Gujarat, Himachal election results 2017 Highlights: PM Modi says people chose path of development
The Narendra Modi-led BJP wrested Himachal Pradesh from the Congress, while in Gujarat it took 99 seats. Here are the highlights:india Updated: Dec 18, 2017 21:58 IST
The BJP claimed victory in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat with the Narendra Modi-led party leading by a comfortable margins in his home state.
Although early trends indicated a neck-and-neck race in Gujarat with the Congress, which mounted a tough challenge in Gujarat on the back of a spirited campaign by its newly elected president Rahul Gandhi, the BJP pulled back some of that momentum.
The majority mark in the 182-seat Gujarat assembly is 92.
But despite a BJP victory, the Gujarat elections have a mixed message for Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel.
In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has made a comeback by nearly doubling its lead over the Congress.
Despite impending defeat, Rahul Gandhi may well have emerged as a leader in this round of elections and succeeded in ending the perception that he was both reluctant and incompetent.
The counting of votes in both states started at 8am. The Election Commission of India will announce the final results on its website eci.nic.in by the evening.
Here are the highlights on Gujarat and Himachal election results:
9pm: Counting of Gujarat votes ends. Tally stands as follows:
BJP – 99 (49.1% vote share)
Congress – 77 (41.1% vote share)
NCP – 1 (0.6% vote share)
Bharatiya Tribal Party – 1 (0.7% vote share)
Independents – 3 (4.3% vote share)
6.50pm: So many conspiracies were hatched in Gujarat by Congress, misinformation was being spread. People cannot bear if anyone makes fun of ‘vikas’: PM Narendra Modi
6.45pm: For me, Gujarat polls are a matter of double happiness. I am so happy that after I left the state, my colleagues there continued the good work, says PM Modi
6.41pm: BJP won all the seats it contested in 1989 Lok Sabha polls. We won most of the seats we contested in 1990. In 1995, in 1998, in 2002, in 2007 and in 2012 we won. We won most seats in Lok Sabha polls too: PM
6.40pm: Gujarat election results are historic. In this day and age, for a party to keep winning for so long: PM Narendra Modi.
6.38pm: The results in Himachal Pradesh show that if you don’t do development and are embroiled in all wrong acts then after 5 years people will not accept you, says PM Modi.
6.37pm: People of Himachal Pradesh have given a positive vote... for development, says PM Modi.
6.35pm: Election results prove the country is ready for reforms, says PM Modi
6.35pm: During UP elections it was said BJP would lose due to GST effect in urban areas, same was said in Gujarat elections and local body polls in Maharashtra: PM Narendra Modi
6.33pm: I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. They chose the path of development, says PM Modi.
6.323pm: Prime minister Narendra Modi addresses party workers at the BJP headquarters.
6.31pm: “The Congress spread casteism and took the campaign to a low. Despite that, the BJP won in Gujarat and this shows the people’s faith in Narendra Modi,” says BJP chief Amit Shah.
6.30pm: BJP has not lost a single election in Gujarat since Narendra Modi became CM in 1990, says BJP chief Amit Shah.
6.29pm: BJP president Amit Shah and other leaders felicitate PM Narendra Modi at BJP HQ in Delhi as party celebrates Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh win.
6.25pm: Congress accepts people’s verdict in assembly elections, fought anger with dignity, says Rahul Gandhi. Read full story here
6.20pm: Election Commission was approached for counting at two booths in different constituencies. The EC has given instructions to conduct counting through VVPAT in those two particular booths: BB Swain, chief electoral officer of Gujarat.
6.14pm: Rajdeep Sardesai writes on why the Congress’ appeal for change didn’t work in urban Gujarat. Read here
6.10pm: How the Gujarat election results are the first tremors of a youthquake. Read here
5.53pm: The BJP’s vote share in Gujarat this time, at 49.1%, has slumped sharply since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when it clocked nearly 60%, but when compared to the 2012 assembly polls — 48% — it shows a marginal rise.
The Congress’ vote share has improved significantly — to 41.4% — up from the 33% in 2014 and higher than around 39% in the 2012 polls.
5.45pm: CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy says: “Narendra Modi may become more dictatorial. It is not a positive sign for Indian democracy.”
5.38pm: 5 reasons why Gujarat election results went BJP’s way. Read here
5.33pm: BJP loses Unjha constituency to the Congress that includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hometown of Vadnagar. Congress’ Asha Patel beats outgoing BJP MLA Patel Narayanbhai Lalludas by a margin of over 19,500 votes in the traditional stronghold of the Patidar community.
5.27pm: Results declared in 39 seats of Himachal Pradesh on Election Commission website: BJP 23; Congress 14.
5.26pm:Results declared in 159 seats of Gujarat on Election Commission website: BJP 84; Congress+ 74.
5.25pm: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu tweets: “Congratulations BJP on winning the elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Wishing them all the best for their forthcoming tenure in governance.”
5.24pm: Development has won, says PM Narendra Modi. Read here
5.23pm: What derailed the Congress in Himachal Pradesh. Read here
5.18pm: “It’s a symbol of people’s confidence in Congress. Thankful that they made me victorious. We have never stepped back from serving people in and we will always serve them,” says Rajinder Rana, Congress candidate who won in Sujanpur against BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal.
5.10pm: “The Congress relied on caste-based politics in Gujarat,” says Vijay Rupani.
5.06pm: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee says it’s “moral defeat” for BJP in Gujarat.
5.03pm: “I would like to give credit for this victory to the people of Gujarat. I also assure people that in the coming five years, the BJP will work towards what the people of the state want,” says Vijay Rupani.
5.01pm: “Congratulations to people of Gujarat, BJP and Gujarat BJP karyakartas on winning the Gujarat assembly elections 2017. This victory reiterates pan India trust of people in the development agenda and policies of our government led by PM Narendra Mod,” tweets Arun Jaitley.
4.56pm: Congress’ Vikramaditya Singh, leading from Shimla Rural, says: “I’ll always stand with government, whichever party it might be of and serve the people. As a son I am sad we couldn’t make it possible for him (Virbhadra Singh) to become the CM the seventh time. We’ll analyse our drawbacks.”
4.53pm: BJP’s Saurabh Patel wins from Botad.
4.52pm: True to its secular, liberal core, Congress refused to polarise the electorate, recognising that the politically beneficial is not always beneficial for the nation, writes Congress’ Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot. Read here
4.50pm: Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s CM candidate in Himachal Pradesh, who lost from Sujanpur, says: “Personal loss is not of much importance.The gain that victory has brought to state BJP is important. Thankful to people for voting for BJP. In politics, sometimes one wins, sometimes one loses. I was not expecting to lose, I will do an analysis.”
4.45pm: Results declared in 141 seats of Gujarat on Election Commission website: BJP 72; Congress+ 69.
4.35pm: We won comfortably, increased our vote share. It was not a close contest at all: Amit Shah
4.32pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweets: “My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage.”
4.28pm: The EC’s responsibility is to protect democracy in this country, says Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
4.27pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweets: “The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me.”
4.25pm: We have given such a fight to the BJP in Himachal that their CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost, says Sushil Kumar Shinde.
4.23pm: Congress takes a dig at Narendra Modi’s 56-inch chest remark:
छाती बड़ी तो क्या अब दिल भी बड़ा कीजिए, लड़खड़ाते विकास को अब तो खड़ा कीजिए @rssurjewala— Congress Live (@INCIndiaLive) December 18, 2017
4.18pm: We are confident that BJP will form government in Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Karnataka next: Amit Shah
4.16pm: Attempts were made to lower the discourse of debate. But people reposed their faith in BJP, says party chief Amit Shah.
4.15pm: The 2/3rd lead in Himachal Pradesh shows that people there want to join PM Narendra Modi in the journey to development: BJP chief Amit Shah.
4.12pm: On the site of the EC, the Congress and its allies have won over 84 seats so far. Two Independents who won support Congress+ and so does NCP so the Congress+ tally is 84, says Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
4.10pm: Congress’ Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot says: “BJP in the home state of PM Modiji and Amit Shahji is struggling to cross even 100.”
4.09pm: BJP chief Amit Shah at press conference says: “Country is getting rid of casteism dynasty and politics of appeasement. Democracy is entering new era.”
4.07pm: Congress campaign under the leadership of Congress president Rahul Gandhi has led to a moral victory for our party in Gujarat: Congress’ Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot.
4.06pm: Congress had a very good campaign in Gujarat, Rahul ji’s campaign reminded us of Indiraji: Congress’ Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot.
4.05pm: The points that Rahul Gandhi raised, the BJP could not provide any answers, says Congress’ Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot.
4.04pm: Results declared in 114 seats of Gujarat on Elelction Commission website: BJP 58; Congress+ 55.
4.02pm: “The victory in and Himachal shows people have once again accepted PM Modi, his and the Gujarat model. They’ve voted for development and against the corrupt Congress. It’ll have positive impact in Karnataka,” says BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka BJP president.
3.56pm: “I accept the victory of the BJP. I, being the CM, take full responsibility of our performance here. I hope Vikramaditya (Singh) keeps winning in future, like he won today,” says Virbhadra Singh.
3.55pm: Shares reversed earlier losses to end higher on Monday as the Narendra Modi-led BJP appeared to win elections in his home state of Gujarat. The BSE Sensex rose 0.41% to 33,601.68, while the broader NSE Nifty ended 0.54% higher at 10,388.75.
3.51pm: “Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh is a victory of PM Narendra Modi’s development agenda and against the politics of casteism and appeasement,” says BJP chief Amit Shah.
3.50pm: “The key takeaway (of Gujarat assembly elections) is it’s not (going to be) a cakewalk for the BJP any more in 2019,” says Telangana Rashtra Samiti floor leader in Lok Sabha, AP Jithender Reddy.
3.44pm: What does the Gujarat 2017 result mean for BJP’s future election narrative. Read here
3.42pm:Results declared on Election Commission website now--BJP: 46 (leading 53); Congress+: 47 (leading 33)
3.33pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets: “I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly.”
3.31pm: “Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP Karyakartas in these states for their hardwork which has led to these impressive victories,” tweets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
3.30pm: Development won, Gujarat won, tweets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
3.28pm: Results declared on Election Commission website now--BJP: 45 (leading 55); Congress+: 41 (leading 39)
3.25pm: BJP chief Amit Shah arrives at BJP headquarters.
3.23pm: Congress’ Virbhadra Singh wins from Arki, Himachal Pradesh.
3.22pm: In most seats in Saurashtra, Patidars have won, says Hardik Patel.
3.15pm: Hardik Patel says: “I want to congratulate the BJP -- they won by tampering with the EVMs.”
3.12pm: There has been tampering in EVMs in Surat,Rajkot and Ahmedabad, hence the gap is very less wherever tampering happened. EVMs are hackable: Hardik Patel
"I express my gratitude to the people of Vadgam for all their support. Now I will raise the voice of Gujarat's discriminated sections in the assembly," says #JigneshMevani who is leading by 19696 votes from Vadgam #ElectionResults pic.twitter.com/IsInhayZ4M— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
3.02pm: The four key elements of the Gujarat campaign that Congress got right. Read here
2.58pm: Gujarat election result trends right now (leads+wins): BJP: 98; Congress+: 81; Others: 2
2.56pm: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut praises Congress president Rahul Gandhi for leading his party “without bothering about the results”, says results show the people are not happy with the BJP in Gujarat. Read here
2.49pm: Congress set to win Godhra, Parmar Rajendrasinh Balwantsinh leads BJP’s CK Raolji by 8,000-odd votes.
2.46pm: The divisive campaign for Gujarat marks a low watershed in the lives of its five million Muslims, writes activist-author Harsh Mander. Read here
2.41pm: Gujarat minister Chimanbhai Sapariya trailing from Jamjodhpur to Congress’s Chiragbhai Kalariya.
2.34pm: Results declared on Election Commission website now--BJP: 27 (leading 70); Congress+: 21 (leading 61)
2.18pm: How assembly election results 2017 will boost Narendra Modi’s reforms agenda | india-news | Hindustan Times. Read here
2.11pm: Results declared on Election Commission website now--BJP: 17 (leading 84); Congress+: 16 (leading 63)
2.07pm: What the Gujarat election result means for the Indian economy, businesses and markets. Read here
2.03pm: “In his opening innings he scored zero,” says Goa CM Manohar Parrikar on Rahul Gandhi.
2.01pm: How the second phase of Gujarat polls saved the day for BJP in prestige battle. Read here
1.57pm: Results declared on Election Commission website now--BJP: 13 (leading 88); Congress+: 14 (leading 65)
1.49pm: Home minister Rajnath Singh on Rahul Gandhi outside Parliament: “Abhi toh kuch nahi bolunga kyunki woh haal hi mein adhyaksh bane hain lekin ‘sar mundwate hi ole pade’.”
1.44pm: Results on Election Commission website now--BJP: 13 (leading 89); Congress+: 11 (leading 67)
1.30pm: BJP fends off challenge for Patidar vote from Hardik and Congress, shows Election Commission data. Read here
1.27pm: Results on Election Commission website now--BJP: 10 (leading 91); Congress+: 8 (leading 79)
The 13 winners declared so far in Gujarat are mostly wealthy (9 are crorepatis), and none face criminal cases! Also, all of them are men.https://t.co/yta5gaKSA7#GujaratElection2017 #GujaratVerdict via @htTweets pic.twitter.com/tPd50Aqr7t— Harry Stevens (@Harry_Stevens) December 18, 2017
1.22pm: Former chief election commissioner HS BRahma says: “I firmly believe that our EVMs, VVPATs cannot be tampered with. This matter should be closed once and for all as it is tried and tested. EVM is a standalone machine, question of hacking doesn’t arise.” Read here
1.18pm: Trends on Election Commission website now--BJP: 102 (won 8); Congress+: 78 (won 5)
1.15pm: Gujarat deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel says: “Ultimately, the BJP is going to register victory. It is leading almost everywhere now.”
1.05pm: Congress leaders on Monday said the party’s improved electoral performance in Gujarat was the result of their new chief Rahul Gandhi’s effective leadership.
Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath says: “Every election has its own message. Gujarat has been the BJP’s bastion. It is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress’ tally has gone up there, while the BJP’s numbers have fallen. This is the start of Rahul Gandhi’s political story.”
“Congress has done brilliantly. Our strength has increased. Morally, it has been a brilliant intervention of Rahul Gandhi,” says Congress leader Renuka Chowdary.
12.59pm: Trends on Election Commission website now--BJP: 102 (won 6, leading 96); Congress+: 78 (won 2)
12.54pm: Congress president reaches Parliament, says “I’m satisfied.”
Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi reaches Parliament. pic.twitter.com/HvZLCGPqCh— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2017
12.49pm: Trends on Election Commission website right now--BJP: 101 (won 5, leading 96); Congress+: 79 (won 1)
12.48pm: OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who recently joined the Congress, has won from Radhanpur.
12.46pm: Gujarat 2017 is an interesting study in terms of election results: The winner has won, but the loser hasn’t lost, writes professor Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Read here
12.45pm: BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya says: “We will analyse the tough fight in Gujarat.” Read here
12.40pm: BJP minister Smriti Irani says: “It is a matter of happiness for us, this is the victory of development. It is the victory of every booth worker’s hard work and the people who trusted development.”
12.38pm: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor says: “The Congress is leading on some 75 seats which is good. This is twice better than the last elections. What if we could not reach the destination, the journey has been good. And the final tally may even be better than this.”
12.31pm: “People have rejected divisive politics of Congress, this win is due to the dynamic leadership of BJP and the hard work of BJP workers,” says Yogi Adityanath,UP CM
12.05pm: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, fighting as an Independent, wins from Vadgam.
12pm: Congress’ Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot says: “Rahul Gandhi put up a nice campaign; results a win for Congress.” Read here
11.52am: Congress’ Kunwarji Bavaliya wins from Jasdan.
11.48am: Trends in Himachal Pradesh elections now--BJP: 41; Congress: 21.
11.46am: CPM’s Rakesh Singha wins from Theog assembly segment in Himachal Pradesh.
11.40am: Dilip Sanghani of BJP loses from Dhari.
11.32am: The BJP’s candidate from Surat’s Katargam, Vinu Moradiya, wins. Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s rallies were earlier reported to be successful in the area.
11.31am: Trends in Gujarat elections now--BJP: 103; Congress+: 76
11.28am: BJP’s Babu Bokriya defeats Arjun Modhwadia in Porbandar.
11.22am: Congress wins Kasumpti seat in Himachal Pradesh with its candidate Anirudh Singh defeating BJP’s Vijay Jyoti by a margin of 9,397 votes.
11.21am: How Narendra Modi played his cards to bring BJP back to power. Read here
11.16am: Trends for Gujarat election results now--BJP: 101; Congress+: 78.
etaba Jadeja (Gondal) and minister Jayesh Radadia (Jetpur) win.
11.10am: How did the fight between the Congress and the BJP get so close? Read here
11am: Independent candidate Jignesh Mevani leading by 10,785 in Vadgam.
10.51am: BJP’s Vijay Rupani wins from Rajkot West.
10.48am: Trends show the Congress making inroads into the BJP’s strongholds in urban Gujarat while holding on to its pocket boroughs in the rural regions of the western state. Read full story here
10.41am: Home minister Rajnath Singh says: “We will form governments in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with clear majority.”
10.40am: Trends in Gujarat right now-- BJP: 97; Congress+: 74.
10.37am: How Patidar leader Hardik Patel made Gujarat a close contest. Read here
10.31am: “Ultimately BJP is going to register victory, contrary to early trends BJP is leading almost everywhere now,” BJP’s Nitinbhai Patel who is currently trailing by over 2,000 votes from Mahesana.
In Gujarat, though, both @INCIndia & @BJP4India seem to be gaining and losing ground in equal measure. Seeing some big spikes for Congress in Saurashtra and Kutch though. BJP has some big spikes in Central Guj.https://t.co/yta5gaKSA7 pic.twitter.com/R3cXGOySf1— Harry Stevens (@Harry_Stevens) December 18, 2017
10.24am: Trends on Gujarat elections results right now-- BJP: 101; Congress: 79.
10.10am:Key candidates in Himachal Pradesh
--BJP’s CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing by 1,709 votes from Sujanpur.
-- Congress veteran and six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh leading from Arki.
--Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya Singh leading from Shimla Rural.
10.03am: Sensex falls as much as 867 points after Gujarat poll results show close contest.
10am: Himachal BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt tells IANS: “We have crossed the half-way mark. This clearly indicates we are going to form the government in the state.”
9.53am: Congress’ Shaktisinh Gohil trailing by 1,355 votes from Kutch’s Mandvi.
9.51am: “The mood of the people of Gujarat will lead Congress to victory, can’t comment much on initial trends; let the final results come” says state party in-charge Ashok Gehlot.
9.48am: Vijay Rupani leading by 7,600 votes from Rajkot West, at the end of counting in round 3.
9.46am: Trends for Himachal Pradesh right now-- BJP: 41, Congress: 25.
9.45am: Arjun Modhwadia of Congress is leading from Porbandar seat.
9.43am: Hindustan Times brings you real-time updates and analysis of the Gujarat assembly election results. See results broken down by party, coalition, gender, margin of victory, and more.
9.41am:BJP’s Vijay Rupani is leading from Rajkot West.
9.40am: Congress’ Virbhadra Singh leading from Arki.
9.31am: Trends on Rajya Sabha TV show BJP at 94, Congress at 82.
9.30am: BJP’s Himachal Pradesh CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing by 540 votes from Sujanpur.
9.27am: Trends on Rajya Sabha TV show Congress at 90 edges past BJP at 87.
9.25am: Key candidates:
BJP’s Vijaty Rupani, Nitin Patel and Saurabh Patel trailing
Congress’ Arjun Modhwadia trailing
9.24am: Trends on Rajya Sabha TV show BJP at 86, Congress at 84.
9.18am: Sensex down over 700 points.
9.17am: Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza says: “People have got sick and tired of the 22 years of BJP misrule in Gujarat. The Gujarat model which the BJP touted so proudly to take power nationally is not clicking in Gujarat... We are confident we will form the government.”
9.15am: Trends on Rajya Sabha TV show BJP and Congress neck and neck in Gujarat with 75 seats each. Follow live coverage of Gujarat vote count here
In Himachal Pradesh, it’s BJP at 34, with the Congress at 19. Follow live coverage of Himachal Pradesh vote count here
9.02am: Key candidates:
--Vijay Rupani trailing from Rajkot West.
--Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani leading from Vadgam seat.
--Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya leading from Shimla rural.
--Raghavji Patel of BJP is trailing in Jamnagar Rural
8.59am: BJP’s Anil Kumar Shrma is leading from Mandi.
8.56am: OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who recently joined the Congress, is now leading from the Radhanpur seat.
8.50am: Trends show BJP ahead in Himachal Pradesh, it’s 16 against Congress’ 10 seats.
8.49am: Trends show BJP leading in 90 seats in Gujarat, the halfway mark in the assembly is 92.
8.44am: BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain says, “We are going to form a government in Gujarat. People have voted for us on development issue.”
8.43am: Trends on Rajya Sabha TV show BJP leading in 84 seats in Gujarat against Congress’ 52. In Himachal Pradesh, it’s BJP at 6, with the Congress at 3.
8.42am: Congress Gujarat chief Shaktisinh Gohil is leading from Mandvi.
8.32am: Trends on Rajya Sabha TV show BJP leading in 65 seats in Gujarat against Congress’ 44. In Himachal Pradesh, it’s BJP at 6, with the Congress at 4.
8.31am: OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress recently, is trailing from the Radhanpur seat.
8.26am: Trends on Rajya Sabha TV show BJP leading in 45 seats in Gujarat against Congress’ 27. In Himachal Pradesh, it’s BJP at 4, with the Congress at 2.
8.24am: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is leading in Vadgam seat.
8.24am: Gujarat incumbent Vijay Rupani is leading in Rajkot West.
8.22am: Trends on Rajya Sabha TV show BJP leading in 25 seats in Gujarat against Congress’ 8. In Himachal Pradesh, it’s BJP at 3, with the Congress at 2.
8.20am: Chief election commissioner AK Joti tells ANI: “Questions being raised about EVMs have already been answered by us in the media. VVPATs were there in every polling stations in Gujarat, which enabled voters to see whom they voted for, so issues being raised aren’t right. I assure that EVMS cannot be tampered with.”
8.12am: Postal ballots de-sealed by officials at a counting centre in Shimla’s Sanjauli, as counting of votes begins in Himachal Pradesh.
8.11am: Trends on Rajya Sabha TV show BJP leading in 8 seats in Gujarat against Congress’ 4. In Himachal Pradesh, the two parties are tied at 1 each.
8.04am: Officials at a counting centre in Ahmedabad’s Gujarat College open ballot boxes as counting of votes begins.
7.56am: In 2012, BJP was voted to power for a fifth straight time, winning in 115 seats, while the Congress bagged 61.
7.55am: The Congress swept Himchal Pradesh in 2012, winning 36 of the 68 seats.
7.19am: A day before declaration of results in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, the Election Commission withdrew a showcause notice issued to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for violating the code of conduct by giving an interview to a TV channel in the run-up to the second phase of voting in Gujarat. Read the full story here
7.15am: A total of 977 candidates were in the fray in the first phase of elections, while in the second phase, 851 candidates fought.
6.50am: Gujarat is a prestige election for Narendra Modi, while for newly-elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi, a favourable outcome there may mark the beginning of a process of political resurgence. Whichever way it goes, there are five factors that will have strongly influenced the result. Read the full story here
6.41am: Himachal is a battle between two veterans — Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal. If the BJP wins, it will be a resuscitation for Dhumal, for whom it’s a battle for survival after the defeat in 2012. Since then, he has been almost marginalised within the party. For incumbent Singh, pushing to stay at the helm for the seventh time, the polls could help establish son Vikramaditya Singh, who is fighting his maiden elections.
6.35am: After a bitter and intense campaign, the BJP and the Congress await the outcome of assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on Monday. Counting of votes will begin at 8am. Here’s what the results in Gujarat and Himachal will mean for BJP and Congress.
6.30am: Election Commission data for Gujarat shows the number of people who voted in the just-concluded polls was nearly 84 lakh less than those who exercised their franchise in 2012 — from 3.8 crore five years ago to 2.96 crore this time.
Welcome to the Hindustan Times live coverage of the assembly election results for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh voted separately over the past two months with the former’s two-phase polls ending on Thursday to close a bitter campaign. Results for both states will be announced by Monday evening.