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Counting of votes in 5 states tomorrow

delhi Updated: Dec 07, 2008 16:25 IST

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Counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow in the just-held assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram -- being seen as the 'semi-final' before the Lok Sabha polls.

Most of the states where the counting is being held are those where Congress and the BJP are major contenders for power and the outcome may help gauge the voter mood ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due early next year although issues involved would be different.

The final results for most of the constituencies are expected to be out by the evening.

The fate of stalwarts like Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Bharatiya Janashakti chief Uma Bharti would be decided in Madhya Pradesh which witnessed 60 per cent turnout during elections to the 230-member Assembly on November 25.

The poll outcome in Chattisgarh would decide whether the BJP led by Chief Minister Raman Singh would retain power. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi spearheaded the campaign for Congress in the state, where two-phased polls for 90 seats were held on November 14 and 20.

In the national capital, Sheila Dikshit is seeking a hat-trick for the Congress while the BJP is hoping to wrest power on anti-incumbency factor. Delhi, with a 70-member House, went to polls on November 29.

BJP's Vasundhara Raje faces a test to retain power in Rajasthan, where elections to the 200-member assembly saw nearly 68 per cent turnout on December 4.

In Mizoram, where polling for the 40-member House were held on November 29, ruling Mizo National Front, opposition Congress and the United Democratic Alliance are locking horns.