Along with the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, counting is underway for Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim Assembly elections as well. The process began at 8 am on Thursday and the results will be announced along with the general election outcome.
The YSR Congress on Thursday virtually decimated the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP and appeared on course for a landslide win in Andhra Pradesh with its candidates winning in 93 seats and leading in 57 others.
The ruling Telugu Desam Party won in 16 seats and was leading in eight while actor-politician's Jana Sena party was ahead in one, according to the latest trends on the Election Commission website.
The Y S Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSRC may end up with over a three-fourths majority in the 175-member Assembly.
The YSRC Legislature Party will meet here on May 25 to formally elect Jaganmohan Reddy as its leader, who will be sworn-in as chief minister on May 30.
Reddy told reporters he would take oath as CM at Vijayawada on May 30 and promised to bring in a governance that the country would stand up and look to.
With his party set to wrest power, Reddy Thursday described it as people's victory.
Terming his party's good show in the state Assembly polls and Lok Sabha elections as a "new chapter" in the history of Andhra Pradesh, Reddy told reporters such a massive mandate came with tremendous amount of responsibility.
"I will make sure that I live up to that expectations," he added.
As the trends indicated a clear lead for the YSRC, TDP president Chandrababu Naidu forwarded his resignation from the Chief Minister's post to state Governor E S L Narasimhan, who accepted it.
At a press conference, Naidu said he accepted the verdict of the people of Andhra Pradesh and congratulated YSR Congress on its victory in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state.
He said the TDP would now review the results and announce the future course of action.
The first Assembly elections of the residual Andhra Pradesh five years after the bifurcation was held on April 11.
The TDP had bagged 102 Assembly seats in 2014.
While the TDP contested the 2014 election in alliance with the BJP, it fought the 2019 general elections on its own and faced a rout.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Reddy over phone and congratulated him. Earlier, he had also posted a congratulatory message to Reddy on Twitter.
"Congratulations of the remarkable win in Andhra Pradesh. Best wishes to you for a successful tenure," he said.
Reddy at a press conference also congratulated Modi over the BJP's stupendous performance in the Lok Sabha polls.
The YSRC chief asserted that his fight for securing special category status for Andhra Pradesh would continue.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also congratulated Reddy over the YSRC's thumping win in the general elections.
Wishing Reddy all the best, Rao hoped he would lead AP further on the path of progress.
Several top TDP leaders, including many ministers, are on the verge of defeat.
The BJD won 14 Assembly seats and was leading in 98 while the BJP one 1 and was leading in 22.
The first victory in the Odisha assembly election was secured by the BJD with its candidate Amar Prasad Satpathy winning from the Barchana seat.
BJD candidate Mukesh Kumar Pal also won from the Pallahara assembly constituency by defeating BJP nominee Ashok Mohanty by a margin of 6,214 votes.
Satpathy, the government's chief whip and a former state minister, defeated his nearest BJP contestant Amar Kumar Nayak by a slender margin of 1,485 votes in his home turf, Election Commission sources said.
While Satpathy polled 64,084 votes to retain his seat, Nayak bagged 62,599 and Congress candidate Ajay Kumar Samal got 9,322 votes.
Polling in the Patkura assembly segment was postponed twice following the death of a candidate and then due to cyclone Fani.
The opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won 17 Assembly seats while the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front won 14 and is ahead in one, election officials said Thursday.
Sikkim has 32 Assembly seats.
Chief Minister and SDF supremo Pawan Chamling won the Poklok Kamrang Assembly seat defeating his nearest Sikkim Krantikari Morcha rival Kharka Bahadur Rai by 2,899 votes, they said.
He also won Namchi Singhithang seat.
Sitting MLA and SKM candidate Sonam Lama won the Sangha Assembly seat defeating his nearest Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) rival Tshering Lama by 618 votes, they said.
SKM candidate Lok Nath Sharma won the Gyalshing- barnyak seat defeating his nearest SDF rival Laxuman Sharma by 1,814 votes.
In the Kabi lungchuk seat Karma Loday Bhutia of SKM won defeating his nearest SDF rival Ugen Nedup Bhutia by 1,437 votes.
Mani Kumar Sharma of SKM won the Khamdong-singtam seat by defeating his nearest SDF rival Garjaman Gurung by 873 seats.
In the Shyari seat Kunga Nima Lepcha of SKM won by defeating his nearest SDF rival Karma Wangdi Bhutia by 1,356 votes.
Sikkim Democratic Front candidate Gay Tshering Dhungel won the Upper tadong seat defeating his nearest SKM rial Anand Lama by 416 votes.
In West pendam seat L B Das of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha won by defeating his nearest SDF rival Gopal Baraily by 898 votes.
SKM candidate Sangay Lepch won the Yoksam-tashiding seat by only 79 votes defeating his nearest SDF rival Dichen Wangchuk Bhutia.
SDF candidate Tashi Thendup Bhutia won the Barfung seat by defeating his nearest SKM rival Lobzang Bhutia by 79 votes.
The ruling BJP in Arunachal Pradesh won 28 Assembly seats and is leading in three constituencies, election officials said on Thursday.
The Janata Dal United won 6 seats and is leading in one and two Independent candidates also won.
Arunachal Pradesh Assembly has 60-seats, but elections were held for 57 seats as three BJP candidates had already won unopposed.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein won the Chowkham seat defeating his nearest Congress rival Khunang Kri by 7,291 votes.
The deputy chief minister had won from the Lekang constituency in Namsai district for the last five consecutive terms since 1995 but this time contested from the Chowkham seat.
Tana Hali Tara of the BJP won from Doimukh constituency defeating his nearest rival Nabam Vivek of the National Peoples Party (NPP) by 2,385 votes.
(With inputs from PTI)