New Delhi/Ahemedabad/Shimla:  Assembly election results declared on Thursday show that Narendra Modi-led BJP government is set to return to power for the third consecutive term by securing over 50 percent votes. On the contrary, Congress has managed to get a comfortable majority in 68-member Himachal assembly by crossing the half mark of 34 seats. As the exit-poll surveys had predicted, Prem Kumar Dhumal-led BJP government has been voted out of power in the hill state.

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Gujarat election results:  List of winners

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Modi addresses supporters in Hindi
  • Modi thanks voters for showing faith in him
  • "Voters know what is good for them. The have done a good decision,"  Modi told the mass rally
  • Modi addresses victory rally in Ahmedabad
  • Modi meets Keshubhai
  • Modi meets mother after win
  • Modi wins record third time in Gujarat
  • Congress claims victory in Himachal
  • Massive win for Modi in Maninagar
  • Gujarat’s result satisfying: LK Advani
  • Sonia to decide on next CM in Himachal
  • Arjun Modhwadia tweets: I accept voters' verdict and take responsibility of the results of my party. I tender my resignation from the post of GPCC president.
  • GPCC chief Arjun Modhwadia owns responsibility for Congress failure, resigns from the post
  • Anand Sharma opts out of Himachal CM's race, says MLAs to decide on next chief minister
  • RSS ideologue MG Vaidya congratulated Narendra Modi
  • GPP’s Jagruti Pandya loses Ellisbridge seat
  • We have won a decisive victory in Himachal Pradesh, says Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal
  • Big B congratulates Modi on his success
  • Modi's family congratulates him, says he will become Prime Minister
  • HP: Cong’s Vidya Stokes wins Theog seat 
  • Virbhadra Singh wins from Shimla rural seat
  • Nitin Gadkari, Naveen Patnaik congratulate Modi for the big win
  • BJP scales 2007 tally of 117 seats in Gujarat
  • Gujarat: BJP’s Jay Narayan Vyas loses Sidhpur
  • Gujarat: Cong’s Mahendrasinh Vaghela wins Bayad  
  • HP: Satpal Singh Satti (BJP) wins from Una seat
  • Cong President Arjun Modhwadia loses from Porbandar
  • Salman Khurshid welcomes Himachal poll verdict, says defeat in Gujarat is not necessarily rejection
  • "We accept the verdict. All people in the BJP had fought elections together. The people did not vote for us. We accept it," Shanta Kumar, a former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister said
  • Keshubhai Patel wins Visavadar seat
  • HP: Govind Singh Thakur wins from Manali seat
  • Gujarat: BJP’s Praful Patel loses from Himatnagar seat 
  • Gujarat: BJP’s Fakir Vaghela loses from Vadgam seat
  • HP: BJP’s Rajiv Bindal wins from Nahan seat
  • Prem Kumar Dhumal wins by  8,532 votes
  • Sonia to decide who will be next CM of Himachal: Congress
  • Gave Modi a tough fight: Congress
  • Modi tweets: "No need of looking behind, FORWARD! We want infinite energy, infinite courage, infinite patience..."
  • The Congress is a winner in Gujarat, we have been able to contain BJP and Modi to under 117 seats: P Chidambaram, Union Finance Minister
  • Gujarat has gone Modi's way...but the result does not mean he has gained national acceptability: Abhishek Manu Singhvi, spokesperson, Congress
  • There has been some kind of campaign to belittle Modi's leadership and governance since he became Chief Minister, not just a national campaign but an international campaign: Ravi Shankar Prasad on Chidambram’s remark
  • Amit Shah wins from Naranpura seat
  • Results in Gujarat not surprising: Congress
  • BJP credits victory to Modi
  • Chidambaram claims victory for Congress in Gujarat, Himachal
  • BJP workers begin celebration in Gujarat 
  • Gujarat: It's a victory for good governance, says BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman
  • Celebrations outside Virbhadra Singh's residence in Shimla
  • BJP crosses majority mark in Gujarat, Congress heading towards win in Himachal
  • BJP leads in Godhra
  • Modi’s aide Jaynarayan Vyas trails
  • GPP dents BJP’s prospects in Saurashtra
  • Keshubhai Patel leading in Visavadar
  • Setback for Modi in Kutch
  • Congress crosses majority mark in Himachal
  • Gujarat: Narendra Modi set for hat-trick of wins
  • Gujarat: BJP heads towards half-way mark
  • Congress steals lead in Himachal Pradesh
  • BJP headed for a comfortable win in Gujarat, photo-finish in Himachal
  • Modi leads by over 7000 votes in Maninagar
  • Amit Shah leads in Naranpura
  • BJP surges ahead; Cong, GPP trails in Gujarat
  • HP: BJP surges ahead, Cong far behind
  • Shweta Bhatt trails in Maninagar
  • BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal takes lead in Hamirpur
  • GPP leading on 3 seats in Gujarat
  • BJP’s Govind Singh Thakur leading from Manali
  • Counting of votes begins in Gujarat
  • Who will be next CM of Himachal Pradesh?, Decision today
  • Out of 182 seats, BJP won 117 seats in Gujarat in 2007
  • Exit poll predicts BJP victory in Gujarat
  • Congress to win Himachal Pradesh polls, Exit poll
  • Counting of votes begins in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh

GUJARAT
  • Polling in Gujarat was held in two phases on December 13 and 17
  • Counting began at 8 AM at 33 places in the state where 44,579 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been kept in rooms under heavy security.
  • Within 3-4 hours, trends will be available and hopefully by 4 PM all results will be declared: EC officials
  • The fate of 1,666 candidates including Gujarat Chief Minister Modi, his cabinet colleagues, Congress stalwarts like party state unit president Arjun Modhwadia, Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil and former Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela would be decided today.
  • The elections were virtually a three-way contest with rebel BJP leader Keshubhai Patel, a former Chief Minister, launching his political outfit Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) before the polls and main Opposition Congress running a sustained and aggressive campaign against Modi.
  • Congress had lost power in the key western state in 1990.
  • Modi, who is the longest serving chief minister, is seeking a third straight term in office and exit polls have predicted a win for BJP.
  • Apart from the three main contenders, 33 other parties are also trying their luck at the hustings.
HIMACHAL PRADESH
  • Counting of votes for all 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh started at 8 a.m
  • The fate of 459 candidates, including 106 independents, will be decided during the day. Voting was held Nov 4.Nearly 74 percent of the 4.6 million electors exercised their franchise.
  • This was an all-time record for assembly polls in the hill state.
  • The main contest is between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.
  • The heavyweights in the battle include Congress leaders Virbhadra Singh, Vidya Stokes and Kaul Singh and BJP's Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, former health minister Rajeev Bindal and Public Health Minister Ravinder Ravinder Ravi.
  • The Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP), formed under the leadership of BJP rebel and four-time former MP Maheshwar Singh, and the CPI-M are giving a tough fight to both main political parties on more than five seats.
  • The NCP and the Trinamool Congress contested for the first time in the state.
  • In 2007, the BJP won 41 seats, the Congress 23, the Bahujan Samaj Party one seat and independents three seats. The BSP legislator later joined the BJP.


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