Elections 2014 results Live updates

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Elections 2014

Modi takes mother’s blessings before taking up PM’s post: As he appeared to be all set to become the next Prime Minister, Narendra Modi today went to meet his mother to seek her blessings.

Mr. Modi, 63, bowed down before his mother Hiraba, who blessed him by putting both his hands on him, as the trends pointed to a clear win for the saffron party in Lok Sabha polls.

“He has my blessings and he will lead the country towards development,” she said, when asked to comment on the counting trends.

The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate also sat with the family members and talked to his mother, who is staying with her other son Pankaj Modi in Gandhinagar.

He was also seen talking to the children of his brother’s family.
It is BJP’s victory; It will be the Prime Minister’s prerogative to choose who will be in his Cabinet, says Sushma Swaraj.
Arun Jaitley trails: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, tipped to be a finance minister in a Modi government, was trailing former Punjab chief minister and Congress candidate Amarinder Singh by nearly 44,000 votes in the Amritsar seat on Friday.

Mr. Jaitley, the BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal alliance candidate who is contesting his first popular election, continued to trail Amarinder from the very first round after counting began Friday.

The BJP had replaced sitting Amritsar MP, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, with Jaitley. Mr. Sidhu was elected MP from Amritsar in 2004, 2007 (by-election) and 2009.

Mr. Sidhu had differences with senior Akali leaders, especially chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Mr. Sidhu was also at loggerheads with Punjab BJP leaders who worked for his ouster from the seat.
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The BJP never gave any reason for not fielding Sidhu from the seat this time.

Mr. Jaitley is a sitting Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat. He is the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha but has never contested a popular election till now despite being one of the leading lights of the party and one of the closest to Mr. Modi. -- IANS

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi congratulates BJP and its prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi for its ‘big win’
Dinesh Verma from Puducherry reports: For the first time since counting began for the sole Puducherry Lok Sabha seat, R. Radhakrishnan of the ruling AINRC has edged ahead of his rival V. Narayanasamy of the Congress. When reports last came in, Mr. Radhakrishnan was ahead by 5,,256 votes.

Dakshina Kannada (Mangalore) Lok Sabha 2014 result: Sitting MP Nalin Kumar Kateel of the BJP defeats former Union Minsiter B. Janardhana Poojary of the Congress by a margin of 1,43,709 votes.

Detailed Results: Nalin Kumar Kateel (BJP) 642739; B. Janardhana Poojary (Cong) 499030; Haneef Khan Kodaje (SDPI) 27254; K. Yadava Shetty (CPIM) 9394, M.R. Vasudeva (AAP) 5442; Moose Kunhi alias Abdul Kareem (BSP) 4471, Supreet Kumar Poojary (Ind) 657; Anand Gatti (Ind) 1116; K. Kushala Bellare (Ind) 801; Deepak Rajesh Coelho (Ind) 905; Maxim Pinto (Ind) 1072; Sudatta Jain Shirtady (Ind) 1613; Subramanya Gowda K. (Ind) 2450 K.N. Somasekhar (Ind) 3421; NOTA 7109; Rejected 109 Total votes polled 12,07,583 (Postal Ballots 463; Tendered votes 11). -- Our Mangalore Correspondent reports
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R. Srikanth, Our Reporter reports: At the end of the second round of counting in North Chennai, AIADMK got 63336 votes and DMK 45174 votes. This is the first time an AIADMK candidate has contested in the constituency for over two decades.

At 12.25 pm: Ahmed Ali Fayyaz: ANANTNAG: Mehbooba Mufti PDP leads by 38,042; BARAMULLA: Muzaffar Baig PDP leads by 10,922; SRINAGAR: Tariq Qarra PDP leads by 19,633; JAMMU: Jugal Kishore BJP leads by 1,47,448; UDHAMPUR: Dr Jitendra Singh BJP leads by 16,522; LADAKH Syed Kazim (NC proxy) leads by 1,614

BJP veteran L K Advani secures winning lead: Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani on Friday got a decisive lead of around two lakh votes over Congress candidate Kirit Patel in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat.

Mr. Advani, the five-time MP from Gandhinagar, got 3,58,389 votes while Mr. Patel polled 1,16,337 votes after eight rounds of counting.

As per the trends, BJP is moving ahead for a clean sweep in Gujarat, where the party is leading in all the 26 seats, riding on the wave in favour of their Chief Minister and Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.
AIADMK candidate lead by 36900 votes after 4th round at Kancheepuram (sc) seat: Staff Reporter: The AIADMK candidate for Kancheepuram (SC) seat, Maragatham Kumaravel has registered a lead of 36900 votes over her nearest rival G.Selvam of DMK after the completion of 4th round of counting of votes.
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Surprisingly, the NOTA has secured 3570 votes up to 4th round and when compared with the vote margin between the AIADMK and DMK candidates, it worked out to 9.67 percent of the lead.

While Maragatham Kumaral has secured 105276 votes out of 227732 votes counted till 4th round, her nearest rival, Selvam secured 68376 votes in his favour.

The BJP-led NDA appears to be heading for a victory in the Lok Sabha elections with the trends in the counting of votes giving the saffron party leads in 257 seats on its own while its allies led in 39 seats. The Congress was struggling with leads only in 45 seats.

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was leading with 1.43 lakh votes in Vadodara, Gujarat and Congress President Sonia Gandhi was leading with over 3,000 votes in Rae Bareli.

Search giant Google, which features a special Doodle (featuring election ink painted on the index finger) on its India homepage, is offering live results as the votes are counted.

Social networking giant Facebook said 29 million people in India have made 227 million interactions through posts, comments, shares, and likes about the elections from the day they were announced on May 12.

That is about two-thirds of all daily active Facebook users in India and an average of 10 interactions per person, it added.

In addition, 13 million people made 75 million interactions regarding Narendra Modi.

“During the election, Narendra Modi became the second most-liked politician on Facebook, behind only President Obama. Arvind Kejriwal also joined the ranks of the top five liked politicians globally,” it said.

With over 23 million voters in the age group of 18-19 years, India is the third largest Internet users base globally (of more than 238 million users) with a majority comprising of youth.

A study by IRIS Knowledge Foundation and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) says there are 160 high impact constituencies in India out of 543, which are likely to be influenced by social media during the general elections.
Our Kancheepuram Correspondent: NOTA’s impressive performance: The 12th non-serious contender for Kancheepuram (SC) constituency - 'None of the above’ (NOTA) has recorded a steady performance in the first three rounds of ballot counting completed so far (till noon).
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While nearly 1.50 per cent out of 57758 votes counted in the first round, are recorded in favour of NOTA, the percentage rose to 1.66 per cent out of 56554 votes counted in the second round and to 1.69 per cent out of 55285 votes counted in the subsequent round.

Jaswant Singh trails in Barmer: Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who is fighting as an Independent from Barmer constituency in Rajasthan, was trailing by a big margin against BJP’s Col. Sona Ram, latest counting trends of the April-May parliamentary polls showed early on Friday.

“After counting of over 22 percent votes by 11 a.m., Col. Sona Ram had taken a lead of over 41,000 votes over his nearest rival Jaswant Singh,” a poll official said.

Jaswant Singh represented Darjeeling in the outgoing 15th Lok Sabha.

He wanted to contest from Barmer but the party fielded Col. Sona Ram, who recently switched to the BJP from the Congress. Mr. Singh filed nomination as an Independent candidate whereafter he was expelled from the BJP.

Mr. Singh was irked at not being considered for nomination from the constituency.

He hails from Jasol village in Barmer district. He was a member of the union cabinet during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government. -- IANS

Lok Sabha elections results: Leads: Total: 543, BJP+ 328; Congress+ 63, Others 152

Our Correspondent Kavitha Kishore: The 888 ballot votes in the North Chennai Constituency had to be recounted after objections were raised over the authenticity of the results.

The recounting, which took a little over three hours, slowed down the counting process in the constituency where AIADMK's T.G. Venkatesh Babu is pitted against DMK's Girirajan. Counting for all the six assembly segments has been very slow.

The security at the Queen Mary's College counting centre was intensified and even counting agents who were carrying passes were not allowed to carry cellphones inside.

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi wins Varanasi defeating AAP's Arvind Kejriwal.

Cong totters as Modi wave sweeps Gujarat: Congress seemed to be staring at a complete rout in BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s home turf of Gujarat, where trends available till noon showed BJP is leading in all 26 Lok Sabha seats.

It seems people have voted in unison to turn into reality their son-of-soil’s dream to attain the PM’s chair.

Among prominent candidates, Mr. Modi himself is leading by over four lakh votes in Vadodara constituency, while BJP patriarch Advani is also ahead of his rival in his traditional Gandhinagar seat.

According to trends, Union ministers Tushar Chaudhary (Bardoli), Bharat Solanki (Anand) and Dinsha Patel (Kheda) -- all Congress -- are trailing behind their BJP rivals who have secured a modest margin.

In other two prominent seats of Sabarkantha and Chhota Udepur, two former Union ministers Shankarsinh Waghela and Naran Rathwa are trailing behind BJP nominees.

Former Union minister and Leader of Opposition in state Assembly, Shankarsinh Waghela (1,16,684) is trailing behind Dipsinh Rathod (1,46,648) of BJP who has secured a lead of 29,964 votes.

Former Union minister and Congress leader Naran Rathwa is trailing in Chhota Udepur against BJP’s Ramsinh Rathwa.
Bengal trend shows victory for TMC, setback for Left and arrival of BJP: Our Kolkata Bureau: Initial trend of counting in West Bengal points towards a best-ever performance for the Trinamool Congress, which is leading on 33 of the 42 seats in the State. The trend has come as major setback for the Left Parties who are leading on one seat in the State’s Murshidabad district.

The BJP has emerged as a major force whose candidates are leading on three seats in Darjeeling, Alipurduar and Asansol Lok Sabha seats. The counting of votes so far have pointed out that the BJP’s vote share has increased three times from 6 percent it got in the last elections to 17.5 percent in the votes counted so far.

The Congress whose candidates are leading on five seats, has maintained its stronghold in districts of Malda and Murshidabad.

In entire south Bengal, the Trinamool Congress is leading on almost all seats. The party has registered about 39.8 percent votes polled and counted so far. The vote share of the Left parties have reduced significantly registering about 29.4 percent votes.

Actress Moon Mon Sen is leading over seven time CPI(M) MP Basudeb Acharya by over 15,000 votes. The other star candidates like Dev, Sandya Roy of the Trinamool Congress are also leading.

BJP’s Babul Supriyo is comfortably ahead of the Trinamool Congress candidate Dola Sen in the Asansol Lok Sabha seat by 24,000 votes.

In Darjeeling BJP’s S S Ahluwalia is leading over Trinamool’s Bhaichung Bhutia by 21,000 votes.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose grand nephew and Harvard University historian Sugata Bose is all set to win the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat and now has a lead of 50,000 votes.

President Pranab Mukherjee son Abhijit Mukherjee and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee are both facing a strong challenge in their respective seats and are leading by a few thousand votes from their nearest political rivals.

In Kolkata Dakshin , AITC’s Subrata Bakshi is leading over BJP’s Tathagatha Roy while in Kolkata Uttar too the battle is between Trinamool Congress and BJP with AITC’s Sudip Bandyopadhya leading over Rahul Sinha of BJP.

Thiruvallur constituency from our correspondent P. Oppili: Update: Third round 11.35 am declared - Mr. Venugopal of AIADMK – 27,288, followed by Mr. Ravikumar of VCK – 12,832, and Mr. Yuvaraj of DMDK – 9520 and NOTA – 966.

Vidya Subrahmaniam: Sonia leading by over one lakh votes and Rahul doing so badly in Amethi shows who is the leader in the Congress

L K Advani congratulates Narendra Modi over BJP’s excellent performance in Lok Sabha polls (PTI)

Sruthisagar Yamunan: While DMK may not win a single seat, they still retain second spot in Tamil Nadu. Clearly shows the State is still a direct contest between the two Dravidian parties.

K. Manikandan from Chennai reports: Counting for South Chennai Lok Sabha constituency at Anna University began behind schedule. Around 11 a.m., the first round of counting of votes for only Velachery and Saidapet Assembly segments were officially declared.

There was some confusion over tallying of votes which was the reason for the delay, official sources said. Thick blanket of security covered the entire university premises, with several hundred policemen and armed paramilitary policemen guarding the strong rooms where the EVMS were placed. Candidates’ agents were prevented from taking in their mobile phones, but some of them managed to sneak them inside.
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At the end of the first round of counting of votes, J. Jayavardhan of AIADMK was leading with 3,592 votes in Velachery Assembly segment, ahead of his principal rival T.K.S Elangovan of DMK, who polled 2,611 votes. L. Ganesan of BJP polled 1,507 votes.

Mr. Jayavardhan polled 4442 votes at the end of first round of counting at Saidapet Assembly segment, where Mr. Elangovan and Mr. Ganesan polled 2701 and 1668 votes respectively.

BJP leading in all 7 LS seats in Delhi: BJP was leading in all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital in what appears to be a direct contest against Aam Aadmi Party while Congress was in third position as per latest trends.

In prestigious Chandni Chowk seat, Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan was leading by 9,920 votes against AAP’s Ashutosh.

BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi was leading by 7,523 votes against AAP’s Ashish Khaitan in New Delhi constituency.

In South Delhi constituency, BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri was leading by a margin of 9,487 votes against AAP candidate Devinder Sehrawat.

BJP’s Parvesh Verma was leading by a huge margin of 42,794 votes in West Delhi constituency against AAP’s Jarnail Singh.

In North East Delhi seat, BJP candidate Manoj Tiwari was leading by 19,433 votes against AAP’s Anand Kumar.

Udit Raj of BJP was ahead by 18,410 votes in North West Delhi constituency against AAP’s Rakhi Birla.

The Congress had won all the seven seats in 2009 Lok Sabha polls. The exit polls have predicted 5 to 7 seats for BJP this time.
Varanasi: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is leading by 7299 votes against his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party.
LK Advani leading from Gandhinagar; BJP in Gujarat: BJP patriarch L.K. Advani is leading with a margin of 1830 votes against Congress candidate Kirit Patel in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. The five time MP from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat Advani has so far got 7579 votes while Patel, who has been repeated by Congress, has got 5746. As per the primary trends of counting, BJP is leading on all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat.
PUDUCHERRY: V. Narayanasamy is consolidating his lead in the lone Lok Sabha seat of Puducherry. As of 10 a.m., the Congress leader had established a lead of 9,489 votes over his nearest rival R. Radhakrishnan of the ruling AINRC (22,140). M.V. Omalingam of the AIADMK has a tally of 12,825 votes as the number of votes counted aggregated 70,000 in this constituency with an electorate of 8.85 lakh voters.

BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi is leading by a whopping 1.68 lakh votes over his Congress rival Madhusudan Mistry in Vadodara. Initial trends showed Mr. Modi getting 2,34,647 votes and Mr. Mistry 66,531. Apart from Vadodara, Mr. Modi is also contesting from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh where he is pitted against Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and Ajay Rai of Congress. Initial trends from 18 out of 26 seats in Gujarat showed BJP is leading in 17 seats and Congress in one.
Meira, Rabri, Shahnawaz trail in Bihar: BJP is leading in 17 seats while Lalu Prasad’s RJD is leading in 5 seats in the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.

LJP and JD(U) were leading in 2 seats each while Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), an ally of BJP, in one seat.

In the high-profile Saran seat, Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi is trailing Rajiv Pratap Rudy of BJP by 1650 votes.

BJP’s actor-politician nominee Shatrughan Sinha and RJD’s Misa Bharti are ahead of their opponents, Election Commission sources said.

In the Sasaram (SC) seat, Meira Kumar is trailing behind her BJP nominee Chhedi Paswan by 6239 votes after the second round of counting, the sources.

In Patliputra seat, Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti is ahead of her uncle and BJP nominee Ramkripal Yadav by 2800 votes.

In the Patna Sahib seat, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha is ahead of his nearest Congress rival and Bhojpuri actor Kunal Singh by 665 votes.

In Bhagalpur, BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain is behind RJD’s Shailesh Kumar alias Bullo Mandal by 3000 votes.

In Purnia, JD(U)’s Santosh Kushwaha is ahead of his BJP rival Udai Singh by 2000 votes.

In minority-dominated Kisanganj, Congress Maulana Asrarul Haque is ahead of his BJP competitor Dilip Jaiswal by 2618 votes.

In Darbhanga, RJD’S M A A Fatmi is ahead of his BJP rival Kirti Azad by 450 votes.

In Jamui (SC) seat, Ramvilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan is ahead of his nearest JD(U) rival and Bihar Assembly Speaker Udai Narayan Choudhary by 3248 votes.

Buxar is throwing a surprise with BSP’s Dadan Singh ahead of his nearest BJP rival Ashwani Choubey by 328 votes.
Our Correspondent P. Sunderarajan reports from Bhopal, Congress seems to be losing early gains. Fortunes reverse in two Constituencies -- Bhind and Mandla. Party now leading in 2 constituencies - Guna and Balaghat.

Anbumani Ramadoss leading by over 15,000 votes in Dharmapuri

Karti Chidambaram fighting for fourth place in Sivaganga, reports J. Walter Scott from Ramanathapuram

TIRUNELVELI : 1. K.R.P. Prabhakaran (AIADMK) - 23261; 2. C. Devadhasasundram (DMK) - 13593, 3. Sivananainthaperumal (DMDK) - 6254: 4. Ramasubu (Cong.) - 3228.

BJP leading in Dakshina Kannada (Mangalore) LS constituency by 1,06,210 votes against Congress, Our Correspondent K Raviprasada reports.

Our Correspondent Omar Rashid reports at 10.06 a.m. that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is trailing in Amethi to BJP's Smriti Irani.

Praful Patel of NCP trails

Puducherry LS seat: V. Narayanasamy (Congress) leading by a margin of 3,643 votes securing 10,290 votes. R. Radhakrishnan of AINRC pushed to third spot with 5,435 votes while M V Omalingam (AIADMK) has edged up to second place with 6,647 votes, says Dinesh Verma from Puducherry.

First result: Ajit Singh, RLD Chief, loses to Satyapal Singh, Former Mumbai Police Commissioner, of BJP in Baghpat, Our Correspondent Omar Rashid reports.

Meenakshi Natarajan of Congress trails by 12,255 votes in Mandsour in Madhya Pradesh, Our Correspondent P. Sunderarajan reports from Bhopal.

Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi says its looking bleak for party: Vinay Kumar from New Delhi

Former Union Minister A. Raja trails by 5,000 votes in Nilgiris, TV reports.

BJP’s Sushma Swaraj is leading by a margin of 3,552 votes against Laxman Singh of Congress from Vidisha seat in Madhya Pradesh.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley was trailing behind former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency. Jaitley was trailing by over 1800 votes, according to initial trends at 0900 hrs.
BJP’s Dinesh Kashyap is leading in Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh. Kashyap is leading by 278 votes against Congress candidate Deepak Karma, according to trends at 9 AM. Chhattisgarh has 11 Lok Sabha seats.
CPI(M) leader M.A. Baby trailing by 6404 votes in Kollam, says Anil S. Radhakrishnan.

In Shillong Lok Sabha constituency Congress candidate anf former Union Minister Vincent H. Pala is leading by a margin of 2004 votes over his nearest Independent rival, Sushanta Talukdar says.

Zakir Hussain of Indian National Lok Dal leading in Gurgaon with over 8000 votes. AAPs Yogendra Yadav at fifth position. says Ashok Kumar in Gurgaon

Kannur LS constituency PK Sreemathy of CPI M leading by 4261 votes, says Mohamed Nazeer Pulsaragath.

Anto Antony of INC leads by a margin of 5550 votes over Peelipose Thomas of LDF after 2nd round. NOTA: 1687. K Radhakrishnan Nair from Pathanamthitta

Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge trails by 444 votes after first round in Gulbarga, reports T.V. Sivanandan from Gulbarga

Kannur: PK Sreemathy of CPI M leading by 811 votes, reports Mohamed Nazeer Pulsaragath from Kannur

Krupal tumane of shiv sena leads in Ramtek in Maharashtra, says Priyanka Kakodkar from Mumbai

Lok Sabha elections results: Leads: Total: 318, BJP+ 174; Congress+ 64, Others 80

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi regains lead in Amethi Lok sabha constituency, Our Correspondent Atiq Khan reports at 9.01 a.m.

Narendra Modi, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, was leading by over 25,000 from Vadodara in Gujarat while former Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela was leading by 187 votes from Sabarkanta.
In Madhya Pradesh: BJP up in Dewas, Rajghar, Ratlam, Sagar, Vidisha. Congress in Betul, Mandala, and Sidhi, Our Correspondent in Bhopal reports

Sharad Yadav trails in Madhepura

Sachin pilot leads in Ajmer in Rajasthan,

Nitin Gadkari of BJP leads in Nagpur, says Priyanka Kakodkar.

Rajnath Singh leading in Lucknow, Our Correspondent reports

Yeddyurappa leading Shimoga

Azharuddin is trailing, INC leads in Shillong

K. Raviprasada: BJP leading in Dakshina Kannada (Mangalore) LS constituency by 47,188 votes

Smriti Irani leading in Amethi, says our correspondent Atiqur Rehman Khan

S Harpal Singh from Adilabad: TRS leads by 2,000 votes over Congress at Khanapur (ST) Assembly constituency in Adilabad Dist (AP) after first round

First Trends in Tamil Nadu: AIADMK - 11

Gujarat: BJP 7, Congress 1

Karnataka: BJP 16, Congress 11, JDS 1. NandanNilekanni is trailing in Bangalore South

Uttar Pradesh: BJP 13, Congress 1, SP 3

West Bengal: TMC 7, Left 4, Congress 1

Kerala: UDF 7, LDF 5

Maharashtra: Congress 2

Himachal Pradesh: BJP 4

Andhra Pradesh: TDP 1

Haryana: Congress 2

Jammu and Kashmir: Congress 1

Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani leads in Gandhinagar and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli

Gopinath Munde of BJP is leading in Beed, says our Correspondent Alok Deshpande

Union Minister Sashi Tharoor ahead by 505 votes in Thiruvananthapuram, says Our Correspondent

BJP leading in one constituency in Rajasthan, Aarti Dhar from New Delhi reports.

Early signs in Tamil Nadu - AIADMK leads in Salem as counting begins, Our Correspondent from Salem reports.

Congress-led UDF leading in 9 constitutencies in Kerala; Opposition LDF in 4. Total seats 20, Our Correspondent from Thiruvananthapuram reports. Congress spokesman P.C. Chacko ahead in Chalakudy, Our Correspondent from Thiruvananthapuram adds.

Counting in Coimbatore begins. 2776 postal ballots to be counted, Our Correspondent from Coimbatore.

Our Madurai Correspondent says, counting Agents pick up quarrel with police at counting hall of Sivakasi Assembly segment of Virudhunagar LS seat as at least a dozen of them not allowed.

LDF ahead in Kollam, Aalappuzha, says Our Correspondent from Thiruvananthapuram

Dakshina Kannada (Mangalore) LS constituency. Ex union minister in late Indira Gandhi cabinet B Janardhana Poojary of Congress Is trailing by 3343 votes, says Our Correspondent from Mangalore

Counting of votes of Palakkad and Alathur costituencies start at govt victoria college and nss college of engineering with counting of postal votes: G. Prabhakaran from Palakkadu

Fate of about 8,000 candidates at stake. 18 lakh EVMs to be opened.

Counting of votes begins at 989 counting centres across the country.

Counting of votes begin

Counting of votes, the grand finale in the nine-phased Lok Sabha elections, began across the country.

Election Commission said the counting exercise to be held at 989 counting centres is likely to be completed by 4 p.m. and trends will start emerging by 9.30 a.m.

By noon, a final picture could emerge on who would be the major players in the 16th Lok Sabha.

Of 989 counting centres, maximum are in Andhra Pradesh at 168 followed by 98 in West Bengal, 76 in Uttar Pradesh, 64 in Odisha, 51 in Assam and 48 in Maharashtra.

Ahead of the counting of votes, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath had said on Fridayday that the large voter turnout was a result of “good” electoral rolls prepared by the poll authorities across the country.

He had said that “a lots of steps have been taken to ensure that those eligible to vote find their names in the electoral lists.”

The exercise to add fresh voters was carried out even days before the first phase of polling was held on April 7.

8,251 candidates, including top guns Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal were in the fray, in the largest-ever electoral exercise held in Indian history.

While national parties -- Congress, BJP, BSP, CPI, CPI (M) and NCP -- fielded a total of 1,591 candidates, the 47 state parties fielded 529 candidates. While the over 1,600 registered but unrecognised political parties fielded 2,897 candidates, 3,234 Independents were also in the fray.

The exit polls have projected that BJP will emerge as the single largest party.

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 results per machine.

These were the first Lok Sabha elections when the option of ‘none of the above’ or NOTA was introduced on the EVMs following Supreme Court directions. Before NOTA button was installed on EVMs, voters had to fill up form 49 ‘O’ at the polling station which compromised their identity.

Seeking to ensure transparency, EC has deployed micro observers at all counting tables. The returning officers have been directed to provide printout of each counting round and every table to the counting agents of candidates.

Lok Sabha elections 2014 witnessed the highest-ever turnout with 66.38 per cent of an estimated 814 million voters exercising their franchise -- the highest ever in the history of general elections.

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ALL INDIA Result Status
Status Known For 536 out of 543 Constituencies
Party Won Leading Total
Bharatiya Janata Party 0 276 276
Communist Party of India 0 1 1
Communist Party of India (Marxist) 0 7 7
Indian National Congress 0 47 47
Nationalist Congress Party 0 6 6
Aam Aadmi Party 0 4 4
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 0 35 35
All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1
All India Trinamool Congress 0 34 34
All India United Democratic Front 0 3 3
Biju Janata Dal 0 17 17
Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) 0 1 1
Indian National Lok Dal 0 1 1
Indian Union Muslim League 0 2 2
Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 0 3 3
Janata Dal (Secular) 0 2 2
Janata Dal (United) 0 2 2
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 0 2 2
Kerala Congress (M) 0 1 1
Lok Jan Shakti Party 0 5 5
Naga Peoples Front 0 2 2
National Peoples Party 0 1 1
Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1
Rashtriya Janata Dal 0 6 6
Revolutionary Socialist Party 0 1 1
Samajwadi Party 0 7 7
Shiromani Akali Dal 0 4 4
Shivsena 0 19 19
Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1
Telangana Rashtra Samithi 0 10 10
Telugu Desam 0 13 13
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen 0 1 1
Apna Dal 0 2 2
Rashtriya Lok Samta Party 0 3 3
Swabhimani Paksha 0 1 1
Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party 0 10 10
Independent 0 4 4
Total 0 536 536

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