New Delhi, Dec 11: The Congress took early significant leads in BJP-ruled Rajasthan and was locked in a close fight in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as officials counted the millions of votes polled in Assembly elections in five states.
Pic caption: Congress workers celebrate outside Sachin Pilot's residence as initial trends show the party leading
Election Commission officials also said on the basis of preliminary trends that the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was way ahead of the Congress in Telangana in the five-state elections seen as a trendsetter ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year.
Pic caption: Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP: We'll definitely form government in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh
Congress and BJP candidates were leading in 18 constituencies each in Madhya Pradesh, which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ruled for the past 15 years. In neighbouring Chhattisgarh, the two parties were forging ahead in nine seats each.
Pic caption: Digvijay Singh, Congress: It's too early. Anything can be said only after 12 pm
Congress candidates were ahead of their rivals in 34 constituencies in Rajasthan, a state which has never re-elected a ruling party in recent times, leaving the BJP on the possible winning track in 25.
Pic caption: Congress Rajasthan President Sachin Pilot leading from Tonk
The TRS made significant gains, leading in 28 seats, leaving the Congress way behind in 15 constituencies.
Pic Caption: K Kavitha, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP: We believe people of Telangana are with us. We have sincerely worked and utilised the opportunity given to us
Pic caption: Firecrackers brought to Congress office in Delhi by party leader Jagdish Sharma as counting is underway for assembly elections in five states
Pic caption: Firecrackers brought to Congress office in Jaipur