The emotive Sabarimala row in which senior BJP leaders played a key role failed to help the party open its account in the Lok Sabha battle in Kerala. The Congress and its United Democratic Front (UDF) were poised to grab 19 of the 20 seats, leaving only one seat to the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). The usual best showing for the BJP came in Thiruvananthapuram where it finished second while ending up in the third spot in all other 19 constituencies. In Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor of Congress, aiming for a hat-trick of wins, increased his lead up from 15,000 votes in 2014 to over 86,000 votes. It was a blow to Kummanam Rajasekheran, who quit as the Mizoram Governor to take on Tharoor. At Pathanamthitta, one of the BJP's popular faces, K. Surendran, who was jailed for over two weeks during the Sabarimala agitation, led for a while in the vote count before being relegated to the third position.
Prime Minister Modi thanks his constituents
Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, JP Nadda, Thawar Chand Gehlot and former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan greet people at BJP Headquarters.
Delhi: Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, JP Nadda, Thawar Chand Gehlot and former MP CM Shivraj Singh C… https://t.co/p1xxGNsgk1
It's a grand welcome for Narendra Modi when he arrives at the BJP HQ after leading his party to a historic win. It was drizzling when he arrived at the party HQ. Party president Amit Shah greeted him with a bouquet of flowers. Workers showered petals as he made his way among them, and he raised both his hands in a victory salute.
INC candidate, V K Sreekandan has won from Palakkad, Kerala.
INC candidate, Ramya Haridas has won from Alathur, Kerala. (EC)
INC Candidate, Uttam Kumar Reddy Nalamada has won from Nalgonda, Telangana. (EC)
TRS candidate, Manne Srinivas Reddy has won from Mahbubnagar, Telangana. (EC)
BJP candidate, Bandi Sanjay Kumar has won from Karimnagar, Telangana. (EC)
PM Modi arrives at BJP HQ and welcomed by Amit Shah.
PM Modi raises both his hands in a victory salute as BJP karyakartas chant 'Modi, Modi'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches BJP headquarters in New Delhi, to address party workers soon
Janata Dal (Secular) candidate, Prajwal Revanna has won from Hassan, Karnataka. (EC)
BJP candidate, B.Y. Raghavendra has won from Shimoga, Karnataka. (EC)
BJP candidate, Anantkumar Hegde has won from Uttara Kannada, Karnataka.
BJP candidate, Pralhad Joshi has won from Dharwad, Karnataka. (EC)
BJP candidate, Bhagwanth Khuba has won from Bidar, Karnataka.
BJP candidate, B.N.Bache Gowda has won from Chikkballapur, Karnataka.
BJP candidate, Nalin Kumar Kateel has won from Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka. (EC)
BJP candidate, Y. Devendrappa has won from Bellary, Karnataka. (EC)
BJP candidate, Jigajinagi Ramesh Chandappa has won from Bijapur, Karnataka. (EC)
BJP candidate, Karadi Sanganna Amarappa has won from Koppal, Karnataka. (EC)
BJP candidate, Udasi. S.C. has won from Haveri, Karnataka. (EC)
INC candidate, D.K. Suresh has won from Bangalore Rural, Karnataka. (EC)
Ex-Telecom minister A Raja wins Nilgiris seat
Raja defeated his nearest rival M Thiyagarajan of AIADMK by a margin of over 2.05 lakh votes, wresting the seat from the ruling party in the state after a gap of five years.
CPM candidate P R Natarajan leads with 1,39,990 votes in Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency at the end of the 19th round.
He secured 4,67,124 votes. Coming second is BJP candidate C P Radhakrishnan who scored 3,27,134 votes while MNM's R Mahendran came third with 1,27,324 votes.
Madurai Lok Sabha CPM candidate Su Venkatesan has secured 1,04,310 votes more than his closest rival Raj Sathyan of AIADMK at the end of 13th round.
From Nilgiris, DMK's A Raja leads after securing 5,47,832 votes while rival AIADMK's Thiyagarajan's tally stands at 3,42,009.
Karnataka: A Cabinet Ministers' meeting has been called by CM HD Kumaraswamy tomorrow at 12 pm, a JD(S) legislature party meeting has also been called at 4 pm tomorrow in Bengaluru. (ANI)
I had said that during the campaign 'janta maalik hai' and today people have clearly given their decision. I congratulate the PM and BJP.
- Rahul Gandhi, Congress President
BJP's Nalin Kumar Kateel wins from Dakshina Kannada (Karnataka) by 2,74,621 votes.
BJP's Nalin Kumar Kateel wins from Dakshina Kannada (Karnataka) by 2,74,621 votes. #ElectionResults2019 (file pic) https://t.co/8AudtP1mMF
Rahul Gandhi's lead crosses 3.63 lakh mark, Cong-UDF maintains lead in 19 of 20 seats
The Opposition Congress led-UDF in Kerala appears to be heading for a landslide in the state by continuing its lead in 19 of the total 20 Lok Sabha seats, with AICC President Rahul Gandhi so far garnering over 3.63 lakh lakh votes from Wayanad. Gandhi, who contested from the hilly constituency, besides his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, got 3,63,202 votes till 3.40 PM, as per the Election Commission website. Besides Gandhi, eight UDF candidtates-Ramya Haridas (Alathur), Hibi Eden (Ernakulam), Dean Kuriyakose (Idukki), Benny Behnan (Chalakkudy)(all Congress), IUML leaders E T Mohammed Basheer (Ponnani) and P K Kunhalikutty (Malappuram), Thomas Chazhikadan of KC(M)(Kottayam) and N K Premachandran of RSP (Kollam) have crossed the one lakh mark.
2019 Lok Sabha election results: Superstar Rajinikanth congratulates PM Modi says "You Made it"