Election Results 2021: Counting of votes in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry assembly elections began at 8am amid tight security.(ANI Twitter)
Election Results 2021: Counting of votes in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry assembly elections began at 8am amid tight security.(ANI Twitter)

Election Result updates: Rahul Gandhi says he's happy to congratulate Mamata

2021 Election Results Live Updates: After a high-octane election campaign in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the union territory of Puducherry, counting of votes has begun. Results for all four states and the UT are expected to pour in from 5pm.
By Prashasti Singh | Written by Prashasti Singh, Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2021 09:06 PM IST

As counting of votes is nearing close in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and union territory (UT) Puducherry, the predictions of the exit polls have mostly come true with Assam and Puducherry remaining with the BJP alliance, Kerala with the LDF, Tamil Nadu with the DMK and West Bengal with the Trinamool Congress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the winning party chiefs and thanked voters.

The counting of votes is being conducted amid tight security in view of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and the results are expected to start rolling out after 5pm.

The high-octane election campaign in these states was followed by voting that was spread out over a month. West Bengal voted in eight phases, starting March 27 and ending on April 29, while Assam voted in three. Elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry were held in a single phase on April 6.

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BJP in West Bengal is contesting to wrestle the power out of the hands of three-time chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Assam is seeing a contest between the ruling BJP and a grand alliance of eight opposition parties including Congress, the AIUDF and the Bodoland People’s Front.

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In Tamil Nadu, the incumbent All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has gone up against MK Stalin's Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) while the battle for Kerala prominently features LDF and the Congress-led UDF.

The alliance of All India NR Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is up against the Congress-led alliance in Puducherry.

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  • MAY 02, 2021 11:20 PM IST

    Suvendu Adhikari wins Nandigram against Mamata, according to EC official data

    BJP's Suvendu Adhikari wins Nandigram constituency against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, as per Election Commission of India.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:23 PM IST

    Amit Shah congratulates Mamata, Pinarayi Vijayan and Stalin

    Congratulations to @MamataOfficial Didi, Shri @vijayanpinarayi , and Shri @mkstalin for their parties success in the assembly elections. I am sure the state governments will work shoulder to shoulder with the central government for the welfare of the people.
  • MAY 02, 2021 09:06 PM IST

    Happy to congratulate: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said he is happy to congratulate Mamata and the people of West Bengal for soundly defeating the BJP.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:45 PM IST

    Trinamool asks for a recount in Nandigram seat

    3-member Trinamool delegation is meeting Chief Electoral Officer at EC Office in Kolkata asking for a recount in Nandigram and certain other serious issues

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:07 PM IST

    Suvendu Adhikari thanks voters

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:40 PM IST

    BJP's presence significantly increased: PM Modi's message for Bengal

    "I would like to thank my sisters and brothers of West Bengal who have blessed our party. From a negligible presence earlier, BJP’s presence has significantly increased. BJP will keep serving the people. I applaud each and every Karyakarta for their spirited effort in the polls."

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:38 PM IST

    PM Modi's message for Kerala

    "Gratitude to the people of Kerala who supported our Party in these elections. I appreciate the efforts of our industrious Party Karyakartas, who will continue serving the people of the state and strengthen the party at the grassroots level," PM Modi wrote.

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:37 PM IST

    PM Modi's message for Tamil Nadu

    "I would like to thank the people of Tamil Nadu who supported NDA. I assure the people of Tamil Nadu that we will keep working towards the state’s welfare and to further popularise the glorious Tamil culture. I applaud our Karyakartas for their hard work," PM Modi tweeted.

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:25 PM IST

    Udhaynidhi Stalin hands over a brick with AIIMS written on it to Stalin to celebrate their win

  • MAY 02, 2021 06:13 PM IST

    Nirmala Sitharaman shares tweet claiming attack on BJP office in West Bengal

  • MAY 02, 2021 06:05 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi congratulates MK Stalin

  • MAY 02, 2021 05:57 PM IST

    Accept the verdict with humility, says Congress

    "People's mandate is the final word in democracy. People of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have given their democratic mandate for next five years. We accept the verdict with humility and a sense of responsibility. We recognise that the election results are not as per our expectations, particularly those of Assam and Kerala," Randeep Surjewala said.

  • MAY 02, 2021 05:42 PM IST

    Historic win but not a time to celebrate, says Pinarayi Vijayan

    "It is a historic win. We are indebted to people. This victory will empower us to take more people friendly measures," Vijayan says.

  • MAY 02, 2021 05:29 PM IST

    Shashi Tharoor congratulates Mamata

  • MAY 02, 2021 05:14 PM IST

    Mamata's 1st message after victory

    I would like to thank everyone. I request all to not take out victory processions. I urge everyone to go back to their homes now. I will address the media after 6pm, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said.

  • MAY 02, 2021 04:46 PM IST

    'Mamata Banerjee has sent out a clear message...': Sanjay Raut

    "Mamata Banerjee has sent out a clear message -- that Modi Ji and Amit Shah Ji are not invincible. They can also be defeated," Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.

  • MAY 02, 2021 04:19 PM IST

    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to address press conference at 5.30pm

    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to address press conference at 5.30pm as LDF marches towards victory in assembly elections

  • MAY 02, 2021 04:10 PM IST

    Rajnath Singh congratulates Mamata Banerjee

    Union defence minister Rajnath Singh conveyed his best wishes to Mamata Banerjee as counting of votes was underway in West Bengal assembly elections. TMC is leading in 206 seats. "Congratulations to the Chief Minister of West Bengal, @MamataOfficial Didi on her party’s victory in West Bengal assembly elections. My best wishes to her for her next tenure," he tweeted.

  • MAY 02, 2021 04:04 PM IST

    Results in for 8 Puducherry constituencies; AINRC wins 4, BJP 3, DMK 1

    Results have been declared by the ECI for eight Puducherry constituencies. The AINRC has won in four seats, the BJP in three and the DMK in 1.

  • MAY 02, 2021 03:51 PM IST

    Metro Man defeated in Kerala's Palakkad constituency

    The Metro Man, E Sreedharan, was defeated in Palakkad constituency. Congress sitting legislator Shafi Parambil retained the seat.

  • MAY 02, 2021 03:34 PM IST

    CPI(M) has won 1 seat in Kerala, and is leading in 56

    In Kerala assembly elections, the CPI(M) has won 1 seat and is ahead in 56 out of the total 140 seats. The LDF alliance is leading in 86 seats.

  • MAY 02, 2021 03:30 PM IST

    'Avoid victory celebrations': DMK chief MK Stalin tells party workers

    As his party leads in 139 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin has asked DMK workers to avoid victory celebrations in view of Covid-19 pandemic.

  • MAY 02, 2021 03:26 PM IST

    Mamata ahead of Adhikari by around 3,200 votes in Nandigram

    At 3 pm, Mamata Banerjee was ahead of Suvendu Adhikari by around 3,200 votes in Nandigram. The TMC candidates were ahead in most of the seats in South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata regions.

  • MAY 02, 2021 03:16 PM IST

    Puducherry: All India NR Congress wins 4 seats, BJP secures 2, DMK gets 1

    Results for 7 seats out in Puducherry: All India NR Congress has won 4 seats, the BJP has won two and the DMK has secured one seat.

  • MAY 02, 2021 03:13 PM IST

    Server slowed down due to heavy load, not counting: ECI

    The Election Commission of India told ANI that due to heavy load, the server has slowed down but counting has not. "Counting is continuing in the constituencies without any let-up," ECI said.

  • MAY 02, 2021 02:34 PM IST

    Omar Abdullah congratulates TMC for a 'remarkable' victory

    "Heartiest congratulations to @MamataOfficial didi & everyone at @AITCofficial for the remarkable victory in West Bengal. The BJP & a throughly partisan Election Commission threw everything including the kitchen sink at you & you prevailed. All the best for the next 5 years,"Omar Abdullah said.

  • MAY 02, 2021 02:23 PM IST

    Arvind Kejriwal congratulates Stalin on his 'resounding' victory

    As DMK headed for victory in Tamil Nadu, chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal tweeted his best wishes for Stalin. "Many congratulations to @mkstalin on a resounding victory in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls. I wish him a successful tenure and the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of people of Tamil Nadu," he tweeted.

  • MAY 02, 2021 02:16 PM IST

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar congratulates Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar has congratulated TMC's Mamata Banerjee for her 'stupendous' victory in assembly polls. The TMC is leading in 202 seats in West Bengal. "Congratulations @MamataOfficial on your stupendous victory! Let us continue our work towards the welfare of people and tackling the Pandemic collectively."

    In another tweet, he congratulated DMK's MK Stalin too. Stalin's DMK is ahead in 134 seats in Tamil Nadu. "Congratulations @mkstalin on your win, a truly well deserved victory! Wishing you the best to serve people who have instilled their faith in you!" he tweeted.

  • MAY 02, 2021 01:59 PM IST

    DMK a 'responsible' party, cadres should celebrate at home, says leader

    "The cadres are simply jubilant. Our leader's advice to the cadres is that let them celebrate from their homes as Election Commission is taking serious note of any violation. We are a responsible political party," DMK's TKS Elangovan said.

  • MAY 02, 2021 01:50 PM IST

    Mamata Banerjee leads in Nandigram

    Mamata Banerjee surpasses BJP's Suvendu Adhikari to lead in Nandigram after three rounds of counting.

  • MAY 02, 2021 01:29 PM IST

    AIADMK's V Ramu leading in Tamil Nadu's Katpadi

    In Tamil Nadu's Katpadi, AIADMK's V Ramu is leading and DMK's Durai Murugan is trailing.

  • MAY 02, 2021 01:07 PM IST

    EC takes note of crowd gathered to celebrate victory in elections

    The Election Commission of India has taken note of crowds gathered to celebrate victory in elections and has directed chief secretaries of all four states and Puducherry to file FIRs in each such case.

  • MAY 02, 2021 01:00 PM IST

    'Tremors will be felt in Delhi': Shiv Sena's taunt to BJP on impact of election results

    Shiv Sena lawmaker Sanjay Raut said that 'tremors will be felt' in Delhi after May 2. “Those claiming that there would be political developments in Maharashtra after May 2 [election results] should also remember that tremors will also be felt in Delhi,” he said in his weekly column in his party’s mouthpiece Saamana.

  • MAY 02, 2021 12:47 PM IST

    TMC gains lead in 202 seats out of the total 294 in West Bengal

    Mamata Banerjee's TMC has gained lead in 202 seats while the BJP trails with lead in 77 seats in West Bengal assembly elections, according to currents trends.

  • MAY 02, 2021 12:30 PM IST

    BJP ahead in 17 seats, crosses majority mark in Puducherry; retains lead in Assam

    BJP is ahead in 17 seats and has crossed the majority-mark in the 30-member Puducherry assembly, according to early trends. The party has also retained its lead in Assam.

  • MAY 02, 2021 12:24 PM IST

    DMK supporters celebrate as trends show party leading in Tamil Nadu

    Official trends show DMK leading in 141 seats in Tamil Nadu.

  • MAY 02, 2021 12:11 PM IST

    Trends clearly show victory for BJP in Assam, says CM Sarbananda Sonowal

    Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal told news agency ANI that "it was clear" that the BJP was going to retain power in the state, according to the trends.

  • MAY 02, 2021 12:03 PM IST

    Kerala Election 2021: 3 candidates elected

    Three candidates in Kerala -- labour minister T K Ramakrishnan in Perambra, power minister M M Mani in Idukki and Mani C Kappan (NCP breakaway faction) in Pala -- have been elected.

  • MAY 02, 2021 12:02 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu: Some heavyweights leading in their respective constituencies

    In Tamil Nadu, heavyweights who are leading in their strongholds include chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami in Edappadi constituency, opposition leader M K Stalin in Kolathur seat, municipal administration minister S P Velumani in Thondamuthur and health minister C Vijayabhaskar.

  • MAY 02, 2021 11:57 AM IST

    If LDF retains Kerala, it would end a four-decade-old electoral tradition in state

    If LDF retains power, it would be an end of the four-decade-old electoral tradition of Kerala, wherein the government changes after every five years.

  • MAY 02, 2021 11:54 AM IST

    After 4 rounds of counting in Kerala, LDF emerges as leader in 90 seats

    After four rounds of counting in Kerala, LDF is leading in 90 seats and opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front is way behind in 47 seats. The BJP-led NAD is leading in three seats.

  • MAY 02, 2021 11:46 AM IST

    BJP, which leads in 108 seats in West Bengal, said it will win over 200 seats

    The BJP, which has taken lead in 108 seats, has said its target is to win over 200 seats West Bengal. In 2016 elections, the party won just three seats.

  • MAY 02, 2021 11:32 AM IST

    As TMC takes lead in Bengal, BJP leader says 'situation will be clear only by evening'

    As TMC took lead in West Bengal, BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya said it was too early to say anything because there are so many rounds pending. “Situation will be clear only by evening. We had started from 3 and were challenged that we won't get even 100, we have crossed that mark,” he was quoted by a news agency.

  • MAY 02, 2021 11:23 AM IST

    Pinarayi Vijayan watches the election trends along with party members

    Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is leading from the Dharmadam Assembly constituency.

  • MAY 02, 2021 11:08 AM IST

    West Bengal: TMC's Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Firhad Hakim leading, early trends show

    TMC candidates Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Firhad Hakim leading from Bhabanipur and Kolkata Port seats respectively, according to initial trends.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:56 AM IST

    Puducherry Election 2021: BJP leads in 15 seats, Cong alliance in 8

    In Puducherry, the BJP alliance was leading in 15 seats, one short of the majority mark, and the Congress alliance trailed with leads in 8 seats.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:55 AM IST

    TMC crosses majority mark in West Bengal, BJP in Assam

    The TMC has crossed the majority mark in West Bengal with lead in 162 seats, while the BJP has crossed the mark in Assam with 71 seats. DMK is ahead in Tamil Nadu with lead in 131 seats, according to early trends.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:39 AM IST

    DMK leads in 128 seats, AIADMK in 71 in Tamil Nadu

    In Tamil Nadu, DMK is leading in 128 seats while the ruling AIADMK is ahead in 71 seats.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:36 AM IST

    West Bengal election 2021: TMC alliance ahead in 133, BJP in 77 seats

    The TMC alliance is leading in West Bengal in 133 seats while the BJP is ahead in 77 seats. The Left alliance has lead in 6 seats.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:34 AM IST

    Kerala Election 2021: CPI(M) leading on 46 seats, Congress on 20

    According to the ECI, CPI(M) is leading on 46 seats and Congress on 20 in Kerala.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:28 AM IST

    Assam Elections 2021: BJP leads in 42 seats, Congress alliance in 12

    Trends for 54 out of the total 126 assembly seats in Assam are in and the BJP and its allies are leading in 42 seats while the Congress alliance leads in 12.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:16 AM IST

    West Bengal elections: TMC leads in 68 seats, BJP in 36

    TMC leads in 68 seats while BJP is ahead on 36 seats, according to the official trends on the ECI website.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:10 AM IST

    Kerala Election results: LDF establishes clear lead in 90 seats, UDF in 48 and NDA in 2

    After the second round of counting in Kerala, LDF established a clear lead in 90 seats, UDF in 48 and NDA in two.

  • MAY 02, 2021 10:02 AM IST

    Assam polls: BJP alliance leads in 25 seats, Congress in 7

    BJP and its allies are leading in 25 seats in Assam while Congress and its allied lead in 7 out of the 32 seats for which early trends are available.

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:58 AM IST

    Suvendu Adhikari leads from Nandigram

    BJP's Suvendu Adhikari is leading from the hot seat of Nandigram, where he is fighting against TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, with over 3,000 votes, trends show.

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:50 AM IST

    Assam Elections 2021: BJP leads in 6, ally AGP in 2 seats; Congress ahead in 2 constituencies

    In Assam, BJP is leading in six constituencies currently, its ally Asom Gana Parishad in two and Congress also leading in two.

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    TMC candidate from West Bengal's Sitalkuchi, where 4 persons were shot dead as voting was on, takes lead

    The TMC candidate has taken lead in West Bengal's Sitalkuchi, where four people were shot dead when security personnel opened fire after some people "attempted to snatch their rifles" while voting was underway.

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:43 AM IST

    DMK's Udhayanidhi Stalin visits counting booth. See pictures

    DMK candidate from Chepauk assembly constituency, Udhayanidhi Stalin, arrives at Queen Mary's College in Chennai where counting of votes is underway. AIADMK leading on 8 seats, DMK on 1 and PMK on 2 seats.

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:41 AM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021: BJP's Mukul Roy leads from Krishnanagar Uttar

    BJP national vice president Mukul Roy is leading from Krishnanagar Uttar and Tollywood actor-turned-TMC candidate Koushani Mukherjee is trailing in the constituency.

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:36 AM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021: TMC leads in 7, BJP in 3 constituencies, show EC trends

    The TMC was leading on 7 seats and the BJP on 3 seats, according to the Election Commission of India trends.

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:34 AM IST

    Tamil Nadu Election 2021: Kamal Haasan ahead of Congress, BJP counterparts from Coimbatore South seat

    Makkal Needhi Maiam's Kamal Haasan is ahead of the candidates from Congress and BJP in Coimbatore South constituency.

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:27 AM IST

    Tamil Nadu's postal ballot counting: Stalin, Palaniswami lead from their respective seats

    DMK’s MK Stalin is leading in his constituency Kolathur and AIADMK’s Edappadi Palaniswami is leading from Edappadi seat. BJP state chief L Murugan is leading in Dharapuram.

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:19 AM IST

    Assam Election Results 2021: Postal ballot count shows lead for Sarbananda Sonowal, Himanta Biswa Sarma

    Postal ballot count shows lead for key candidates - BJP's Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma and Asom Gana Parishad's (AGP) Keshab Mahanta. Click here for Assam assembly election live updates

  • MAY 02, 2021 09:08 AM IST

    Kerala polls: LDF leads in 80, UDF in 57, NDA in 3 seats round-1 of counting

    After the first round of counting in Kerala assembly election, LDF was leading in 80 seats, UDF in 57 and NDA in 3.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:57 AM IST

    Kerela polls: Metro Man E Sreedharan leads in Palakkad with 1,000 votes

    Metro Man E Sreedharan leads in Palakkad with 1,000 votes, according to initial trends. Widow of late Marxist renegade K Rema establishes clear lead in Vadakara. Click here for Kerala assembly election live updates

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:56 AM IST

    Counting agent falls unconscious in West Bengal, taken to hospital

    A counting agent of Congress candidate from Panihati (North 24 Parganas), Tapas Majumder, was taken to a hospital after he fell unconscious.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:50 AM IST

    EVM counting begins in Kerala: LDF leads as initial trends in

    EVMs counting begins in Kerala. According to initial trends, the ruling LDF has lead in 50 seats, UDF in 36 and NDA in 2.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:47 AM IST

    'Postal ballot is very preliminary trend': Political commentator

    "Postal ballot is very preliminary trend. It doesnt reflect whats in store. We have to wait for EVM," Biswanath Chakraborty, political commentator says as TMC leads in West Bengal. BJP's Babul Supriyo is leading in postal ballots early trend.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:43 AM IST

    Postal ballot counting underway in West Bengal: TMC takes lead

    Postal ballot counting in underway in West Bengal. The TMC is leading in 55 seats while the BJP is ahead in 52. Left and the Congress along with ISF are leading in 3 seats.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:41 AM IST

    Assam polls: INC takes lead in 2 seats

    Assam Congress took lead in 2 seats as early trends started trickling in.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:37 AM IST

    West Bengal elections: Early trends in, BJP leads in 3 seats, TMC in 1

    Early trends in the West Bengal elections showed the BJP leading in 3 seats and the TMC in 1,

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:29 AM IST

    Visuals from Kerala's Idukki where counting of postal ballots is underway

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:26 AM IST

    4,218 candidates are in the fray in Tamil Nadu

    Counting across 75 centres is underway in Tamil Nadu. As many as 4,218 candidates are in the fray.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:23 AM IST

    Postal ballots being counted in Tamil Nadu, DMK ahead in 5 seats

    Postal ballots, or votes cast by people through posts, are being counted in Tamil Nadu. MK Stalin's DMK is ahead in five seats and AIADMK is ahead in 3 seats in the postal counting.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:16 AM IST

    Postal ballots counted in Kerala: LDF ahead in 5 seats, UDF in 3

    After postal ballots count, LDF was ahead in five seats and UDF in three.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:13 AM IST

    Reserved EVM found at counting centre in Assam's Hailakandi; had no votes polled

    A reserved and unused Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) was found inside a trunk at a counting centre in Assam on Saturday evening. It was checked for votes in front of the contesting candidates, who had also reached the spot, and was found empty.

  • MAY 02, 2021 08:00 AM IST

    Counting of votes begins

    Counting of votes in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry has begun.

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:57 AM IST

    Puducherry Election Result 2021: Alliance of AINRC, BJP predicted to come to power

    Exit polls have predicted that the alliance of All India N.R. Congress and the BJP will come to power in the union territory of Puducherry. Meanwhile, the Congress-lead alliance is projected to win between 6 and 13 seats out of 30 assembly seats in the UT.

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:48 AM IST

    Tamil Nadu Election Result 2021: MK Stalin could be the CM, pollsters say

    MK Stalin's Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) could win majority in Tamil Nadu's 234-member state assembly, according to most major pollsters. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (AIADMK) seat share is projected to shrink, according to exit polls. An exit poll is a poll of voters taken immediately after they exit the polling stations. Results will be announced after the counting of votes.

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:32 AM IST

    Kerala Election Result 2021: Vijayan set to return to power, according to pollsters

    Pinarayi Vijayan's Left Democratic Front (LDF) is set to retain majority in Kerala's 140-member strong assembly, according to pollsters. The United Democratic Front (UDF) is likely to win between 30 and 68 seats, most pollsters have predicted.

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:25 AM IST

    Assam Election Result 2021: BJP to retain power, most exit polls have predicted

    Assam has a 126-member assembly. All major pollsters, barring the ABP-CVoter, have predicted an easy win for BJP in the state. The India Today poll gave 75-85 seats to BJP and 40-50 to the Congress and News24-Chanakya gave 70 seats to BJP and 56 to Congress. According to the Republic-CNX poll, 74-84 seats will be won by BJP and 40-50 by Congress. However, the ABP-CVoter poll anticipates a close contest between the parties. It has predicted that 58-71 seats will go to BJP and 53-66 to the Congress alliance.

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:15 AM IST

    West Bengal has a 292-member assembly

    The eastern state has a 292-member assembly. According to most exit poll results, BJP could win up to 140 seats. Only Republic TV-CNX poll predicted that the BJP will have an edge over the TMC with 138-148 seats. The pollster gave TMC 124-138 seats. Exit polls, however, have often gotten the number of seats wrong in the past.

  • MAY 02, 2021 07:09 AM IST

    West Bengal Election Result 2021: TMC versus BJP will be the highlight of results

    West Bengal, where polling was held over eight phases from March 27 to April 29, will witness a tug of war between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

  • MAY 02, 2021 06:59 AM IST

    Electoral officials on high alert in view of Covid-19

    Officials responsible for the conduct of the counting process are on high alert in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has instructed them to ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour is followed at all stations in order to help curb the spread of the virus.

  • MAY 02, 2021 06:58 AM IST

    Counting of votes in 4 states, Puducherry to begin at 8am

    Counting of votes in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assembly elections will begin at 8am. Results for all four states and the UT are expected to be out by the evening.

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PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:05 PM IST
  • Dhankhar will visit West Bengal's Sitalkuchi and other places in Coochbehar where he will interact with victims of post-poll violence.
Riniki Bhuyan Sarma was all praise for her 52-year-old husband in the manner he tackled the Covid-19 pandemic in the state and "though it is far from over, he is trying to sincerely deal with the challenge". (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Riniki Bhuyan Sarma was all praise for her 52-year-old husband in the manner he tackled the Covid-19 pandemic in the state and "though it is far from over, he is trying to sincerely deal with the challenge". (PTI Photo) (PTI)

Himanta was sure of becoming CM even in his college days, says wife Rinki Bhuyan

PTI | , Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 08:03 PM IST
"He was 22 and I was 17 when we first met and I had asked him what I would tell my mother about his future. He had replied- tell her that I will become the chief minister of Assam," said Riniki Bhuyan.
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar along with CM Mamata Banerjee pose for photographs with newly sworn-in ministers during a ceremony at Raj Bhavan, in Kolkata on May 10, 2021. (ANI Photo)
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar along with CM Mamata Banerjee pose for photographs with newly sworn-in ministers during a ceremony at Raj Bhavan, in Kolkata on May 10, 2021. (ANI Photo)

Mamata Banerjee inducts 43 ministers: Check full list of portfolios

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 06:56 PM IST
The TMC won the state assembly elections for a third consecutive time as it secured 213 of the total 294 assembly constituencies. Mamata Banerjee had taken oath as the chief minister of Bengal for a third time on May 5.
Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked PM Modi on Twitter for reposing his faith in his leadership (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked PM Modi on Twitter for reposing his faith in his leadership (PTI Photo) (PTI)

PM Modi congratulates new Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 02:21 PM IST
  • Himanta Biswa Sarma was earlier a Congress heavyweight and erstwhile chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s second-in-command
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi greets the new chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during his swearing-in ceremony at Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra in Guwahati on Monday, May 10. (PTI)
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi greets the new chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during his swearing-in ceremony at Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra in Guwahati on Monday, May 10. (PTI)

Himanta Biswa Sarma takes oath as Assam’s 15th CM; 13 ministers also sworn in

PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 01:17 PM IST
The ministers are Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Parimal Suklabaidya, Ronoj Pegu, Sanjay Kishan, Jogen Mohan, Ajanta Neog, Ashok Singhal, Pijush Hazarika, Bimal Bora (all from BJP) Atul Bora and Keshav Mahanta (from AGP) and Urkhao Gwra Brahma (from UPPL)
TMC supporters celebrate their party's lead in the West Bengal state legislative assembly elections on May 2. (File photo) Exclusive
TMC supporters celebrate their party's lead in the West Bengal state legislative assembly elections on May 2. (File photo)

In Bengal, the story of BJP, TMC and the Dalit and tribal vote

UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 12:37 PM IST
Bengal has 66 seats reserved for SC, which form roughly a quarter of the state’s population and 16 for ST, which make up about 6% of the population. SC seats are spread across the southwest, north and southern parts of the state while the ST seats are mainly in the north and western parts of the state
Himanta Biswa Sarma taking oath as Assam CM (ANI)
Himanta Biswa Sarma taking oath as Assam CM (ANI)

Himanta Biswa Sarma sworn-in as Assam CM, 13 MLAs also take oath

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 01:00 PM IST
Himanta Biswa Sarma is the 15th chief minister of Assam, and the second Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) CM of the northeastern state. Sarma succeeds party colleague Sarbananda Sonowal in office.
Assam CM-elect Himanta Biswa Sarma (PTI FILE PHOTO.)
Assam CM-elect Himanta Biswa Sarma (PTI FILE PHOTO.)

Assam CM-elect Himanta Biswa Sarma to take oath today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 09:13 AM IST
Sarma was on Sunday elected 'unanimously' as the leader of the BJP’s legislature party in Assam, and will be the 15th chief minister of the northeastern state.
Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File photo)
Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File photo)

Himanta Biswa Sarma chosen as next CM of Assam, to assume charge tomorrow

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2021 01:43 PM IST
Sarma, who will succeed fellow BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal in office, was on Sunday 'unanimously' elected as the BJP's legislature party leader in the northeastern state.
Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma interacts with Sarbananda Sonowal during the recently concluded Assam assembly polls. (ANI file PHOTO.)
Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma interacts with Sarbananda Sonowal during the recently concluded Assam assembly polls. (ANI file PHOTO.)

Himanta Sarma meets BJP's top brass to discuss Assam leadership; Sonowal to join

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani Kumar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2021 01:35 PM IST
  • The BJP did not announce a chief ministerial candidate before the Assembly polls in Assam, where the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance won 75 seats in the 126-member Assembly and secured a second term.
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