The high-voltage polls in Uttar Pradesh saw political leaders and candidates taking a total of 334 sorties on private jets and helicopters for campaigning, with outgoing chief minister Mayawati flying a maximum of 26 times.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is likely to attend the oath-taking ceremonies of Parkash Singh Badal and Akhilesh Yadav as chief ministers of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
If the exit polls come true, the Samajwadi Party will either have the numbers or shall be tantalisingly close to the magic figure of 202 to form a government in Uttar Pradesh. Vinod Sharma & Sunita Aron report.
The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for tomorrow's counting of votes in five states by setting up counting halls for all 690 assembly constituencies in 168 locations and deploying additional observers.
Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, who created a flutter by advocating Congress' post-poll alliance with BSP in Uttar Pradesh, today stuck to his stand saying there should be no truck with "a party of goondas".
The Samajwadi Party today said union minister Beni Prasad Verma's stand of post-poll tie-up between Congress and BSP in Uttar Pradesh smacked off a "tacit understanding" between the two parties.
Confident of a good show in the Uttar Pradesh elections, the Congress today said that the party would "reap the benefits" of general secretary Rahul Gandhi's hard work in the state.
The emergence of electronic voting machines (EVM) has made counting of votes easy and quick but many feel that this has also caused a decline in the excitement levels which used to be there among people when it was a manual process.
A sense of uncertainty fuelled by high voter turnout is giving the jitters to companies that have invested or are preparing to invest in Uttar Pradesh. Fears of the next government overturning policies or scrapping deals signed by the present government loom large.
Authorities have registered cases against Congress MP from Moradabad and former Indian cricketer Mohammad Azaharuddin, state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi and two others for violating the model code of conduct here in the poll-bound state.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj Tuesday denied calling Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati a "stone-hearted woman".
Some youths today allegedly pelted stones at Louis Khurshid, Congress nominee and wife of union law minister Salman Khurshid, following a dispute over entry of voters at a polling booth.
A notice has been issued to Congress MP and former cricketer Azharuddin for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by distributing shawls in an election meeting here, officials said today.
Campaigning for the second phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections covering 59 seats spread over nine districts came to an end today.
A day after the impressive turnout of about 64% electorate in the first phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Congress today exuded confidence of forming the next government in the state on its own.