In the assembly elections held in four states and one Union territory, as per the current trends, the ruling parties are comfortably placed in Assam and Kerala. In West Bengal ruling Trinamool Congress is ahead while in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the ruling parties are trailing behind the opponents.
West Bengal: As per latest trends available with Election Commission, in West Bengal, ruling Trinamool Congress is ahead in 194 seats, BJP is leading in 80 seats.
Tamil Nadu: DMK is leading in 113 seats, AIADMK leading in 79 seats, Congress is leading in 12 seats, PMK is leading nine seats, BJP is leading in four seats, CPI and CMP are leading in two seats each.
Assam: Ruling BJP is leading in 56 seats, Congress is leading in 29, Assam Gana Parishad is leading in ten seats, AIUDF in 11 seats and UPP is leading seven seats. Bodoland Peoples Front is ahead in three seats.
Kerala: As counting to the 140-seat Kerala assembly crosses three and a half hours trends the results are in favour of the ruling front communist led coalition LDF. LDF leads in almost 90 plus constituencies, followed by the congress led UDF in 45 plus seats and NDA in 3 seats.
UT of Puducherry: NR Congress is leading in six seats, BJP is leading three seats, Congress and DMK are leading in one seat each.
Counting of votes for assembly elections in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry began this morning at 8 AM. The counting began with postal ballots before the first round of counting began for the EVMs.
Assembly elections in four states and union territory were held from March 27 to April 29.
In view of second wave of pandemic and to ensure a completeCOVID safe arrangements during counting, the Election Commission has rolled out strict COVID protocols for the counting day.
As per the safety measures, no candidates or poll agents is being allowed inside the counting hall without undergoing RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test. However, those who have been administered both the doses of COVID vaccination have been allowed. The Commission has also prohibited public gathering outside the counting venues during the process of counting.
The Election Commission has already banned all victory processions on or after the day of counting. Not more than two people will be allowed to accompany the winning candidates to receive the certificate of election from the concerned Returning Officer.