Madhya Pradesh by-election result: Counting for Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly polling took place on 28 February 2018. Congress managed to win both the constituencies. The bypolls for the two seats were necessitated due to the demise of two sitting Congress MLAs – Mahendra Singh Kalukheda (Mungaoli) and Ram Singh Yadav (Kolaras). The results of these by-polls are very crucial as the big Assembly elections in the state are just months away before the big 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. The bypolls are also seen as a duel between two political heavyweights in the state Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Track Live Updates, counting of Madhya Pradesh by-election result
10.00 pm: Congress wins both seats.
Mungaoli – Congress – 70808; BJP – 68685
Kolaras: Congress- 82523; BJP – 74437
6.39 pm: Congress has won Mungaoli bypolls.
5.22 pm: No good news for BJP yet. Congress inches towards a win in both seats:
Round 12 Kolaras
Congress – 44579 votes
BJP – 40688 votes
Round 16, Mungaoli
Congress – 60813
5.04 pm: Congress continues to maintain lead in both seats.
Round 12 Kolaras
Congress – 44579 votes
BJP – 40688 votes
Round 15 Mungaoli
BJP – 54375
4.26 pm: Congress maintains lead in both seats.
Round 10 in Kolaras –
Congress – 37370 votes
BJP – 33945
Round 14 in Mungaoli
Congress – 49627
BJP – 45731
4.00 pm: Congress maintains lead in both constituencies
3:30 PM:Take a look at current standing in Mungaoli after 9th round of counting of votes
3:25 PM: Take a look at current standing in Kolaras after 9th round of counting of votes
3:20 PM: After 11th round of counting of votes in Mungaoli, Deshraj Singh Yadav of BJP got 34,106 votes and Brajendra Singh Yadav of Congress received 37,708 votes
3:15 PM: After 9 rounds of counting in Kolaras, Devendra Kumar Jain of BJP has got 31, 104 votes. On the other hand, Mahendra-Ramsingh Yadav Khatora Congress has received 33,353 votes
2:50 PM: So far, 6 rounds of counting of votes have taken place in Kolaras and Congress was leading. Reports say, eight rounds of counting of votes have been completed in Mungaoli.
2:45 PM: In the budget, Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya had compared the present situation of health, education and agriculture under the BJP-rule to that in 2003 under the Congress-tenure.
2:40 PM: It has been learnt that the budget is worth Rs 2,04,642 crore. Notably, this also the final budget of the BJP government before the 2018 assembly elections in the state.
2.35 PM: Meanwhile, BJP government in Madhya Pradesh led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan presented the budget 2018-19. In the budget the government has focused on employment, poverty, health, education and agriculture.
2:21 PM: It has been learnt that in Mungaoli, Congress received 4783 votes and BJP managed to 3300 votes in the seventh round. As per the latest trends Congress was leading by 3384 votes.
1:30 PM: It has been learnt that the by-polls were necessitated after the demise of Congress MLAs Mahendra Singh Kalukheda and Ram Singh Yadav. Kalukhed was elected from Mungaoli constituency in Ashoknagar district and Yadav was a legislator from Kolaras in Shivpuri district.
12:46 PM: As per latest trends, Congress candidate has extended his lead over BJP by 2474 votes in Kolaras by-poll.
12:30 PM: According to reports, a total of 22 candidates from Mungaoli and 13 from Kolaras were in the fray for the by-polls which were held on February 24. The reports said that there was 77.25 per cent voting recorded in Mungaoli and 72.82 per cent in Kolaras on Saturday.
12:15 PM: As per the latest trends, Congress has taken a lead in Mungaoli Assembly seat. BJP is also trailing in Kolaras assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh. It has been learnt that after the third round of counting in Kolaras, Congress candidate Mahendra Singh Yadav is ahead of BJP’s Devendra Jain with 1,280 votes. In Mungaoli, Congress’ Brijendra Singh Yadav is leading with 1,373 votes and Bai Sahib of BJP was trailing.
11:56 AM: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has led the BJP’s campaign and claimed that only the BJP has done all the developments in the state and accused the Congress of doing nothing for the people.
11:40 AM: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said, “Only BJP brought development in Madhya Pradesh, while the Congress party did nothing for the public.”
11:20 AM: The pre-poll campaign was a high-decibel one as Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia had said that the Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly by-polls in the state is not a selection between the Congress and the BJP. He said that the people have to choose between Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and him.
10:57 AM: In Madhya Pradesh’s Mungaoli, BJP’s Baisahab Yadav was leading by 265 votes. Congress candidate Mahendra Singh Yadav, was ahead of his rivals by a margin of 514 ballots in in Kolaras. Officials said that the postal ballots were counted first, according to reports.
10:52 AM: The results of the two bypolls are crucial as Assembly elections in the BJP-ruled state is scheduled to be held later this year ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. A total of 13 candidates are in fray in Mungaoli. In Kolaras 22 candidates are contesting.
10:30 AM: Early setback for the ruling BJP in the state as Congress is leading by 207 votes in Kolaras by-poll.
10:10 AM: Meanwhile, Shivraj Singh Chouhan government will present state’s budget in the state assembly today. Union Minister Finance Minister Jayant Kumar Malaiya will be presenting the budget in Bhopal today. FM Jayant Kumar Malaiya said, “we have tried to include everyone in this budget.”
10:00 AM: Prior to the Kolaras and Mungaoli assembly elections, the Election Commission has censured Madhya Pradesh Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia for violating model code of conduct.
9:50 AM: BJP Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia had on February 17 issued an indirect warning to the people, saying that Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was BJP’s scheme and will not be provided to those who vote for the Congress.
9:10 AM: Both the seats of Mungaoli and Kolaras are part of Shivpuri and Ashoknagar respectively. These are considered as Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia’s stronghold.
9:00 AM: Notably, a strong voter turnout of over 70 percent was recorded in by-elections for Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. Mungaoli had recorded 77.05 percent turnout and Kolaras recorded 70.40 percent voter turnout
8:50 AM: Counting of votes for Mungaoli and Kolaras by-polls has begun.
The results of Madhya Pradesh by-elections will be declared today even as the counting has begun. The outcome of the voting in Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly seats is being observed keenly as it would be an indicator of the general mood in Madhya Pradesh, which is going to polls later this year. Both the BJP and Congress have claimed they will win the two seats. Both the seats are currently held by the Congress and fall under Guna Lok Sabha constituency, the bastion of Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia.
The bypolls for the two seats were necessitated due to the demise of two sitting Congress MLAs – Mahendra Singh Kalukheda (Mungaoli) and Ram Singh Yadav (Kolaras). Retaining both the seats on his home turf is a matter of prestige for Scindia. Aware of the high stakes involved, Scindia made a number of tours to both the seats in a bid to reduce the saffron challenge. On the other hand, a number of cabinet ministers campaigned for BJP in the state. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too offered various schemes to get maximum votes from the region.