7:15 PM | ECI Update (Leading)
Congress : 67
Others + : 6
5:20 PM | ECI Update (Leading)
Congress : 64
Others + : 8
4:30 PM | Current trends by Election Commission of India
3:00 PM | Current trends
2:00 PM | Current trends
12:05 PM | Trends show Congress wave sweeping through Chhattisgarh currently
As of 12 pm, Congress has extended its lead to 64 seats out of 90 seats in Chhattisgarh, while the BJP has been limited to 20 seats.
10:35 AM | Congress leads by 3,509 votes in Chitrakot constituency
After the first round for the Chitrakot seat, Deepak Baij of Congress leads with 3,509 votes and Lacchuram Kashyap of BJP trails at 2,136.
551 votes have been counted under NOTA so far.
10:15 AM | 42 out of 46 postal ballots declared invalid in Konta constituency
In Sukma district’s Konta Assembly constituency, 42 out of 46 postal ballots have been declared invalid. Of the remaining four, two votes each have gone to the Congress and BJP.
9:55 AM | Congress ahead of BJP
Congress leads in 46 seats compared to BJP in 20. Chief Minister Raman Singh is facing a scare in Rajnandgaon as Congress candidate Karuna Shukla takes lead with 150 votes.
9:45 AM | Congress ahead in key constituencies in Bastar district
Bastar will be closely watched to see whether the BJP can recover the seats it lost to the Congress in 2013 — the Congress had won eight of the region’s 12 seats in the last elections. Healthcare is a major concern in this tribal-dominated region.
9:30 AM | Congress ahead in 10 seats, according to initial trends
Postal ballots are being counted in the first round at all centres. Congress is ahead, while the BJP is trailing according to initial trends.
9:20 AM | Karuna Shukla leading in Rajnandgaon constituency
Early trends show that Congress’ Karuna Shukla, niece of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is leading in Rajnandgaon constituency, which is also the seat that Chief Minister Raman Singh is contesting.
9:15 AM | Ajit Jogi’s son Amit leading in Bilaspur’s Marwahi constituency
The constituency of Marwahi is part of the Bilaspur district in the state. The seat is reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates. Ajit Jogi’s son, Amit, is leading in the constituency according to early trends.
8:15 AM | Counting has begun; Security personnel deployed in four-layer set up
Around 700-750 security personnel have been deployed to secure the counting centres in a four-layer set up, comprising CRPF, Chhattisgarh armed police, Chhattisgarh police, and DRG.
Election in Chhattisgarh was held in two phases on November 12 and 20 for a total of 90 seats. Despite the boycott call from the Communist Party of India (Maoist), Chhattisgarh recorded an overall turnout of 76.35 per cent in the two-phased assembly elections. The state for the first time witnessed a three-way contest with the ruling BJP fighting it out with the opposition Congress and the Ajit Jogi-Mayawati-led alliance emerging as a formidable third front.
The tenure of Chhattisgarh assembly ends on January 5, 2019.
The police have heightened vigil in many areas in Chhattisgarh ahead of the counting of the votes.