Counting of votes for 10 Assembly seats - Jokihat (Bihar), Gomia and Silli (Jharkhand), Chengannur (Kerala), Ampati (Meghalaya), Shakot (Punjab), Tharali (Uttarakhand), Noorpur (Uttar Pradesh), Palus-Kadegaon (Maharashtra) and Mahestala (West Bengal) – where by-elections were held on May 28, is underway.
The results of all these Assembly bypolls will be crucial in an elections year. With Assembly elections in three states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh – later this year, the BJP would like to win as many seats as it could to set the momentum.
The counting of votes is also underway in Karnataka's Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly constituency, where elections were countermanded over the fake voter ID cards issue.
The Opposition parties will also be watching the results closely as victory will boost their morale ahead of several crucial elections lined up.
# 02:50 PM: Here is the full list of winners so far: Palus Kadegaon (Maharashtra) -- Congress, Vishwajeet Patangrao KadamAmpati (Meghalaya) -- Congress, Miani D ShiraJokihat (Bihar) -- RJD, Shahnawaz AlamNoorpur (Uttar Pradesh) -- SP, Naeemul HasanChengannur (Kerala) -- CPM, Saji CherianRR Nagar (Karnataka) -- Congress, MuniratnaShahkot (Punjab) -- Congress, Hardev Singh Laddi SherowaliaTharali (Uttarakhand) -- BJP, Munni Devi ShahGomia (Jharkhand) -- JMM, Babita DeviSilli (Jharkhand) -- JMM, Seema Mahto.
#01:09 PM: The number of votes JDU got, is less than our victory margin. People of Bihar are continuing to avenge the U-turn taken by Nitish Kumar: Tejashwi Yadav on RJD won Jokihat assembly bypoll
#12:50 PM: Karnataka: Congress candidate Muniratna has won by 41162 votes from Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly constituency
#12:45 PM: Noorpur Assembly by-poll: Samajwadi Party wins by 6211 votes
#12:40 PM: I think the EVM machines were rigged: Nayab Singh Kohar, Akali Dal candidate from Shahkot assembly seat Punjab
#12:30 PM: People of Bengaluru blessed us: We won the RR Nagar seat with huge margin, the people of Bengaluru have blessed us- Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress on trends showing Party leading from RR Nagar Karnataka
#12:20 PM: Uttarakhand: BJP leading by 1092 votes from #Tharali assembly seat in ninth round of counting
#11:50 AM: Noorpur Assembly by-poll: Samajwadi Party leading by 10208 votes after 20th round of counting
#11:30 AM: Karnataka: Congress candidate Muniratna leading with 46593 votes from Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly constituency after 12th round of counting
#11:20 AM: Punjab: Congress leading with 27049 votes from Shahkot assembly seat after 11th round of counting.
#11:10 AM: Bihar: RJD leading with 16299 votes from Jokihat assembly seat after 14th round of counting.
#10:55 AM: Kerala: CPIM leading with 14229 votes from Chengannur assembly seat.
#10:40 AM: Breaking: Congress' Miani D Shira wins from Meghalaya's Ampati Assembly constituency.
#10:05 AM: Karnataka: Congress candidate Muniratna leading by over 18000 from Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly constituency after fourth round of counting
#09:55 AM: West Bengal: TMC's Dulal Chandra Das is leading by over 20,000 votes from Maheshtala assembly constituency, after sixth round of counting. CPI(M) is second, BJP third.
#09:50 AM: Jharkhand: All Jharkhand Students Union's Sudesh Mahto leading from Silli Assembly constituency, BJP leading from Gomia.
#09:40 AM: Noorpur Assembly by-poll: Samajwadi Party leading by over 9000 votes.
#09:30 AM: Uttarakhand: BJP leading with 339 votes from #Tharali assembly seat
#09:20 AM: Jharkhand: Counting underway for Gomia & Silli Assembly constituencies, visuals from a counting centre in Gomia. All Jharkhand Students Union's Sudesh Mahto leading from Silli Assembly constituency, BJP leading from Gomia.
#09:10 AM: Punjab: Congress candidate Laddi Sherowalia leading by around 8500 votes in the fourth round of counting for Shahkot assembly-by poll
#09:00 AM: WestBengal: TMC's Dulal Chandra Das is leading by over 10,000 votes from Maheshtala assembly constituency, after second round of counting.
#08:55 AM: Punjab: Congress candidate Laddi Sherowalia leading by around 2000 votes in first round of counting for Shahkot assembly-by poll.
#08:50 AM: Bihar: Visuals from a counting centre in Jokihat, where counting has begun for assembly by-poll.
Bihar: Visuals from a counting centre in Jokihat, where counting has begun for assembly by-poll. pic.twitter.com/RaFvpYK1zW— ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2018
#08:45 AM: Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party is leading from #Noorpur Assembly constituency in early trends
#08:30 AM: BREAKING: Congress' Vishwajeet Patangrao Kadam has been elected unopposed from Maharashtra's Palus Kadegaon Assembly constituency
#08:25 AM: Punjab: Visuals from a counting centre in Shahkot, counting of votes for the Assembly by-poll has begun.
#08:05 AM: Counting of votes for 11 Assembly seats (including 10 by-polls) & 4 Lok Sabha constituencies across 11 states begins.
Counting of votes for 11 Assembly seats (including 10 by-polls) & 4 Lok Sabha constituencies across 11 states begins. pic.twitter.com/LCefTjszNR— ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2018
#07:55 AM: Hello and welcome to the News Nation Live updates. The counting of votes for ten Assembly bypolls will begin shortly at 8 am. The results of the Assembly bypolls will set the momentum for political parties in an election year. Stick with us for fast and accurate results.