The BJP is set to form the government in both Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, while the Congress races ahead of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab and is set to return to power after a decade.In the coastal state of Goa, BJP Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has lost his seat.
According to the trends available at around 11 am, the BJP and its allies are leading at a landslide 284 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly. In Punjab, the Congress's Amarinder Singh is celebrating his 75th birthday in style with his party leading in 64 of the 117 seats.
10 BIG TAKEAWAYS SO FAR
- In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has registered a massive lead over its rivals, leaving the Samajwadi Party-Congress combine and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) far behind going by trends available at around 11 am.
- The SP-Congress coalition was ahead in 75 of the 403 seats, while Mayawati's BSP was leading in barely 23.
- Even in Amethi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency, the BJP's Garima Singh is ahead.
- In setback for the BJP in Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has lost his Mandrem seat.
- The Congress leads in 40-member Goa Assembly at 8 seats.
- In Punjab, defying most exit polls which had projected a neck-and-neck outcome, the Congress is forging ahead in 58 seats followed by the AAP in 23.
- Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, 89, was 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 to the AAP's Bhagwant Mann in Jalalabad.
- Uttarakhand is set to return a BJP government with the saffron party leading in 51 of the 71 seats.
- In Manipur, the ruling Congress is leading in eight of the 14 constituencies, officials said, followed by the BJP in three.