As the early trends of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections started pouring in on Monday morning, the sensex opened with a thud, as Nifty slipped below its crucial 10,150 level.
At the time of reporting, the benchmark indices were sharply lower - by more than 600 points.
The early trends showed the Congress party giving a tough fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in both the states.
At the time of reporting, the BJP was leading on 65 seats while Congress on 56 in Gujarat. In Himachal Pradesh, the trends seemed to follow the same until BJP took a considerable lead.
The counting of votes for 182-seat Gujarat Assembly and 68 Assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh, which went to polls on November 9, began at 8 am today.
The Election Commission of India will announce the Assembly election results on eci.nic.in.