New Delhi: Counting of votes for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections in Odisha will be held today (Thursday). The state witnessed four-phased Legislative Assembly Election and Lok Sabha Election simultaneously in April and all eyes are on Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Congress, which once enjoyed widespread support in Odisha and considered it as its impregnable bastion, is now fighting for survival in the state. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the grand old party was wiped out; however, in the Assembly polls, it won 16 seats.
Despite a huge Modi wave in the 2014 General Elections, only one BJP MP was elected from Odisha while the BJD won the majority of seats (20). In the 2014 Assembly Elections in Odisha, the BJD had won 117 seats, Congress 16, BJP 10 and CPI(M) one seat.
The state is represented by 21 MPs in the Lok Sabha while 147 MLAs are elected to the Legislative Assembly. Key candidates in the Lok Sabha elections include state BJP president Basant Panda, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra, Congress’ Bhakta Charan Das and BJD’s Puspendra Singh Deo.
In Legislative Assembly elections, key candidates are Congress’ Sagar Das, actor turned politician and BJP candidate Pinky Pradhan and BJD’s Rabi Nanda.
Odisha Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections counting of votes Live Updates:
11:25 am: Lok Sabha leads, BJD: 15, BJP: 6, Congress: 0. Assembly leads, BJD: 74, BJD: 22, Congress: 6, JMM: 1, Independent: 1.
11:11 am: Meanwhile, the stock market today opened with record highs as NDA crosses halfway mark of 272 in early trends. Sensex hits 40,000 and Nifty 12,000 for the first time ever as NDA crosses 300 mark.
11:00 am: It’s three hours past the beginning of counting of votes. In Lok Sabha, BJD leads in 11 seats, BJP leads in 9, Congress in 1. In Assembly, BJD leads in 64 seats, BJP in 19, Congress in 7 and JMM in one