9 Rounds of counting done in Nandigram, 8 more to go.

Suvendu Adhikari is leading over Mamata Banerjee with 10K votes.
I repeat yet again.

Look at the results on ECI website. It's slow, but accurate.
Here. Take Nandigram. Keep refreshing.


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