Live MP Election Results 2018: A resurgent Congress Tuesday won the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election 2018 in a nail-biting contest. In the counting which lasted for more than 14 hours, the Congress emerged victorious with 114 seats. Bharatiya Janata Party, which was facing an anti-incumbency of 15 years, fell a little short of the majority with 109 seats. Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party and Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party emerged victorious on 2 and 1 seats, respectively. The SP announced in the day that its winning candidates support the Congress.
It was an absolute thriller as the counting lasted for more than 14 hours and the trends remained fluctuating throughout the day. PM Narendra Modi accepted the defeat in the elections and said that he accepts the mandate of the people. “The family of BJP Karyakartas worked day and night for the state elections. I salute them for their hardwork. Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India,” Modi tweeted. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also spoke to media and thanked his party workers for the efforts they made during the campaign. He also targeted PM Narendra Modi saying that the defeat was clear cut message for the latter.
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The BSP has announced that its two MLAs will support the Congress in Madhya Pradesh. Maywati said that even though BSP doesn't agree with many of Congress' policies, "we have agreed to support them in Madhya Pradesh and if need be in Rajasthan."
#WATCH: "To keep BJP out of power we have agreed to support Congress in Madhya Pradesh and if need be in Rajasthan, even though we don't agree with many of their policies,"says Mayawati, BSP #AssemblyElections2018 pic.twitter.com/1gr6RFRZHO— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2018
Senior leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath have emerged as the top contenders for the chief minister's post. Both, Kamal Nath and Scindia, didn't contest assembly elections but were considered as the face of the elections.
The Congress has won 114 seats in 230 seats Assembly in Mashya Pradesh. The magic figure to form government is 116. The BJP, which was in the power since 2003, won 109 seats. The Samajwadi Party has announced that the its lone MLA will support the Congress. The BSP of Mayawati had contested elections solo and won 2 seats.
The Congress party is leading at 115 seats and has received the support of 2 MLAs from the Samajwadi Party. In total, Congress is already leading at 117 seats. If the trends turn into final outcome, the Congress would return to power in Madhya Pradesh after a gap of 15 years. The BJP has won 1 seat in the state and is leading on 104 seats.
The Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election result have opened as a thriller. After trends on around 225 seats, Congress is leading on 111 seats, while the BJP is leading on 109 seats. In a way, the contest has remained neck and neck. After initial trends, some of the Congress candidates were seen celebrating. However, they must be glued to the TV sets after the latest trends. We are yet to hear from any of the parties.
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The Madhya Pradesh Assembly has 231 members. While 230 are elected through an electoral college, 1 is nominated by the governor. The elections are held every 5 years. Any contesting party has to garner the support of 116 MLAs in order to claim the majority. The current ruling party, BJP, has 167 members in the assembly. The Opposition, Congress, is led by Ajay Singh and has 57 members in the Assembly.
Madhya Pradesh is geographically India's largest state and falls in the centre of its political map. The state sends 230-members to the state assembly who elect the chief minister, and 29 members to the Lok Sabha or the Lower House of the Parliament. The results in the state this time are considered to be a prelude to 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Last time, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP, riding on a Modi wave, had won a landslide victory with 167 seats. The Congress had suffered a debacle as it could only manage to win 57 seats.
From the BJP, CM Shivraj Chouhan is eyeing a fourth term as the chief minister. From the Congress, there is a stiff competition between party's state unit chief Kamal Nath and campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia. While Chouhan has been a three time CM, Kamal Nath and Scindia have been Union Ministers in earstwhile Manmohan Singh Government. The two Congress leaders have also held senior positions in party's state and central leadership. Chouhan is contesting elections from Budhni, however, both Scindia and Kamal Nath are not contesting elections as they are sitting MPs from Guna and Chhindwara.