Chhattisgarh election results Highlights: Rahul Gandhi to decide on next Chhattisgarh CM, announcement likely to be tomorrow
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Chhattisgarh election results Highlights: Rahul Gandhi to decide on next Chhattisgarh CM, announcement likely to be tomorrow

Chhattisgarh assembly election results 2018 LIVE : Chhattisgarh was the only state where voting was held in two phases. Congress won 68 seats in the 90-member assembly.

By HT Correspondent | Dec 13, 2018 12:09 IST
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Conceding defeat on Tuesday, Chhattisgarh’s three-time chief minister Raman Singh said he takes full responsibility for the BJP’s defeat in the assembly elections and will analyse the reasons behind the rout.

Speaking to the media after the results were declared, Singh said he has forwarded his resignation to the governor.

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Singh became a chief minister on December 7, 15 years ago, and no other BJP CM has served for so long. Narendra Modi had an uninterrupted 4,610 days as Gujarat chief minister before becoming Prime Minister in May 2014. Singh, who completed 5,000 days in August, is the only BJP CM after Modi to have won three assembly elections in a row.

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Chhattisgarh was the only state where voting was held in two phases: the first in 18 seats spread across eight Maoist-affected districts on November 12 and the then in 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts on November 20. Counting of votes began at 8 am today.

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10:15 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi to decide on next CM

“It has been unanimously decided that the head of the CLP leaders will be decided by Rahul Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi had said that even if a resolution is passed unanimously, every MLA should be talked to and their opinions have to be considered,” said M Kharge, observer for Chhattisgarh.

2:50 pm IST

BJP’s loss in Rajasthan, MP & Chhattisgarh will boost Oppn morale: CPM leader

The CPI-M Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha, Jitendra Chowdhury, said the BJP’s loss in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh would boost opposition morale and help them come together ahead of next year’s general elections: PTI 

10:30 am IST

Congress wins 68 seats in 90-member assembly

Here is the complete result of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh as per the Election Commission website: Total seats: 90, Congress won -68; BJP won 15; BSP won 2; Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) won 5; Total results declared - 90.

10:20 am IST

Chhattisgarh Cong to hold meeting in the evening

The Chhattisgarh Congress will hold its legislature party meeting in Raipur on Wednesday to decide on the next chief minister of the state. “The Congress Legislature Party meeting will be held at 8 pm. All India Congress Committee’s observer Mallikarjun Kharge, AICC in-charge for the state P L Punia and other senior leaders will be present there,” state party unit’s general secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi told PTI.

9:09 am IST

Congress celebrates assembly polls results

8:40 am IST

Latest status in Chhattisgarh

This is the status at 5.30 am in Chhattisgarh assembly election according to EC: Total seats: 90, Congress won -67; BJP won 15; BSP won 2; Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) won 5; Total results declared-89; One result yet to be declared.

9:00 pm IST

People have a lot of expectations from Congress: Congress’ TS Singh Deo

“Such a huge mandate indicates that people have a lot of expectations from Congress. The victory that we have got will bind us with the public. Our party will definitely face challenges and work for the development of the public,” said Congress leader TS Singh Deo from Chhattisgarh.

8:35 pm IST

Mallikarjun Kharge appointed as observer

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has been appointed as observer for Chhattisgarh, according to news agency ANI.

7:01 pm IST

Countdown of Modi government’s fall has begun: Kejriwal

The countdown of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s fall has begun, says Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal .

6:31 pm IST

Congress thanks India, says ‘You have chosen love over hate’

“Democracy has won. Thank you India, you have chosen love over hate, peace over violence & truth over lies. This victory is yours,” says Congress.

6:06 pm IST

BJP’s countdown has begun as people reject communal politics: J&K Cong

JKPCC president G A Mir said people have “rejected the divisive and communal” politics of the BJP, reports PTI.

5:58 pm IST

We humbly accept the mandate by the people: PL Punia

“We humbly accept the mandate by the people. They have not given us the right, they have given us a responsibility. They believed the promises we made in our manifesto. People trusted the words of Rahul Gandhi ji&gave us an agenda, we accept it,” says Congress leader PL Punia.

5:54 pm IST

I take responsibility of this defeat: Raman Singh

“I take the responsibility for this defeat because the poll was contested under my leadership. We will act as a strong Opposition and work for the development of the state,” says Raman Singh, reports news agency ANI.

5:49 pm IST

This is a victory of democracy: Bhupesh Baghel

“This is a victory of democracy. BJP had a lot of money and a team of corrupt officers, they also had conspirators in their pocket. Despite all of this, the mandate given by the people in Chhattisgarh is historic,” says Bhupesh Baghel, reports news agency ANI.

5:45 pm IST

Raman Singh tenders his resignation to Governor

“I have tendered my resignation to the Governor. I take moral responsibility for the loss,” says outgoing Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh.

5:42 pm IST

It’s beginning of end of Modi govt: Amarinder Singh

Terming the assembly poll results in three Hindi heartland states as a mandate for the leadership of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh claimed it was the “beginning of the end” of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, reports PTI.

5:38 pm IST

Results of assembly polls indicate people fed up with rhetoric: AAP

Senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh told PTI, “The results of assembly polls indicate that people are fed up with jumla (rhetoric).” Singh said the BJP should seek votes for the work it has done and not in the name of building Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

5:36 pm IST

BJP’s poll performance predicts its farewell in 2019: NCP

The NCP attributed the BJP’s performance in five state assembly polls, particularly in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, to its “arrogance” and said it portended “farewell” of the NDA pivot in 2019 general elections, reports PTI.

5:34 pm IST

Congress workers burst crackers and dance as they celebrated party’s good show in Chhattisgarh

Congress workers burst crackers, danced to the dhol and played with gulal as they celebrated the party’s good show in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, reports PTI.

5:17 pm IST

Congress was strengthened under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership: Baghel

“We strengthened the Congress organisation at the basic level under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership and through that we fought the battle for the common man,” Baghel told PTI.

5:14 pm IST

Not expecting such a big blessing from people: Bhupesh Baghel

“We were not expecting such a big blessing from the people. We were expecting around 60 seats,” Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhupesh Baghel told PTI.

3:44 pm IST

Newly elected Congress MLAs of Chhattisgarh will meet in Raipur tomorrow

Newly elected Congress MLAs of Chhattisgarh will meet in Raipur tomorrow.

3:37 pm IST

Congress leading in 62 seats, BJP in 13

The Congress is leading in 62 seats and BJP is in 13 seats.

3:34 pm IST

People of Chhattisgarh took the fight in their own hands: Rupesh Baghel

Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel said people of Chhattisgarh took the fight in their own hands.

3:03 pm IST

Congress leading in 60 seats, BJP in 14

Congress is currently leading in 60 seats and BJP in 14 seats.

2:51 pm IST

Congress leading in 67 seats, BJP in 15

The Congress is leading in 67 seats and the BJP in 15 seats.

2:38 pm IST

Congress leading in 66 seats, BJP in 17

The Congress is leading in 66 seats, while the BJP in 17 seats.

1:56 pm IST

Congress leading in 64 seats, BJP in 19

The Congress is currently leading in 64 seats, whereas the BJP in 19 seats. The BSP is leading in six seats and others in one.

1:47 pm IST

Congress leading in 63 seats, BJP in 21

The Congress is leading in 63 seats and BJP in 21 seats. The BSP is leading in five seats and others in one.

1:41 pm IST

Congress leading in 60 seats, BJP in 24

The Congress is leading in 60 seats and BJP in 24. The Bahujan Samaj Party is leading in five seats and others in one.

1:33 pm IST

Congress leading in 60 seats, BJP in 22

The Congress is leading in 60 seats and BJP in 22 seats. The BSP is leading in seven seats and others in one.

1:20 pm IST

Congress leading in 61 seats, BJP in 20

The Congress is currently leading in 61 seats and BJP in 20. The BSP is leading in eight seats.

1:14 pm IST

Congress leading in 59 seats, BJP in 22

The Congress is leading in 59 seats and BJP in 22.

1:08 pm IST

Congress leading in 58 seats, BJP in 23

The Congress is leading in 58 seats, whereas BJP is in 23 seats.

1:04 pm IST

Congress leading in 57 seats, BJP in 24

The Congress is leading in 57 seats and BJP in 24 seats. The BSP is leading in eight seats.

12:58 pm IST

Congress leading in 58 seats, BJP in 23

The Congress is leading in 58 seats and BJP in 23 seats.

12:56 pm IST

Congress workers celebrate in Raipur

Congress workers celebrate in Raipur as trends show the party leading in Chhattisgarh

12:53 pm IST

Congress leading in 59 seats, BJP in 22.

The Congress is leading in 59 seats and BJP in 22. The BSP is leading in eight seats and others in one.

12:42 pm IST

Congress leading in 59 seats, BJP in 21

The Congress is leading in 59 seats, whereas the BJP is in 21. The BSP is leading in nine seats and others in one.

12:35 pm IST

Congress leading in 63 seats, BJP in 18

The Congress is leading in 63 seats and BJP in 18. The BSP is leading in eight seats and others in one.

12:22 pm IST

Congress leading in all 12 seats of Bastar

The Congress is leading in all the 12 seats of Bastar.

12:06 pm IST

Congress is leading in 65 seats, BJP in 18

Trends at 12 noon : Congress is leading in 65 seats , BJP in 18, Jogi alliance in 5 and one other .

12:05 pm IST

Congress leading in 63 seats, BJP in 18

The Congress is leading in 63 seats, while the BJP is leading in 18 seats.

11:55 am IST

Congress leading in 60 seats, BJP in 21

The Congress is currently leading in 60 seats, whereas the BJP is leading in 21.

11:51 am IST

Congress leading in 58 seats, BJP in 23

The Congress is leading in 58 seats and BJP in 23. The BSP is leading in nine seats.

11:48 am IST

GGP candidate Heera Singh Markaam leading in Pali Tankhaar constituency

Gondwana Ganatantra Party candidate Heera Singh Markaam is leading in Pali Tankhaar constituency.

11:45 am IST

Congress leading in 55 seats, BJP in 26

Early trends show the Congress is leading in 55 seats and BJP in 26. The BSP is leading in eight seats and others in one seat.

11:36 am IST

Congress leading in 57 seats, BJP in 24

The Congress is leading in 57 seats and BJP in 24. The BSP is leading in eight seats and others in one.

11:26 am IST

Congress leading in 56 seats, BJP in 25

Early trends show the Congress is leading in 56 seats and BJP in 25. The BSP is leading in eight seats, whereas others in one.

11:17 am IST

Congress leading in 55 seats, BJP in 25 seats

The Congress is leading in 55 seats and BJP in 25 seats.The BSP is leading in eight seats and others in two.

11:12 am IST

Congress leading in 56 seats, BJP in 23

The Congress is currently leading in 56 seats, whereas the BJP is leading in 23 seats. The BSP is leading in nine seats and others in two.

11:10 am IST

Congress leading in 55 seats, BJP in 24

The Congress is leading in 55 seats and the BJP is leading in 24 seats.

11:06 am IST

Congress leading in 54 seats, BJP in 25 seats

Early trends show Congress leading in 54 seats, while the BJP is leading in 25 seats. The BSP is leading in nine seats and others in two.

11:01 am IST

Congress leading in 53 seats, BJP in 26

The Congress is leading in 53 seats, BJP in 26 and BSP in 10.

10:30 am IST

Early trends show Congress leading in 53 seats, BJP in 26

Early trends show the Congress is leading in 53 seats, BJP in 26. The BSP is leading in nine seats, while others in one.

10:27 am IST

Congress leading in 51 seats, Congress in 27

The Congress is leading in 51 seats and the Congress in 27. BSP is leading in eight seats, while others leading in one seat.

10:21 am IST

Early trends show Congress leading in 52 seats, BJP in 26

Early trends show the Congress is leading in 52 seats. The BJP is leading in 26, BSP in seven seats and others in two.

10:17 am IST

Congress leading in 51 seats, BJP in 26

Congress leading in 51 seats, BJP in 26 and BSP in 6. Others are leading in three seats

10:12 am IST

Congress leading in 52 seats

Early trends show the Congress is leading in 52 seats, whereas the BJP is leading in 25 seats. The BSP is leading in six seats, while others in three.

9:58 am IST

Congress leading in 55 seats, BJP in 21

Congress is leading in 55 seats and BJP in 21, according to early trends.

9:55 am IST

Congress leading in 50 seats

The Congress is currently leading in 50 seats, whereas the BJP is leading in 26. The BSP is leading in five seats and others in one.

9:52 am IST

Early trends show Congress is leading in 48 seats

Early trends show Congress is leading in 48 seats, whereas the BJP is leading in 27 seats. The BSP is leading in five seats, while others in one.

9:49 am IST

Ajit Jogi is at third position at Marwahi

According to official ECI trends, former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi is at third position at Marwahi. BJP is leading and Congress at second.

9:42 am IST

Early trends show Congress leading in 48 seats

Early trends show Congress is leading in 48 seats. The BJP is leading in 26 seats. BSP is leading in 4 seats, while others in one.

9:37 am IST

Congress leading in 43 seats

Early trends show the Congress is leading in 43 seats, whereas the BJP is leading in 25 seats. The BSP is leading in four seats and others in one seat.

9:34 am IST

Raman Singh leads in Rajnandgaon constituency

Raman Singh is now leading from Rajnandgaon constituency.

9:31 AM IST

Initial trends show Congress is leading in 40 seats

Initial trends show the Congress is leading in 40 seats, BJP in 27.

9:24 am IST

Congress leading in 56 seats

Early trends show Congress is leading in 56 seats, whereas the BJP is leading in 16 seats.

9:16 am IST

Early trends show BJP leading in 29 seats

Early trends show BJP leading in 29 seats, whereas the Congress is leading in 23 and BSP in 4 seats.

9:13 am IST

Karuna Shukla is leading from Rajnandgaon seat

Initials trends shows that Karuna Shukla is leading from Rajnandgaon seat . She is fighting against Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh

9:07 am IST

Ajit Jogi leading from Marwahi Constituency

Chhattisgarh Janata Congress leader Ajit Jogi is leading from Marwahi constituency.

9:05 am IST

Congress leading in 37 seats, BJP in 18

BJP is leading in 18 seats while Congress is leading in 37 seats in Chhattisgarh.

9:03 am IST

Early trends show BJP leading in 22 seats

Early trends show BJP leading in 22 seats, giving a tough competition to Congress which is leading in 18 seats. The BSP is leading in three seats.

8:56 am IST

BJP leading in 18 seats

BJP leading in 18 seats beating Congress which is leading in 14 seats. BSP is leading in three seats, according to early trends.

8:51 am IST

Congress leading on 22 seats

Early trends shows Congress is leading on 22 seats in Chhattisgarh.

8:49 am IST

Congress leading in 9 seats

Congress leading in nine seats, giving a tough fight to BJP which is leading in eight seats. The BSP is leading in four seats according to early trends.

8:44 am IST

Congress leading in 8 seats

Congress is leading in eight seats, while BJP in seven and BSP in four seats according to early trends.

8:42 am IST

Congress, BJP leading in 7 seats each

Congress and BJP both leading in seven seats each, BSP leading in three seats according to early trends.

8:38 am IST

Congress leading in five seats

Congress leading in five seats, BJP leading in four and BSP in three.

8:36 am IST

Congress, BSP leading in two seats each

Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party leading in two seats each according to early trends.

8:31 am IST

BJP leading in 3 seats

BJP is currently leading in three seats, Congress in two. Bahujan Samaj Party leading in one seat, according to early trends.

8:22 am IST

BJP, Congress leading in 2 seats

BJP and Congress leading in two seats each.

8:14 am IST

Congress hoping to reclaim power in Chhattisgarh

Congress is putting up a fight as the opposition and hopes to reclaim power in the state after it had lost in 2003.

8:08 am IST

BJP, Congress tied in keen contest

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress are tied in a keen contest with Raman Singh eyeing fourth consecutive term as Chhattisgarh chief minister and the Congress seeking to return to power after 15 years.

8:03 am IST

Counting of votes begin

Counting of votes begins for Chhattisgarh.

6:50 am IST

Counting starts at 8 am