Counting of votes begin in five states

December 8, 2008

Counting of votes began today (Dec 8) for the just-held assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram, and will test Congress’ ability to bounce back after a series of electoral reverses and BJP’s ability to sustain the success will be put to severe test ahead of the battle for Lok Sabha due early next year.

The BJP, which is in power in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, expects anti-incumbency against its governments to be overshadowed by issues such as terrorism, inflation and the economic crisis—for which the ruling coalition in New Delhi has come under severe criticism, especially after the Mumbai terrorist attack on 26 November that left at least 183 people dead and hundreds injured.

Most of the states where the counting is being held are those where Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party are major contenders for power and the outcome may help gauge the voter mood ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due early next year although issues involved would be different. The final results for most of the constituencies are expected to be out by the evening.

As of now following is the status

Chhattisgarh Results

Cong            30
BJP               27
Ind & Oth   3

Delhi Results

Results    45
Cong    20
BJP    20
Oth    5

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