2008 elections in India

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Legislative Assembly elections[edit]

Multiple State Assemblies of India went to elections in 2008.

The first batch of elections for the year were announced[1] by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on 14 January 2008. This included the elections to the Legislative Assemblies of the states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. Elections in all polling stations of all three states were conducted using electronic voting machines (EVMs).

Elections to the state Assembly of Karnataka was announced[2] by the ECI on 2 April 2008. This was the first election to be held under the new boundaries drawn up the Delimitation Commission of India.[3] The elections were split into three phases. Elections in all polling stations of the state were conducted using EVMs.

Elections in four states - Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Rajasthan - and in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) were announced[4] by the ECI on 14 October 2008. Of these, only Chhattisgarh would have elections in two phases. All others would have a single phase election. Counting for all constituencies were held on the same day. All these elections were held in accordance with constituencies newly delimited by the Delimitation Commission of India. As has become the practice, EVMs would be used in all polling stations of all constituencies. Elections dates in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram were subsequently amended by a new notice[5] passed by the ECI on 29 October 2008.

On 19 October 2008, the ECI announced[6] elections to the state Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir. EVMs were used in all polling stations across the state. Taking into account various factors including weather, academic schedules and law & order situation in the state, the election is scheduled as a 7 phase marathon.

State Date of Polls Seats (ACs) Date of Counting Incumbent Election Winner
Tripura Saturday, 23 February 2008 60 Friday, 7 Mar 2008 CPI(M) CPI(M)
Meghalaya Monday, 3 March 2008 60 Friday, 7 Mar 2008 INC MPA*1
Nagaland Wednesday, 5 March 2008 60 Saturday, 8 March 2008 DAN DAN*2
Karnataka Saturday, 10 May 2008
Friday, 16 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
240 Sunday, 25 May 2008 INC BJP
Chhattisgarh Friday, 14 November 2008
Thursday, 20 November 2008
90 Monday, 08 Dec 2008 BJP BJP
Madhya Pradesh Thursday, 27 November 2008 230 Monday, 8 December 2008 BJP BJP
Delhi Saturday, 29 November 2008 70 Monday, 8 December 2008 INC INC
Mizoram Tuesday, 2 December 2008 40 Monday, 08 Dec 2008 INC INC
Rajasthan Thursday, 4 December 2008 200 Monday, 8 December 2008 BJP INC
Jammu and Kashmir Monday, 17 November 2008
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Saturday 13 December 2008
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
87 Sunday, 28 December 2008 PDP+INC NC+INC

*1 In Meghalaya, the Indian National Congress (INC) was the single largest party and was invited by the Governor to form the Government. However, their Chief Minister D. D. Lapang was unable to secure enough support in the Assembly. The Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) is a post election alliance formed by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), United Democratic Party (UDP), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HPDP) and others including two independents

*2 In Nagaland, the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) retained control of the government. The single largest party in the Nagaland Assembly was the Nagaland People's Front (NPF) whose leader formed the new Government.

Chhattisgarh[edit]

SN Party Seats
Contested
Seats
won
Seats
Changed
Vote
Share
1 Bharatiya Janata Party 90 50 0 40.33
2 Indian National Congress 87 38 + 1 38.63
3 Bahujan Samaj Party 90 2 0 6.11
Total 90

Delhi[edit]

45

SN Party Seats
Contested
Seats
won
Seats
Changed
 % Votes
1 Indian National Congress 69 43 - 4 40.31
2 Bharatiya Janata Party 69 28 + 3 36.34
Bahujan Samaj Party 69 2 + 2 14.05
4 41 1 +1 0.07
4 Independent 1 0 3.92
Total 70

Jammu and Kashmir[edit]

SN Party Seats
won
Seats
Changed
1 Jammu & Kashmir National Conference 28 0
3 Indian National Congress 17 - 3
2 Peoples Democratic Party 21 + 5
4 Bharatiya Janata Party 11 + 10
5 Independents 4 - 9
6 J&K National Panthers Party 3 - 1
7 CPI(Marxist) 1 - 1
7 J&K Democratic Party Nationalist 1 + 1
7 People's Democratic Front 1 + 1
Total 87

Karnataka[edit]

SN Party Seats
won
Seats
Changed
1 Bharatiya Janata Party 110 + 31
2 Indian National Congress 80 + 15
3 Janata Dal (Secular) 28
4 Others 7 - 15
Total 224

Madhya Pradesh[edit]

SN Party Seats
Contested
Seats
won
Seats
Changed
 %
Votes
1 Bharatiya Janata Party 228 143 - 30 37.64
2 Indian National Congress 228 71 + 33 32.39
3 Bahujan Samaj Party 228 7 + 5 8.97
4 Bharatiya Jan Shakti Party 201 5 + 5 4.71
5 Independents 3 + 1 8.23
6 Samajwadi Party 187 1 - 6 1.99
Total 230

Meghalaya[edit]

SN Party Seats
won
Seats
Change
2 Nationalist Congress Party 15 + 1
3 United Democratic Party 11 + 2
4 Independents 5 0
5 Hill State People's Democratic Party 2 0
6 Bharatiya Janata Party 1 - 1
6 Khun Hynnieutrip National Awakaning Movement 1 - 1
1 Indian National Congress 25 + 3
Total 60

Mizoram[edit]

SN Party Seats
won
Seats
Change
1 Indian National Congress 32 + 20
2 Mizo National Front 3 - 18
3 MPC 2 0
4 Zoram Nationalist Party 2 0
Total 40

Nagaland[edit]

SN Party Seats
won
Seats
Change
1 Nagaland Peoples Front 26 + 7
4 Bharatiya Janata Party 2 - 5
2 Indian National Congress 23 - 2
3 Independents 7 + 3
4 Nationalist Congress Party 2 + 2
Total 60

Rajasthan[edit]

SN Party Seats
won
Seats
Changed
1 Indian National Congress 96 + 40
2 Bharatiya Janata Party 78 - 42
3 Independents 14 - 1
4 Bahujan Samaj Party 6 + 4
5 Communist Party of India (Marxist) 3 + 2
6 Loktantrik Samajwadi Party 1 + 1
6 Janata Dal (United) 1 - 1
Total 199/200

Tripura[edit]

SN Party Seats
won
Seats
Change
1 Communist Party of India (Marxist) 46 + 8
3 Revolutionary Socialist Party 2 0
4 Communist Party of India 1 0
2 Indian National Congress 10 - 3
4 Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra 1 - 5
Total 60

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