6:20 PM: Update: Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat and congratulates Smriti Irani.
“I hope she (Smriti Irani) looks after Amethi with love,” Rahul Gandhi said.
6:00 P.M Amethi is liberated. Confirmation is in that Rahul Gandhi has conceded defeat to Smriti Irani.
Vote tally – Smriti Irani 299001(49.73% vote share), Rahul Gandhi 263102 (43.76% vote share).
4:20 PM Smriti Irani has polled 208484 votes while Rahul Gandhi has polled 189280 taking the lead to 19204 making the chances of Congress dynasty Scion’s retaining his 2019 lok sabha seat, bleaker.
Smriti Irani has extended the lead to 14558 votes from 3717 earlier, with close to 50% votes counted so far going in her favour in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. The current vote share stands at 138160 for Smriti and 123602 for Rahul Gandhi.
Here’s the EC data as of 3 PM.
At the tightly contested Amethi seat of Uttar Pradesh, at 1.30 P.M, Smriti Irani leads Rahul Gandhi by a narrow lead of 3717 votes. Smriti so far as 70015 votes while Rahul Gandhi has 70015 votes. In 2014 Lok Sabha Elections Rahul Gandhi polled 4,08,651 votes with a vote share percentage of 46.71 while Smriti Irani had 3,00,748 polled with a vote share of 34.38.
1,784 NOTA votes were cast in 2014 Vs 697 in this election so far till the 3rd round of vote counting in Amethi seat.
Detailed data as per the Election commission of India is as follows:
An interesting point to note for Amethi constituency is that if Smriti Irani does end up winning this tight contest, Sidhu has announced he will quit politics.
More updates to follow.