Lok Sabha Elections 2014 Results: Final party position

Infographic: Lok Sabha 2014 — Party-wise vote share

ALL INDIA Result Status

Status Known For 543 out of 543 Constituencies

Party Won Leading Total

Bharatiya Janata Party 219 63 282

Communist Party of India 1 0 1

Communist Party of India (Marxist) 4 5 9

Indian National Congress 34 10 44

Nationalist Congress Party 5 1 6

Aam Aadmi Party 4 0 4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 15 22 37

All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1

All India Trinamool Congress 25 9 34

All India United Democratic Front 2 1 3

Biju Janata Dal 0 20 20

Indian National Lok Dal 2 0 2

Indian Union Muslim League 2 0 2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 3 0 3

Janata Dal (Secular) 2 0 2

Janata Dal (United) 1 1 2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 1 1 2

Kerala Congress (M) 1 0 1

Lok Jan Shakti Party 3 3 6

Naga Peoples Front 0 1 1

National Peoples Party 1 0 1

Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1

Rashtriya Janata Dal 3 1 4

Revolutionary Socialist Party 1 0 1

Samajwadi Party 4 1 5

Shiromani Akali Dal 4 0 4

Shivsena 13 5 18

Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi 3 8 11

Telugu Desam 1 15 16

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen 0 1 1

Apna Dal 1 1 2

Rashtriya Lok Samta Party 3 0 3

Swabhimani Paksha 1 0 1

Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party 2 7 9

Independent 2 1 3

Total 363 180 543 - Source: Election Commission of India: 2046 hours

ALL INDIA Result Status

Status Known For 543 out of 543 Constituencies

Party Won Leading Total

Bharatiya Janata Party 209 73 282

Communist Party of India 1 0 1

Communist Party of India (Marxist) 4 5 9

Indian National Congress 31 13 44

Nationalist Congress Party 4 2 6

Aam Aadmi Party 4 0 4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 14 23 37

All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1

All India Trinamool Congress 21 13 34

All India United Democratic Front 1 2 3

Biju Janata Dal 0 20 20

Indian National Lok Dal 2 0 2

Indian Union Muslim League 2 0 2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 3 0 3

Janata Dal (Secular) 2 0 2

Janata Dal (United) 1 1 2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 0 2 2

Kerala Congress (M) 1 0 1

Lok Jan Shakti Party 3 3 6

Naga Peoples Front 0 1 1

National Peoples Party 1 0 1

Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1

Rashtriya Janata Dal 2 2 4

Revolutionary Socialist Party 1 0 1

Samajwadi Party 3 2 5

Shiromani Akali Dal 4 0 4

Shivsena 11 7 18

Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi 3 8 11

Telugu Desam 1 15 16

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen 0 1 1

Apna Dal 1 1 2

Rashtriya Lok Samta Party 2 1 3

Swabhimani Paksha 1 0 1

Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party 1 8 9

Independent 2 1 3

Total 336 207 543 - Source: Election Commission of India 20:18 hours

BJP accomplishes ‘Mission 25’ in Rajasthan: For the first time since the 1989 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress failed to open its account in Rajasthan with even its senior leaders biting the dust and rival BJP sweeping all the 25 seats.

Though in the 1989 Lok Sabha polls BJP had won 13, Janata Dal 11 and CPI(M) one, and the Congress lost all 25 seats in Rajasthan, and this time too the Congress lost all the seats, but at BJP’s gain.

Before 1989, the Congress had secured one out of 25 Lok Sabha seats in 1977, when former Prime Minister Choudhary Charan Singh’s Bhartiya Lok Dal had won 24 seats in the state.

Congress’s Nathu Ram Mirdha had won from Rajasthan’s Nagaur seat and Gargishankar Mishra from Madhya Pradesh.

After coming to power in the state with 163 MLAs in the last year’s assembly polls riding on Modi wave, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had set her eyes on ‘Mission-25’ and on Friday she won in all constituencies.

Congress stalwarts and Union ministers Sachin Pilot, Jitendra Singh, Chandresh Kumari, Namonarayan Meena, Girija Vyas and six sitting Congress MPs Mahesh Joshi, CP Joshi, Ijyaraj Singh, Dr Jyoti Mirdha, Raghuveer Meena, and Harish Choudhary bit the dust in their home constituencies.

BJP rebel and Independent candidate Jaswant Singh lost to behind BJP candidate Col Sonaram by a margin of over 87,000 votes in Barmer seat.

BJP candidates Santosh Ahalwat in Jhunjhunu, Chandra Prakash Joshi in Chittorgarh, Dushyant Singh in Jhalawar-Baran, Nihal Chand in Ganganagar, Arjun Lal Meena in Udaipur, Gopal Singh Shekhawat in Rajsamand, Subhash Baheria in Bhilwara, Devji Patel in Jalore, and Arjun Meghwal in Bikaner won their seats with huge margins.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje, who came up with the ‘Mission 25’, said, “The congratulations are not due to me but they are due to the public who voted for us. I am getting the news that the situation across the country is similar as it is in Rajasthan.” -- PTI

Rahul Gandhi wins Amethi seat by 1.07 lakh votes: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday defeated his nearest rival BJP’s Smriti Irani in Amethi seat by a margin of 1.07 lakh votes. Mr. Gandhi had won the seat in 2009 by a margin of over 3.70 lakh votes. Aam Admi Party’s Kumar Vishwas had to content himself at fourth position behind BSP’s Dharmendra Pratap Singh. -- PTI

Former Union Minister and BJP candidate D Purandeswari loses from Rajampet Lok Sabha seat by over 1.75 lakh votes to YSR Congress Party’s Mithun Reddy -- PTI

Landslide victory for BJP in UP; SP, BSP, Congress routed: In a stunning comeback in Uttar Pradesh, BJP has clinched victory in 33 seats and has taken an unassailable lead in 38 other seats, inching closer to a historic win by surpassing its highest tally of 58 seats in the state which brought NDA government to power in 1998.

Congress has won one seat and leading in another, SP has won two and leading in three others while Apna Dal has recorded victory in one seat while leading in another.

The party routed regional satraps like Ms. Mayawati whose party BSP could not open its account and Mulayam Singh Yadav whose Samajwadi Party won only those seats where members of his clan contested.

Congress, which won 22 seats in 2009, shrunk to only Gandhis’ pocket borough of Rae Bareli where its President Sonia Gandhi won by a margin of 3.52 lakh votes and Rahul Gandhi making a hefty lead of one lakh votes from Amethi.

BJP’s ally Apna Dal also won both the seats where it was contesting increasing the saffron party’s tally to 73.

On the remaining seven seats, BJP remained runner-up thus indicating the overwhelming number of votes that the saffron party won from Uttar Pradesh.

The party under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee had scored 58 seat in 1998, resulting in the formation of NDA government at the Centre. In 1998, Uttar Pradesh had 85 seats of which five have gone to Uttarakhand after division.

Led by a whirlwind campaign by its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the party improved its all time high vote share of 36.49 per cent taking it to over 42 per cent.

A saving grace for BSP is that it remained runner-up on 33 seats. The party, however, lost is voter base from 27.42 per cent in 2009 to 19.7 per cent this election.

Ruling Samajwadi party won only those five seats where Yadav and his family members were contesting. However, it only marginally lost its vote share from 23.26 per cent in 2009 when it won 23 seats to 22.1 this election.

Mr. Yadav himself won from both Azamgarh and Mainpuri seats, daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav won from Kannauj and nephews Dharmanadra Yadav and Akshay Yadav won from Badaun and Firozabad seats respectively.

All the Congress ministers including Salman Khurshid, RPN SIngh, Beni Prasad Verma, Pradip Jain Aditya, PL Punia and sitting MPs lost from their respective seats.

BJP ally Apna Dal won both Pratapgarh and Mirzapur seats, where Harivansh Singh and Anupriya Patel clinched victory. -- PTI

Mohd Azharuddin loses to BJP’s Sukhbir Singh Jaunpuria in Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Lok Sabha seat

Iboyaima Laithangbam from Imphal reports: Congress retained both the Parliamentary seats in Manipur. In the Inner Manipur constituency the sitting Congress MP Meinya Thokchom was declared elected by defeating his nearest rival Nara Moirangthem of the CPI who was also supported by ten non-Congress and non-BJP parties. Thokchom secured 2,92,102 votes while Moirangthem got 1,97,428. Thokchom is in the third stint. In the Outer Parliamentary constituency sitting Congress MP Thangsho Baite was elected by defeating his nearest rival Soso Lorho of the Naga People’s Front. This is his second term. Baite secured 2,96,618 while Lorho got 2,81,121.

TRS to form 1st government in Telangana: Having spearheaded the agitation for statehood, TRS is set to form the first government in Telangana with K Chandrasekhar Rao at the helm as the party today won a majority, drubbing the Congress.

With some 15 results yet to come in, Telangana Rashtra Samiti bagged 60 seats out of the total 119 in the region, which would be born as the country’s 29th state on June two.

The victory for TRS meant a loss of face for the Congress which failed to capitalise on its claim of “delivering” statehood for Telangana as it secured a mere 16 seats and was leading in four others.

TDP-BJP combine turned in better than expected results with a tally of 16 seats and the alliance was ahead in five more constituencies.

“I bow my head in humility. I thank the people of Telangana for giving us the victory. We will implement our election manifesto in letter and spirit,” Chandrasekhar Rao or KCR, as he is popularly known, told a press conference.

Mr. Rao himself won from Gajwel in native Medak district.

In happy tidings for the family, his son K T Rama Rao emerged victorious in Sircilla and nephew T Harish Rao from Siddipet.

Congress, which was accused by rivals, including YSR Congress Party, of creating Telangana to serve its narrow political interests, suffered major losses.

Telangana Pradesh Congress chief and former minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah (Jangaon), Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Raj Narasimha (Andole), ministers D Sridhar Babu (Manthani), V Sunitha Laxma Reddy (Narasapur), Danam Nagender (Khairatabad), Mukesh Goud (Goshamahal), B Saraiah (Warangal East) and former PCC chief D Srinivas lost.

KCR’s decision to go it alone after refusing to merge it with the Congress and even deciding not to have an electoral alliance with it helped his party reap rich dividends.

Former Punjab Chief Minister and Congress candidate Amarinder Singh defeated senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley in Amritsar Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 1,02,770 votes -- PTI

Following is the final party position in Kerala:

Number of seats : 20; Results declared: 20;

UDF : 12; LDF: 08; BJP: 0

Party wise break of UDF:

Seat contested Won Lost

Cong 15 8 7

IUML: 2 2

KC(M): 1 1

RSP : 1 1

SJD : 1 1

Party wise break up of LDF:

CPI-M 10 5 5 CPI 4 1 3 LDF (Independents): 5 2 3 -- PTI

Jolt to NC-Cong; Farooq, Azad bite dust: In a major setback to ruling National Conference-Congress coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, opposition PDP and BJP on Friday shared the six Lok Sabha seats in the state as two Union ministers, including Farooq Abdullah, bit the dust.

Abdullah, NC patriarch and Union minister for New and Renewable Energy, tasted his first electoral defeat in over three decades.

PDP’s Tariq Hamid Karra humbled him in the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency by a margin of 42280 votes.

Karra, a former Finance minister in the then PDP-led government in Jammu and Kashmir, polled 157923 votes against Abdullah’s 115643.

It was a comprehensive defeat for 76-year-old Abdullah as his party lost in 12 of the 15 assembly segments comprising the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, considered to be the stronghold of National Conference.

Union Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was trounced by BJP’s Jitendra Singh in Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency by a margin of 60976 votes.

Singh polled 487369 votes against Azad’s 426393 as PDP’s Arshid Malik came a distant third with 30458 votes.

This was the first time Azad, a former Chief Minister, had contested the Lok Sabha election from the state.

BJP president and candidate from Jammu Lok Sabha seat Jugal Kishore registered the highest winning margin of 257280 votes in the state, defeating two-time Congress MP Madan Lal Sharma.

Kishore got 619995 votes while Sharma polled 362715. -- PTI

ALL INDIA Result Status

Status Known For 543 out of 543 Constituencies

Party Won Leading Total

Bharatiya Janata Party 174 110 284

Communist Party of India 1 0 1

Communist Party of India (Marxist) 4 5 9

Indian National Congress 29 15 44

Nationalist Congress Party 3 3 6

Aam Aadmi Party 4 0 4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 12 25 37

All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1

All India Trinamool Congress 20 14 34

All India United Democratic Front 0 3 3

Biju Janata Dal 0 19 19

Indian National Lok Dal 2 0 2

Indian Union Muslim League 2 0 2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 3 0 3

Janata Dal (Secular) 2 0 2

Janata Dal (United) 1 1 2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 0 1 1

Kerala Congress (M) 1 0 1

Lok Jan Shakti Party 3 3 6

Naga Peoples Front 0 1 1

National Peoples Party 0 1 1

Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1

Rashtriya Janata Dal 1 3 4

Revolutionary Socialist Party 1 0 1

Samajwadi Party 2 3 5

Shiromani Akali Dal 4 0 4

Shivsena 9 9 18

Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi 2 9 11

Telugu Desam 1 15 16

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen 0 1 1

Apna Dal 1 1 2

Rashtriya Lok Samta Party 2 1 3

Swabhimani Paksha 1 0 1

Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party 0 9 9

Independent 1 2 3

Total 286 257 543 - Source: Election Commission of India - 1930 hours

Congress Working Committee to meet on May 19 in the wake of its worst ever electoral performance in Lok Sabha polls: party sources

Tamil Nadu - Alandur (by-election)

Result Declared

Candidate Party Votes

VENKATRAMAN V.N.P. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 89295

BHARATHI R.S. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 70587

KAMARAJA M. Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam 20442

NANCHIL. V. ESWARA PRASAD Indian National Congress 6535

GNANI Aam Aadmi Party 5729

SATHYANATHAN M. Independent 2556

SULAKSHANA S. Hindustan National Party 337

VARADAN A. Independent 314

SASIPERUMAL S.K. Independent 282

KAMARAJ R. Independent 271

BHARATHI S. Independent 227

JAYARAJ S. (A) S.J.R. Independent 188

TAMILSELVAM P. Independent 105

CHANDRASEKAR A. Independent 100

None of the Above None of the Above 4248 - Source: Election Commission of India

For the first time, country will be run by a post-1947 born: Modi

“Good days are coming and from today for next five years the journey has started,” says Modi in Vadodara.

Vadodara has given him a margin of 5.70 lakh votes even after he spent only 50 minutes after filing nomination, says Modi

“In Varanasi, people have put a stamp on my silence, an apparent reference to refusal of permission to address a meeting"

“Gujarat has created history by giving all the 26 seats to BJP,” Modi says. “This is the first time after independence a non-Congress party has been given majority on its own in the current elections”

“With all and development for all” will be my government’s motto and not an empty slogan.”

AIADMK candidate M Vasanthi defeats K Krishnasamy of Puthiya Tamizhagam, an ally of DMK, in Tenkasi (SC) constituency by a margin of 161774 votes.

ALL INDIA Result Status

Status Known For 543 out of 543 Constituencies

Party Won Leading Total

Bharatiya Janata Party 140 143 283

Communist Party of India 1 0 1

Communist Party of India (Marxist) 2 7 9

Indian National Congress 20 25 45

Nationalist Congress Party 3 3 6

Aam Aadmi Party 3 1 4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 6 31 37

All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1

All India Trinamool Congress 14 20 34

All India United Democratic Front 0 3 3

Biju Janata Dal 0 19 19

Indian National Lok Dal 2 0 2

Indian Union Muslim League 2 0 2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 1 2 3

Janata Dal (Secular) 1 1 2

Janata Dal (United) 1 1 2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 0 1 1

Kerala Congress (M) 1 0 1

Lok Jan Shakti Party 3 3 6

Naga Peoples Front 0 1 1

National Peoples Party 0 1 1

Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1

Rashtriya Janata Dal 1 3 4

Revolutionary Socialist Party 1 0 1

Samajwadi Party 1 4 5

Shiromani Akali Dal 2 2 4

Shivsena 6 12 18

Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi 1 10 11

Telugu Desam 0 16 16

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen 0 1 1

Apna Dal 0 2 2

Rashtriya Lok Samta Party 2 1 3

Swabhimani Paksha 1 0 1

Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party 0 9 9

Independent 1 2 3

Total 216 327 543 -- Source: Election Commission of India at 18:30 hours

TRS wins six Lok Sabha seats: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has bagged six Lok Sabha seats in Telangana. Party chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao won the Medak Lok Sabha seat, while his daughter K. Kavitha was elected from Nizamabad. TRS leader Kadiam Srihari won from Warangal. Party candidates also won from Adilabad, Zahirabad and Karimnagar. The party was leading in four other constituencies. The Congress retained one seat and was ahead in one. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), were ahead in one parliamentary constituency each. The Majlis—e—Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) was on victory path in Hyderabad. -- IANS

Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar loses Sasaram in Bihar

AIADMK's B. Senguttuvan wins in Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa defeats Manjunath Bhandary of Congress by 3,63,305 votes in Shimoga. -- PTI

ALL INDIA Result Status

Status Known For 543 out of 543 Constituencies

Party Won Leading Total

Bharatiya Janata Party 103 177 280

Communist Party of India 1 0 1

Communist Party of India (Marxist) 2 7 9

Indian National Congress 12 35 47

Nationalist Congress Party 2 4 6

Aam Aadmi Party 1 3 4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 4 33 37

All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1

All India Trinamool Congress 11 23 34

All India United Democratic Front 0 3 3

Biju Janata Dal 0 20 20

Indian National Lok Dal 1 1 2

Indian Union Muslim League 2 0 2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 0 3 3

Janata Dal (Secular) 1 1 2

Janata Dal (United) 1 1 2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 0 1 1

Kerala Congress (M) 0 1 1

Lok Jan Shakti Party 1 5 6

Naga Peoples Front 0 1 1

National Peoples Party 0 1 1

Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1

Rashtriya Janata Dal 1 2 3

Revolutionary Socialist Party 1 0 1

Samajwadi Party 0 5 5

Shiromani Akali Dal 1 3 4

Shivsena 6 12 18

Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi 1 10 11

Telugu Desam 0 16 16

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 9 9

Independent 0 4 4

Total 152 391 543 -- Election Commission at 17:30 hours

West Bengal party position at 1800 hrs.

Total seats 42; Results declared 30; Leads available 12.

Won :

Trinamool Congress 24

CPI(Marxist) 1

Congress 4

BJP 1

Leads : Trinamool Congress 10 CPI(Marxist) 1 BJP 1 Congress 0

Modi’s victory tweet creates history as BJP sweeps LS polls: Man-of-the-moment Narendra Modi’s tweet after he led BJP to a landslide victory in the world’s biggest elections created history by becoming India’s ‘most-shared tweet’

“India has won!” Mr. Modi, 63, tweeted on microblogging site Twitter, which instantly became a hit with over 51,000 re-tweets and nearly 32,000 marking favourites within a short span of time.

As leads from counting of votes gave BJP a clear majority in the 542 member Lok Sabha, Mr. Modi’s tweet went viral on the microblogging site.

When contacted, Twiiter confirmed saying: “Yes, it is the most retweeted tweet till date on Twitter from India. Also, it is the fastest to reach 10,000, 20,000, 40,000 and 50,000, respectively“.

Till the last count, the tweet had been retweeted 51,365 times and marked favourite by 31,198 users.

The tweet, however, has a long way to go before it can compete with global retweet records. The global includes Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie at the 86th Academy Awards and US President Barack Obama’s victory tweet (saying “Four more years” with picture of himself hugging Michelle) after his second term confirmation.

Mr. Obama’s tweet was retweeted 774,933 times and marked favourite by 294,571 people.

Mr. Modi has a huge team of developers and social network specialists, who are supporting his campaign.

After the stated tweet, he has also posted a “selfie” with his mother, Heeraben after taking her blessings.

His team has also put in place a victory wall, where his supporters can reach out with their messages to Modi.

The group has also reached out to BJP supporters through emails thanking supporters for the contribution towards achieving “Mission 272+”. -- PTI

Rajapaksa, Cameron congratulate Modi: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday congratulated Narendra Modi on the BJP’s stunning victory in the Indian general election.

Mr. Rajapaksa, who was among the first world leaders to reach out to Modi, said that he called up the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

”...congratulated on BJP victory and invited for a state visit,” MR. Rajapaksa tweeted.

Mr. Cameron tweeted: “Congratulations ... on victory in India’s elections. Keen to work together to get the most from UK—India relationship.” -- IANS

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif calls Narendra Modi and congratulates him on his “resounding” win in the polls. -- PTI

Sushma Swaraj wins Vidisha seat by over four lakh votes: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Friday won Vidisha seat in Madhya Pradesh by a huge margin of over four lakh votes. Ms. Swaraj, a sitting MP, defeated Congress’ Lakshman Singh. Ms. Swaraj secured 7,14,248 votes while Lakshman Singh, brother of Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh got 3,03,650 votes. -- PTI

Enthused by LS show, BJP to strengthen its Bengal base: Elated over its performance in West Bengal, the BJP on Friday said it would prepare for the 2016 Assembly election by strengthening the party base in the state capitalizing on the performance.

The BJP leadership also felt that the Trinamool’s dream run in the Lok Sabha polls, in which it is clearly leading in 34 out of 42 seats, is due to the division of anti-TMC votes between opposition parties.

“It is due to the division of anti-TMC votes in the state that TMC had such a dream run. If we had an organisation like CPI(M) we could have delivered much much better,” said Rahul Sinha, state BJP Chief.

He said that Mamata Banerjee needed to understand the mood of Bengal voters.

“They have voted for the BJP for its good governance and development and have warned her not to follow vote bank politics. In any case, the 2016 assembly polls will be fought on the TMC versus BJP plank,” senior BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh told PTI.

The BJP has taken a handsome lead in 2 out of 42 seats. -- PTI

ALL INDIA Result Status

Status Known For 543 out of 543 Constituencies

Party Won Leading Total

Bharatiya Janata Party 78 201 279

Communist Party of India 1 0 1

Communist Party of India (Marxist) 2 7 9

Indian National Congress 8 39 47

Nationalist Congress Party 2 4 6

Aam Aadmi Party 1 3 4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 2 35 37

All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1

All India Trinamool Congress 10 24 34

All India United Democratic Front 0 3 3

Biju Janata Dal 0 20 20

Indian National Lok Dal 1 1 2

Indian Union Muslim League 2 0 2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 0 3 3

Janata Dal (Secular) 1 1 2

Janata Dal (United) 1 1 2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 0 1 1

Kerala Congress (M) 0 1 1

Lok Jan Shakti Party 1 5 6

Naga Peoples Front 0 1 1

National Peoples Party 0 1 1

Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1

Rashtriya Janata Dal 0 4 4

Revolutionary Socialist Party 1 0 1

Samajwadi Party 0 5 5

Shiromani Akali Dal 1 3 4

Shivsena 4 14 18

Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi 1 10 11

Telugu Desam 0 16 16

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 9 9

Independent 0 4 4

Total 117 426 543 - Election Commission at 17:02 hours

Farooq Abdullah loses in Srinagar -- IANS

Rahul Gandhi holds himself responsible for Congress defeat. -- PTI

Both Sonia and Rahul congratulate the new government and wish them all the best

We respect the verdict of people with humility and congratulate the next government: Sonia Gandhi

Congress humbly accepts people’s verdict, says Sonia Gandhi.

Both Sonia and Rahul hold themselves responsible for Congress defeat.

Shiv Sena candidate Adsul Anandrao Vithoba wins in Amravati, Maharashtra

Congress retains lone LS seat in Mizoram: Sitting Lok Sabha member C.L. Ruala of the ruling Congress was re-elected to the lone Mizoram Lok Sabha seat and will represent the North Eastern state for two consecutive terms.

Ruala defeated his nearest rival Robert Romawia Royte of the United Democratic Front (UDF), the eight party opposition alliance by a margin of 11,361 votes in a triangular contest.

He contested the elections held on April 11 against two opponents -- Robert Romawia Royte, an independent candidate sponsored by the eight-party United Democratic Alliance (UDF) and Michael Lalmanzuala of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Ruala won the 2009 Lok Sabha elections by defeating his nearest rival Dr H Lallungmuana, an independent candidate sponsored by the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) by a margin of 1,08,955 votes, the highest ever in the electoral history of the state. -- PTI

Prof. Chintamani Malviya of BJP wins in Ujjain, MP

BJP candidate Dr. Virendra Kumar wins in Tikamgarh, MP

R. Sivaraman from Puducherry reports: AINRC wins: The ruling AINRC has dashed Congress hopes of a silver lining in the gloomy national scenario with its candidate R. Radhakrishnan defeating his Congress rival V. Narayanasamy by a huge margin of 60,854 votes to pocket the Puducherry Parliamentary seat.

As counting ended, Mr. Radhakrishnan had polled 2.55,826 votes against Mr. Narayanasamy's tally of 1,94,972 votes. AIADMK candidate M.V. Omalingam bagged an impressive 1.32,657 votes. Though the official declaration is expected a short while from now, the cadres of AINRC which is led by Chief Minister N. Rangasamy are already in celebration mode.

ALL INDIA Result Status

Status Known For 542 out of 543 Constituencies

Party Won Leading Total

Bharatiya Janata Party 59 220 279

Communist Party of India 1 0 1

Communist Party of India (Marxist) 2 7 9

Indian National Congress 6 40 46

Nationalist Congress Party 2 4 6

Aam Aadmi Party 1 3 4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 1 36 37

All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1

All India Trinamool Congress 6 28 34

All India United Democratic Front 0 3 3

Biju Janata Dal 0 20 20

Indian National Lok Dal 1 1 2

Indian Union Muslim League 1 1 2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 0 3 3

Janata Dal (Secular) 1 1 2

Janata Dal (United) 0 2 2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 0 1 1

Kerala Congress (M) 0 1 1

Lok Jan Shakti Party 0 6 6

Naga Peoples Front 0 1 1

National Peoples Party 0 1 1

Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1

Rashtriya Janata Dal 0 4 4

Revolutionary Socialist Party 1 0 1

Samajwadi Party 0 5 5

Shiromani Akali Dal 1 3 4

Shivsena 4 15 19

Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi 1 10 11

Telugu Desam 0 15 15

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 9 9

Independent 0 4 4

Total 88 454 542 - Election Commission source at 16:30 hours

Tukaram Godse of Shiv Sena defeats NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal in Nasik

Kirron Kher of BJP wins in Chandigarh

Lalu’s wife, daughter trailing: In an embarassment to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi and his daughter Misa Bharti were trailing from Saran and Patliputra parliamentary seats in Bihar.

After several rounds of counting, Rabri Devi was trailing by over 20,000 votes to Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Saran constituency.

In Patliputra seat, Misa Bharti was trailing by over 18,000 votes to BJP candidate Ram Kirpal Yadav.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo had worked overtime in both constituencies for his wife and daughter as it was a prestige issue for him. -- IANS

INC candidate Kamal Nath wins in Chhindwara.

NCP candidate Mohammed Faizal P. P wins Lakshadweep

Shatrughan Sinha wins from Patna Sahib: Bollywood actor-turned-politician and BJP sitting MP Shatrughan Sinha has won from the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency. Mr. Sinha, popularly known as ‘Bihari Babu’, defeated Congress candidate Kunal Singh, a Bhojpuri filmstar, by over one lakh votes. -- IANS

Yakutpura goes to Majlis. MIM Mumtaz Khan gets 66,839 and defeats BJP candidate Roop Raj 32,415.

BJP pulls a clean sweep in Rajasthan. Wins all 25 seats - Mahim Pratap Singh tweeted

Vithalbhai Hansrajbhai Radadiya of BJP wins from Porbandar, Gujarat

Dr. Bharatiben Dhirubhai Shiyal of BJP wins from Bhavnagar, Gujarat

Jugal Kishore Sharma of BJP declared elected in Jammu-Poonch against Madan Lal Sharma of Congress with a margin of 2,57,280 votes. Jugal Kishore BJP: 6,19,995 votes; Madan Lal Sharma Congress: 3,62,715 votes

P. K. Sreemathi Teacher of CPI(M) wins in Kannur

ALL INDIA Result Status

Status Known For 541 out of 543 Constituencies

Party Won Leading Total

Bharatiya Janata Party 44 236 280

Communist Party of India 1 0 1

Communist Party of India (Marxist) 1 8 9

Indian National Congress 5 40 45

Nationalist Congress Party 2 4 6

Aam Aadmi Party 0 4 4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 1 36 37

All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1

All India Trinamool Congress 3 31 34

All India United Democratic Front 0 3 3

Biju Janata Dal 0 20 20

Indian National Lok Dal 0 2 2

Indian Union Muslim League 0 2 2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 0 3 3

Janata Dal (Secular) 1 1 2

Janata Dal (United) 0 2 2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 0 1 1

Kerala Congress (M) 0 1 1

Lok Jan Shakti Party 0 6 6

Naga Peoples Front 0 1 1

National Peoples Party 0 1 1

Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1

Rashtriya Janata Dal 0 3 3

Revolutionary Socialist Party 0 1 1

Samajwadi Party 0 5 5

Shiromani Akali Dal 1 3 4

Shivsena 2 17 19

Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi 0 11 11

Telugu Desam 0 15 15

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 9 9

Independent 0 4 4

Total 61 480 541 - source Election Commission at 16.00 hours

BJP candidate Anantkumar Hegde wins in Uttara Kannada

Dilip Patel of BJP wins from Anand, Gujarat

Shobha Karandlaje of BJP wins in Udupi Chikmagalur

BJP wins both seats in Goa

Muddahanumegowda S. p. of INC wins in Tumkur

Our Correspondent Aloysius Xavier Lopez says: Dayanidhi Maran loses Central Chennai to S.R. Vijaya Kumar by 46, 200 votes.

INC candidate Mallikarjun Kharge wins in Gulbarga

Pralhad Joshi of BJP wins in Dharwad: EC

Mohammad Asraraul Haque of Congress wins from Kishanganj, Bihar.

BJP's Bhola Singh wins from Begusarai.

Staff Reporter from Kancheepuram: The AIADMK nominee for Kancheepuram (SC) seat, Maragatham has increased her lead over her nearest rival, Selvam of DMK by 68922 votes at the end of 9th round of counting. While she secured 226252 votes out of 507345 ballots counted till 9th round, Selvam polled 157330 votes only. At the same time, NOTA secured 8143 votes in its favour.

DMK’s A Raja loses in Nilgiris to AIADMK’s C Gopalakrishnan by a margin of about one lakh votes -- PTI

ALL INDIA Result Status

Status Known For 540 out of 543 Constituencies

Party/Won/Leading/Total

Bharatiya Janata Party 26 255 281

Communist Party of India 1 0 1

Communist Party of India (Marxist) 1 9 10

Indian National Congress 3 39 42

Nationalist Congress Party 1 5 6

Aam Aadmi Party 0 4 4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 0 36 36

All India N.R. Congress 0 1 1

All India Trinamool Congress 3 31 34

All India United Democratic Front 0 3 3

Biju Janata Dal 0 20 20

Indian National Lok Dal 0 2 2

Indian Union Muslim League 0 2 2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 0 3 3

Janata Dal (Secular) 1 1 2

Janata Dal (United) 0 2 2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 0 1 1

Kerala Congress (M) 0 1 1

Lok Jan Shakti Party 0 6 6

Naga Peoples Front 0 2 2

National Peoples Party 0 1 1

Pattali Makkal Katchi 0 1 1

Rashtriya Janata Dal 0 3 3

Revolutionary Socialist Party 0 1 1

Samajwadi Party 0 5 5

Shiromani Akali Dal 1 3 4

Shivsena 2 17 19

Sikkim Democratic Front 0 1 1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi 0 11 11

Telugu Desam 0 15 15

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 9 9

Independent 0 4 4

Total 39 501 540 - source Election Commission of India at 15:39 hours

Total number of seats: 543; Results declared: 26; Leads available: 513;

Results of 26 seats

BJP: 18; Congress : 2; Shivsena: 2; Communist Party of India (CPI): 1; Communist Party of India (Marxist): 1; NCP 1; Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD): 1;

Leads on 521 seats

BJP: 260; Congress: 40; AIADMK 35; TMC 34; BJD 20; Shiv Sena: 17; TDP 15; YSR Congress 9; CPI(M) 9; NCP: 5; Aam Aadmi Party (AAP): 4; All India N R Congress 1; All India United Democratic Front: 3; Indian National Lok Dal 2; Indian Union Muslim League 2; Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party 3; Janata Dal (Secular) 2; Janata Dal (United) 2; Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 1; Kerala Congress (M): 1; Lok Jan Shakti Party 6; Naga Peoples Front 2; National Peoples Party 1; Pattali Makkal Katchi 1; Rashtriya Janata Dal 4; Revolutionary Socialist Party 1; Samajwadi Party 7; Shiromani Akali Dal 3; Shivsena 17; Sikkim Democratic Front 1; Telangana Rashtra Samithi 11; All India Majlis—E—Ittehadul Muslimeen 1; Apna Dal: 2; Rashtriya Lok Samta Party 3; Swabhimani Paksha: 1; Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party: 9; Independents: 4

Kumar Vishwas congratulates Modi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on Friday congratulated Narendra Modi for his victory in the Lok Sabha election and termed the results as “citizen’s verdict” in their favour.

“Congrats @narendramodi led BJP on citizen’s verdict in their favour. Hope his team stands up to the needs and expectations of Bharat Mata,” Mr. Vishwas, who contested from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, tweeted.

The senior AAP leader is trailing in Amethi where he is locked in a battle with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and BJP’s Smriti Irani. -- PTI

P. Oppili reports from Thiruvallur: This is the consolidated vote count at Thiruvallur constituency at 2.55 p.m., after ten rounds of counting - At the end of tenth round, the AIADMK candidate Dr. P. Venugopal was leading with a margin of 1.50 lakh votes against his opponent D. Ravikumar of VCK, who was behind him with a total vote of 1.39 lakh.V. Yuvaraj of DMDK came third with 94,058 votes. NOTA votes were 10,671.

Former Army Chief Gen V.K. Singh leads in Ghaziabad -- IANS

Chandrababu congratulates Modi over NDA’s poll success: Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday congratulated BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over the stupendous victory of NDA in the general elections.

“I am looking forward to work with you for development and good governance in the state and at the Centre,” Chandrababu told Mr. Modi over phone after results started pouring out from across the country.

Chandrababu congratulated Modi for crushing down the “corrupt and tyrannical rule” of the Congress and wished that the 63-year-old BJP leader would go on to lead India to becoming a super power.

Mr. Modi, in turn, congratulated the TDP chief on his party’s spectacular performance in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Besides MR. Modi, BJP president Rajnath Singh also called Chandrababu over phone as trends indicated that the TDP was on the way to form the government in (new) Andhra Pradesh by gaining lead in over 100 Assembly constituencies.

Chandrababu also congratulated Rajnath over the BJP and NDA’s performance in the general elections. -- PTI

Union Minister Shashi Tharoor of Congress retains Thiruvananthapuram, defeating O Rajagopal (BJP) by over 13,000 votes.

SAD misled Jaitley on contesting from Amritsar: Amarinder: As trends showed him emerging victorious, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said a “disconnected” SAD leadership had “misled” BJP leader Arun Jaitley by convincing him to contest from Amritsar.

Mr. Singh was asked by reporters whether the SAD leadership had been right in inviting Mr. Jaitley to contest his first Lok Sabha election from Amritsar.

“That’s where, I think, Akalis misled him. Because Akalis themselves have got disconnected from the public after being so long in power,” the Congress leader said.

He, however, said that he was still waiting for the final declaration of results as he did not believe in counting chickens before they hatch.

The former Punjab CM also said that battles can not be fought being on the defensive.

“You can never win a battle being on defensive, you have to get on offensive and put the opponent on defensive. I was always in offensive mode, whether in Army or in politics. So we put Arun Jaitley on the defensive, we put (SAD leader Bikram Singh) Majithia on defensive,” he said.

Speaking on the poll trends in Amritsar, SAD leader Naresh Gujaral said: “I am surprised at the trends in Amritsar. I think comparatively lower voting in the city spoiled Mr. Jaitley’s chances.” -- PTI

Azad loses from Udhampur seat: Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress has lost to BJP’s Jatindra Singh by a margin of 60,976 votes in the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat.

Mr. Azad, who was making his maiden bid from Jammu and Kashmir to the Lok Sabha, polled 4,26,393 votes, while Mr. Singh polled 4,87,369 votes.

PDP came on the third place with just 30,461 votes. -- PTI

Modi takes unassailable lead over Kejriwal in Varanasi: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was set to win from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat by a huge margin.

Mr. Modi took an unassailable lead of 1.5 lakh votes over his closest rival, Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

In the votes counted so far, Mr. Modi got over 2.32 lakh votes against Kejriwal (over 68,000), Vijay Prakash Jaiswal of the Bahujan Samaj Party (over 28,000) and Ajay Rai of the Congress was at a poor fourth with over 25,000 votes.

Kailash Chaurasiya of the Samajwadi Party was at the fifth position with just over 20,000 votes.

BJP supporters and workers celebrated and burst crackers on the roads.

Mr. Modi is expected to come to the temple town on Saturday for a thanksgiving trip and will also take part in the Ganga Aarti, permission for which was denied when he wanted to do so May 10.

Mr. Modi won from Vadodara in Gujarat, which was the second constituency from where he contested, by over four lakh votes. -- IANS

India Inc hails Modi victory, looks for bold reforms: Happy at the clear mandate given by voters to the BJP-led NDA, India Inc on Friday exuded confidence that Narendra Modi will initiate bold and decisive policy reforms to promote economic growth.

“A clear mandate is positive for India. FICCI hopes that this mandate will help the leadership restore much needed investor confidence, attract higher investments and generate employment, especially in the manufacturing sector,” FICCI president Sidharth Birla said.

MR. Modi appears all set to be the next Prime Minister with BJP likely to get a majority on its own, as per the results trend since this morning. BJP-led NDA is expected to get over 300 seats in the 16th Lok Sabha elections.

Assocham president Rana Kapoor said: “A majority mandate gives hope of a stable government, paving the way for bold and decisive policy reforms. This can herald a sustainable 10 per cent growth of the economy in the next 18-24 months“.

The nation, Mr. Birla said, awaits an era of minimum government and maximum governance.

“Industry must be seen as a key factor in the nation’s advancement by enabling efficient provision of goods and services and creation of jobs,” he added.

Welspun Renewables Energy Vice-Chairman Vineet Mittal said: “This is a win for the people of India and demonstrates how young participation can transform the country.

“Stable government with clear majority will boost confidence of the industry, global community and foreign investors.”

PHD Chamber of Commerce president Sharad Jaipuria said: “Manufacturing sector reforms should be at the top of the agenda of the new government to enhance its growth and productivity to generate millions of employment opportunities in the economy”. -- PTI

At 2. 15 p.m. Mehbooba Mufti of PDP is being declared elected from Anantnag: Ahmed Ali Fayyaz reports: Position at 2: 15 pm. PDP Mehbooba Mufti: 1,96,814 votes NC Mehboob Baig: 1,34,477 votes.

Rahul Gandhi leads by a margin of 28,863 over Smriti Irani in Amethi

All India Trends (534/543) BJP - 280; INC - 44; Trinamool - 34; Shiv Sena - 19; AIADMK - 35; AAP - 4; TRS - 11; TDP - 13; CPI(M)- 8; SP - 7; YSRCP - 10; BSP - 1; BJD - 20 ; JD(U) - 2; RJD - 4

Narendra Modi wins Vadodara seat by record margin of 5,70,128 votes -- PTI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulates Narendra Modi over BJP’s victory in elections -- PTI

It is purely a BJP victory: Sushma Swaraj: Bhopal As trends indicated BJP’s triumph, Sushma Swaraj on Friday said it is purely a BJP victory as it got a majority of its own but ducked questions on her ministerial berth, saying it is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to form his own Cabinet.

“This is a pure BJP victory. Although we have the numbers to form the government of our own without any pressures but we will form a government together with our allies,” Ms. Swaraj said.

To questions on her joining the Modi government, she termed them as “hypothetical” saying such queries were “premature”.

“Such questions are hypothetical. It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to form his own Cabinet and certain decisions are collectively taken by the Parliamentary Board.

Thus such questions are premature,” she told reporters when asked about her joining the Cabinet.

There are reports of her being miffed over not being offered a Cabinet berth of her choice and is reported to have told the BJP leadership that she be given a position according to her stature.

She is keen to get one of the key ministries among the top four -- Home, Defence, External Affairs or Finance. -- PTI

Nilekani concedes defeat as counting progresses: Infosys co-founder and Congress candidate from Bangalore South Nandan Nilekani has conceded defeat to his formidable rival BJP’s Ananth Kumar even as the counting of votes progressed.

“I had been to counting centre few minutes ago. I concede defeat and congratulate Ananth Kumar for his performance in this poll,” Mr. Nilekani, the face of UPA’s flagship Aadhar programme, told PTI.

To a question, he said he would remain in politics, adding, “I will continue to work more for the city and the Congress party.”

Asked what went wrong for him, Nilekani said “I’m happy with the campaign we have run. I’m happy with the way my supporters and Congress leaders worked along with me in this campaign. We have done our best and I remain happy with my decision to stand for election.”

In response to a question on Modi wave, he said “It is for people to decide.”

Mr. Nilekani, a greenhorn in politics, was locked in a tough fight with Mr. Kumar, a five-time MP from the middle-class dominated Bangalore South, which barring once in 1989, has never been receptive to the Congress since the late 1970s. -- PTI

I accept people’s verdict: Karuanidhi: Kolappan reports from Chennai: DMK leader M. Karunanidhi said he would accept the outcome of the Lok Sabha election as the verdict of the people.

Accepting the total defeat of the DMK and its allies in Tamil Nadu he said he bowed to the people’s verdict.

Mr Karunanidhi said the DMK in the past had witnessed similar defeats and also had achieved great victories. “As our party founder Anna said while we will not lose heart by defeat we will not allow victory to go into our head. We will continue to work for the welfare of the people.”

He congratulated the BJP on its major victory and its Prime Minister in waiting Narendra Modi.

B. Kolappan, Our Correspondent reports from Chennai: People have reposed faith in AIADMK: Jayalalithaa: The Lok Sabha election results have reflected the faith reposed by the people of Tamil Nadu on the AIADMK and her leadership, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said on Friday.

Talking to reporters, she said termed the victory as “historic, unparallel and unprecedented”. The AIADMK has achieved this victory on its own without any partners.

She also thanked the people for conferring the distinction of the AIADMK “emerging as third largest party in Parliament.”

She said various welfare measures implemented by her government and it had benefitted the people. “They have expressed their love for my government,” she said.

She wished the new government and the new Prime Minister will. She hoped that the new government would be friendly towards the state.

"We will function as a responsible political party,” she said.

Asked whether the AIADMK would support the BJP-led NDA, she said such a situation had not arisen now.

Our Correspondent K. Manikandan reports: " We (the BJP) are very happy. We are now in a very comfortable situation that we do not need to depend on the AIADMK for support for govt. formation at the Centre," said L. Ganesan (South Chennai BJP candidate).

Sonia, Rahul, Mulayam leading in UP: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi are leading in Rae Bareli and Amethi with the party itself leading in only three seats out of the total 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Ms. Gandhi is ahead of her nearest rival BJP’s Ajay Agarwal by a margin of over 1,55,233 votes while Rahul is ahead of BJP’s Smriti Irani by 8022 votes. Rahul had won the 2009 elections from the seat by over 3.70 lakh votes.

However, party candidate and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid was trailing on the fifth spot even behind the independent candidate in Farrukhabad seat.

The Samajwadi Party is leading on seven seats with party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav leading from Mainpuri and Azamgarh by 1,37,013 and 18577 votes respectively.

His daugter-in-law, Dimple Yadav is leading Kannauj by 25,124 over her nearest rival Subrat Pathak of BJP.

Mr. Yadav’s nephew Akshay Yadav is leading by 9247 votes from Firozabad while another nephew Dharmedra Yadav is leading by 22,773 from Badaun.

BJP’s young face Varun Gandhi is leading from Sultanpur while his mother Maneka Gandhi is leading from Pilibhit with a comfortable margin of over 90,000 votes.

Varun is ahead of his nearest rival Pawan Pandey with a margin of 38,000 votes while Maneka is ahead with a margin of 90,435 votes from Pilibhit over her nearest rival Samajwadi Party’s Budhsen Verma.

Mukesh Rajput of BJP is leading the tally by a margin of 12,251 votes from Rameshwar Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party.

On the third spot is BSP while independent Sachin Yadav is on the fourth spot.

BJP candidate Uma Bharti, who is heading towards victory in Jhansi, attributed the winning trends to the disenchantment and anger of the people towards the UPA.

“There was immense anger among the public towards the UPA and that is the reason why BJP is getting success in both the BJP and Congress-ruled states”, she told reporters.

The BJP leader, while attributing her success to the people of the constituency, god and Narendra Modi, said she would be fulfilling the promises made to the electorate here including creation of a separate Bundelkhand state.

Stressing that “very good days were ahead for Bundelkhand”, Bharti said she would also work for checking the exodus from the region because of hardships faced here. -- PTI

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. -- PTI

It is BJP’s victory; It will be the Prime Minister’s prerogative to choose who will be in his Cabinet, says Sushma Swaraj. -- PTI

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.

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’ -- PTI

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

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.-- PTI

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.

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.

@narendramodi tweets: India has won! Bharat ki vijay! Achche din aane wale hain! (India has won! Good days are ahead)

Social media buzzes with Modi wave: As BJP inches towards a thumping victory, social media is abuzz with tweets and posts about the party’s race to the coveted 272-majority number.

#Results2014, #PMNaMo, #Elections2014 and #raceto272 were some of the top trending hashtags on Twitter, while posts with BJP’s election message “Ab Ki Baaar Modi sarkaar” filled Facebook timelines.

A tweet from journalist Sagarika Ghose reads: “Modification: even if Rahul wins Amethi, the worst Cong result ever must lead to an immediate end to Family raj #Verdict2014”, while another wrote “Whoever wins, am hoping 4 a corruption free India, a stable economy, a safe country, less unemployment. M happy 2b a part of #Raceto272“.

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. -- PTI

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).

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. -- PTI

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.

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. -- PTI

Varanasi: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is leading by 7299 votes against his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party. -- PTI

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.-- PTI

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. -- PTI

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. -- PTI

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. -- PTI

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. -- PTI

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. -- PTI

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. -- PTI

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 - IANS

Sachin pilot leads in Ajmer in Rajasthan, says Our Correspondent.

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.

Our Kerala correspondent Roy Mathew: 36-hour wait for the results end as counting of begins in Kerala. Postal results are being counted first. Counting of votes starts at 140 counting centres in Keala shortly.

Pranav, we must just wait for a couple of hours. Counting is almost upon us.....just a few minutes more, says Amit Baruah, our Mumbai Resident Editor

The first trends will be available after 9 a.m.

It's a big day for India as the counting for the 16th Lok Sabha is about to begin, says our Mumbai Resident Editor Amit Baruah.

“This time, actually for the first time we have prohibited some of the hate speakers from conducting meetings,” CEC V.S. Sampath told The Hindu.

Counting of votes in Goa will begin at 8 a.m.Counting of votes will begin in Goa for the votes of two Lok Sabha constituencies amid tight security, at 8 am on Friday in one centre in Panaji in north Goa for North Goa parliamentary constituency and two centres in Margao in south Goa for South Goa parliamentary constituency. First postal ballots will be taken up for counting, EC officials said, says Goa correspondent Prakash Kamat from Panaji.

23,161,296 electors aged between 18 and 19 years in 2014, says Amit Baruah @abaruah64. #THresults @the_hindu

With the entire nation watching him, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be spending today, counting day in Gujarat. With most exit polls predicting a majority for the National Democratic Alliance, the mood in the BJP is upbeat.

The confidence in the BJP camp is so supreme. The nervousness in the Congress quarters so evident that the fact that all pollsters got their forecasts wrong in the 2004 and 2009 election hardly figures in the projected scenarios.

By noon, a broad picture of the nationwide trends will be known.

By 2 p.m., the contours of the next Lok Sabha and possibly the new government will emerge.

Postal ballots will be counted first, from 8 a.m. Half an hour later, the counting of votes recorded in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be taken up.

Watch the minute-by-minute update of counting day as it unfolds.

You can track us on twitter at @the_hindu. Tweet us our queries with #THresults.

The Hindu welcomes you to counting day of Lok Sabha elections 2014, which will go down as one of the most intensely fought in the electoral history of independent India.

In 1977 and 1989, it was a case of the Congress versus the rest of the opposition. This time, the opposition is divided down the middle and yet the Congress is feeling the heat.