The counting of votes for the Assembly elections held in four states – West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam – and the Union Territory of Puducherry began at 8 am. Trends from the Election Commission showed the Trinamool Congress was ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal. In Kerala, the ruling Left was leading and was likely to break the four-decade-old jinx. The BJP was ahead in Assam while the the DMK and it allies were leading in Tamil Nadu.
West Bengal went to polls in eight phases, Assam voted in three and the elections for the remaining – Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry — took place in a single phase on April 6.
In view of the coronavirus situation, the Election Commission of India has barred the entry of polling agents into the counting centres without a negative Covid-19 test or full vaccinations. The poll panel has also taken other measures to check the spread of the infection.
The total number of seats and the major mark are as follows: