Poll Result Updates: BJP sweeps to power in Assam; Congress-DMK combine wrests power in Puducherry
New Delhi, May 19: BJP created history on Thursday, May 19 storming to power in Assam, the first time in a north eastern state, as the party along with its allies won 86 of the total 126 seats and pushing ruling Congress to a dismal defeat.
BJP won 60 seats, its allies AGP and BPF 14 and 12 seats respectively. Congress was decimated to only 26 seats compared to 68. [Special Coverage: Assembly Elections 2016]
Prominent winners in Assam: Outgoing Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, BJP chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal, AGP president Atul Bora, former two-time AGP Chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Speaker of the outgoing assembly Pranab Gogoi, BJP state election committee convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma and former AGP working president Phanibhushan Choudhury who made it to the state Assembly for the seventh consecutive term.
Prominent losers in Assam: Former union minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, Congress ministers Gautam Roy, Sarat Borkotoky, Etuwa Munda, Bismita Gogoi, Siddeque Ahmed, Chandan Sarkar, Ajit Singh, Basanta Das, Bismita Gogoi, Sumitra Patir, and Girindra Malik.
Retainers in the outgoing Assam govt: Rakibul Hussain, Dr Nazrul Islam, PWD Minister Ajanta Neog, Minority Development and PHED minister Sukur Ali from Chenga.
In a consolation win of sorts for Congress, the party in alliance with DMK stormed to power in this tiny union territory, securing a simple majority of 17 in the 30-member assembly.
Congress which contested 21 seats won in 15 seats. DMK emerged succesfull in two segments, giving the combine a clear majority as it bucked initial trends of a close fight with the ruling-AINRC.
AIADMK, which contested the elections on its own, won four seats.
Here are all the latest updates of poll counting;
10.00 pm: After a gap of 20 years, the Puducherry assembly will have women legislators with four of them getting elected. V Vizeaveny (Cong - Nettapakkam), Geetha (DMK-Neravy T R Pattinam, B Kobika (AINRC -Thirubuvani) and Chandrapriyanka (AINRC - Neduncadu) were among the 30 legislators elected to the assembly. No women candidate were elected to the assembly after S Arasi (AIADMK) in 1996.
9.45 pm: BJP appoints Union Minister Thavar Chand Gahlot and its vice president Om Prakash Mathur as observers for the meeting of its legislature party in Assam where Sarbananda Sonowal will be formally elected as its leader.
9.30 pm: The performance of AIUDF, the main opposition party in the outgoing Assembly, was disappointing as its tally came down to 13 from 18 in the last Assembly polls and its chief Badruddin Ajmal losing to Congress candidate Wajed Ali Choudhury in South Salmara.
9.15 pm: Om Mathur and Thawar Chand Gehlot appointed as observers for the formation of government in Assam: ANI
9.07 pm: Why should I unnecessarily blame Rahul Gandhi? I am not a man who will shift blame to others: Tarun Gogoi.
8.56 pm: Verdict also shows BJP cadre has worked very hard at grassroot level to strengthen the party in all corners of the country: Shahnawaz Hussain.
8.30 pm: In battle for the states modified nationals won Assam and made its presence felt inother states: Meenakshi Lekhi.
7.55 pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi congratulates people of Puducherry for giving mandate.
7.45 pm: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi extends his best wishes to parties who have the elections.
7.30 pm: Congress decison to go solo in Assam led to its defeat: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
7.20 pm: Assam Chief Minister designate Sarbananda Sonowal in open car victory procession with MoS Jitendra Singh.
7.09 pm: Puducherry assembly results: Chief Minister N Rangasamy resigns following defeat of his AINRC.
6.55 pm: BJP won 54 while leading at 6 in Assam: EC.
6.50 pm: Assam victory surprise many just like the time we joined government in JK: PM Modi
6.45 pm: Results are quite exciting for BJP and NDA: PM Modi
6.30 pm: BJP victory in ASSAM is historic .Mandate for party's perspective of development nd national integration
6.20 pm: Angoorlata Deka, BJP's MLA from Batadrowa, Assam. Won from a consistency wjhere Hindus are in a minority.
6.10 pm: Congress win 15 seats in Puducherry.
6.05 pm: BJP wins 43 seats and leading at 18 seats in Assam.
5:59 pm: Tarun Gogoi wins from Titabor constituency for the fourth consecutive term.
5:29 pm: Congree-DMK alliance to form government in Puducherry. Cong+ wins 17 seats, AINRC wins 8 and others 5 seats.
5:05 pm: I want to thank the people of Assam, they made this victory possible: Sarbananda Sonowal,BJP.
4:45 pm: According to Election Commission data, BJP won 35 seats and is leading on 26 seats. Congress won 14 and leading on 11 seats. Data says AIUDF won 5 seats and is leading on 8 seats.
4.15: Congratulated Shri Sarvananda Sonowal on BJP's historic victory in Assam. It is a decisive mandate given by the people of Assam.
3.50 pm: Amit Shah congratules party workers for Assam victory.
3.40 pm: Thank the people of Assam. It is retitration of faith of the people in leadership of PM Modi: Jitendra Singh,MoS PMO
3.30 pm: My heartfelt gratitude to the people of Assam for electing a BJP Government in the state. Profound greetings to the BJP workers of Assam: Sushma Swaraj
3.15 pm: Election in Assam was for & against the 'Idea of Indian-ness'; by voting for BJP the people there have clarified their stand on this issue: Dharmendra Pradhan
3.00 pm: Thanks to the people of Jalukbari for the historic win.Margin is approx 90000: Himanta Biswa Sarma.
2.45 pm: Maharashtra CM, PM Modi, Amit Shah congratulate Sarbananda Sonowal for historic win in Assam assembly elections.
2.30 pm: N Chandrababu Naidu congratulates BJP for the historic win in Assam.
2:15 PM: With all humbleness we accept the verdict of people of Assam: Tarun Gogoi on Election 2016 results.
1:55 pm: Congress supporters celebrate as Congress wins 8 seats and is leading in 2 seats in Puducherry.
1:34 pm: Assam (126/126) updates: Trends - BJP+ 84 l Cong+ 25 l AIUDF+ 12l Others 5.
1:06: pm: Puducherry updates: Cong+ leads on 14 seats, AINRC 11, AIADMK 1 and others 1.
1:00 pm: Assam (126/126) updates: Trends - BJP+ 83 l Cong+ 24 l AIUDF+ 12l Others 7.
12:20 pm: Assam (126/126) updates: Trends - BJP+ 71 l Cong+ 32 l AIUDF+ 15l Others 8.
11:55 am: BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma defeats nearest Congress rival by 90,000 votes in Jalukbari.
11:42 am: PM speaks to Sarbanand Sonwal to congratulate him on poll win, says BJP will do everything possible to fulfil dreams of people of Assam.
11:36 am: Want to congratulate BJP. We have lost because of Congress party: Badruddin Ajmal, AIUDF Chief.
11:30 am: Assam (126/126) updates: Early Trends - BJP+ 73 l Cong+ 30 l AIUDF+ 14l Others 9.
11:29 am: We back Sarbananda Sonowal as party's CM candidate.This is a historic win for the BJP: Ram Madhav
11:25 am: Puducherry updates: AINRC leader N Rangasamy wins from Indira Nagar constituency.
11:20 am: BJP's Sarbanand Sonwal thanks people for giving historic mandate in Assam.
11:03 am: Puducherry results updates: Congress wins 4 seat and leading on 1 seats, All India N.R. Congress wins 2 seat & leading on 4.
10:52 am: BJP leader Ram madav congratulates BJP workers, people of Assam for voting party to power.
Want to thank ppl of Assam for giving us 48-49% vote,Govt is committed for development of the state: Ram Madhav,BJP pic.twitter.com/JtD4dciJnn— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016
10:42 am: Assam (126/126) updates: Early Trends - BJP+ 78 l Cong+ 27 l AIUDF+ 14l Others 7.
10:36 am: Puducherry updates: AINRC leads in 9 seats, Cong+ in 9, AIADMK on 1.
10:32 am: BJP CM candidate Sarbananda Sonowal leading from Majuli by 3767 votes,CM Tarun Gogoi leading frm Titabor by 4432 votes.
10:31 am: Assam (126/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 80 l Cong+ 25 l AIUDF+ 14l Others 7.
10:25 am: Assam results updates: AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal is now trailing by over 8,000 votes in South Salmara, Assam.
10:12 am: Assam (116/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 72 l Cong+ 25 l AIUDF+ 13l Others 6.
10:05 am: Puducherry(195/234) updates: DMK+Cong leads in 15 seats, AINRC 5, AIADMK 3, others: 1.
10:02 am: Assam (108/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 70 l Cong+ 22 l AIUDF+ 11l Others 5.
9:54 am: Assam updates: AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal trailing by over 2400 votes to Congress's candidate from Salmara South constituency.
9:49 am: Puducherry updates: Cong+ leads on 9 seats, AINRC on 11.
9:45 am: Assam (100/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 62 l Cong+ 22 l AIUDF+ 12 l Others 4.
9:37 am: Assam (94/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 59 l Cong+ 21 l AIUDF+ 11 l Others 3.
9:33 am: BJP CM candidate Sarbananda Sonowal leading from Majuli. CM Tarun Gogoi leading from Titabor.
9:28 am: Assam (87/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 54 l Cong+ 19 l AIUDF+ 12 l Others 2.
9:17 am: Assam (85/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 49 l Cong+ 24 l AIUDF 9 l Others 3.
9:11 am: Assam updates: BJP's Sarbananda Sonowal leading from Majuli constituency.
9:09 am: Assam (71/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 38 l Cong+ 22 l AIUDF 8 l Others 3.
9:04 am: Assam (58/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 30 l Cong+ 20 l AIUDF 5 l Others 3.
8:50 am: Assam (51/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 25 l Cong+ 18 l AIUDF 5 l Others 3.
8:47 am: Assam (46/126): Incumbent Chief Minister Tarun Gagoi getting tough competition from BJP candidate. Early Trends - BJP+ 27 l Cong+ 10 l AIUDF 6 l Others 3.
8:42 am: Puducherry updates: Cong+ is leading on 4 seats while AIADMK on 4 seats.
8:35 am: Assam (44/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 27 l Cong+ 10 l AIUDF 6 l Others 3.
8:27 am: Assam (31/126): Early Trends - BJP+ 19 l Cong+ 6 l AIUDF 4 l Others 2.
8:21 am: Early Trends show BJP is leading in Assam. BJP+ 9 l Cong+ 3 l AIUDF 2 l Others 1.
8:15 am: Counting begins in 5 stations in Puducherry
8:02 am: First Trends to come out in 15 minutes.
8:00 am: Couting of votes begin in Assam, Puducherry. Postal ballots to be opened first.