The polls were held to elect the mayors and members of all the wards of Ambala, Panchkula and Sonipat municipal corporations, the president and members of the Municipal Council of Rewari and the municipal committees of Sampla (Rohtak), Dharuhera (Rewari) and Ukalana (Hisar).

The BJP has gone ahead of Congress with a lead of 5,342 seats. The Congress is trailing with a lead of just 3,155 panchayat seats at 5 pm.

Overall, the BJP-backed candidates are doing better than others. The Congress is at the second position in terms of seats while the JDS is at the third position.

Both the parties were in power a year ago in the state. The counting of votes for over 70,000 seats spread across 5,728 villages began this morning at 8 am. These seats had gone to polls in two phases, December 22 and December 27.

Ballot papers were used for the panchayat election except for one district, Bidar – where the Commission used EVMs. Results are likely to be clear only by the end of the day.

Last month, the Commission announced elections for a total of 91,339 seats in 5,728 Gram Panchayats of 226 talkus in two phases, December 22 and 27. Candidates for 8,074 seats have already been elected unopposed. In the first phase, elections were held for 43,238 seats while the second phase covered 39,378 seats. A total of 2,22,814 candidates were in the fray for the elections to Gram Panchayats.