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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat loses both seats; BJP sweeps the polls

Saturday March 11, 2017 2:43 PM, & Agencies

Uttarakhand Election 2017 results

Adding to the humiliating defeat, Congress faces in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who led the Congress campaign in the state, has lost the elections, according to the results declared by the state election commission today afternoon.

Harish Rawat who contested from Kichcha and Hardwar Rural assembly seats, lost the elections from both the places.

Meanwhile, trends available at 02:45 pm showed the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leading in 59 of the total 70 seats in Uttarakhand and set to form a government on its own.

Trends also showed the ruling Congress ahead in 09 assembly constituencies of Uttarakhand.

Earlier, counting of votes started amid tight security at 08:00 in the morning at all 15 centres of Uttarakhand. The process began with counting of postal ballots.

Live Updates:
10:45 AM
Trends available at 10:45 am showed the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to sweep the Uttarakhand assembly elections. As per the latest information and trends, the BJP is leading in 56 of the total 70 seats of Uttarakhand.

Trends also showed the ruling Congress ahead in 09 assembly constituencies of Uttarakhand.

10:15 AM
Trends available at 10:15 am showed the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leading in 51 of the total 70 seats of Uttarakhand.

Trends also showed the ruling Congress ahead in 15 assembly constituencies of Uttarakhand.

09:00 AM
Trends available at 09:00 am showed the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leading in 12 of the total 70 seats of Uttarakhand.

Trends also showed the ruling Congress ahead in 08 assembly constituencies of Uttarakhand.

08:00 AM
Counting of votes in Uttarakhand, where the Congres is ruling since last five years with Harish Rawat as its Chief Minister, started today at 08:00 am.

As per the Election Commission guidelines, the process began with counting of postal votes.

The trends and results will soon start coming as the first round of voting is expected to be completed by about 08:30 am.

06: 55 AM
Counting of votes for the high- stakes assembly elections in the state known for hill stations and tourist places Uttarakhand and four other Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur states will start today i.e. Saturday March 11, 2017 exactly at 08:00 am.

According to the election commission, the process in the hilly state of Uttarakhand will begin with counting of postal votes and trends are expected to be available by 09:00 am. By 12 noon, a final picture could emerge on who would be the major players in the state.

The counting of vote will take place at 15 centres in Uttarakhand The entire process will be completed by afternoon, the state election commission said.

According to Election Commission guidelines, half-an-hour after the postal ballots are counted, the process of counting of EVM votes begins.

The 'ballot unit' is switched on in the presence of senior poll officials and counting agents of candidates and the result command keyed in to get the results per machine.

Where a paper trail audit or 'voter-verified paper audit trail' (VVPAT) has been used, the counting agent can call for a count of the paper slips in the drop box attached to the voting machine, but a final count is taken by the returning officer.

Once the results are declared, the names of the winning candidates will find mention in the gazette. The gazette notification will initiate the process to form the next legislative assemblies in the states.

Times Now - CVoter Exit Polls on Thursday said the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are neck-and-neck battle in Uttarakhand and Goa whereas the Grand Old party is set to retain power in Manipur.

According to the Times Now - CVoter Exit Polls broadcast today, BJP and Congress both are likely to end up with 32 seats in Uttarakhand. The state has a total of 69 seats.

The Exit Polls showed BJP ahead in Garhwal region with 16 seats whereas Congress leads in Kumuan region where it is likely to bag 16 seats. In Plains, the BJP is expected to win 8 seats and Congress could bag 11 seats.

The News24-Today's Chanakya survey gives the BJP a huge majority at 53 seats in Uttarakhand, while the India Today Axis exit poll says the party will get 46 to 53 seats in the state. India News-MRC shows the BJP at 38 and the Congress at 30 in Uttarakhand.

In the 2012 elections, Congress had won 32 of the total 70 seats and formed the government headed by Harish Rawat as Chief Minister. The BJP was a close second with 31 seats whereas BSP had won on 03 seats. 04 seats were held by others.



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