Counting to five state assembly elections begun at different centres in five states. The election results are bound to influence national politics and is considered to be the semi final before the final battle of 2019. While BJP hopes to maintain the trend it had begun in 2014 while Congress hopes to reverse the trend and herald the beginning of the reversal of that trend.
AAP which had made a dream debut in Indian politics by winning Delhi is a major player in Punjab and Goa
Along with UP,Punjab and Goa Manipur and Uttarakhand has also voted for the next government.
While BJP is hoping desperately to maintain its 2014 dream run, Congress wish to mark their come back by capturing Punjab and Goa, and to thwart anti incumbency in Uttarakhand and Manipur.
Counting will start at 8 am Trends expected to be available by 9 am and a final picture on who would win the poll could emerge by 12.
According to data provided by the Election Commission officials, counting will take place at 157 centres—UP (75), Punjab (53), Goa (2), Uttarakhand (15) and Manipur (12).
The process of counting of EVM votes will begin half-an-hour after the postal ballots are counted.
The ballot unit will be switched on in the presence of senior poll officials.
The Election Commission guidelines stated that the names of the winning candidates will appear in the gazatte, once results are declared and the same gazette notification will initiate the process to form the next legislative assemblies in the states.
Several Exit Polls had predicted a hung assembly in UP where BJP would emerge as the single largest party.
Many of them had predicted that the saffron party will win seats between 164 and 210 of the total 403 seats.
In Punjab, exit poll predicted a neck and neck battle Congress which is hoping to rule the state after a decade and Arvind Kejriwal's AAP.
Major agencies like, Cvoter, NewsX-MRC and Today's Chanakya had predicted a majority to the Aam Admi Party.
While they predicted victory for BJP in Uttarakhand, the chances of Congress losing power in Manipur are high, if exit polls are to be believed
In Uttarakhand, the India TV-CVoter exit poll gave between 29 and 35 seats to the Congress and the BJP each. The hill state has an assembly strength of 70 and is ruled by the Congress.
In Manipur, the India TV-CVoter exit poll gave the BJP between 25 and 31 seats, the Congress between 17 and 23 seats and others between nine and 13 seats. The state has 60 seats.
Exit Polls also claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party unlikely to make a mark in its debut outing in Goa.