New Delhi: The counting of votes for the Assembly elections has begun in the four states- Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Union Territory of Puducherry adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
While Assam and West Bengal saw multiple phases of polling, electors in Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu cast their votes in a single phase on April 6.
2:30 pm: Kejriwal congratulates Mamata and MK Stalin
2:00pm: Kamal Haasan leads in Coimbatore South
1:30 pm: Election Commission asked states to file FIR against people celebrating poll victory
11:48 am: The early trends in West Bengal assembly polls show that though Mamata Banerjee is trailing behind BJP’s Suvendu Adhikary in Nandigram, the ruling Trinamool Congress is having an edge over the BJP. The initial trends show that the Trinamool is leading in 186 seats.
11:30 am: TMC crosses majority mark
10:53 am: Mamata Banerjee is trailing from Nandigram seat
10:30 am: BJP-led NDA leading in Assam
10:00 am: Left leads in Kerala as UDF trails
9:50 am: Metroman E.Sreedharan of BJP is leading in Palakkad Assembly constituency
8:30 am: Counting of votes begins
The exit polls for the four states and a Union Territory predicted a clear victory for DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu, LDF retaining power in Kerala and BJP-led NDA in Assam and a tight contest in Bengal with several surveys giving an edge to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC). In Puducherry, the polls predicted victory for NDA.
The EC has made elaborate arrangements for smooth and safe counting in 822 assembly constituencies in five States/UT and for by-polls in 4 parliamentary constituencies and 13 assembly constituencies across 13 states.