MP election Live Updates: BJP, Congress head for neck-and-neck battle in Madhya Pradesh

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In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP is in power since 2003 and the grand old party is sensing an opportunity here to defeat it this time. Several opinion polls have predicted a neck-to-neck fight between both the national parties with the Congress slowly closing the gap

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MP elections 2018: The BJP and Congress have begun their campaign but the top leadership from the BJP is yet to take charge in Madhya Pradesh.

MP elections LIVE updates: The BJP and Congress are expected to see a neck-and-neck battle in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, various pre-poll reports predicted a comfortable majority for the saffron party, but now it appears that Congress will put up a tough fight in the Hindi heartland. While five states are going to polls, the main focus will be on three states: Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh — all ruled by the Bhartiya Janata Party. The main contest in these states is between the incumbent BJP and Congress, which will try to get some edge ahead of the general election in 2019.

In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP is in power since 2003 and the grand old party is sensing an opportunity here to defeat it this time. Several opinion polls have predicted a neck-to-neck fight between both the national parties with the Congress slowly closing the gap. Both the parties have almost declared the names of their candidates in the state. Madhya Pradesh will go to polls on November 28. The results will be declared on December 11.

Both the parties have begun their campaigns but the top leadership from the BJP is yet to take charge in Madhya Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi along with his two lieutenants Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia has already begun his attack on the BJP and its chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. However, they are yet to face the last-minute onslaught that could be unleashed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has the ability to sway the voters in the final moments.

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MP election Live Updates: Neck-to-neck fight between BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh

15:34 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Shivraj Singh Chouhan top choice for chief minister post in Madhya Pradesh

IndiaTV-CNX Opinion Poll showed that over 40 per cent people in Madhya Pradesh want Shivraj Singh Chouhan as their chief minister in the state. Congress leader Kamalnath is at second position with 20.32 per cent vote followed by Jyotiraditya Scindia with 19.65 per cent vote. The Congress has not yet declared its chief ministerial candidate in Madhya Pradesh. 

13:51 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Congress slowly closing the gap in Madhya Pradesh

In October, Times Now-CNX pre-poll survey had predicted 142 seats for the BJP and 77 seats for the Congress. However, a month later, the number for the saffron party has come down to 122 whereas the grand old party is now projected to win 95 seats. Several other polls have predicted a neck-and-neck battle between the BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh.

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13:06 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
What is working for Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh

MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is projected to retain Madhya Pradesh for the BJP for the fourth consecutive terms. India TV-CNX Opinion Poll recently predicted 128 seats for the BJP while 85 seats for the Congress. Despite 15 years of rule in the state, the BJP is doing better than the Congress. Reports suggest that the absence of a chief ministerial face from the Congress is going in favour of  Chouhan who still enjoys popularity among the people of the state. The Congress has two leaders in the fray: Kamal Nath and Jotiraditya Scindia. But, it does not want to declare its candidate as it fears a division within the party in Madhya Pradesh. 

11:47 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
BJP drops bigwigs in Madhya Pradesh

The BJP has dropped its several sitting MLAs in Madhya Pradesh. Among the legislators who have been dropped are Narendra Singh Kushwah from Bhind, Babulal Gaur from Govindpura, Kailash Vijaywargiya from Mhow, Mukesh Choudhry from Mehgaon, Satish Malviya from Ghattiya, Ghanshyam Pironiya from Bhander and Sanjay Sharma from Tendukheda.

10:58 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Senior BJP leader joins Congress

Senior BJP leader Sartaj Singh on Thursday joined the Congress after he was denied ticket by the party. Singh believed to have considerable influence in the Hoshangabad region and had defeated late Congress stalwart Arjun Singh in 1998. Speaking on his move to join Congress, Singh told PTI: "I had been with the saffron family for 58 long years. The BJP denied me a ticket. I want to be in the midst of the people so I am contesting elections."

10:40 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Survey predicts win for BJP in Madhya Pradesh

A pre-poll survey conducted by Times Now-CNX has predicted fourth consecutive term for Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh. According to the survey, the BJP is projected to get 122 out of 230 seats. The Congress is expected to win 95 seats, 10 seats more than earlier predictions. In the first week of October, CNX survey had predicted 85 seats for the Congress and 128 seats for the BJP. In the last assembly elections in 2013, the BJP had won 165 seats and Congress had to settle with just 85 seats.

10:16 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Congress fields former state chief Arun Yadav to take on Shivraj Singh Chouhan

The Congress has fielded its former state president Arun Yadav to take on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Budhni. He is also a former Union Minister and OBC face for the Congress in the state. Speaking on his nomination, Yadav told ANI: "We will defeat Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Proud that my party gave me a huge responsibility. We'll win Budhni. We'll ask Shivraj ji about the land mafia, farmers' suicide and rape cases."

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