New Delhi: As counting progresses, Congress looks set to taste victory in Chhattisgarh and is already ahead of rival BJP in Rajasthan while Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appears to be heading towards a victory in Telangana. In Madhya Pradesh, it is still a close fight between the two main contenders — BJP and Congress. Being hailed as “mini general elections" or a semi-final to 2019 Lok Sabha polls, results for the five Assembly elections held in the last 30 days will be announced today. Counting for all the 678 seats in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram began at 8 am.
Madhya Pradesh election results:
In Madhya Pradesh, it seems to be a tight race as the Congress was leading in 112 seats closely followed by the BJP at 108. Congress leader Sachin Pilot said the party will form government in all the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
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Rajasthan election results:
Of the total 199 seats that went to polls in Rajasthan, early trends from counting of votes in the postal and inconclusive first round showed Congress leading in 103 seats. The BJP was leading in 69 seats and others in 21.
Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said that he was confident that his party will form the government in Rajasthan and decision on the chief minister’s post will be taken by party president Rahul Gandhi.
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Chattisgarh election results:
The Congress has maintained a lead of 62 seats in the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, leaving the BJP a distant second at 13 though the Chhattisgarh elections have historically been very close contests between the two main protagonists. Chhattisgarh has 90 assembly seats.
Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh was leading against Congress candidate Karuna Shukla from the Rajnandgaon constituency.
Telangana election results:
In Telangana, of the total 119 seats, the TRS was leading in 86 constituencies followed by the Congress with 23 leads and the BJP in just 1, according to trends and results announced so far.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is looking to come back to power under the leadership of caretaker chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The party is facing a contest against the Congress-led grand alliance comprising the Telugu Desam Party, Communist Party of India and Telangana Jana Samithi.
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Mizoram election results:
The opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) is leading in 25 constituencies out of 40 seats followed by the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) in eight seats while the ruling Congress is leading in 6 seats in Mizoram, according to the state election department. The BJP is leading in one seat in the state that has a 40-member assembly.
Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has lost from Champhai South seat, MNF’s TJ Lalnuntluanga has won.
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