11:22 pm: Now BJP Seeks Appointment With Governor
11:02 pm: Congress Seeks Appointment With Governor In MP, To Stake Claim To Form Government
Reports say that the Congress is likely to approach the Madhya Pradesh governor as soon as the cross the half-way mark of 116 seats. However, at the moment it has won 73 seats and is leading in 41. This adds up to 114, two seats short of a clear majority.
10:10 pm: Shivraj Singh Chouhan Wins From Budhni
10:05 pm: We Accept People's Mandate With Humility, Says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated the parties that did well in the elections and said that the BJP accepted their defeat with humility.
He also thanked BJP party workers for their hard work.
9:55 pm: In Madhya Pradesh, Congress Surges Ahead With Leads In 114 Seats, BJP Leading In 109
While Congress workers celebrated across the country, Madhya Pradesh results are still due. Trends show that Congress is leading in 114 seats and BJP in 109.
Among the seats where results have been declared Congress has won 59 and BJP 57
8:30 pm: Close Race As BJP Has 29 Confirmed Seats, Congress 28
8:06 pm: Mr Modi Taught Me What Not To Do, Says Rahul Gandhi
Saying that PM Modi acted out of arrogance, Gandhi said, "Mr Modi taught me what not to do. Five years ago he was handed a huge opportunity which he let go of."
Gandhi said, "2014 was my biggest lesson. It taught me humility."
He also praised Congress workers saying, "Congress party workers have shown the country what they are."
8:00 pm: Will Come To Power In 2019, Says Rahul Gandhi
While the BJP had contested in 2014 on the slogan of "Congress mukt Bharat", Gandhi said, "We have come to power now, we will win in 2019. But we don't want to get rid of any party. That is our ideology."
7:56 pm: People Know Now PM Modi Himself Is Corrupt, Says Rahul Gandhi
"When the PM was elected, he was elected on three platforms — jobs, corruption and farmers. People had truly believed that he will fight against corruption. Now people know that Narendra Modi himself is corrupt. This is the reality," Gandhi said.
He said that the Assembly election results were a clear message to the prime minister. "The prime minister is paralysed. He is clearly unable to take the pressure from the Opposition."
Gandhi also said, "As soon as Congress forms government, we will begin the process of loan waivers."
7:52 pm: Opposition Strongly United, Will Fight Together In 2019, Says Rahul Gandhi
Speaking of the effect of the Assembly election results on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi said, "Jobs and farmers issues are issues of the Centre... the promises Modi made about economy and jobs were not fulfilled. The Opposition is strongly united and will fight together."
7:50 pm: What Was Promised By Mr Modi Was Not Delivered, Says Rahul Gandhi
Gandhi also said that Congress will provide the states where they have won with vision. He said, "I would like to thank BJP for the work they have done in these states. We would like to take over and do a great job."
He said, "The youth, the farmer supported us."
Speaking of jobs, he said, "The promise of jobs made by Modi to the youth was not fulfilled. There is also sense of discontent among farmers and that has had a big impact. We will like to work towards giving a vision and give a future. There is a feeling that what was promised by Mr Modi was not delivered."
7:49 pm: Win For Farmers, People Of Our Country: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaking at a press conference said, "The elections results are because of the people and the workers of Congress. I would like to congratulate them all. I would like to congratulate the winning parties in Telangana and Mizoram. This win is for farmers, small shop owners and the people."
"This is the victory of the Congress worker. I would like to thank Congress workers for working from their heart."
7:40 pm: People Mandir-Masjid Politics, Says Mehbooba Mufti
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said the results in the assembly polls to five states have shown that political awakening is on the rise in the country as people have rejected the communal politics.
The Congress was on Tuesday set to wrest Rajasthan and Chattisgarh from the BJP which was trailing marginally in Madhya Pradesh in a cliffhanger while the TRS stormed back to power in Telangana and the MNF dislodged the Congress in Mizoram.
"People rejected Mandir-Masjid politics, results show political awakening on rise in India," the PDP quoted its president Mehbooba Mufti as saying on its Twitter handle.
She was referring to the loss of BJP, which was an ally of the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir government till June this year, in the assembly polls in five states.
"Clearly the mood of the nation rejects the brazen attempts of polarising the society, rejects those who promise in words but plot in action, rejects those furthering their politics by pitting the people of one community against the other," it added.
7:30 pm: Celebrations Outside Congress Office In Bhopal
7:15 pm: Congress Has Won 12 seats, BJP 15
Latest Election Commission numbers are in — Congress has won 12 seats, BJP 15.
The Congress is, meanwhile, leading in 100 seats and BJP in 94 seats.
The close match between the Congress and the BJP continues in Madhya Pradesh late into counting day as a clear result for the state is still awaited.
7:07 pm: This Is The Victory Of Rahul Gandhi, Says Kapil Sibal
Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday termed Congress's victory in Chhattisgarh and tough fight in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh as a victory of humanity. He also credited party president Rahul Gandhi for the win.
6:19 pm: Latest Official Figures From Madhya Pradesh Show BJP has won 9 seats, Congress 2
Latest official numbers of declared seats show BJP has won 9 seats and is leading in 100, Congress has won 2 seats and is leading in 111.
From the Congress Jajpal Singh has won from the Ashok Nagar constituency and Gyarsilal Rawat has won from Sendhwa S.T. BJP's Shailendra Jain has won from Sagar, Ram Dangore has won from Pandhana and Ashish Govind Sharma has won from Khategaon.
5:36 pm BJP Has Now Won 3 Seats In Madhya Pradesh
5:30 pm: Kailash Vijayvargiya's Son Akash Leading In Indore-3
BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya's son Akash is leading from the Indore-3 seat by 3937 votes against Congress candidate Ashwin Joshi.
The close fight between the BJP and the Congress has continued late into counting day keeping everyone guessing about the future of the state.
5:07 pm: Congress Surging Ahead Now, Leading In 117 Seats
4:29 pm: Results Declared In Ratlam Rural, BJP's Dilip Kumar Makwana Wins
BJP candidate Dilip Kumar Makwana has won from the Ratlam Rural seat with a margin of 5605 votes against Thawarlal Bhuriya from the Congress. BJP had won this seat in 2013 as well.
4:15 pm: These 12 Constituencies That Are Keeping MP's Future Uncertain
In Datia it's a close fight between Congress candidate Bharti Rajendra who has 40625 votes and BJP's Dr Narottam Mishra who has won 40333 votes.
Deotalab is also seeing a close race with BSP's Seema Jaiveer Singh Sengar of the BSP leading with 21804 votes and BJP's Girish Gautam with 21541 votes.
In Garoth its a neck and neck between Congress candidate Subhash Kumar Sojatia who has 49982 votes and BJP's Devilal Dhakad with 49584 votes.
Harda is seeing a competition between Kamal Patel of the BJP with 58981 votes and Congress candidate Dr Ramkishore Dogne with 57749 votes.
In Ghatiya, Congress leader Ramlal Malviya is leading with 42696 votes and BJP's Ajit Premchand Guddu is trailing with 42326 votes.
In Jaitpur BJP's Manisha Singh is leading with 52327 votes. Congress candidate Uma Dhurwey is trailing with 51421 votes.
There are close fights are also taking place in Katangi, Kolaras, Narela, Nepanagar, Rajnagar and Teonthar.
3:50 pm: Madhya Pradesh Fate Still Uncertain, Hanging In The Balance
The Congress is now leading in 115 seats and the BJP is trailing with leads in 105 seats. There still have been no significant leads to show who will come to power in the state.
Leaders from both the BJP and the Congress say that they are confident of their wins.
2:44 pm: First Seat Declared In MP, BJP Wins Ratlam City
The first win in Madhya Pradesh with BJP's Chetan Kasyap winning in Ratlam City by a margin of 37524 votes. He was contesting against Congress's Premlata Dave.
BJP is still leading by a slight margin. It is leading in 111 seats, Congress is leading in 108 seats.
2:25 pm: BJP Gains Slight Margin, Leading In 111 Seats, Congress Leading In 109
Meanwhile the BJP got a slight margin with the BJP leading in 111 seats and the Congress leading in 109 seats.
2:25 pm: Gondvana Ganatantra Party And Samajwadi Party Lend Support To Congress In MP
The Gondvana Ganatantra Party and Samajwadi Party which are leading in one seat each have said that that they will support the Congress.
In the neck and neck battle in Madhya Pradesh, it is likely the smaller parties that will play kingmaker.
2:15 pm: Trends In Madhya Pradesh Have Come As Surprise, Says BJP MLA
Even as the BJP and the Congress continued to fight a close battle in Madhya Pradesh, BJP MP Sanjay Kakade told ANI that while the party knew it would lose in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, they did not expect such a tight race in Rajasthan.
2:00 pm: BJP, Congress Both Leading In 110 Seats
1:45 pm: It's Celebrations Time Across Congress Offices In India
1:35 pm: Power Of Bigwigs Eventually Fade, Says Akhilesh Yadav
Taking a jibe at BJP's for its performance in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram assembly elections where counting is underway, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday said when "one and one come together, it makes 11."
In a tweet, Akhilesh Yadav said, "Jab ek aur ek milkar bante hai gyaarah, tab badey bado ki satta ho jaati hai nau do gyaarah (when one and one come together, it makes 11, and the power of the bigwigs eventually fade away).
1:15 pm: BJP Surging Ahead In MP Leading In 111 Seats, Congress Leading In 108
12:55 pm: Rahul Gandhi Worked Hard, Says Sonia
Even as Congress was giving a tough fight to the BJP in Madhya Pradesh and had surged ahead of the party in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi gave the credit to her son and party president Rahul. NDTV quoted her as saying, "Rahul Gandhi has worked hard... led the party."
12:35 pm: Close Competition Continues In MP, Congress Leading In 110, BJP In 107 Seats
12:26 pm: In Bastion Govindpura, BJP's Krishna Gaur Leading With 15133 Votes
In Bhopal's Govindpura constituency, known to be a BJP bastion, Krishna Gaur, the daughter-in-law of former Chief Minister Babulal Gaur, is leading with 15133 votes. Congress candidate Girish Sharma is leading with 7073 votes.
Babulal Gaur has held the Govindpura seat since 1974, and decided to field his daughter-in-law Krishna this time.
12:20 pm: Yashodhara Raje Scindia Leading In Shivpuri
Election Commission numbers show that in MP's Shivpuri, Yashodhara Raje Scindia is leading with 16598 votes while Congress's Siddharth Ladha was trailing with 8841 votes.
12:15 pm: Shivraj Chouhan Leading From Budhni, Digvijaya Singh's Brother Leading in Chachoda
Official EC numbers show that Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading in Budhni with 27363 votes while Congress's Arun Yadav is trailing with 10899 votes.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh's brother Lakshman Singh was leading from Chachoda with 8149 votes while BJP's is trailing with 5756 votes.
12:10 pm: Congress Leading in 110 Seats, BJP In 108 In MP And BSP In 5
The number of seats where the Congress was leading in Madhya Pradesh reduced from 112 to 110 and BJP's leads increased from 103 to 108, show EC numbers.
11:53 am: Congress Leading In 112 Seats, BJP In 103 — Latest Trends From EC
11:40 am: People Voted Against BJP. This Is The People's Verdict, Says Mamata Banerjee
The close contest between the Congress and the BJP in MP continued well into counting day. However, the Congress has managed to surge ahead of the BJP in other states like Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the results and trends of the elections calling it the verdict of the people against the BJP.
11:33 am IT Division Working On Website Glitch, Says EC Spokesperson
It's the biggest day for the Election Commission of India. But its website is playing spoilt sport. The EC website has not updated since 9:21 am, leaving people with no official numbers for now.
Sheyphali Sharan, ECI Official Spokesperson, told Huffpost India's Akshay Deshmane, "IT Division is aware of it. They are working on it. As and when it gets going, it will show up."
11:28 am: Rahul Gandhi 'Insaniyat Ki Moorat' And BJP 'Gire To Bhi Tang Upar', Sidhu's Gyan On Counting Day
Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu was all praises for party president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday saying it was all his hard work that was paying off.
He also criticised the BJP and joked, "BJP ka naya naam- GTU, 'Gire to bhi Tang Upar'.'"
11:20 am: Official EC Trends: Congress Leading In 112 Seats, BJP In 102
The Election Commision in a press conference gave out official trends for the MP elections. It said Congress was leading 112 seats, BJP in 102 seats and BSP leading in 6 seats.
11:15 am: Wholeheartedly Thank MP's Voters And Congress Workers, Says Jyotiraditya Scindia
Calling Tuesday an important day for Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the five crore voters of the state had voted for the re-development of the state. He said whatever the result, all public servants must accept it wholeheartedly.
11:05 am: Yashodhara Raje Scindia Blames 'Voter Tiredness' And 'Anti-Incumbency' For Close Fight
BJP's Yashodhara Raje Scindia who is contesting, a minister in Chouhan's cabinet who is contesting from the Shivpuri seat in MP, told Huffpost India's Akshay Deshmane over the phone, "I would like to be cautious. I have always said that this is going to be a tight fight because in the end this is our fourth time, there is a little bit of voter tiredness and anti-incumbency."
She said that she did not agree with the trends.
Her sister Vasundhara Raje is the chief minister of Rajasthan.
10:58 am: Celebrations Outside Congress Office
10:50 am: Jyotiraditya Scindia Says He Is 'Confident' That Congress Will Win In Madhya Pradesh
10:47 am: We Should Have Distributed Tickets Properly In MP, Says BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya
BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya who had earlier in the morning said he was sure of a BJP win in all states has had to change is tune. He has now said, "BJP will form the government in MP but he admitted that Congress is not far behind... We should have distributed tickets properly in MP. I did not expect rout in Chhattisgarh."
Vijayvargiya also said, "Congress fought election unitedly in MP this time. Kamal Nath made sure there is no factionalism."
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10:45 am: MP Trend Of Trends from NDTV, Hindustan Times and Indian Express
A look at trends from most news sources show that the Congress is ahead of the BJP in MP. However, there are no official trends for Congress on the Election Commission website at the moment.
Congress - 112
BJP - 95
Congress - 110
BJP - 96
BJP - 96
10:31 am: Trends From Local Channel Show Congress Is Getting Ahead Of BJP In MP
ETV MP Chhattisgarh show that Congress is now getting ahead of the BJP and is leading in 112 seats out of total 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh, BJP ahead at 99 seats.
10:20 am: Times Now Trends Show Congress In The Lead
It's good news all around for the Congress on Tuesday so far. Like other news channels which have put Congress in the lead, Times Now trends also show that Congress is leading in 107 seats.
10:15 am: Will Mayawati Emerge As Kingmaker?
Early morning trends in MP shows that Congress and BJP are in a neck and neck battle. In which case, Mayawati and BSP could play kingmaker in the state if she choses to form an alliance with either party.
10:11 am: We Hope To Perform Well, Says Rajnath Singh
As BJP continued to fight tough battles with Congress in several states including MP, Rajnath Singh said these were only early trends and that he hoped that the BJP would perform well.
10:00 am: Congress Has Two-Third Possibility Of Winning In MP, Says Yogendra Yadav
Like the exit polls have predicted, Congress and BJP were stuck in a tight battle win MP. Politician and psephologist Yogendra Yadav told NDTV on Tuesday morning, "BJP has a one-third chance of forming government in Madhya Pradesh, while Congress has a two third possibility of coming to power in the state."
9:50 am: NDTV, HT Trends Show Congress Surging Ahead
Both NDTV and HT trends show Congress leading in 101 seats and BJP leading in 83.
9:30 am: Official EC Trends Show BJP Leading In 2 Seats
9:25 am: Visuals From The Old Central Jail In Bhopal
9:17 am: Official Trends Show BJP Leading In One Seat In MP
Official results are beginning to trickle in. The early trends on the Election Commission website show that BJP is leading in 1 seat in MP.
9:15 am: BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya Confident Of Win In BJP
Even as early trends on several news channels indicated that BJP is fighting a tough battle with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said that he was confident BJP would form government in MP and Chhattisgarh.
9:10 am: Trend From Local Channels Show Tight Race
MP trends according to local channel IBC 24/7 — Congress leading in 47 seats, BJP leading at 48 seats
9:08 am: Confident Congress Will Form Govt In MP, Says Digvijaya Singh
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said on Tuesday morning that it was too early to say anything about the election results, but he said he was confident that Congress would form government in Madhya Pradesh. He said he was confident about Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh as well.
9:02 am: Shivraj Singh Chouhan Leading From Budhni, Say Local Channels
ETV MP Chhattisgarh numbers show that incumbent Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading from Budhni. He is contesting against Congress leader Arun Yadav.
8:50 am: Delhi's Congress Office Is Stocking Up On Firecrackers Already
The Congress office in Delhi is already stocking up on firecrackers already. Party workers are gathering to celebrate as well as numbers show a neck and neck battle between the BJP and the Congress in MP.
8:45 am: NDTV Trends Show Tight Battle Between BJP And Congress
Early trends on NDTV shows a tight battle with the BJP leading in 15 seats and the Congress leading in 13. However official numbers from the Election Commission are yet to show any concrete trends.
8:30 am: Counting To Be Delayed In Madhya Pradesh
News18 is reporting that counting may be delayed because of cross-verification of voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units.
8:25 am: Havan Outside Rahul Gandhi's Residence
Workers of the Congress party prayed to the gods on counting day with a havan outside Rahul Gandhi's residence.
8:20 am: Digvijaya Singh, Kamal Nath And Jyotiraditya Scindia To Watch Counting On TV Together
There has been much speculation about in-fighting in the Madhya Pradesh Congress, but looks like the big names of the party want to allay such talks.
Reports suggest party leader Digvijaya Singh, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia will be watching the results on TV together.
"Congress leaders are confident of victory and wish to share the joy with party workers who have worked hard to make it possible," Singh was quoted by Times of India as saying.
8:08 am: Postal Ballot Stolen From Postman In MP
A total of 256 postal ballots were stolen from a postman when he was passing district jail in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind district on Monday, reports NDTV.
A group of people attacked the postman. Police have launched a probe into the incident says the report.
8:05 am: Congress Will Win 140 Seats In MP, Says Kamal Nath
Congress Madhya Pradesh chief Kamala Nath had said a day ahead of counting that he was confident that the Congress will win.
"From the past three months, I've been saying that the Congress will win 140 seats and I am sticking to my words," NDTV quoted Nath as saying.
Exit polls have predicted that Congress may have an edge over the BJP.
8:00 am: Counting Begins In Madhya Pradesh
Counting of votes have begun in Madhya Pradesh. In a few hours, it will be decided if MP's incumbent chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will come back to power or if the Congress will manage to wrest power in the state where BJP has ruled for 15 years.
There are four other states — Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana — where BJP and the Congress are contesting to come to power.
7:30 am: Counting Of Votes To Begin Soon
Counting of votes in Madhya Pradesh will begin at 8 am. Postal ballots will be counted first, followed by electronic voting machines at 8:30 am, PTI reported. As many as 2,899 candidates are in the fray.
7:22 am: BJP Demolished Every Temple Of Modern India: Rahul Gandhi
Hours before counting, Congress president Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the BJP saying it had demolished "every temple of modern India".
6:41 pm: Heavy Security Outside Bhopal's Old Central Jail
6:30 am: Counting To Begin At 8 am
Counting for the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh (MP) will begin at 8 am on Tuesday. The state went to polls on 28 November to elect members of the 230 assembly constituencies in the state. While incumbent Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is looking to make a comeback for a historic fourth term as the leader of a BJP government, the Congress is fighting to wrest power from the ruling BJP in the state.
Exit polls have predicted a tight race in MP, with more than one survey giving an edge to the Congress. However, Chouhan, when speaking to the media on Sunday, said he was confident that the BJP will come to power. He also accused the Congress of creating doubts in minds of people about the reliability of Electronic Voting Machines.
"We think as doubts were created about EVMs and even the Election Commission was not spared, they (Congress) will try to create hindrances on every step during the counting," he said.
The Today's Chanalya poll predicted a clear majority for the Congress with 125 ± 12 seats, BJP 103 ± 12 seats and others Others 2 ± 5 seats.
The ABP News-Lokniti CSDS poll said Congress will win 109 seats, BJP 84 seats and others 9.
C Voter-Republic TV also gave the Congress an edge over BJP: it said the Congress may win 102-126 seats, the ruling BJP 90-106 seats and others 6-22 seats.
The India Today-Axis My India exit poll projected Congress to get 104-122 seats and the BJP to get between 102 and 120 seats. BSP is likely to get between 1-3 seats and 'others' (smaller parties and independent candidates) will get between 3 and 8 seats.
Only one poll said the BJP will cross the halfway mark comfortably. The Times Now-CNX exit poll predicted a victory for incumbent chief minister Chouhan and said the BJP will get 126 seats, Congress 89, BSP 6 and others 9. However even this polls indicated that the BJP's tally will reduce by almost 40 seats ion comparison to 2013.
In the last assembly polls held in MP in 2013, the BJP had swept 165 seats, while the Congress had won just 58 seats. BSP four and others three seats.
Chouhan is fighting the polls along with Congress leader senior Congress leader Arun Yadav. While Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath are not fighting the elections, they may be contenders for the post of chief minister if Congress wins.