other. Some of the houses of Left supporters were allegedly ransacked by the TMC cadres.
8:55 am: In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK is increasing its lead. 28 against DMK+ Congress' 21
8:50 am: In Tamil Nadu and Kerala , it is getting very close., AIADMK has actually taken a slender lead. The LDF still maintaining a slender lead over the UDF in Kerala. The BJP leading in 3 seats
8:45 am: In Assam, the BJP still maintaining a nice lead . It is 10-3 against the Congress
8:41 am: In Assam BJP+ has taken the initial lead. In Tamil Nadu , the DMK+ keeping a narrow lead
8:38 am: First leads in Puducherry. The DMK+Cong and AIADMK going neck and neck
8:35 am How will market open in green?The Indian equity market on Wednesday ended lower due to profit-booking and weak global cues. The 30-share BSE Sensex slipped 69 points to close to 25704.61 and the 50-share NSE Nifty declined 20.60 points to 7870.15.
In the US markets, Wall Street closed off session highs, with the Dow and S&P little changed after the Federal Reserve's April meeting minutes. The meet's minutes said a June rate hike was likely if the US economic data continues to improve.
In Europe, indexes closed mostly higher as investors reacted to volatile oil markets.
8:30 am: As counting of votes for the 140-member Kerala Assembly progressed, early trends showed CPI-M-led LDF leading in 18 seats and Congress-headed UDF in 13.
Kerala Minister A P Anil Kumar (Cong) is leading by 2325 votes in Wandoor constituency and minister K C Joseph (Cong) leading by 635 votes at Irrikur in Kannur district.
Former Finance minister, K M Mani, is leading by 155 votes in Pala.
LDF candidates leading include Ramachandran Kadanapally in Kannur, A M Shamseer (Thalassery), James Mathew (Thalaiparambu) and Mathew T Thomas of JDS in Pathnamthitta.
8:27 am: In West Bengal ,TMC maintaining a clear lead from the start. It is TMC in 24 and Left+Cong in 4
8:20 am BJP's CM contendor Sarbananda Sonowal: We have to wait for another few hours. We are definite that we will form the government in Assam.
8:15 am Kerala: LDF surging ahead again in Kerala. Leading in 14 seats, 6 to UDF, BJP in 1
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Counting of votes in the high-stakes Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry has begun. By 12 noon, a clear picture could emerge on the winners. Election Commission officials said counting of votes, which will commence at 8 am, will be over by 3 pm.
According to various exit polls, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala appeared to have voted for change. BJP is likely to form its first government in the northeastern state dislodging Congress-led alliance which may also lose Kerala. DMK-led alliance has been tipped to regain power trouncing AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.
The counting of votes will decide the fate of approximately 8,300 candidates including CM Tarun Gogoi in Assam and CM contender BJP's Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswas, CM Jayalalithaa and DMK chief Karunandhi in Tamil Nadu, CM Oommen Chandy, CPI(M) leaders VS Achutanandan and Pinarayi Vijayan in Kerala, CM Mamata Banerjee and CPI(M) Suryakanta Mishra in West Bengal and CM M Rangaswamy in Puducherry.The Great Diwali Discount!
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