Bypoll results: Blow to BJP in Rajasthan, TMC Sweeps Bengal
Results will be declared for the by-elections in five seats across Rajasthan and West Bengal on Thursday. The bypolls are a crucial contest ahead of the state Assembly elections due later this year.
The counting of votes of the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats is done in the respective constituencies, whereas it will take place in Bhilwara for the Mandalgarh assembly seat, and the election results will be declared on the Election Commission website.
The results are a tough test for two of India's leading female chief ministers, Rajasthan's Vasundhara Raje and West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, in their home turf.
Here are the LIVE updates
03.25 pm: Congress's Karan Singh wins Alwar Lok Sabha constituency seat, defeats BJP's Jaswant Yadav by 1,56,319 votes.
03.00 pm: Trinamool candidate Sajda Ahmed wins Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency, defeats BJP candidate Anupam Mallick by 4,74,023.
02.50 pm: BJP PCC President Ashok Parnami to hold a press conference at 3.30 PM today.
02.45 pm: In Ajmer, Congress candidate Raghu Sharma leads by 90,000 votes against BJP candidate Ramswaroop Lamba
02.30 pm: Trend after 8th round for Uluberia Lok Sabha Bye-Election, Trinamool Congress is currently leading by 208180 votes over its nearest BJP rival.
01.30 pm: Trend after 8th round for Uluberia Lok Sabha seat, Trinamool is currently leading by 208180 votes over its nearest BJP rival.
01.28 pm: Congress's Vivek Bhakad wins the assembly seat by 12976 votes in Mandalgarh.
01.19 pm: Trinamool Congress candidate Sajda Ahmed widens her lead over BJP candidate Anupam Mallick by 1,84,949 votes in Uluberia.
01.11 pm: Congress leading in Ajmer Lok Sabha by 45321 votes, in Alwar Lok Sabha by 72101 votes and in Mandalgarh assembly by 11136 votes.
01.05 pm: Congress candidate Vivek Bhakad wins against BJP's Shakti Singh Hada in Mandalgarh Assembly Bypoll.Meanwhile, in Ajmer and Alwar, the Congress candidates have been maintaining a wide lead against their BJP opponents.
12.30 pm: After 19th round of vote count in Mandalgarh, Congress candidate Vivek Bhakad leads by over 11,000 votes against the BJP's Shakti Singh Hada.The party is leading in Ajmer and Alwar as well.
11.35 am: Congress leading in Ajmer Lok Sabha by 20800 votes, in Alwar Lok Sabha by 43728 votes and in Mandalgarh assembly by 116 votes.
11.30 am: In Alwar, Congress candidate Karan Singh Yadav leads against the BJP candidate by 39,246 votes.
11.25 am: In Ajmer, Congress candidate Raghu Sharma is leading with 21020 votes.
11.20 am: After Congress takes lead against BJP in Mandalgarh, party workers celebrate outside Congress headquarters in Rajasthan. Meanwhile in Alwar and Ajmer, Congress has maintained a lead over BJP.
11.15 am: After the tenth round, Congress's Vivek Bhakad is leading in this Rajasthan seat.
11.10 am: Set back for BJP in Rajasthan as Sunil Singh Hada trails in Mandalgarh assembly seat.
11.06 am: Congress candidate Raghu Sharma is leading with 21020 votes in Ajmer. Former union minister Sanwar Lal Jats son Ramswaroop Lamba is the saffron party nominee from Ajmer.
10.55 am: Congress candidate Karan Singh Yadav is leading with 30432 votes in Alwar constituency. BJP candidate Jaswant Singh Yadav second.
10.46 am: After the third round of Uluberia bypoll election result counting, Trinamool is leading with 119385 votes, BJP in Second place with 50882, followed by CPI(M) - 26077 and Congress- 3858.
10.35 am: Trinamool candidate Sunil Singh wins by 63018 votes. TMC - 1,11,729, second position BJP - 38,711, third position CPI(M)- 35,497 and fourth position Congress 10,527.
10.30 am: Naopara assembly seat by-poll: TMC candidate Sunil Singh wins with 1,11,729 votes
10.20 am: After the 4th round, BJP's Shakti Singh Hada is leading with 15419 votes, Independent candidate Gopal Malviya slips to number three as Congress candidate Vivek Dhakad moves ahead with 6935 votes.
Initial trends from #RajasthanByPolls are a mandate against the Govt, I hope our leads will increase even more. Vasundhara ji and her Govt have been totally rejected by people: Sachin Pilot,Congress pic.twitter.com/UyW82Vhfvt— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2018
Alwar Election Result: After second round fo vote count, Congress candidate Karan Singh Yadav is leading with 7000 votes in Alwar. BJP candidate Jaswant Singh Yadav second.
Ajmer Election Result: Congress candidate Raghu Sharma leading with over 37,000 votes against the BJP candidate. Former union minister Sanwar Lal Jats son Ramswaroop Lamba is the saffron party nominee from Ajmer.
No one can beat Congress if party leaders and workers fight the elections together, says Ashok Gehlot.
Noapara by poll Result: TMC leading after eleventh round. Sunil Singh of TMC has got 77983 votes. BJP's Sandeep Banerjee jump to second position with 30220 votes. CIP(M)'s Gargi Chatterjee got 28732 votes. Gautam Bose of Congress is trailing by 8405. NOTA 2854.
TMC's Sunil Singh gets 51694 votes, CPIM's Gargi Chaterjee gets 19067 votes, BJP's Sandip Banerjee gets 17688 votes and Congress's Goutam Bose gets 6138, NOTA-1866.
After the seventh round of counting in Noapara, TMC is leading by more than 32, 627 votes. CPI(M) is in second, BJP in third and the Congress is in the fourth position.
After sixth round, TMC is leading by 29837 votes, interestingly CPI(M) is in the second position, BJP third.
According to reports, after three round of counting on Noapara assembly seat TMC is leading with 19282 votes. BJP with 7938 votes is in second place. Though Congress was in power in this seat however in bypoll result congress is in fourth place.
In the first round of Noapara assembly election counting - TMC got 7329 votes, Left front candidate Gargi Chatterjee in second place with 2290 votes and BJP candidate is in third place with 2286 votes. Whereas, Goutam Bose of Congress got 1503 votes and 234 votes in NOTA.
Uluberia bypoll Result: TMC leads in Ulberia Lok Sabha byelection with 40829 votes, BJP at 17625 and CPIM at 8576 votes
TMC candidate Sajda is leading by 9000 votes after the first round of counting in Uluberia Lok Sabha Bye-Election
TMC candidate Sajda, widow of former MP Sultan Ahmed, is leading after ballot counting. CPI(M) is in the second position, followed by the BJP.
The parliamentary seat witnessed a quadrangular contest with BJP trying to emerge as the prime challenger to the TMC.
Congress took an early lead in all three Rajasthan seats of Ajmer, Alwar and Maldalgarh, as counting for bypolls began on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, Trinamool took an early lead in Noapara Assembly seat in West Bengal.
In West Bengal, the fight for both the Lok Sabha and Assembly seat is expected to be a straight contest between the ruling All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) and the BJP, which has been struggling to find a foothold in Mamata's bastion.
In Rajasthan, the bypolls are not only a test for chief minister Raje but also for Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot, who has been campaigning aggressively in Alwar and Ajmer.
In the run-up to the bypoll in Alwar -- where several incidents of cow vigilantism were reported -- the Congress accused the BJP of polarising the electorate. Alwar is home to nearly 3 lakh Meo Muslims -- traditional cattle rearers like 55-year-old Pehlu Khan, who was beaten to death in April last year, allegedly by cow vigilantes.
The BJP has fielded former Union minister Sanwar Lal Jat's son Ramswaroop Lamba from Ajmer and the state's Labour Minister Jaswant Singh Yadav from the Alwar Lok Sabha seat. Its candidate in Mandalgarh assembly seat, located in Bhilwara constituency, is Shakti Singh Hada.
In Mandalgarh, BJP's Shakti Singh Hada and Congress's Vivek Dhakad are poised for a tough fight. The bypolls on all the three seats were necessitated after the sudden death of BJP MPs Sanwarlal Jat from Ajmer, Mahant Chand Nath Yogi from Alwar, and MLA Kirti Kumari from Mandalgarh.
Voting in bypolls for Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies and Mandalgarh Assembly seat was held peacefully on Monday, with the parliamentary seats witnessing between 62 and 65 percent polling.