Gandhinagar/Shimla, Dec 20: Here is the live update on Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections:
BJP wins Nadiad seat
The ruling party's candidate Pankaj Desai is elected from Nadiad. Gyasuddin Shaikh of Congress emerges triumphant from Dariapur, a constituency in Ahmedabad.
Narendra Modi seeks Keshubhai's blessings
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi meets Keshubhai Patel at the latter's Gandhinagar residence, seeks his blessings.
Modi to be sworn in as CM on Dec 25
Narendra Modi to be sworn in as the CM of Gujarat for the fourth time on Dec 25.
Shankarsinh Vaghela of Congress wins in Kapadvanj.
Narendra Modi to meet his mother
The hero of BJP's thumping win in Gujarat, Narendra Modi, to meet his mother before interacting with BJP workers.
Gun-toting MLA gets re-elected
Congress candidate Vithal Radadiya emerges victorious in Dhoraji while BJP's Kumar Kanani wins in Varachcha in Surat.
Swamy, Tarun Vijay shower praise on Modi
Janta Party president Subramanian Swamy congratulates Narendra Modi on his victory in Gujarat polls. BJP leader Tarun Vijay termed Modi as the greatest BJP leader after Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "He can achieve the impossible through the development mantra," he said.
Union Minister Manish Tewari said earlier that Congress had won in all those seats where Rahul Gandhi had campaigned before the elections this time.
Rebel BJP leader Kanu Kalsaria loses
Rebel BJP MLA Kanu Kalsaria, who contested on the tickets of Sadbhavna Manch, lost from Gariadhar. BJP minister Jaysinh Chauhan lost from Sabarkantha while Nimaben Acharya was defeated in Bhuj. In Surat, BJP's Narottambhai Patel won.
Cong state president resigns
Congress state president Arjun Modhwadia resigns from the post. He lost the election from Porbandar.
Shettar supports Modi, says he is ready to be PM
BJP's Amit Shah, who won from Naranpura by 60,000 seats, said positive votes garnered because of the good work of the state government helped the party to win the election.
Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar said Modi is ready to be the Prime Minister. He is the first BJP CM to openly support Modi.
BJP wins both Jamnagar South and Surat East seats.
Virbhadra Singh wins, BJP concedes defeat
Virbhadra Singh wins from Shimla Rural seat. BJP CM PK Dhumal congratulates Singh and other winning Congress candidates in Himachal Pradesh. The BJP conceded defeat in the state.
The Congress has so far won 32 out of 68 seats. The BJP has won 23 seats.
BJP state president lose
BJP state president RC Faldu defeated by Congress's Raghavaji Patel in Jamnagar Rural.
Sibal mocks Modi's 3D campaign
Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said Modi's 3D campaign proved to be a 2D campaign in the end. He said Modi remained where he was.
Nitin Gadkari elated over BJP's performance
BJP chief Nitin Gadkari said the people voted for BJP for the fifth time and Narendrabhai's leadership for the third time.
NCP wins in Umreth
NCP Gujarat president Jayant Patel (Bosky) won from Umreth.
Jitendra Sukhadia, sitting MLA from Sayajigunj, emerges victorious as does Rajender Dwivedi in Raopura.
BJP's Nitin Patel wins from Mehsana. Sayajigunj also goes to the ruling party.
Modhwadia & Gohil loses
Congress's Arjun Modhwadia loses from Porbandar. Siddharth Patel loses to BJP's Balakrishna Patel in Dabhoi from Gujarat. BJP minister Fakir Vaghela loses at Vadgam. Leader of the Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil also loses from Bhavnagar (Rural).
Vaghela's son wins
Shankarsinh Vaghela's son Mahendrasinh Vaghela wins from Bayad.
Dhumal wins in HP, BJP minister loses
Himachal CM Prem Kumar Dhumal wins in Hamirpur. Gujarat Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas loses from Siddhapur. Vyas defeated Congress's Balavantsinh Rajput by 17,000 votes. Coincidentally, Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi had campaigned here.
Jayesh Radadiya of the Congress wins from Jetpur.
Why Modi can't beat us in the country? asked Salman Khurshid
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said this Gujarat election proved that it's not open skies for Narendra Modi. When asked why the Congress was not able to defeat Narendra Modi, Khurshid counter questioned: "Why is Modi not able to defeat us in the country?"
GPP earns maiden seat
Keshubhai Patel wins in Visavadar.
Ecstatic Modi distributes sweets
Narendra Modi distributes sweets among his supporters. He has called a victory meeting at the party office at 5 pm.
BJP is leading in 15 out of 16 Ahmedabad seats and has won Maninagar
Congress's Tejshri Patel wins from Viramgam. The BJP has taken unassailable leads in 15 out of 17 seats in Ahmedabad. The Congress is leading on one seat, i.e., Jamalpur-Khadia. The BJP has already won the Maninagar seat.
'Not yet time to take decision on PM candidate'
The BJP said it was not yet time to decide on the prime ministerial candidate.
Keshubhai leading by 11,000 votes. State finance minister Vajubhai Vala wins from Rajkot.
Chidambaram said Congress the real winner
P Chidambaram said the Congress was the actual winner in Gujarat for it had successfully 'contained' Modi. BJP's Ravishankar Prasad said it was a consolation prize for the Union Finance Minister. He asked Chidambaram to gracefully accept his party's decimation in the state since the mid-1990s.
BJP minister loses in Amreli
Minister Dilip Sanghani, however, lost in Amreli. BJP's Arvind Patel wins in Sabarmati, Ahmedabad.
Amit Shah, Saurabh Patel win, Jagruti loses
Amit Shah wins in Naranpura and Saurabh Patel wins in Akota. GPP's Jagruti Pandya, wife of slain BJP minister Haren Pandya, lost in Ellis bridge. Zadaphia lost in Gondal.
Congress leads in Kheda
In Kheda, Congress is leading in Nadiad, Mehmedabad, Mahudha, Kapadvanj, Thasra and Balasinor while BJP leading in Matar.
Rahul Gandhi will lead Congress irrespective of results: Union Minister
Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar said he was confident that Rahul Gandhi would continue to lead the Congress irrespective of the results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Kumar said Gandhi would lead from the front.
The central minister also said that the Congress had made some gains in Gujarat despite the fact it was losing and exposed some of Narendra Modi's development claims.
BJP wins Mangrol, Pardi and Rajkot Rural constituencies.
GPP man trailing in Gondal
GPP's Zadaphia trailing by 25,000 votes. It seems now that the GPP was only a myth.
Dhumal leads in Hamirpur
BJP leads in 114 seats out of 182 seats in Gujarat. In Himachal, CM Prem Kumar Dhumal was leading against Narinder Thakur of Congress in Hamirpur. BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad admitted that his party was down in HP.
Modi wins against Shweta Bhatt
Narendra Modi wins in Maninagar. He got 1,20,470 votes while his Congress opponent managed just 34,097 votes.
Congress leader and former Gujarat CM Shankarsinh Vagehla leading by 4,000 votes in Kapadvanj.
BJP leads in Dholka, Surat North, Dwaraka, Choryasi, Sanand and Olpad.
Congress admits defeat
BJP wins 11 seats, Congress admits defeat in Gujarat. "We will accept the verdict of the people," Gujarat Cong spokesperson Chetan Raval said.
Modi ahead by nearly 54,000 votes
Modi is leading by 53,986 votes against Sweta Bhatt.
BJP supporters celebrate in Gujarat
BJP workers have already started celebrating in Gujarat after initial trends showed BJP leading in 116 seats. The Congress is leading in 60 seats.
Narendra Modi is leading by 40,000 votes now.
Keshubhai is leading, Zadaphia trailing
Keshubhai Patel is leading by 3,000 votes. His lieutenant Gordhan Zadaphia is trailing in Gondal.
BJP minister trailing in Gujarat
Agriculture minister Dilip Sanghani is trailing by 10,000 votes in Amreli.
Modi increases lead in Maninagar
Modi is leading by 22,000 votes in Maninagar.
BJP ahead in tribal areas
BJP is leading in the tribal seats of Dang and Dediapada.
GPP leading in three seats in Gujarat.
BJP wins in three seats
BJP wins in Vagra, Palitana and Dharampur.
'Not clear yet if BJP will get 2/3rd victory'
Psephologist Yogendra Yadav said it is clear that the BJP is heading for a clear victory, although it is not clear yet if it would be a two-third victory. The situation in Himachal is closely balanced, he said.
BJP leading in all Vadodara seats
BJP is leading in all five Vadodara City seats by more than 10,000 votes after three rounds of polling.
Amit Shah leading by 25,000 votes
Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah is leading at Naranpura in Ahmedabad by 25,000 votes.
People of Gujarat rejects Congress: Sitharaman
Modi's victory will mean that the Congress is rejected by the people of Gujarat, said BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman.
BJP will win, just waiting to see the gap of victory: Narhari Amin
Former Congress leader Narhari Amin, the former deputy chief minister who defected to the BJP after not being given a ticket by the Congress, has said that while the BJP was sure of victory, it was just waiting to see the gap of victory.
Congress's Shaktisinh Gohil was trailing BJP's Purshottam Solani in Bhavnagar Rural seat. Gohil is the Leader of the Opposition in Gujarat assembly.
'Rifle man' Radadiya trailing
Congress leader Vithal Radadiya, who came to headlines for brandishing a rifle at a toll plaza, was trailing in Dhoraji.
Keshubhai, Modi leading
GPP chief Keshubhai Patel was leading in Visavadar. The Congress did not field any candidate from this seat. Narendra Modi was leading in Maninagar by 8,380 votes against Sweta Bhatt.
BJP's Smriti Irani said she was extremely happy with her party's performance in both states.
Gujarat state Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia trailing in his seat Porbandar.
GPP leading in Junagadh
Congress leading in BJP strongholds in south Gujarat
Congress was leading in Rajkot and Amreli constituencies, which are BJP strongholds. Experts said it was not a good sign for the BJP.
Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said the results will be clear by 12:30 pm.
In Gujarat, BJP leading Congress 11-8.
In Himachal, BJP leading Congress 5-0.
In Gujarat, BJP leading Congress 9-5.
In Himachal, BJP leading Congress 2-1.
BJP leads in three seats in Gujarat, Congress leads in one seat in HP
BJP leads in Mangrol, Dholka and Junagadh constituencies. Congress leading in Sanand, Amreli and Rajkot East.
Counting of votes has begun. The postal ballots will be counted first followed by the EVM votes.
Strong room where the EVMs have been kept was opened.
The results of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections are to be announced today. Will Narendra Modi complete a hat-trick? Will Keshubhai Patel spoil his party? Will the Congress stage a turnaround in Himachal Pradesh?
While a confident Modi tweeted that it was time to look forward and not behind, former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah said the BJP would get 2/3rd majority. Gujarat Congress leader A Agneek said time would tell how much seats the Congress would get. "There was no need to speculate anything before," she said.