Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa appeared set to return to power in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu respectively, early assembly election trends reported by state-run Rajya Sabha TV showed on Thursday morning. In Assam, the BJP is surging to a historic victory.
In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front seemed ready to displace the Congress-led United Democratic Front. The state has a history of throwing out incumbent governments.
As per trends reported at 9.30 am, the BJP led in 59 seats in Assam, the Congress in 21 and Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF in 11. The halfway mark is 64 in an assembly of 126.
HT editors analyse election results
In West Bengal, Rajya Sabha TV showed the Trinamool Congress ahead in 154 seats, the Left parties in 37 and the Congress in 30. The BJP led in four seats. The halfway mark is 147 in an assembly of 294.
In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front led in 86 seats while the United Democratic Front led in 50. The BJP led in three seats. The halfway mark is 71 in an assembly of 140.
In Tamil Nadu, the DMK-Congress alliance led in 79 seats while J Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK led in 98. The halfway mark is 118 in an assembly of 234.
In Puducherry, the Congress led in nine, the DMK in five and the AIADMK in three. The assembly strength is 30.