The ruling Trinamool Congress was ahead of the BJP in the heavily guarded West Bengal state, while the DMK had an advantage in Tamil Nadu as trends spread for the vote count in Sunday’s elections. High-stakes assembly in four states and one Union territory. .
In Assam, the NDA led by the ruling BJP led with 22 seats, while the Congress-led Grand Alliance is ahead at 15 places, according to early trends available from the ballot count by correspondence in Assam, officials said.
The ruling LDF in Kerala led in 75 of the total 140 seats, while the opposition UDF led in 56 segments as the vote count for the April 6 assembly elections began.
According to the trends available for 172 of 292 West Bengal constituencies, the TMC led in 112 while the BJP in 58.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee followed her BJP rival Suvendu Adhikari to Nandigram by 3,460 votes after two rounds of counting,
In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister K Palaniswami led in his home segment of Edappadi in Salem district and opposition leader and DMK chairman MP for Kolathur led in the constituency of Kolathur here, according to early trends. While the DMK was in the lead with 76 seats, the AIADMK was in 68, according to available trends for 170 of the 234 constituencies.
The trends indicated that the DMK was ahead in constituencies such as Kurinjipadi, Neyveli, Virudhachalam.
BJP Head of State Unit L Murugan was in the lead in Dharapuram and AIADMK leaders and ministers of state KC
Veeramani and Benjamin were in the lead at Jolarpet and Maduravoyal here.
Initial trends in Kerala indicated that the BJP-led NDA leads with two seats – Palakkad, where “ Metroman ” E Sreedharan is in contention and Nemom, the only seat won by the Saffron party in the polls of the ‘2016 Assembly.
In Assam, the new Assam Jatiya Parishad-Raijor Dal alliance leads with four seats in the Assembly.
The BJP candidates lead with 16 seats, while those of its ally AGP in six. Congress established initial leaders in 14 locations and AIUDF in one.
The leader of Raijor Dal and the leader of the jailed anti-CAA protest Akhil Gogoi is the head of Sibsagar.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Health Himanta Biswa Sarma and AGP Chief and Minister Atul Bora are the heads of Majuli, Jalukbari and Bokakhat.
Assam has an Assembly of 126 members and 64 seats are needed for a simple majority.
The counting of votes for the Assembly ballots is underway as the country grapples with a raging COVID pandemic.
The counting began at 8 am and will continue until late into the night with as many as 1,100 count observers monitoring the process.
Exit polls predict close competition between the Trinamool Congress, led by Mamata Banerjee, and the BJP in crucial West Bengal Assembly polls and put Saffron in power in Assam while projecting the left alliance will retain Kerala, an unnoticed feat in four. decades.
For Congress, exit polls predicted he could fail in Assam and Kerala and lose in Pondicherry to the opposition alliance AINRC-BJP-AIADMK.
The only good news for Congress comes from Tamil Nadu, where exit polls have predicted that the DMK-led opposition alliance, of which it is a part, will defeat the AIADMK-BJP coalition.
The poll results in the four states and UT are also likely to reflect how the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has played on the minds of voters.
Voting took place in eight stages in West Bengal between March 27 and April 29, in Assam in three stages on March 27, April 1 and 6, while votes were cast in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Pondicherry in a single phase on April 6, when the COVID outbreak began in many states.
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal are among the 11 states which account for 78.22% of the total active cases, according to the health ministry.
West Bengal will have the maximum number of 1,113 counting rooms, Kerala 633, Assam 331, Tamil Nadu 256 and Pondicherry 31, the EC said.
A three-tiered security arrangement is in place at counting centers in West Bengal, and 256 companies of Central Forces have been deployed to 23 districts of the state which voted in a grueling election marred by violence and attacks vicious personal.
The outcome will decide whether Mamata Banerjee, who has been in power for 10 years and is battling arguably the most difficult poll of her political career, was able to thwart the challenge by the seasoned BJP electoral army led by the prime minister. Narendra Modi and Interior Minister Amit Shah.
The BJP, which had just three seats in the 294-member assembly after the polls and went on to win 18 out of 42 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, had done everything in the state in a determined attempt to oust Banerjee, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Modi, and add another state to his tally of 17. The Left-Congress alliance is the state’s third main competitor.
In Tamil Nadu, the two Dravidian parties – AIADMK and DMK – went to the polls without their pillars, J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.
In Kerala, the Democratic Left Front (LDF) seeks to break the state’s four-decade tendency to switch between the left and the Congress-led United Democratic Front.
In Assam, the ruling BJP faces a challenge from the “ Mahajoth ” or the “ Grand Alliance ” comprising the Congress, the AIUDF, the Bodoland Popular Front (BPF), the IPC (M), IPC, IPC (ML) Liberation, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM).
The BJP has an alliance with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the United Liberal People’s Party (UPPL) and the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP),
In Pondicherry, the NDA led by the AINRC and the Secular Democratic Alliance led by the Congress are in competition. While the AINRC presented candidates in 16 of the total 30 constituencies, the BJP contested nine seats and the AIADMK five seats.
The count will also take place in four Lok Sabha seats and 13 assembly seats in 13 states where bypasses have taken place.
The EC banned victory tours and vehicle rallies.