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Lok Sabha Results 2014: BJP sweeps, Congress decimated


Lok Sabha Results 2014
Bangalore, May 16: The results of the 2014 Lok Sabha election were declared on May 16. The NDA swept the elections, winning 334 of the 543 seats.

[Results from WB, Bihar, UP]

[Results from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu]

[Results from Gujarat, Rajasthan]

[Results from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha]

Final tally: NDA 334 UPA 60 Others 149

[See party-wise result]

[See state-wise result]

8.00 pm: As the counting ended today, NDA looks at set to cross the 300 mark on its own, Congress struggles to even cross double digit figures.

7.57 pm: Manoj Tiwari celebrates his victory-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Bhojpuri actor and BJP candidate Manoj Tiwari shows the victory sign with party members. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Verdict2014&src=hash">#Verdict2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/3VBah9yqbw">pic.twitter.com/3VBah9yqbw</a></p>— CNN-IBN News (@ibnlive) <a href="https://twitter.com/ibnlive/statuses/467224354237841408">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

7.54 pm: Uddhav Thackeray congratulates BJP says-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Am happy,blessings of Balasahab, credit to ppl, BJP and party workers. Want to thank one and all: Uddhav Thackeray <a href="http://t.co/dk8CwTAg0g">pic.twitter.com/dk8CwTAg0g</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467309443823058944">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

7.50 pm: Dimple Yadav, wife of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav wins from Kannauj seat against BJPs Subrat Pathak.

7.45 pm: BJP's Shanawaz Hussian loses to Shailesh Kumar alias Bulo Mandal (RJD) in Bhagalpur by about 5,000 votes.

7.42 pm: Salman Khurshid accepts his defeat, says-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Salman Khurshid on being asked if Congress accepts defeat : Main toh apni haar sveekar kar sakta hoon <a href="http://t.co/0U3CNbxqLH">pic.twitter.com/0U3CNbxqLH</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467305595750469632">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

7.32 pm: After his defeat from Amritsar, Arun Jaitley spoke to NDTV and said 'there is a difference between winning an election and governing a country.'

7.29 pm: BJP's Ram Prasad Sharma wins from Tezpur constituency defeating Congress MLA Bhupen Kumar Borah.

7.23 pm: Congress Working Committee to meet on May 19 in the wake of its worst ever electoral performance in LS polls.

7.02 pm: BJP makes a comeback in Haryana after 15 years, wins 7 seats. Santhosh Kumar of JD(U) wins in Purnia.

6.52 pm: I have the numbers to run the government, but I need to take everyone with me to run the nation,says Narendra Modi.

6.41 pm: Congress leader Kapil Sibal congratulates Harshvardhan-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Congratulations <a href="https://twitter.com/drharshvardhan">@drharshvardhan</a> on an impressive victory! A big thank you to my Party workers and people of Chandni Chowk who supported me.</p>— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KapilSibal/statuses/467290978265477120">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

6.38 pm: Modi said that it would be the first time people born in independent India, will run the country."You have faith in me and I have faith in you and together we will work to fulfill our dreams. The people have given their verdict. And it says we have to take India forward," he said.

6.25 pm: Modi said: "I was told 60% polling was in favour of the BJP. This sets a new example for India." Modi said first time since Independence, a non Congress government has achieved majority in Lok Sabha. "Ours is a party that has fought Congress and believed in patriotism and it has been able to secure blessings of people," he said.

6.10 pm: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi arrives in Vadodara, addresses the crowd. Modi said that he was here to thank all the people of Vadodara who voted for him. "After filing nomination, I have been able to give Vadodara barely 50 minutes and you have given me 5.7 lakh votes," he said.

He said that 'I salute the people of Vadodara. Nobody has ever achieved such a huge victory margin in LS polls.'

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Modi : The entire media wanted me to say something since morning, but I wanted to come and speak only in Vadodara <a href="http://t.co/Q987rQvTEI">pic.twitter.com/Q987rQvTEI</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467284038709809152">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

6.04 pm: Rahul Gandhi wins from Amethi with 170,00 votes. Smriti Irani comes second.

5.49 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav refuses to congratulate Narendra Modi.

5.35 pm: Congress MP Naveen Jindal loses from Kurukshetra.

5.10 pm: A victorious Harshvardhan today said: "Credit for the victory goes to the people. Very proud of Modiji's leadership, congratulate people of the nation."

5.09 pm: Sharad Yadav loses to RJD's Pappu Yadav from Mahadevpura.

4.58 pm: BJP Amethi candidate Smriti Irani today congratulated Narendra Modi and said that the fight in Amethi was only between Congress and BJP.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Smriti Irani,BJP: I had said that contest will be only between Congress & BJP in this seat(Amethi) <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Election2014&src=hash">#Election2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/PIqfwuYBbn">pic.twitter.com/PIqfwuYBbn</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467263731244609536">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

4.54 pm: YSRC chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy elected Pulivendula MLA with margin of 75,000 votes.

4.51 pm: AAP candidate from Chandigarh Gul Panag accepted defeat and tweeted-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>It was our first election in the UT and we have ensured that with 1 lakh plus votes we are a voice that cannot be ignored. 4/n</p>— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) <a href="https://twitter.com/GulPanag/statuses/467255991101177858">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

4.49 pm: Union steel minister Beni Prasad Verma loses to BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh by over 2 lakh votes in Gonda.

4.45 pm: We have broken all records in UP and BJP has won or is leading in 73 of the 80 seats, says Amit Shah.

4.35 PM: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed the media today and said that he was responsible for the party's defeat. "I hold myself responsible for this defeat," says Congress VP Rahul Gandhi. Meanwhile Sonia Gandhi said: "I take full responsibility of the defeat suffered as I am the President of the party."

Sonia said: "We hope that the new govt will not compromise on the country's unity."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>We respect the mandate given by the people : Sonia Gandhi <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Election2014&src=hash">#Election2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/x0jarR4LGV">pic.twitter.com/x0jarR4LGV</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467259584294309888">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

4.30 pm: BJP candidate Rakesh Singh wins in Jabalpur, while senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi wins Kanpur by over 1 lakh votes. BJP's Nagendra Signh wins from Khajuraho.

4.23 pm: Arun Jaitley congratulates Capt Amarinder Singh-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Congratulations to Capt. Amarinder Singh for his victory in Amritsar Parliamentary Constituency.</p>— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) <a href="https://twitter.com/arunjaitley/statuses/467252965275734016">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

4.18 pm: Putting up a brave face, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal today said that 'he was disappointed with the results in Delhi.' "I am surprised to see AAP doing well in Punjab, but am disappointed with Delhi.'

He added and said that this was the first time they had contested elections and he was greatful to the people of Varanasi. He however congratulated Modi on his victory: "I congratulate Modi for winning from Varanasi."

4.08 pm: Modi arrives at BJP's Gandhinagar office, thousands of supporters present to greet and congratulate him.

3.47 pm: Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah addresses press conference, says 'I'm still coming to terms with the results. There are lessons to be learnt. This is not the end of NC.'

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>I accept, unequivocally, the responsibility for this defeat. A lot of introspection & soul searching, personally & professionally, needed.</p>— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) <a href="https://twitter.com/abdullah_omar/statuses/467253280901324800">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

3.43 pm: Narendra Modi posts selfie with his mother-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Modi posts selfie with mother, sees more than 5000 retweets in an hour <a href="http://t.co/CKLCtyxzip">http://t.co/CKLCtyxzip</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Verdict2014&src=hash">#Verdict2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/DRoOeUeacq">pic.twitter.com/DRoOeUeacq</a></p>— Firstpost (@firstpostin) <a href="https://twitter.com/firstpostin/statuses/467246232134365184">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

3.41 pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav wins from Mainpuri, whereas BJP candidate Mahesh Giri won from East Delhi constituency.

3.39 pm: British PM David Cameron congratulates PM designate Narendra Modi.

3.37 pm: BJP wins 25 out of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh

3.35 pm: BJP candidate Virender Kashyap wins in Shimla while Bappi Lahiri lost from Sreerampur. BJP candidate Radadiya Vithalbhai Hansrajbhai wins in Porbandar.

3.20 pm: BJP president Rajnath Singh addresses a press conference, says this is a people's mandate for a change. "I believe that this mandate is also for Modi. Our agenda for these elections was of development and good governance," he said.

3.19 pm: PDP Leader Mehbooba Mufti wins from Anantnag.

3.13 pm: BJP leads in 11 out of 14 seats in Jharkhand. Meanwhile Kumar Vishwas congratulates Narendra Modi on his victory.

3.12 pm: RLD leader Amar Singh congratulates Narendra Modi-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Offer BJP my congratulations. Like I said before I see a glimpse of Vajpayee, Advani, & Mahajan in Modi: Amar Singh <a href="http://t.co/4mKZ6wpOJU">pic.twitter.com/4mKZ6wpOJU</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467237511136169984">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

2.57 pm: In Odisha, BJD leads in 20 out of 21 seats. BJP leads in 1 seat , while Prakash Jha loses in Champaral. Meanwhile Daggubati Purandeswari's dream of making it to Parliament yet again is about to end in disaster as defeat stares at her in Rajampeta LS.

2.54 pm: Rajnikanth congratulates Narendra Modi on twitter-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Hearty Congratulations dear <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi">@narendramodi</a> Ji on your historic win. Best wishes</p>— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) <a href="https://twitter.com/superstarrajini/statuses/467231560899362816">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

2.45 pm: Clearly there was a Modi effect, there is no doubt about it: Jairam Ramesh, Congress

2.43 pm: BJP candidate Parvesh Verma wins from West Delhi, Manoj Tiwari wins from North East Delhi.

2.37 pm: BJP wins all 26 seats in Gujarat. Congress candidate Nagma loses from Meerut.

2.32 pm: Congress candidate Salman Khurshid loses from Farrukkabad, Chandrashekhar Rao wins from Medak.

2.26 pm: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal trailing by 1,70,000 votes in Varanasi. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Naveen Jindal lose.

2.20 pm: BJP leader Maneka Gandhi wins from Pilibhit while LK Advani wins from Gandhinagar by over 3 lakh votes. Jyotiraditya Scindia wins from Guna.

2.14 pm: Milind Deora loses to Shiv Sena, Praful Patel loses in Bhandara Gondya.

2.06 pm: BJP's Rao Inderjit Singh defeats AAP's Yogendra Yadav in Gurgaon, Congress candidate Hamdulla Sayeed loses in Lakshadweep.

2.03 pm: Counting for Secunderabad LS seat hits by technical glitches.

2.00 pm: BJP's Lalubhai Babubhai Patel defeats Congress' Ketan Dahyabhai Patel from Daman and Diu constituency.

1.55 pm: Narendra Modi wins Vadodara seat by record margin of 5,70,128 votes.

1.48 pm: Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Arun Yadav loses to Nandkumar Chauhan. Meanwhile, tension prevailed in AP as five private vehicles were damaged in stone pelting at Moghalpura. Stone pelting near Asra Hospital was also reported.

1.40 pm: Shashi Tharoor wins from Trivandum. BJP leader Uma Bharti wins from Jhansi by over 50,000 votes.

1.29 pm: Sonia Gandhi wins from Rae Bareli, Meira Kumar loses from Sasaram.

1.28 pm: Manmohan Singh calls up Narendra Modi to congratulate him on the BJP's victory.

1.11 pm: Rahul Gandhi ahead in Amethi by 23,000 votes, Supriya Sule of NCP leads from Baramati by 16,121 votes.

1.06 pm: The mood today is against corruption and dynasty rule in the country says LK Advani.

1.03 pm: BJP leading all seats from Delhi.

1.00 pm: Sachin Pilot loses from Ajmer, meanwhile Arun Jaitley loses from Amritsar.

12.44 pm: BJP's Poonam Mahajan leads with 22,5375 votes while Congress MP Priya Dutt comes second with 99176 votes. Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj congratulated Narendra Modi and said: "This is BJP's victory."

12.41 pm: BJP leading in two seats in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP's Harsh Vardhan's wins from Chandni Chowk seat by a margin of 1 lakh votes, Ashutosh second, Sibal third.

12.36 pm : Actor Javed Jaffery of AAP fighting against BJP President Rajnath Singh from Lucknow has managed to get only 7490 votes so far. BJP's Sumitra Mahajan wins in Indore; Betul: BJP's Jyoti Dhurvey wins; Jabalpur: BJP's Rakesh Singh win.

12.24 pm: Assembly election Telangana: TRS wins 7, leads 56 Cong wins 3, leads 19 TDP-BJP 25 leads A.P. TDP-BJP four wins, 102 leads YSRCP two wins, 64 leads. Lok sabha leads- TRS 10 leading TDP-BJP three Cong tw0 A.P, TDP-BJP 17 leading YSRC eight leading.

12.21 pm: Rahul Gndhi leading Amethi by 1. 92 lakh votes.

12.12 pm: Narendra Modi tweets, meets his mother and seeks her blessings-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>India has won! भारत की विजय। अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं।</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/statuses/467192528878329856">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Narendra Modi in conversation with his mother at her residence <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Elections2014&src=hash">#Elections2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/pc4ju4a2YN">pic.twitter.com/pc4ju4a2YN</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467194262346407936">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

12.10 pm: Sonia Gandhi leads in Rae Bareli by 144819 votes.

12.07 pm: Out of 9 assembly seats under GHMC limits in Hyd, BJP leads in 5, TDP-1, TRS-1 and MIM-3.

12.05 pm: Ramdev congratulates Narendra Modi-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Just congratulated Modi ji,after Gandhi ji and Patel ji now another great leader from Gujarat has emerged-Ramdev <a href="http://t.co/btlLL3pWdo">pic.twitter.com/btlLL3pWdo</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467189755109593088">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

11.56 am: Chhedi Paswan of BJP leads Meira Kumar of INC in Sasaram in Bihar, Uma Bharti leads in Jhansi with over 22000 votes, Maneka Gandhi leading by over 50000 votes in Pilibhit,

11.52 am: AAP leader Shazia Ilmi congratulates BJP candidate Gen VK Singh-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Heartiest congratulations to Gen VK Singh!! Shazia Ilmi</p>— shazia ilmi (@shaziailmi) <a href="https://twitter.com/shaziailmi/statuses/467187508389093376">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

11.48 pm: As per EC, a total of 16,27,064 people (1.1 per cent) have voted for NOTA across the country.

11.45 am: Rahul Gandhi ahead by 14000 votes in Amethi.

11.39 am: AAP wins its first Lok Sabha seat, Punjabi comedian Bhagwant Mann wins from Sangrur by over a lakh votes. Sonia Gandhi leads in Rae Bareli by 102298 votes. VK Singh wins from Ghaziabad.

11.36 am: Narendra Modi defeats Kejriwal, wins from Varanasi. Nitin Gadkari wins from Nagpur.

11.32 am: BJP leading in Rajasthan in all 25 seats-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Congratulate the ppl of India for this mandate, also its due to the hard work of our workers-Vasundhara Raje <a href="http://t.co/HPp06iaOSL">pic.twitter.com/HPp06iaOSL</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467181796254158849">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

11.31 am: BJP to formally elect Modi for PM on Sunday, May 18.

11.24 am: Narendra Modi ahead of Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi.

11.16 am: Mulayam Singh leading from Azamgarh by 400 votes.

11.15 am: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi leads in Amethi by 2293 votes, BJP's Smriti Irani trails.

11.08 am: BJP's Harshvardhan wins from Chandni Chowk, Sushma Swaraj wins from Vidisha.

11.06 am: Dr Murli Manohar Joshi of BJP ahead by 32497 votes in Kanpur seat, Sriprakash Jaiswal of INC behind.

11.00 am: BJP's Arun Jaitley is trailing by 28,000 votes in Amritsar.

10.57 am: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to resign taking full responsibility for Congress defeat in state.

10.52 am: Kamal Nath leading from Chindawara.

10.47 am: L K Advani wins from Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Kiron Kher leading in Chandigarh.

10.44 am: Balbir Punj to NDTV: Rahul Gandhi and Congress indulged in a campaign full of fear and hate.

10.40 am: Independent Jaswant Singh from Barmer leading while Azharuddin from Tonk is leading.

10.38 am: Narendra Modi wins from Vadodara against Madhusudan Mistry.

10.32 am: BJP, Congress leading one seat each in Arunachal, counting underway. Congress concedes defeat, says ready to sit in Opposition. Meanwhile , Salman Khurshid trails in Farrukkabad.

10.28 am: Narendra Modi is leading in Varanasi by 23376 votes against Arvind Kejriwal's 11255 votes counted so far.

10.27 am: BJP president Rajnath Singh congratulates Narendra Modi-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Congratulated Shri <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi">@narendramodi</a> over the phone on BJP's superb performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Trends indicate it is a landslide.</p>— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) <a href="https://twitter.com/BJPRajnathSingh/statuses/467166761410768896">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

10.24 am: Harshvardhancelebrates outside BJP headquaters in Delhi-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Dr.Harshvardhan celebrating outside BJP HQ <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Elections2014&src=hash">#Elections2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/1JWcwA8yqk">pic.twitter.com/1JWcwA8yqk</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467161269456228353">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

10.23 am: BJP's Poonam Mahajan tightens grip in Mumbai, leads against Congress's Priya Dutt by 20,000 votes. In Amethi Rahul Gandhi races ahead of Smriti Irani.

10.18 am : BJP candidate Varun Gandhi wins from Sultanpur.

10.18 am: Chandni Chowk BJP candidate Harsh Vardhan leading by 13000 votes followed by Ashutosh and Kapil Sibal of Congress

10.13 am: Smriti Irani leads in Amethi by 300 votes.

10.11 am: LS speaker and Cong leader Meira Kumar trailing by 9,899 votes in Bihar's Sasaram Lok Sabha constituency.

10.10 am: Narendra Modi leading by 2,137 votes in Varanasi. Arvind Kejriwal running second.

10.08 am: Mehbooba Mufti leading in Anantnag.

10.05 am: Capt Amarinder Singh leading by 4700 votes against Arun Jaitley in Amritsar.

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10.00 am: Ghulam Nabi Azad leading in Udhampur, Farooq Abdullah trailing in Srinagar, Shashi Tharoor trailing in Trivandrum.

9.59 am: Narendra Modi's mothers offers prayer as counting shows BJP a clear winner-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Narendra Modi's mother Heeraben praying in Ahmedabad <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Elections2014&src=hash">#Elections2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/oRidTF0Ucz">pic.twitter.com/oRidTF0Ucz</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467159248808321024">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

9.53 am: BJD leading in three seats in Orissa, BJP in two and Congress leading in one seat. Sonia Gandhi leading in Rae Barel, Rahul Gandhi trailing in Amethi.

9.52 am: Congress president Sonia Gandhi likely to speak later today.

9.47 am: BJP leading in all seven seats in Delhi, overall tally BJP+: 281, Cong+: 85, Others: 135. Meanwhil Anandiben Patel to be next Gujarat CM.

9.42 am: LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan ahead in Hajipur seat, NCP leader Praful Patel trails from Bhandara- Gondiya. Sensex for the first time crosses 25,000-mark, up 4.64 pc in early trade.

9.30 am: RLD leader Ajit Singh loses from Baghpat. AAP Rakhi Birla leading from North-West Delhi.

9.28 am: BJP leading in Naxal hit Bastar, Arun Jaitley leading in Amritsar. BJP leading on two, Cong on one Assam LS seat.

9.27 am: Rahul Gandhi leading in Amethi, Mani Shankar Iyer trailing in Mayiladuthurai.

9.26 am: Kiran Bedi tweets as election leads pour in-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Friends we did it. Bharat mat ki jai. Proud Indians. Our youth has done it for its own future and shall earn it. Onus now on all to deliver</p>— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) <a href="https://twitter.com/thekiranbedi/statuses/467151052727275521">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

9.22 am: Congress leader Nagma leading in Meerut, Shazia Ilmi leading in Ghaziabad. Congress retaining Ludhiana, Kirron Kher leading in Chandigarh against Pawan Bansal and Gul Panag.

9.18 am: The only state where Congress is leading its opponents at the moment is Kerala, BJP is leading in 3 seats in Assam. Overall tally is- BJP+ allies 239, Cong 67. Jaswant Singh trailing from Barmer. Rabri Devi leading in Saran, LDF leading in Kerala.

9.13 am: AAP leading in 6 seats overall. BJP candidate from Chandni Chowk Harshvardhan says people want to see Narendra Modi as the PM.

9.08 am: Early leads for BJP in UP, Bihar. Chirag Paswan leading in Jamau in Bihar, Misa Bharti in Pataliputra, Vinod Khanna leading in Gurdaspur. Supriya Sule leading in Baramati, Maharastra.

9.06 am: BJP+ allies leading in North and West states. Congress's Capt. Amarinder Singh leads by 1846 votes over BJP's Arun Jaitley. Murli Manohar Joshi leading in Kanpur.

9.01 am: PDP leading in Baramullah, Union Minister KV Thomas leading from Ernakulm. BJP candidate O Rajagopal leading in Thiruvananthapuram. BJP leads in all five seats in Uttarakhand. JD(U) candidate Prakaash Jha leading in Pashchim

8.57 am: BJP candidate from Hoogly Chandan Mitra is leading. BJP candidate Uma Bharti leads in Jhansi. BJP candidate Harshvardhan leading from Chandni Chowk. Dimple Yadav leading from Kannauj.

8.54 am: BJP leading in Harayana with four seats, Left candidate and actor Innocent leading in Chalakudy, BJP candidate Smriti Irani leading in Amethi.

8.52 am: Kuldeep Bishnoi leads in Haryana.

8.48 am: BJP leader Arun Jaitley leads in Amritsar, Kerala UDF leading in 12 seats, LDF leading in 8 seats, Maharastra BJP leading in 8 seats, AAP leading in two seats in Punjab. Meenakshi Lekhi leading in New Delhi, Maneka Gandhi leading in Pilibhit.

8.45 am: TDP gets its first lead in AP, Yogendra Yadav trailing in Gurgaon, Mohammed Kaif leading in Phulpur.

8.43 am: Overall tally BJP+ leading in 108, Congress+ leading in 42 seats.

8.41 am: AAP leading in Sangrur, Punjab; Sonia Gandhi leading in Rae Bareli.

8.38 am: Overall tally BJP leading in 85 seats, Congress leading in 41 seats. Shazia Ilmi trails in Ghaziabad.

8.36 am: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi leading in Amethi, Sushma Swaraj leading in Vidisha.

8.33 am: Gaurav Gogoi leading in Kaliabor-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>“<a href="https://twitter.com/northeastblog">@northeastblog</a>: Gaurav Gogoi leads by 3K votes at Kaliabor seat in Assam against BJP candidate” early update but many rounds to go</p>— gaurav gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) <a href="https://twitter.com/GauravGogoiAsm/statuses/467137667864350720">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

8.32 am: In Kerala, UDF leading with 11 seats, LDF leading with 9 seats.

8.31 am: BJP leader Hema Malini nervous, but confident-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Like before an examination I am nervous, but also confident of a win-Hema Malini,BJP <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Elections2014&src=hash">#Elections2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/dt9pdIsTdU">pic.twitter.com/dt9pdIsTdU</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467137368806289408">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

8.28 am: Overall tally, BJP leading in 51 seats, Congress leading in 21 seats.

8.20 am: In Bihar, BJP leading with four seats. Overall BJP leading with 33 seats, Congress leading with 14 seats, others leading with 12 seats.

8.17 am: BJD leading in Orissa with 5 seats, UDF leading with nine seats in Kerala, overall BJP leading with 23 seats, Congress leading with 11 seats.

8.14 am: Chhattisgarh BJP leading with two seats, MP BJP leading with three seats.

8.13 am: BJP leading with seven seats, Congress trailing with 5.

8.09 am: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor trailing in Trivandrum.

8.07 am: Counting results suggest that BJP is leading with three seats, Congress yet to open its account.

8.01 am: Counting begins in nearly 100 centres across the country.

7.59 am: As the counting begins, supporters offer prayers outside Congress office-

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>'Havan' by supporters outside Congress office,praying for a Congress win and for Rahul Gandhi to be PM <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Elections2014&src=hash">#Elections2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/zPNgbKexe4">pic.twitter.com/zPNgbKexe4</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467129192916590592">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

7.53 am: BJP candidate from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi said that she is confident of winning.

7.52 am: Will BJP join hands with NDA?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Will BJD rejoin NDA with which it had snapped ties before the 2009 elections? <a href="http://t.co/TAUjWL1sIp">http://t.co/TAUjWL1sIp</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LSpolls&src=hash">#LSpolls</a> <a href="http://t.co/2UMpBD8yJ6">pic.twitter.com/2UMpBD8yJ6</a></p>— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) <a href="https://twitter.com/htTweets/statuses/467127041041891328">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

7.43 am: Section 144 has been imposed in Uttar Pradesh and Mangalore. Victory processions have been banned in Bihar and UP.

7.34 am: AAP candidate from Varanasi Arvind Kejriwal is enroute to the counting centre in Varanasi, says by evening 'we'll know how many seats we will be winning.'

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>I am sure people of Varanasi have voted for truth, I am going there right now as well-Arvind Kejriwal <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Elections2014&src=hash">#Elections2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/3nPIMDWNx3">pic.twitter.com/3nPIMDWNx3</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467122364166070272">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

7.29 am: AAP candidate from Chandigarh Gul Panag reaches counting centre in Chandigarh.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Gul Panag at a counting center in Chandigarh <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Elections2014&src=hash">#Elections2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/1KM7FzXubO">pic.twitter.com/1KM7FzXubO</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467115012993998848">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

7.26 am: Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari says he is confident of winning with a good margin.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>I will win with a good margin, I am very sure-Nitin Gadkari <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Elections2014&src=hash">#Elections2014</a> <a href="http://t.co/yp3zUh5sBm">pic.twitter.com/yp3zUh5sBm</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467120421737754625">May 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

7.21 am: Congress leader Ajay Maken today told NDTV that the Congress could not match up to the BJP's campaign. "We could not use the social media effectively," he said.

7.18 am: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be watching the election results from Gandhinagar whereas Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi will be watching the results from Delhi.

7.14 am: Reports suggest that after every round of counting, a print out of every EVM will be given.

Counting will begin from 8 am onwards.

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