Gujrat: With the trends in all 182 seats of the Gujarat Assembly coming in, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was seen inching towards an all-time high record of 150+ seats. As per the latest trends, the party was leading in 149 seats, the number of seats that the Congress had won in the 1985 election under the leadership of Madhavsinh Solanki, in what remains a record to date.
The BJP was all set for a sweeping victory for the eighth term in a state where it has not lost an election since 1995. The Congress was ahead in 16 seats and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 5, according to the first trends of all the seats in the state Assembly as reported by the Election Commission.
Himachal Pradesh: The sinking Congress was leading the initial vote count in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls. It crossed the half-way mark and was leading in 39 seats at around 1.40 noon.
The ruling BJP was leading in 26 seats earlier but, gradually slid to 26 and had won one seat. The independents were leading in three constituencies. Independents, all BJP rebels, are Hoshiyar Singh from Dehra, Hiteshwar Singh from Banjar in Kullu and Ashish in Hamirpur Sadar, once the stronghold of two-time Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.