2017 Election results: The BJP has done well in UP, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur
The BJP's massive victory in Uttar Pradesh, has been described as a "tsunami". The party, along with its allies, has won 325 of the 403 constituencies in the state, signaling advance celebrations two days before Holi. The BJP has also won 57 of the 70 seats in Uttarakhand. The Congress, however, regained power in Punjab after a political drought of 10 years and comfortably defeated the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the ruling Akali Dal-BJP alliance.
The assembly elections in the five states
were considered the first big test for the BJP after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive, which wiped out 86 per cent of currency from the nation's economy. Not only did the BJP silence its critics in UP, it managed to comfortably dodge the threat posed by the alliance between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and the Congress.
The BJP and Congress are locked in a close contest in the states of Manipur and Goa. Both the states are heading toward hung assemblies as neither party is expected to cross the respective magic marks. In Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar lost in Mandrem whereas activist Irom Sharmila secured less than 100 votes in Manipur's Thoubal against Chief Minister Okrom Ibobi Singh.
Three Chief Ministers, Akhilesh Yadav, Harish Rawat and Laxmikant Parsekar have resigned. Mr Rawat resigned after the Congress was reduced to just 11 seats in the state. Mr Rawat also lost in both the constituencies he contested.
In Punjab, the Congress ended the decade-long rule of the Akali Dal-BJP, reducing them to the third position. The AAP fared poor than their expected tally, but managed to emerge as the second largest party in the state.
Here are the highlights of the fastest and most accurate 2017 election results:
That's a wrap from us. Like the BJP, have a Happy Holi!
BJP's man of the moment. Amit Shah.
PM Modi fans celebrating BJP's victory in UP and Uttarakhand in Surat, Gujarat - which votes later this year
"Happy birthday, Captain!", says Punjab to its new CM
Election results have established PM Modi as the most dominant person with a country-wide appeal, says Congress leader P Chidambaram
These gigantic cut-outs of PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are symbolic of the party's landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh
JUST IN: 'I have resigned', says Akhilesh Yadav after Samajwadi Party-Congress defeat in Uttar Pradesh
Rang Barse! BJP UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya celebrates the party's historic win in the state
Congress's Ashwani Kumar on party's performance in assembly elections: "There is no denying the fact that in a democratic polity leadership cannot be demanded or willed it has to be earned over a period of time... There is no doubt we need to identify many many more people within the Congress party"
'Long live democracy': PM Modi tweets in response to Rahul Gandhi's congratulatory post
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav:
- I understand samjhane se vote nahi milta, behkane se milta hai
- Some parties have raised questions, they must be investigated
- Our cycle was tubeless
- At least you are smiling in our press conference, you can't even do that in the other one
- We raised the issue of LPG prices, impact of notes ban on cost of farm produce, import of dal but I guess people wanted to hear something else
- Happy with the alliance with Congress. Two youth leaders came together. The alliance will continue.
- I hope the next government does a better job, makes better roads, gives better facilities to the people
- The chance I got to govern for 5 years - I worked only to advance Uttar Pradesh
In Punjab, the Congress has reasons to rejoice. Party workers celebrate with Captain Amarinder's photo, on a day he has turned 75.
Celebrations continue. BJP workers play Holi after big wins in UP and Uttarakhand.
Very humbling and overwhelming, says PM Modi on today's huge election wins
Harish Rawat, after Congress's crushing defeat in Uttarakhand, says "A question I want to raise is how much money can the central leadership of a party spend in a state? I also want to congratulate the "Modi kranti and EVM chamatkar"
No regret on Punjab, we accept the defeat: Amit Shah
- PM Modi has congratulated Captain Amarinder Singh. We will study the defeat
Just In: PM Modi will be at the BJP headquarters tomorrow at 6 pm. Parliamentary board to meet after that to decide on Chief Ministers.
Results prove PM Modi is most popular leader since Independence: Amit Shah
- PM Modi has met all the expectations of people 100 per cent
- There have been a lot of bad names given to Modi ji and BJP - this a strong rebuttal to those charges
BJP President Amit Shah says the results of Assembly Elections 2017 are very encouraging for the party
- In four states we are about to form government. We thank the people of the states from the heart
- It is a historic mandate and will give a new direction to the country's politics
- BJP workers have helped us throughout the ups and downs of the elections
- The BJP has got nearly 3/4th majority in UP - possibly the largest since independence
- We also have comfortable lead in Manipur, Goa
- First of all it is a win for the people of these states
- It is also a win for PM Modi's leadership and the hard work of the crores of party workers
- This a stamp of approval for the work of the central government
- Ujjwala scheme, toilets - everything has reinforced PM Modi's agenda for the poor
Stand by for the man of the moment..BJP chief Amit Shah
AAP dumps jhadoos after crushing disappointment in Punjab, Goa
"If I have done well, all credit goes to my wife," said Navjot Singh Sidhu after winning from Amritsar East
"Angoor khatte hain": Smriti Irani responds to Mayawati's EVM tampering charge
PM Modi speaks to Congress's Amarinder Singh to congratulate him on victory in Punjab
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to resign tomorrow
"I will meet the Punjab Governor tomorrow and submit my resignation," 89-year-old Mr Badal, who has been the Chief Minister of Punjab five times, said.
"Drug problem not an issue..was propaganda and creation of media", Parkash Singh Badal tells NDTV
"Where's the party tonight?" BJP workers celebrating the UP election results
EVMs were tampered with in UP, alleges BSP chief Mayawati
- The Muslim vote has gone to the BJP? Can anyone digest this? Clearly voting machines have been tampered with
- In 2014 too there were such fears. Press any button but the vote went to BJP
- In BMC election too such questions were raised
Don't Miss. At the BJP office in Delhi.
360 degree view of the scenes outside Samajwadi Party headquarters in Lucknow
Uma Bharti to NDTV:
Polarisation on religion and caste is not possible any more. Rahul and Akhilesh could not do it.
The Ram temple issue is not a divisive issue. Modiji will find a solution that everyone will like.
"Three years ago, I never thought this was possible..It was six months ago that I started believing we would get over 300 seats", says Uma Bharti to NDTV
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will address the media at 5 pm today
At BJP headquarters in Delhi, drums and the sea of saffron
BJP has reached new heights in Uttarakhand and UP: Rajnath Singh
The Home Minister says "This is a big victory ...BJP has changed the political picture of the country"
Captain Amarinder Singh on Congress's big performance in Punjab
Would like to thank Congress workers, from seniors to juniors
Thanks goes to people of Punjab as well
I was saying this from the start, that the Punjabi voter is enlightened enough to make the right choice
Arvind Kejriwal's a summer storm - he came and he's gone
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has lost the Haridwar (Rural) seat to his BJP rival by 12,000 votes
Punjab election results: Navjot Singh Sidhu on Congress's performance
We have to leave behind the mentality of revenge and work for Punjab's development
We have to fight to bring back the lost pride, the lost wealth of Punjab
You need good intent to win. Arvind Kejriwal lost because his intent wasn't right. He wanted everything for himself
I want to promise Sonia Gandhi that we will present Punjab as an example
And no sacrifice will be too large for it
(On being asked what role would he want?) What's the hurry brother? I am the principal of the school you went to
If I have been able to campaign across the state, the credit goes to the workers of the party and my wife
Punjab election results: Navjot Sidhu addresses media after Congress's stellar performance
Election results 2017: Modi ji is perceived as a messiah of the poor, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
UP result tectonic shift in the polity of India: Ravi Shankar Prasad
"It is an extraordinary result. I think even young Muslims voted for us," says the BJP leader
Chandan Mitra on UP results
BJP's Chandan Mitra says there was no polarisation campaign in UP at all. It is a bundle of lies
Congress's Digvijaya Singh on whether Rahul Gandhi should step down after UP result
I have always been of the opinion that Congress has to build up regional leadership
We have to take decisive action as to what we should we be doing to build up the Congress in states where we don't have leaders
The Nehru-Gandhi family is the biggest binding factor for the Congress. That's why the leadership has to come from Rahul Gandhi
Not true that Congress doesn't encourage young leadership. Rajiv Gandhi picked me to head a state when I was 31
PM Modi and Amit Shah have very aggressively pushed the line of elections on totally communal grounds. They talk of development but their foot soldiers work only on Hindus and Muslims
Vikram Chandra: Marathon online stint ends. Now heading to TV. In the studio from noon. #ResultsWithNDTV
"Wall of Victory" outside the residence of BJP's Vijay Goel
I wasn't expecting this result but we have to accept the mandate, says Congress' Digvijaya Singh
Every election is a new election. We will never be complacent: BJP's Prakash Javadekar on 2019 polls
Opposing demonetization is opposing Modi ji: BJP's Keshav Maurya
He says "The country, and now UP, will not stand any opposition to Modi ji"
Excessive reliance on demonetisation did not help us: Congress's Ashwani Kumar
"We were seen standing with the rich and the corrupt. That was not our intention," he says
Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar of BJP loses in Mandrem
BJP's Sanjeev Baliyan says "There was misconception created by some leaders in Delhi through the media that the Jats had turned against BJP. But that has been debunked. 70-80% of the Jat vote has come to the BJP"
BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi on UP Results: I do not believe that there was any polarisation factor. The results show PM Modi is a very unifying figure. The only motivation for the voter was that of a transformed India.
Vikram Chandra: A bad day for the AAP. Big defeats in Punjab and Goa leave its plans to go national in tatters. #ResultsWithNDTV
Trends show BJP's Sangeet Singh Som ahead of nearest SP rival Atul Pradhan by a margin of 8,359 votes in Sardhana seat in UP
Vikram Chandra: Goa and Manipur are still in play. The Congress would be very keen to hold on to its present lead there. #ResultsWithNDTV
Vikram Chandra: So that 300 forecast for the BJP turned out to be correct! What a landslide. #ResultsWithNDTV
The scenes outside the BJP headquarters in Delhi as the party celebrates its stellar performance in Uttar Pradesh
BJP's Chandan Mitra on who will be UP Chief Minister
"Except the top leaders, no one knows who will be UP chief minister. Amit Shah will pull out a rabbit from the hat," he says
BJP celebrates its first victory in Manipur as Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh of the party wins the Konthoijam seat
In Uttarakhand, all leads are in. BJP leading in 55, Congress at 9, BSP 1 and others 5
In Punjab, all leads are in. Congress is ahead in 64 seats, Akali+ at 27, AAP+ at 25
At BJP offices in Lucknow, Holi has already begun
Irom Sharmila got only 51 votes in Thoubal, reports Ratnadip Choudury
The trend is UP is showing how desperately people wanted a change, says BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain
BJP is heading towards 300 seats (of 403) in Uttar Pradesh, virtually all leads in
BJP's UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya says the big win is a mandate on PM Modi. "He's definitely going to be the next PM in 2019" he adds
Public has rejected SP-Congress alliance, says BJP MP Yogi Adityanath
"Both Samajwadi Party-Congress and BSP have been wiped out by the people of Uttar Pradesh. People of UP have voted in favour of the work done in these two and a half years under PM Modi," Yogi Adityanath says
PM Modi has become rallying point for BJP across India: Jitendra Singh
"BJP has emerged as the most inclusive party and inspired the voters to rise above the traditional feudal mindset of parties in the state. With kind of support he enjoys, PM Modi has become a rallying point for the party across the country," says the union minister.
Political commentator Arati Jerath says "Mr Modi has completely taken away the Congress' pro-poor plank. The Congress will have to rethink what it stands for"
Samajwadi Party members still maintain that these are early trends, will have to wait longer for final numbers, reports Sunetra Choudhury
BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao says the UP result is a huge support for BJP
"Wherever we went in UP, people said they are voting for Modi ji," he says
Vikram Chandra: Latest position. BJP wins UP, Uttarakhand. Congress wins Punjab. Congress leads in Manipur, Goa, but that could change. #ResultsWithNDTV
Jubilant party workers outside the BJP office in Lucknow
Samajwadi Party's Madhukar Jetley on Akhilesh Yadav's leadership in UP polls: "Any president of the party who would have led the party to such a result would be answerable"
Uttar Pradesh: 2 hours into counting, BJP ahead in 265 of 379 leads
NDTV's Rahul Shrivastava on reasons for BJP's strong showing in UP
The BJP threw its net wider than other parties in Uttar Pradesh
PM Modi took greater risks, reaching out to new sections, demonetization
BJP was also more successful in carrying the caste equations to the electronic voting machines
It is now a landslide in Uttar Pradesh for the BJP, says Prannoy Roy
Inside NDTV's production control room
Vikram Chandra: The BJP has just caught up with the Congress in Goa. 8 leads each. That contest could be very close. #ResultsWithNDTV
Vikram Chandra: Congress reaches the halfway mark in Punjab. AAP now in third place, behind the Akalis/BJP. #ResultsWithNDTV
Congress Sandeep Diskhit says in UP, both - starting the campaign with Sheila Dikshit and then ending it - were not well thought out
Vikram Chandra: BJP hits the 250 leads mark in UP. 60 seats still to go. Seems like #mission265 will be an underestimate. #ResultsWithNDTV
In Punjab, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is leading over nearest rival, Congress's Ravneet Singh Bittu by a margin of 2144 votes from Jalalabad
Yogendra Yadav says: "The big story today will have to be the BJP's win in UP. What marks this phase of politics in India is the complete moral and political bankruptcy of the opposition to Mr Modi"
Vikram Chandra: The BJP already leading in 226 seats in UP! With just 324 leads announced. This is a big win. #ResultsWithNDTV
AAP's Somnath Bharti says: "Punjab and Goa could be a great learning experience on what went wrong. But the clear advantage would be that after the BJP, Congress we would be a party with a footprint in more than 2 states"
At 9:39 am, Congress is leading in 10 seats in Manipur (18/60 seats)
At 9:39 am, BJP is leading in 45 seats in Uttarakhand (56/70 seats)
Vikram Chandra: At 9:30 am, Congress won't be too disappointed. Winning Punjab and leading in Manipur, Goa. Latter could still change. #ResultsWithNDTV
At 9:36 am, Congress+ is leading in 8 seats in Goa (17/40 seats)
At 9:36 am, Congress is leading in 55 seats in Punjab (98/117 seats)
At 9:34 am, BJP+ is leading in 204 seats in Uttar Pradesh (296/403 seats)
Rape-accused UP minister Gayatri Prajapati is leading in Amethi
Goa poll trends: Congress leads on three seats, BJP one, MGP-one and Goa Forward Party on two, as per early trends
Vikram Chandra: With a 187 leads already (out of 278) this looks like a massive BJP landslide in Uttar Pradesh. Big day for @narendramodi #ResultsWithNDTV
Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar is trailing behind Congress rival Dayanand Sopte in Mandrem
AAP's Somnath Bharti on Punjab leads: "We are new to politics, we don't understand numbers very much. We believe in hard work, hard work for people, hard work in the assembly. I still believe the trends will reverse by 10:30 am"
Prannoy Roy says if these trends persist, it's a huge win for PM Modi
Vikram Chandra: Trends as of 9:15 am, BJP ahead in UP and Uttarakhand, Congress in Punjab, Manipur and Goa. #ResultsWithNDTV
Shekhar Gupta says demonetisation seems to not have hurt the BJP at all, in fact it seems to have helped them
In Goa, there were questions if removing Manohar Parrikar was a mistake on part of the BJP. It seems to be helping the Congress so far, says NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain
Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi says "If these trends persist, why single out Rahul Gandhi? He will of course take the bullet in his chest. But let's wait for 10.30 am"
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal ahead of Congress's Captain Amarinder Singh by a margin of 1,245 votes in Lambi seat
Vikram Chandra: As widely predicted, the BJP seems to be sweeping Uttarakhand. 25 out of 28 seats at this stage. #ResultsWithNDTV
Vikram Chandra: The Congress is ahead in Goa right now with 6 out of 8, and in Manipur 6 out of 9. #ResultsWithNDTV
This photo of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat praying - sent by our reporter Akhilesh
In Manipur's Thoubal, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh is leading while debutant Irom Sharmila is trailing
Yogendra Yadav on UP trends: "At the moment, the whole idea of SP-Congress coming back seems to be completely out. The BJP seems to be heading for a comfortable majority."
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Akali President Sukhbir Singh Badal is trailing from Jalalabad seat. AAP lawmaker Bhagwant Mann is currently leading
Vikram Chandra: The big prize today is UP, and so far the BJP seems to be coasting to an easy victory there. #ResultswithNDTV
Early leads in Manipur at 9:04 am (4/60 leads)
Early leads in Uttarakhand at 9:03 am (15/70 seats)
Early leads in Goa at 9:02 am (3/40 seats)
Early leads in Punjab at 9:02 am (38/117)
Shekhar Gupta says an hour into counting the BJP seems to be maintaining the two-thirds projection it started off with in UP
Yogendra Yadav says Captain Amarinder Singh trailing in Patiala could be very bad news for the Congress but these are only early leads
Early leads in
The one seat that the BJP expected to win in Amritsar - Amritsar North - the Congress is leading in it, reports NDTV's Amitoj Singh.
Congress, 170, BJP 150, AAP 82
Vikram Chandra: 68/107 for BJP in UP, 20/31 for Congress in Punjab. Clear trends emerging in those two states. #ResultsWithNDTV
Vikram Chandra: Early leads in Punjab have a big Congress edge, leading in 15 out 19. AAP and Akalis way behind at 2 seats each. #ResultsWithNDTV
Vikram Chandra: With 38/60 the BJP winning more than 60 percent of seats so far. SP/Cong dropping more than half the seats it won in 2012. #ResultsWithNDTV
Vikram Chandra: BJP now pulling ahead in UP with 29 out of 45. SP/Cong 11 #ResultsWithNDTV
Vikram Chandra: BJP 19, SP/Cong 11. Looking at the map, BJP leads from West and North East UP. SP in Doab and Rohilkhand. #ResultsWithNDTV
Vikram Chandra: Very early leads in UP. BJP leading in 9 out of 17 seats. #ResultswithNDTV
Early leads in UP at 8:52 am (96/403)
BJP's Sambit Patra says "Amit Shah is a great strategist and has Dhir, Sthir and Gambhir (qualities) like Chanakya"
AAP's Ashish Khetan says there is a deep sense of dejection in both the traditional parties in Punjab
"Let's wait for the numbers first," says Samajwadi Party's Shivpal Yadav on Akhilesh Yadav not ruling out alliance with BSP's Mayawati
AAP's Ashutosh says "no support will be given or taken by the party in Punjab. AAP will only form government on its own or not"
Outside Arvind Kejriwal's residence, AR Rahman's 'Jai Ho' blaring on loudspeakers. The AAP leader skipped his morning walk to monitor election results, reports Sonal Mehrotra Kapoor
Samajwadi Party's Shivpal Yadav says on Jaswantnagar seat, where he is contesting from: "We'll have big wins, lot of excitement, the people have voted for us"
BJP's Sambit Patra says "I am surprised the opposition criticised PM Modi for campaigning in Varanasi. Congress used to have Indira Gandhi who used to campaign for Vidhan Sabha polls in UP. Today we have Narendra Modi and they have Rahul Gandhi."
NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain on early leads in UP: The significance of lead in the Shamli seat is great for the BJP because it is in Western UP - the heart of the Jat belt which was reportedly miffed with the party this time
Yogendra Yadav says "BJP is seen getting a comfortable majority in Uttarakhand but I'm skeptical of a landslide for the party in UP"
In Punjab, counting of votes is taking place at 54 centres in 27 locations. Punjab had witnessed 77.4 per cent turnout.
78 counting centres have been set up in Uttar Pradesh
In UP, in addition to general observers, a micro-observer has been deputed at each and every counting table to keep an eye on counting
In Manipur, counting of votes for 60 seats is being conducted at 11 venues across the state. However, due to heavy rain in the state, counting started slightly after 8 am, reports NDTV's Ratnadip Chaudhary
There is a lot at stake for the BJP in Varanasi. Despite all the rallies by PM Modi, the talk in the BJP camp here is of "pulling through" in at least two of the three seats, reports Radhika Bordia
In Goa, election officials say counting will be completed by 2:30 pm.
Votes for 19 constituencies will be counted at Panaji in North Goa, while the tally for the remaining 21 will be carried out in Margao in South Goa.
Congress's Sharmistha Mukherjee says "As long as there a Congress presence in every village, every corner of India, the idea of a Congress-mukt
Bharat will be a jumla
Irom Sharmila, who is contesting against Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh from Thoubal, says she will try again in 2019 if she fails
At the BSP headquarters, the gates are locked and not one party worker can be seen outside, reports Alok Pandey
Seen outside residence of BJP's Vijay Goel
It's 8 am, counting of votes in five states, begins.