Assembly election results: BJP takes unassailable leads in UP, Uttarakhand; Congress set to win Punjab

BJP has taken an unbeatable lead in Uttar Pradesh, leading in well over 250 seats and is about to form the next government in Uttarakhand. In Punjab, however, SAD-BJP combine is set to be voted out with the Congress coming to the helm of affairs.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken unassailable leads in both Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, while the Congress has gone far ahead of BJP and AAP in Punjab, as officials are counting votes polled in assembly elections.

In Goa, the BJP has suffered a major setback with Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar loses from Mandrem. Congress has been leading in eight constituencies.

BJP candidates are leading in over 260 seats in Uttar Pradesh.

In contrast, the alliance of the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Congress is leading in 74 constituencies, followed by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 28.

BJP LEADING IN MAJOR CITIES IN UP

Election Commission officials said the BJP was leading in most major cities, including Allahabad, Lucknow and Kanpur.

Even in Amethi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency, the BJP's Garima Singh has forged ahead.

The story is no different in neighbouring Congress-ruled Uttarakhand where BJP candidates are leading in over 50 seats out of 70 where counting trends are available.

The Congress is in the lead in five seats and the BSP in one seat.

CONGRESS WAY AHEAD OF OTHERS IN PUNJAB

In Punjab, defying most exit polls that had projected a neck-and-neck outcome, the Congress has forged ahead in 50 of the 86 seats followed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 22.

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine is leading on 27 seats.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, 89, is leading from his Lambi seat over his rivals Amarinder Singh (Congress) and Jarnail Singh (AAP).

But his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is trailing behind AAP's Bhagwant Mann in Jalalabad.

Counting of votes for the 117 Punjab assembly seats as well as the by-election to the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat is on. The Amritsar Lok Sabha seat has been vacated by Amarinder Singh in November.

A party needs 59 seats to gain a simple majority in Punjab.

In Manipur, the ruling Congress and the BJP are fighting a close contest. Smaller parties are leading in three constituencies.

(WITH INPUTS FROM IANS)

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