- Trends for winners and losers expected to be clear around 11 AM
- Election Commission to count votes at 15 centres across Uttarakhand
- Counting of votes begins 8 am
- 68% turnout was recorded during polling in Uttarakhand on 15 February
Watch this space for all the live updates.
Modi Wave Sweeps Congress in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand seems to have gone ahead with its cyclic change of power, with the voters giving an unprecedented mandate to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) this time around.
According to the results declared on Saturday, the BJP won 57 seats in the 70-member assembly, garnering a considerable 46.5 per cent of votes.
The Congress, which was ruling in the state, got only 11 seats, though in terms of percentage, it got a respectable 33.5 per cent of votes, which is not far below its previous percentage of 33.79 per cent. But the percentage of votes did not translate into seats for the Congress.
While the Congress' infighting can be blamed to some extent for the party's poor showing, the Modi wave seemed to have swept the hilly state like never before
PM Tweets Back After Rahul Congratulates BJP for Victory
Prime Minister Modi responded to Rahul’s message with a tweet.
Politicians Congratulate BJP
Politicians congratulated the BJP which has the clear lead in Uttarakhand.
BJP Sweeps Both Garhwal and Kumaon
BJP has swept both Garhwal and Kumaon regions, according to Hindustan Times, with 44 percent votes. The Congress garnered 34 percent votes, while independents got 11 percent of the votes.
Harish Rawat Loses Kichha by 103 Votes
Harish Rawat closed the gap but still lost to BJP’s Rajesh Shukla by 105 votes in Kichha. He also lost Haridwar (Rural) seat to BJP's Yatishwaranand by over 12,000 votes
CM Harish Rawat Loses Haridwar Rural, Leading in Kichha
Chief Minister Harish Rawat lost to BJP’s Yatishwaranand in Haridwar Rural, but is leading with 30,730 votes in Kichha.
Nation Stands With PM Modi: Piyush Goyal
Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that BJP’s victory in Uttarakhand belongs to its people.
Harish Rawat Trailing in Haridwar Rural
Harish Rawat trailing behind BJP’s Yatishwaranand. In Kichha too, he’s trailing behind BJP candidate Rajesh Shukla.
Congress Far Behind BJP
Congress is now far behind the BJP with a lead only in 15 seats, while the BJP is leading in 52 seats.
BJP Way Ahead of Congress
BJP is in the clear lead in 49 seats, while Congress is far behind with a lead in only 11 seats.
BJP to Form Government: CNN News 18 Calls the Election
CNN News 18 calls Uttarakhand election, claims BJP has crossed the halfway mark with a lead in 41 seats and is set to form government in Uttarakhand.
BJP Leading in 18 Seats
BJP has taken the lead in 18 seats, while Congress is lagging behind with a lead in 9 seats
Counting to Begin at 8 AM
Counting of votes for the high-stakes assembly elections in Uttarakhand will take place on Saturday morning, with trends for winners and losers expected to be clear as early as 11 am.
According to Election Commission guidelines, half an hour after the postal ballots are counted, the process of counting of EVM votes will begin.
The 'ballot unit' will be switched on in the presence of senior poll officials.
Once the results are declared, names of the winning candidates will find mention in the Election Commission’s gazette.
Exit Polls Predict Swing in BJP's Favour
Stakes are high for both the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the crucial 70 seat assembly polls. 68% voter turnout was recorded in the state which went to polls on 15 February on the back of a bitter political crisis in 2016.
How Uttarakhand Voted in 2012 Assembly Elections
The Congress is, of course, hoping to emulate its performance from 2012, and is resting its hopes on the voters rejecting the BJP over the note ban drama. On the other hand, the BJP is hoping that it can reap the benefits of the political crisis that gripped the state in 2016. Uttarakhand saw a major revolt against Chief Minister Harish Rawat by his party MLAs, resulting in nearly two months of President’s rule.