Modi congratulates Mamata, Stalin and Vijayan
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has led the incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC) to a massive win with the party winning as many as 195 seats so far and leading in 21 other seats but the party supremo has lost her own seat in Nandigram to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Suvendu Adhikari.
Suvendu was declared winner by 1,736 votes, not long after the Trinamool tweeted: "The counting process for Nandigram has not been completed. Please do not speculate."
Earlier, there were reports that Mamata had won by 1,201 votes, although this was not officially confirmed by EC.
West Bengal went to polls in eight phases, Assam voted in three and the elections for the remaining – Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry – took place in a single phase on April 6.
In view of the coronavirus situation, the Election Commission of India has barred the entry of polling agents into the counting centres without a negative Covid-19 test or full vaccinations.
Live Updates (Bangladesh time)
8:15 pm: Modi also congratulates DMK Chief MK Stalin and Pinarayi Vijayan for their win in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, respectively.
Congratulations to Mamata Didi for @AITCofficial's win in West Bengal. The Centre will continue to extend all possible support to the West Bengal Government to fulfil people’s aspirations and also to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. @MamataOfficial— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 2, 2021
8:14pm: The prime minister thanks all the BJP workers in West Bengal for their efforts. “From a negligible presence earlier, BJP’s presence has significantly increased,” he writes. “The BJP will keep serving the people. I applaud each and every Karyakarta [worker] for their spirited effort in the polls.”
8:12pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her resounding victory in the state. He says his government at the Centre will continue to extend support to the Bengal government.
7:50pm: Amid confusion over the results of Nandigram, the Trinamool Congress says that counting of votes is still underway in the constituency.
The counting process for Nandigram has not been completed. Please do not speculate.— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) May 2, 2021
7:47pm: Tharoor also expresses his disappointment at the Congress’ performance in Kerala. However, he lauds the efforts made by all the party workers.
“You fought a good fight,” he says. “The energy and commitment I’ve seen from you is the party’s greatest strength. We must not be disheartened. There is work ahead to renew and revive our party, and to serve the people.”
7:45pm: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor congratulates Mamata Banerjee, calling her win against the BJP a “victory over the forces of communalism and intolerance”.
“The BJP has met its match in Bengal, and lost,” he writes.
7:44pm: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wins from Dharmadam constituency with a margin of 50,123 votes
7:42pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee goes to offer prayers at a temple after her landslide victory in the Assembly elections.
7:37pm: An office of the BJP was set ablaze in West Bengal’s Arambagh town by unidentified miscreants. The saffron party accuses the Trinamool Congress for the attack.
After results for West Bengal assembly came in, TMC goons burnt down BJP’s party office in Arambagh... Is this what Bengal will have to suffer for the next 5 years? pic.twitter.com/5GBKLmirGQ— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) May 2, 2021
7:35pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray congratulates Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for single-handedly leading her party to victory in the West Bengal Assembly polls, reports PTI. The TMC is leading in over 200 of the 292 seats that went to polls in the eastern state.
In a statement, Thackeray says Banerjee led the fight for Bengal’s self respect, adding that “all credit goes to the Bengal tigress for the win.”
7:10pm: Rahul Gandhi says the Congress humbly accepts the people’s mandate. “We will continue to fight for our values and ideal,” he adds.
We humbly accept the people’s mandate.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 2, 2021
Sincere gratitude to our workers & the millions of people who supported us on the ground.
We will continue to fight for our values and ideals.
7:08pm: BJP leader Sambit Patra alleges that TMC workers are attacking BJP offices in West Bengal after winning the elections, reports ANI.
6:55pm: Banerjee calls Nandigram “a sacrifice that had to be made”, but doesn’t confirm whether she has lost from the constituency, reports NDTV. “I accept the verdict of people of Nandigram,” she adds.
6:54pm: Mamata Banerjee says she will move the court against the Election Commission, reports News18. “I have been told that there has been a mischief that has been created in Nandigram,” she says. “I will go to court.”
6:49pm: “This is a victory for Bengal, victory for its people and a victory for democracy,” Banerjee says.
6:48pm: Banerjee adds that her swearing-in ceremony will be a small affair, given the worsening Covid situation in Bengal.
6:45pm: Mamata Banerjee accuses the Election Commission of siding with the BJP. “The way they functioned, my god, they were acting like the spokesperson of the BJP.”
6:44pm: The TMC leader demands free vaccines for the people of West Bengal from the Centre.
6:43pm: “Bengal saved the government,” Banerjee adds.
6:41pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is addressing the media after her party swept the Assembly elections. “People of Bengal won, this is everyone’s victory,” she says. However, she onces again urges her supporters to refrain from taking out victory processions in view of the Covid situation.
6:25pm: As people of Assam give a clear mandate to the BJP government for the second time, it is evident that the contentious CAA, which had sparked massive protests in the state in 2019, did not have much impact on the way people voted. As Scroll.in reported earlier, economics, and not identity, seemed to have dominated election conversations.
6:15pm: Communist Party of India(Marxist) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan says the people’s mandate in Kerala proves that they are happy with the “pro-people policies” of the LDF government.
6:13 pm: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan says the state has given a verdict in favour of the LDF, reports ANI. “But this is not the time to celebrate as Covid continues to spread,” he adds. “This is the time to continue the fight against Covid-19.”
6:12pm: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulates DMK chief MK Stalin for winning in Tamil Nadu. Gandhi says the people of the state have voted for change.
6:09pm: So far, the BJP has drawn a blank in Kerala, where the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF is set to make the government for another term.
6:07pm: “Metro man” E Sreedharan is trailing behind Congress leader Shafi Parambil in Palakkad with a margin of about 2,300 votes.
5:56pm: Banerjee adds that she will address the media shortly to announce her future plans, reports NDTV.
5:54pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asks her supporters, who have gathered outside her residence, to follow all Covid protocols and not take out any victory processions in the state, reports NDTV. “For us, combating the Covid situation will be the topmost priority... This is victory of Bengal and only Bengal can do it ,” she adds.
4:57pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wins from Nandigram, defeating her former aide and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, reports NDTV.
4:53pm: BJP leader Mukul Roy wins from Krishnanagar Uttar constituency with 41,952 votes.
4:48pm: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says that TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has shown that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are not invincible, and that they too can be defeated, reports ANI.
4:47pm: The defence minister also congratulates Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for winning a second term in the state.
4:45pm: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulates Opposition leaders Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin and Pinarayi Vijayan for winning in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, respectively.
The pro-people policies of Shri @narendramodi led Govt & the state Govt under @sarbanandsonwal have once again helped the BJP in winning assembly elections in Assam. Congratulations to PM Modi, CM Sonowal, Adhyaksh Shri @JPNadda & karyakartas on BJP’s impressive victory in Assam.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) May 2, 2021
4:42pm: BJP workers in Assam celebrate their party’s victory in the state elections.
Assam: Bharatiya Janata Praty (BJP) workers celebrate by distributing sweets at party office in Guwahati, as official trends show BJP leading in 57 seats. pic.twitter.com/Eh32Irc8Io— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
4:32pm: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and BJP’s state President L Murugan are leading from Edappadi and Dharapurm (reserved) constituencies, respectively.
4:28pm: In Tamil Nadu, the DMK-led front crosses the majority mark with leads in 137 seats, shows data from the Election Commission.
4:23pm: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja wins from the Mattannur constituency with 51,639 votes.
4:17pm: Political strategist Prashant Kishor says today’s election results will not impact the BJP’s popularity at the national level “and not even in Bengal”, reports India Today.
4.12pm: In Nandigram, the epicentre of the Bengal elections, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari is leading over Mamta Banerjee with a small margin of six votes, reports Anandabazar.com.
4:10pm: BJP’s “metro man” E Sreedharan is trailing behind Congress’ Shafi Parambil by 2,687 votes.
4:05pm: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah congratulates Pinarayi Vijayan for an “emphatic victory” in Kerala.
3:55pm: Earlier today, an unused electronic voting machine, or an EVM was found in the premises of a counting centre in Assam, reports PTI. District Election Officer Megh Nidhi Dahal along with returning officers reached the centre enquire about the machine. Contesting candidates too reached the spot.
On investigation, it was found that the unused EVM which had been kept in reserve on polling day, had inadvertently found its way to the counting venue. Officials said no votes had been polled on the machine.
3:51pm: Bharatiya Janata Party National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya says, “Looks like people of West Bengal want Mamata Banerjee as chief minister,” reports The Hindu.
The BJP leader adds that his party will instropect “what went wrong, whether it was organisational issues, lack of face [of a chief ministerial candidate] ot the insider- outsider debate”.
3:37pm: DMK Chief MK Stalin instructs his party workers and office-bearers not to leave the counting centres till the counting of votes polled in the Assembly elections was completed, reports The Hindu.
3:36 pm: Political strategist Prashant Kishor tells NDTV he will quit from his job after this election.
3:16pm: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja, who is leading in Mattannur constituency, reminds everyone to follow all Covid-related protocols and watch the LDF’s victory from their homes.
3:12pm: A police personnel in Bengal tries to control TMC workers who are out on the road celebrating their party’s victory.
#WestBengalPolls2021 | A police personnel instructs TMC supporters to stop celebrations in Asansol after— NDTV (@ndtv) May 2, 2021
EC instructs states to "prohibit victory celebrations urgently." (ANI) pic.twitter.com/bA51UwzwQs
3:07pm: Trinamool Youth Congress leader Sayan Deb Chatterjee says that the party workers can’t help but break into celebrations over the Bengal election results, reports ANI. “Our workers were under pressure,” he says. “This mandate has given them energy. Still, we are telling them not to celebrate due to the Covid situation.”
2:58pm: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti congratulates Mamata Banerjee on her "splendid victory."
2:55pm: Kishor alleges the Election Commission was functioning as an "extension of the BJP." "They have been completely partial to the ruling party [at the Centre]," he says.
2:52pm: Kishor says that while he takes cognisance of the "strength of the BJP," the huge popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not mean his party will win every election.
2:51pm: Prashant Kishor tells NDTV that the BJP was just trying to "build this massive propaganda" that they are winning in West Bengal. "That said, however, BJP will continue to remain a formidable force here," he adds.
2:48pm: Kishor adds that this election has shown how the people of Bengal still had faith in Mamata Banerjee’s leadership.
2:45pm: Political strategist Prashant Kishor, who had prophesied that the BJP will "struggle to cross double digits" in the West Bengal, tells NDTV he had always been confident that the Trinamool Congress will be able to win the election, despite the saffron party's concerted efforts.
2:35pm: As Mamata Banerjee looks to be on her way to a landslide victory in West Bengal, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav sends his "hearty congratulations" to the TMC leader for "defeating the politics of hate of BJP in Bengal."
2:32pm: Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Amit Malviya tells India Today that his party is not "conceding defeat just yet" in West Bengal.
"You have to set higher targets and give hope to people, we are not conceding defeat just yet": Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya), BJP Spokesperson @sardesairajdeep @rahulkanwal #ResultsOnIndiaToday #WestBengal #BJP #TMC pic.twitter.com/KcGd5POJsX— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) May 2, 2021
2:30pm: In Tamil Nadu, DMK supporters continue with their celebrations outside the party, even as the Election Commission issues a warning against victory processions.
2:26pm: After Sharad Pawar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also congratulates Mamata Banerjee for her "landslide victory."
"What a fight!" he writes.
Congratulations @MamataOfficial didi for landslide victory. What a fight!— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 2, 2021
Congratulations to the people of WB
2:17pm: Jailed peasant activist Akhil Gogoi is leading from the Sivasagar constituency by 3,524 votes. Gogoi’s Raijor Dal is contesting the election in alliance with the Assam Jatiya Parishad as a combined anti-CAA forum against the BJP.
2:15pm: Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury says that the people of Kerala have reposed faith in LDF in an "unprecedented manner," reports The Hindu. He adds that the state has a crucial role to play in defending the constitutional values and upholding federalism. "I salute the people of Kerala," he says.
2:09pm: Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar congratulates TMC leader Mamata Banerjee for her "stupendous victory," as she establishes a strong lead ahead of the BJP.
Congratulations @MamataOfficial on your stupendous victory!— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) May 2, 2021
Let us continue our work towards the welfare of people and tackling the Pandemic collectively.
2:03pm: TMC candidate Firhad Hakim says Left has vanished from West Bengal for its own wrong policies.
I was always telling the press that Mamata Banerjee will be CM for the 3rd time. BJP tried their best to crack but they didn't succeed. The Left has now vanished from West Bengal due to their wrong policy of taking a communal force against a communal force: Firhad Hakim, TMC pic.twitter.com/PsOljW8875— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
1:53pm: The Election Commission takes note of crowds gathered to celebrate victory. It directs chief secretaries of all four states and Puducherry to file FIRs in each such case, reports Hindustan Times.
1:45pm: BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma leading from Jalukbari, Assam.
1:27pm: According to Election Commission, the TMC is leading is 202 seats and BJP in 77.
1:17pm: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Sunday afternoon had a significant lead against other political parties in the state, showed the Election Commission’s data. As of 12.20 pm, the Election Commission’s early trends showed that the DMK was leading in 117 seats and the incumbent All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was ahead in 79. The AIADMK’s ally, Bharatiya Janata Party, was leading in four seats.
1:15pm: DMK supporters celebrate outside party headquarters in Chennai.
1:12pm: TMC supporters celebrate in Asansol
#WATCH | Celebrations by TMC supporters begin in Asansol as official trends show the party leading on 202 seats so far. The Election Commission has banned any victory procession amid the #COVID19 situation in the country.#WestBengalElections2021 pic.twitter.com/2sEtXI7mF6— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
1pm: TMC supporters celebrate in Kolkata.
12:11pm: TMC candidates Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Firhad Hakim leading from Bhabanipur and Kolkata Port seats, respectively, according to initial trends.
12:05pm: The ruling TMC is leading in 187 seats and the BJP is ahead in 85.
11:55am: The Election Commission’s early trends in the West Bengal Assembly polls shows that the Trinamool Congress had gained a major lead against other parties on Sunday morning. As of 11:40am, the Election Commission’s data showed that the Mamata Banerjee-led party was ahead in 172 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party was leading in 87.
10:55am: In West Bengal, the TMC is ahead in 101 seats while BJP is leading in 53, according to the Election Commission.
10:50am: Mamata Banerjee is trailing behind Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram.
10:45am: The TMC is now leading in 75 seats and BJP is ahead in 43, according to the Election Commission.
10:40am: In West Bengal, the TMC is ahead in 68 seats while the BJP is ahead in 36, show EC’s latest trends.
10:20am: EC’s trends from Bengal. TMC ahead in 40 seats, BJP in 23.
10:06am: In West Bengal, the Election Commission’s early trends show the TMC is ahead in 9 seats while the BJP is leading in 3.
8:52am: In West Bengal, the Bharatiya Janata Party was leading in 19 seats, closely followed by the Trinamool Congress in 17, according to early trends by NDTV.
8:32am: Counting of votes begins.
Overview of poll-bound states and Puducherry
Elections in West Bengal took place in eight phases, beginning on March 27. The last phase was held on April 29.
There are 294 seats and the majority mark is 148. There are three major fronts in the polls – one led by the Trinamool Congress, another by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the third comprising the Congress, Left parties and other smaller parties.
Multiple exit polls have predicted that the Trinamool Congress is likely to return to power in the state.
The elections to the 234 seats in the Tamil Nadu Assembly took place in a single phase on April 6. The majority mark is 118.
The main contest is between the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
While the Congress is in alliance with the DMK, the Bharatiya Janata Party has joined hands with the AIADMK for the polls.
Exit polls predict that MK Stalin-led DMK will wrest control in the state.
Kerala voted in a single phase on April 6 to choose legislators for 140 seats of the state legislative Assembly. The majority mark is 71.
The Left Democratic Front, the ruling party in the state led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), is looking to remain in power. The United Democratic Front, led by the Congress, seeks to wrest control.
The National Democratic Alliance is posing as the third front and is led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, which wants to make inroads in the state.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is expected to retain power for a second successive term, according to many exit polls.
Elections to the 126-member Assam Assembly took place in three phases. The majority mark is 64.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party in the state, is contesting the polls in alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad and the United People's Party Liberal.
The Opposition coalition comprises the Congress, the All India United Democratic Front and Left parties.
Multiple exit polls have projected a win for the BJP.
The Union Territory went to polls in a single phase on April 6.
Puducherry has 33 seats but three are nominated by the lieutenant governor. The majority mark is 17.
The Secular Democratic Alliance is led by the Congress and comprises Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and the Communist Party of India.
The National Democratic Alliance is led by the All Indian NR Congress and comprises the Bharatiya Janata Party and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
Exit polls have predicted a win for the NDA.