Among five states that went to the polls are Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and West Bengal.
The results of elections in five states will be announced today. The counting has begun. Among five states that went to the polls are Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and West Bengal.
People across the country have their eyes fixed on the West Bengal election results as the BJP looks to break into the Opposition’s last bastion in the East. At the same time, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC is hoping to get a third consecutive term in power.
In Kerala, the direct fight is between LDF and UDF, whereas the NDA will probably be a distant third.
BJP will also look to continue their stint in Assam by defeating Congress+ (Mahajot). Though Mahajot is believed to do well in lower Assam because of its allies AIUDF and BFP, the Upper Assam is likely to be the BJP’s bastion.
In Puducherry, the direct fight is between the NR Congress and the Congress. The BJP is an ally of the NR Congress while the DMK is fighting in alliance with the Congress.
In Tamil Nadu, the incumbent AIADMK faces a tough challenge by the traditional opponent DMK. The DMK, after the death of Karunanidhi, has moved ahead under the leadership of his son MK Stalin. Stalin is believed to bring back the DMK in power this time around.
08:32 AM– No candidates or their agents will be allowed inside the counting halls without a negative coronavirus report, the Election Commission has said. Victory processions have also been banned by the poll body in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis across the country.
08:10 AM– Inital trends show TMC leading on 18 seats, while the BJP is close behind on 16 seats. Postal ballots are being counted in the beginning.