MP election updates: The Bharatiya Janata Party Monday released its second list of 15 candidates. Anoop Mishra, 62, is the nephew of Atal Bihari Vajpaye. He is a sitting Lok Sabha MP from Morena. Earlier, he has represented the Gwalior East constituency during 2008–2013. Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh will be held in a single phase on November 28. The Legislative Assembly has 230 chairs where the BJP is in majority since 2003. The Congress party is flexing its muscles hard this time to unseat the BJP but the party is hit by internal infighting. According to multiple media reports, last week Digivijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia had an intense verbal spat in presence of party president Rahul Gandhi over distribution of tickets to their candidates. However, Digvijaya later denied the reports and claimed the the Congress is united and will return to the power in the upcoming polls.
On Saturday, the Congress released its first list of 155 candidates for 2018 Assembly Elections. The party has fielded former state chief Ajay Singh from Churhat constituency. On Friday, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had released a list of 177 candidates. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will contest from Budhni, while state ministers Narottam Mishra and Yashodhara Raje Scindia have been fielded from Datia and Shivpuri seats respectively.
In the 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP had won 165 seats and Congress was restricted to just 58 seats. This time, the results will be declared on December 11. The tenure of state Assembly will expire on January 7, 2019.