Congress's Harish Rawat, a chief minister hopeful and a veteran leader, lost the election today. His party too is trailing with less than 20 seats as the BJP crossed the majority mark with more than 45 seats in the 70-seat Uttarakhand assembly.
Mr Rawat, who is contesting from the Lalkuwa seat, spearheaded the Congress campaign in the state.
In a social media post, Mr Rawat conceded that he has lost and only a formal announcement by the poll body remains.
The BJP is all set for a second consecutive term in office in the state - something that has never happened in the state's 21-year history. It has always alternated between the BJP and the Congress.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami lost to Congress candidate Bhuwan Kapri by 7,000 votes in Khatima.