Putting an end to the see-sawing counting, Congress emerged the single largest party inn Madhya Pradesh with 114 seats in its tally. Announcing it’s comeback, the party also tasted victory in Rajasthan by securing 99 seats. Chhattisgarh proved to be a surprise as well for the national party, with Congress winning in over 68 seats and now poised to form government.Alongside, K Chandrasekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Mizo National Front (MNF) emerged the victor in Telangana and Mizoram respectively.The Assembly elections have been widely touted as the semi-final before the general elections in 2019.Follow live updates for all states here: Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, and Mizoram. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.The main contenders for the maiden election in Telangana are the KCR-led TRS, which was in power for the last four years, and the Congress-led 'Prajakutami' (or 'Grand Alliance'), which included the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) among many others. A total of 60 out of total 119 seats are required to win the elections and form a government in the state, where elections were held on 7 December.According to some exit polls, the Congress is expected to trail the TRS. Others have predicted a hung Assembly.The fight for the control of the 200-member Assembly is between the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP and the Congress spearheaded by Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, where elections were held on 7 December. The BJP is fighting anti-incumbency to retain power. However, no party has won after one term in the last 25 years. Of the 200 seats, 100 are required to form government in the state.Most exit polls have predicted a clear majority for the Congress over the BJP.The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government is looking to return to power for the fourth time in Madhya Pradesh amid the anti-incumbency wave in the state. Elections were held on 28 November.Exit polls predict it to be a tough wrestle between the BJP and the Congress.A three-way contest is in the offing in Chhattisgarh, between the ruling BJP, Congress and the Mayawati-Ajit Jogi-CPI alliance. The BJP has been ruling the Naxal-affected state for the last 15 years. A total 46 seats of the total 90 must be won to form the government.The exit polls in Chhattisgarh hinted at a close fight between the BJP and Congress.The Congress’ main rivals, the Mizo National Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are looking to make inroads into the 40-member Mizoram Assembly, where voting concluded on 28 November.The state is the last bastion of the Congress in the Northeast, where the party is eyeing a third consecutive term. However, exit polls predict a majority for the MNF in the state, with Congress coming a close second.This time, the coalition between Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Ajit Jogi's Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and Communist Party of India (CPI) has added another dimension to the electoral politics of the state which has been dominated by the BJP and the Congress.Several exit polls have predicted a neck-and-neck fight between the big two while some have projected victory for the Rahul Gandhi-led party.Fate of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan's bid for his fourth term in office will be known today with counting of votes for the state's 230 assembly seats scheduled to begin at 8 AM, while the challenger Congress expects to return to power after a 15-year gap.Exit polls have predicted a close race between the BJP and the Congress, though leaders from both parties have routinely claimed their respective victories.While Chouhan has called himself the "biggest surveyor" in claiming a win for the BJP, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said his party would get at least 140 seats to oust the saffron party and form a majority government.Nearly 20,000 government staff will be deployed for counting of votes for the Rajasthan Assembly elections today.Counting will take place at 35 centres including two centres each in Jaipur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan Chief Election Officer Anand Kumar said.The Chief Election Office (CEO) has completed all preparations ahead of counting of votes on Tuesday for the polls, he said voting for 199 of the total 200 assembly seats in the state took place on 7 December.Kumar said ample security arrangements have been made at the counting centres and nearby locations, with a three-layered security in place.He said the counting process will start with postal ballots and then EVMs.Voting trends and result will be telecast at public places for the first time in the state through 350 LED screens, he added.Counting of votes for Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018 will start at 8 am today.With the results of the Assembly elections in three states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – set to be declared on Tuesday, 11 December, a question lingering on the minds of many is, who will become the chief minister in these states if the Congress comes to power?While the BJP campaign is spearheaded by incumbent CMs Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), the Congress seems to be reeling from a problem of plenty, in that each state has multiple faces who could stake their claim to its highest post.Let's have a look at who these key chief ministerial hopefuls are from the Congress and how much influence they command. Click here to read the full story.The electoral fate of over 8,500 candidates of five states which went to polls recently is sealed in over 1.74 lakh EVMs, PTI reported.These electronic voting machines are now stored in over 670 strongrooms across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana.A total of 1,74,724 EVMs were used at polling stations in the five states according to PTI, of which, the maximum ie 65,367 machines, were used in Madhya Pradesh.The strongrooms will be opened today in the presence of candidates or their representatives from where machines will be taken to counting centres.The counting of votes for five state elections – Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram – has begun.Chhattisgarh Election Results | The Congress has taken initial lead in two constituencies in Chhattisgarh.INC - 2BJP - 1JCC+ - 2Others - 0Rajasthan Election Results | Here are the trends at 8:45 am:BJP - 4Cong+ - 3Others - 0Telangana Election Results | K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samiti is ahead in one constituency in southern Telangana. The BJP has also taken lead in one constituency.Here are the trends at 8:50 am:BJP - 1INC+ - 0TRS - 1Madhya Pradesh Election Results | Here are the trends at 8:55 am:BJP - 0Cong+ - 2BSP - 0Others - 0Mizoram Election Results | The Congress party has opened their account in the Mizoram Elections, with the party leading in two seats.Here are the trends at 9 am:INC - 2MNF - 3BJP - 0Others - 0Rajasthan Election Results | Trends at 9:15 am show Sachin Pilot leading from Tonk constituency, while current Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is leading in Jhalrapatan constituency, where she is contesting against Manvendra Singh.BJP - 18INC - 25BSP -0BSP - 2Telangana Election Results | KCR-led TRS is leading on 29 seats.Here are the trends at 9:20 am.Congress spokesperson TT Tyagi at the party headquarters in Delhi told The Quint that the Congress was confident of forming government in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.Madhya Pradesh Elections | Here are the trends at 9:25 am.Mizoram Election Results | The MNF is leading in Mizoram with 20 seats.Here at the trends at 9.45 am:MNF - 20INC - 6BJP - 1Others - 3Chhattisgarh Election Results | The Congress has taken a lead of 30 seats in Chhattisgarh as of trends at 9.45 am. Chief Minister Raman Singh is also trailing against Congress’ Karuna Shukla in Rajnandgaon constituency.Telangana Election Results | The Telangana Rashtra Samithi leads in 60 out of 119 seats in Telangana assembly elections, and has breached the halfway mark.Madhya Pradesh Election Results | The BJP and the Congress are fighting neck and neck in Madhya Pradesh. Here are the trends at 10:15 am.Chhattisgarh Election Results | As of 10.15 am, the Congress has taken lead by a big margin in Chhattisgarh, with 41 seats.Rajasthan Election Results | The Congress is leading in the state with 81 seats as of 10:30 am. In Sardarpura constituency, former CM Ashok Gehlot is leading by 5,112 votes.Several state ministers are trailing in the state. Rajasthan Environment Minister Gajendra Singh is trailing by a margin of 1,375 votes in Lohawat. The state's Cooperative Minister Ajay Singh is also trailing by a margin of 1,311 votes in the Degana seat.Mizoram Election Results | The MNF is leading in 26 seats in the state, while the Congress is leading in eight seats as counting approaches the total 40 seats.Madhya Pradesh Election Results | As of 10:50 am, the Congress appears to be leading in 100 seats.BJP - 90Cong - 100BSP - 4Others - 8Chhattisgarh Election Results | Trends at 10:55 am show Congress leading in 45 seats, while the BJP is ahead in 25 seats.BJP - 25Cong - 45JCC+ - 2Telangana Election Results | KCR-led TRS is ahead in 78 out of 119 seats in Telangana. Caretaker CM K Chandrasekhar Rao leading by 9,212 votes over his Congress rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy in Gajwel constituency.Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said on Tuesday, 11 December, 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 Rahul Gandhi.He also credited Gandhi for the party's good performance in all the five states, including Rajasthan, reported PTI.Chhattisgarh Election Results | The Congress is leading in the state as per latest trends.Five ministers in the Raman Singh-led BJP government in Chhattisgarh were trailing in the Assembly polls, a poll official said. However, state presidents of the BJP and the Congress - Dharamlal Kaushik and Bhupesh Baghel - were leading from Bilha and Patan seats respectively.Mizoram Election Result | As of 12:15 pm, the MNF is leading in 26 seats. The Congress is far behind with 6 seats.Telangana Election Results | The TRS has a massive lead in Telangana on 90 seats, according to trends at 12:45 pm. Congress-led Mahakutami is trailing, with 14 seats.Rajasthan Election Results | Twelve state ministers of the BJP government, including Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, are trailing their rivals.Trends as of 12:55 pm are -BJP - 80Congress - 94BSP - 3Others -22Mizoram Election Results | According to latest trends, the MNF is maintaining a strong lead in Mizoram. Congress’ Lal Thanhawla is trailing from Serchhip.Madhya Pradesh Election Results | Nine ministers in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh are trailing in the Assembly polls as per the latest trends, an election official told PTI.With election trends showing reverses for the BJP, Union minister Shripad Naik Tuesday, 11 December told PTI that the outcome of assembly polls in five states is dependent on "local factors" and it is not a verdict on the performance of the Narendra Modi government.He also called for "introspection" and said the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has accepted the verdict of the people.As per trends, the Congress is comfortably ahead of the ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh and has an edge in Rajasthan. Both parties were locked in a neck and neck race in Madhya Pradesh while the Congress appeared to be losing power in Mizoram to Mizo National Front."This is not a mandate against Narendra Modi-led government but it is due to the local factors that the results have come out this way," Naik, the MP from North Goa, told PTI over the phone from Delhi.He also said that the anti-incumbency factor seems inevitable in states where governments have been in power for three-four terms.Congress President Rahul Gandhi has reached Sonia Gandhi's residence at 10, Janpath, ANI reported.Mizoram Election Results | CM Lal Thanhawla has lost both constituencies he was contesting from - his home turf Serchhip, and Champhai South.Telangana Election Results | TRS President and Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has won from his constituency Gajwel by over 50,000 votes, ANI reported.Rajasthan Election Results | The result has been officially declared for the first constituency in Rajasthan – Pindwara Abu – from where Sama Ram Grasiya of the BJP has won by a margin of 26,974 votes over the Congress candidate.Congress workers are celebrating across Chhattisgarh as the trends showed the party leading in the state.The Mizo National Front (MNF) are leading with 26 seats in Mizoram, while the Congress trails at 5 and the BJP at 1. Other parties have managed to bag 8 seats.Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu congratulated KCR for “winning the Telangana Assembly elections”.Rajasthan Election Results | According to the Election Commission of India, At 3.45 pm, both BJP and Congress have won 4 seats each while BSP has secured 1 in the state.Rajasthan Election Results | Congress chief Sachin Pilot defeated the BJP’s only Muslim candidate Yoonus Khan in Tonk seat by 54,179 votes, as counting of votes continues for the Rajasthan Assembly elections on Tuesday, 11 December.Madhya Pradesh Election Results | According to latest EC data, the Congress is leading over BJP.Chhattisgarh Election Results | Congress workers celebrate in the state as the trends at 5.00 pm show the party leading.Telangana Election Results | Addressing the media, K Chandrasekhar Rao said they will do specific work towards Dalits and minorities and that there is “no caste for poverty.”“It affects all castes including Brahmins. I will address this through quotas across all castes on the basis of economic eligibility,” said KCR.KCR also said that Telegu media have made Telengana proud “by their mature handling of news.”KCR also stated that they are going to play a very clear role in national politics. “Earlier it fought for an identity. Now it has discovered itself. It’s intellect should be used for its own upliftment and for the rest of the country,” he added.State Elections 2018 | Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray congratulated voters of the four states for showing the courage to change government on Tuesday. In press statement, Thackeray said:"Rather than getting into frivolous things like who is the alternative, voters of four states have shown the courage and I congratulate their courage. ""These voters have risen above questions like money power, muscle power, EVM and most importantly who is the alternative. They have thrown away what they did not want. The courage of these voters have shown direction to the country. We will see whatever happens in the future," he added.Chhattisgarh Election Results | Chief Minister Raman Singh has tendered his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel.Madhya Pradesh Election Results | According to latest EC data, the Congress is leading over BJP with thin margins.Rajastahan Election Results | CM Vasundhara Raje Trumps Manvendra Singh in Jhalrapatan.State Elections 2018 | Speaking on the election results, actor Rajniknath told The Quint:“The election results of the five states shows that BJP losing its popularity. BJP's defeat will be a big setback for them”.State Elections 2018 | Reacting to the ongoing poll results, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav said on Twitter, "Ab ki baar, kho di sarkar” (This time, they lost the government)State Elections 2018 | Reacting to the ongoing poll results, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said:“I congratulate Congress, MNF for their success. It clearly shows the mood of the nation. These states are pre-dominantly agrarian states and BJP government in the Centre has more or less ignored the Swaminathan report recommendations and loan problems of farmers.”As the counting of votes for all 40 seats in the Assembly concluded on Tuesday, the Mizo National Front (MNF) emerged victor with 26 seats, while the Congress trailed, with leads in only five constituencies.The BJP has only managed to take a lead in one seat and other parties were leading in eight seats.The sitting Chief Minister, Congress’ Lal Thanhawla lost both the two seats he was contesting in.The Congress was hoping to hold on to their last bastion in the Northeast. However, most exit polls on 28 November had already predicted a win for the MNF in the state, unseating the Congress party after ten years.The Congress hailed its good showing in assembly polls in three Hindi heartland states and thanked people for choosing "love over hate".The Congress appeared set to wrest Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from the BJP, which was trailing marginally in Madhya Pradesh in a cliffhanger."Democracy has won! Thank you India, you have chosen love over hate, peace over violence & truth over lies. This victory is yours," read a tweet on the party's official Twitter handle, with the hashtag 'CongressWinsBIG'.Chhattisgarh Election Results | Congress party leads with 67 seats, while BJP leds with 17 seats.Rajasthan Election Results | Reacting to the ongoing poll results, outgoing CM Vasundhara Raje said:“I would like to congratulate Congress. I accept this mandate by the people. BJP has worked a lot for them in these 5 years, I hope the next party takes those policies and works forward.”Chhattisgarh Election Results | Reacting to the ongoing poll results, Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, TS Singh Deo said:“Such a huge mandate indicates that people have a lot of expectations from Congress. The victory that we have got will bind us with the public. Our party will definitely face challenges and work for the development of the public.”State Elections 2018 | Reacting to the ongoing poll results, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said:“I think result was certainly not as expected and it's an opportunity to pause and analyse, the results. In both Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh we were in power for 15 years and we have done well. I don't think there was anti-incumbency but fatigue factor does come in.”State Elections 2018 | Congratulating TRS after securing majority in the State Assembly, BJP President in a tweet addressed to K. Chandrashekar Rao said:Congratulations to Shri K. Chandrashekar Rao ji and TRS for the impressive victory in Telangana assembly elections.Amit ShahState Elections 2018 | PM Modi reacting to the poll results said:The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) emerged winners in a landslide victory after Election Commission announced the final result for Telangana on Wednesday, 12 December.Election Commission’s formal notification of result confirmed Congress’ victory in Rajasthan with 99 seats on Wednesday, 12 December. Securing second spot in the race, BJP has won 73 seats in Rajasthan.