The Congress on Tuesday hailed its good showing in assembly polls in three Hindi heartland states. The Congress appeared set to wrest Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from the BJP, which was trailing marginally in Madhya Pradesh in a cliffhanger. While Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has won in Telangana, the Mizo National Front (MNF) is set to form government in Mizoram, wresting the state from Congress.
In the multi-phase polling, Chhattisgarh voted on November 12 (18 seats) and November 20 (72 seats); Madhya Pradesh (230 seats) and Mizoram (40 seats) on November 28; and Rajasthan (199 seats) and Telangana (119 seats) on December 7.
Here are the key highlights:
* Trends at 8:45pm: In MP, Congress-114, BJP-109, Others-5, BSP-02. In Rajasthan, Congress-101, BJP-73, Others-19, BSP-06. In Chhattisgarh, Congress-68, BJP-14, BSP-07 and Others-1.
* Rajasthan: Outgoing CM Vasundhara Raje submits resignation to Rajasthan governor. She congratulated Congress and said, "I accept this mandate by the people. BJP has worked a lot for them in these 5 years, I hope the next party takes those policies and works forward."
* Congress leaders AK Antony and Mallikarjun Kharge have been appointed as observers for Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, respectively.
* Addressing a press conference on Tuesday evening, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that Congress does not want to remove any party or person from the country. "We want to win the 2019 elections and we will win it but we don't want to remove anyone," he said taking a jibe at BJP's 'Congress-Mukt Bharat' campaign.
* Rajasthan: Congress Legislature Party will be meeting at 11 am and then again on Wednesday evening to decide who will be the next CM in Rajasthan. Rahul Gandhi will take final call Wednesday on who will be Rajasthan chief minister.
* Madhya Pradesh: Congress has begun contacting leaders of small parties and and also independents for mustering a simple majority.
* Trends at 7pm: In MP, Congress-113, BJP-108, Others-7, BSP-02. In Rajasthan, Congress-100, BJP-74, Others-19, BSP-06. In Chhattisgarh, Congress-65, BJP-18 and BSP-07.
* "Democracy has won! Thank you India, you have chosen love over hate, peace over violence & truth over lies. This victory is yours," read a tweet on the party's official Twitter handle, with the hashtag 'CongressWinsBIG'.
* Chhattisgarh: Former CM and regional Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) supremo Ajit Jogi elected from Marwahi (ST) constituency with a margin of 46,250 votes while his wife Renu Ajit Jogi is leading from Kota constituency and his daughter-in-law is leading by 1,038 votes in Akaltara constituency.
* Mizoram: A delegation of Mizo National Front (MNF) led by its president Zoramthanga met Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan after the party won 26 seats in the state Assembly polls.
* Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot and Congress leaders in Jaipur. Congress party has won 46 seats in the state and is leading on 51 seats so far.
* Chhattisgarh: Doling out rice and mobiles, Raman Singh saw 'entertainment' in Rahul Gandhi's loan-waiver promise.
* Mizoram: CM Lal Thanhawla and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh submits resignation to respective governor. Raman Singh has been the head of government since 2003, winning three consecutive terms. While in Mizoram, Congress won a massive mandate of 34 seats in 2013 and MNF had secured the second position with five seats.
* Madhya Pradesh: BJP's Aakash Kailash Vijayvargiya wins from Indore-3 constituency with a margin of 7000 votes. He is the son of Kailash Vijayvargiya who is the national general secretary of BJP.
* Rajasthan: State assembly speaker, Kailash Meghwal, the oldest unmarried legislator, elected by whopping 74,542 votes from Shahpura seat of Bhilwara, Rajasthan.
* A farmers' body based in Uttar Pradesh reasoned that BJP's "anti-farmer" policies and "agricultural distress" led to BJP's poor electoral performance in Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
* Madhya Pradesh: Congress candidate Sanjay Shukla wins from Indore 1. In Hatpipalialya constituency, BJP minister Deepak Joshi defeated by Congress first timer Manoj Choudhary.
* Rajasthan: Gaupalan minister Otaram loses the Sirohi seat to independent candidate Sanyam Lodha with a margin of 10,253 votes. Lodha is a Congress rebel. Water resources minister and BJP leader Rampratap loses the Hanumangarh seat to Congress candidate Vinod Kumar with a margin of 15,522 votes.
* Chhattisgarh: Congress candidate Kawasi Lakhma elected from Konta (ST) constituency by a margin of more than 6,790 votes. IAS turned politician OP Choudhary got defeated in Kharsia constituency by Congress rival Umesh Patel.
* Trends at 5pm: In Rajasthan Congress is leading on 104, BJP: 71, Others: 19, BSP: 6. In MP, Congress is 117, BJP is 103, Others is seven and BSP is at three. In Chattisgarh, Congress is at 63, BJP is at 18 and BSP at 9.
* Rajasthan: Incumbent CM Vasundhara Raje, former CM Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot wins.
* Rajasthan: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), president, Chaudhary Ajit Singh has extended his support to Congress. RLD is leading in Bharatpur constituency where its MLA is Dr Subhas Garg.
* Mizoram: The Mizo National Front (MNF) emerged victorious, bagging 24 seats out of the 40 member assembly. The Congress which was eyeing a third consecutive term won on five seats and BJP could secure only one seat.The Independents won on five seats and are leading in three.
* Telangana: TRS to form government in the southern state. The party has a hold on 86 seats including the seats it won on and the seats it is leading on. Party chief K Chandrsekhar Rao, who won from Gajwel constituency by over 50,000 votes, is at the party headquarters attending meeting with the workers. TRS will form its second successive government in the state.
* The BJP headquarters in Delhi wore a relatively deserted look on Tuesday. On the other hand, Congress workers celebrated their party's good show in Rajasthan + and Chhattisgarh at its headquarters in Delhi.
* Trends at 4pm: In Rajasthan, Congress is leading on 98 seats, BJP leading on 65 seats, BSP on 5, CPM on 2 and others on 16 seats. In Madhya Pradesh, Congress leading on 112 seats, BJP leading on 108 seats, BSP on 4. In Chhattisgarh, Congress leading in 14 out of 20 seats in Raipur division.
* Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan leading by 3,7500 votes from Budhni constituency.
* Trends at 3 pm: It is a close fight in Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, + so far. In Rajasthan + , Congress is ahead of the BJP and senior leader Ashok Gehlot is leading on Sardarpura constituency after 15th round of vote counting. In Chhattisgarh, Congress is leading much ahead of the rival BJP, according to the trends. TRS, MNF are heading for a clear win in Telangana and Mizoram, respectively.
* Samajwadi Party is leading by 15,000 votes in Bijawar, Madhya Pradesh. BJP and Congress are in a close fight in the state.
* In Chhattisgarh, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla from the Congress trailing behind chief minister Raman Singh in Rajnandgaon cosntituency.
* Telangana: TRS president and Telangana caretaker chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao wins from Gajwel constituency by over 50,000 votes.
* Telangana: AIMIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi won with 80,212 votes from Chandrayangutta seat.
* Chhattisgarh: Congress is leading on all the 12 seats of Bastar division.
* Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh is leading by a margin of 3,120 votes in Rajnandgaon constituency while Congress is taking a lead in the state.
* Telangana: Congress has submitted a letter to the chief electoral officer requesting counting of VVPAT papers in all the assembly segments of the state. Telangana Congress has raised suspicions that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been manipulated in the state.
* In Madhya Pradesh, NOTA has so far bagged 1.5 lakh votes, which is roughly 1.5% of the total votes counted.
* Trends at 1 pm: In Madhya Pradesh, BJP is inching ahead of Congress. In Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Congress is leading as of now, according to the trends. TRS, MNF are heading for a clear win in Telangana and Mizoram, respectively.
* In Chhattisgarh, chief minister Raman Singh is leading by a margin of 1,200 votes in Rajnandgaon assembly constituency. Congress has established a lead in nearly 65 constituencies.
* In Madhya Pradesh, BJP is giving Congress a tough fight as both parties are locked in a seesaw battle.
* In Mizoram, chief minister Lal Thanhawla has lost from both seats - Serchhip and Champhai (South).
* Trends at 12 pm: BJP and Congress are locked in a close contest in Madhya Pradesh. In Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, Congress is ahead of the BJP. TRS, MNF are heading for a clear win in Telangana and Mizoram, respectively.
* Trends at 11:30 am: Congress crosses the majority mark in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and is set for a big win in Chhattisgarh. TRS is all set to retain Telangana while MNF will wrest Mizoram from Congress.
* In Mizoram, chief minister Lal Thanhawla lost from Champhai South seat and MNF's TJ Lalnuntluanga has won. Thanhawla is contesting from one more seat, where he is also trailing.
* Trends at 11 am: In Madhya Pradesh, trends are showing that the Congress has reached the majority mark while CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has increased the lead, ahead of rival Congress leader Arun Yadav by 4,000 votes in Budhni. In Rajasthan, Congress is ahead of the BJP as Sachin Pilot takes the lead in Tonk. In Chhattisgarh, Congress is taking a lead over the ruling BJP. TRS, MNF are heading for a clear win in Telangana and Mizoram, respectively.
* In Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan is ahead of his rival Congress leader Arun Yadav by 4,000 votes in Budhni.
* In Rajasthan, CM Vasundhara Raje leads Congress's Manvendra Singh by 9,296 votes in Jhalrapatan after round 4 of counting.
* Trends at 10:30 am: Congress is gaining an edge over the BJP in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In Rajasthan, it is a close fight between the main two political parties - Congress and BJP. TRS, MNF are heading for a clear win in Telangana and Mizoram, respectively. In Chhattisgarh, Congress is ahead of the BJP.
* Hyderabad: AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi wins from Chandrayan Gutta constituency of Telangana.
* Trends at 10 am: It is turning out to be a close fight between BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh. In Rajasthan, Congress is still ahead of the BJP. TRS and MNF are heading for a victory in Telangana and Mizoram, respectively. In Chhattisgarh, Congress is ahead of the BJP and CM Dr Raman Singh is trailing from Rajnandgaon.
* In Rajasthan, CM Vasundhara Raje is leading by 4055 votes from Jhalrapatan, Congress' Ashok Gehlot leading by 5112 votes from Sardarpura.
* Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is leading in Budhni. The senior BJP leader is fighting against Congress candidate Arun Yadav, a former minister.
* Trends at 9:30 am: In Telangana, TRS is dominating with a vote share of 50.3%, followed by Congress with a vote share of 8.9%. In Madhya Pradesh, it is turning out to be a close contest between BJP and the Congress; Congress+ is ahead in 52 seats and BJP is leading in 49. In Rajasthan, Congress is taking a strong lead. In Chhattisgarh, Congress is ahead of the BJP that has been in power for 15 years now and CM Dr Raman Singh is trailing from Rajnandgaon. In Mizoram, MNF is ahead in 16 seats while Congress is leading in 13. BJP+ is ahead in 2 constituencies in the state.
* As per early trends, Chhattisgarh chief minister Dr Raman Singh is trailing from Rajnandgaon, Congress's Karuna Shukla is leading in the constituency.
* Trends at 9 am: Neck and neck in Telangana, so far; TRS is leading in 50 seats and Congress-led alliance in 33 seats. In Rajasthan, Congress is taking a strong lead, as per the early trends. Congress is ahead in 43 seats, while BJP is leading in 28 constituencies. In Madhya Pradesh, BJP and the Congress are neck and neck while Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading in his constituency. In Chhattisgarh, Congress is ahead in 17 seats. In Mizoram, MNF ahead in 16 seats, Congress in 11 seats.
* For the Rajasthan assembly elections results, the counting will take place at 35 centres. Voting for 199 of the total 200 assembly seats in the state took place on December 7. In 2013 assembly election, BJP had won 163 seats, Congress 21, BSP 3, NPP 4 and independents and others 9 seats.
* For the Madhya Pradesh results, 15,000 officers and workers will be put on duty for the task. In order to ensure transparency, the EVM machines which did not give clear results due to malfunctioning during mock polls will be taken out in the last round and the results will be tallied with the VVPAT slips. As many as 2,899 candidates were in the fray including 250 women and five third gender candidates.
* In Chhattisgarh, tight security arrangements have been made at the counting centres in all 27 districts, particularly the Naxal-affected ones, to elect a new 90-member Assembly. As many as 5,184 counting personnel and 1,500 micro-observers have been appointed for smooth conduct of the process. In the 2013 elections, the BJP won 49 seats, the Congress 39, while one seat each was bagged by the BSP and an Independent.
* For the Telangana results, security has been tightened to ensure smooth conduct of the counting process in all the districts. Telangana assembly has 119 seats with 60 being the majority mark. In 2014 assembly election, TRS won 63 seats while the Congress stood second with 21 seats; AIMIM secured seven while the BJP won five and its then alliance partner TDP won 15 seats.
* In Mizoram, the counting will start at 8 am in all the districts. In the last elections, the Congress formed the government in the state by winning 29 seats. The Congress and the MNF have ruled Mizoram since 1987. The BJP also has set its eyes on the state this time as all other northeastern states are now ruled either by the saffron party or others supported by it.
* The Election Commission has set up a secure facility for disseminating trends and results through its new website http://eciresults.nic.in.