Bhopal, December 11: The results of Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018 or MP Vidhan Sabha Chunav will be declared today. Counting of votes for Madhya Pradesh elections results, which will begin at 8 am, will be done in around 22 rounds, said VL Kantha Rao, Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer. Polling to elect 230 members of Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha was held on November 28. Catch live updates on Madhya Pradesh assembly elections results here.
In Madhya Pradesh, around 75 per cent voters exercised their franchise to seal the fate of 2,899 candidates. The main electoral contest is between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. While the BJP, led by chief minister Shivraj Sigh Chouhan, is trying hard to retain power for the fourth consecutive term, the Congress left no stone unturned to make a comeback in the state after a gap of 15 years. Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018 Satta Bazar Prediction: Narendra Modi's Campaigns In the Eleventh Hour Might Help BJP Beat Anti-Incumbency, Says Matka.
The BJP contested all 230 seats, whereas the Congress fielded candidates in 229 seats leaving one seat, Jatara in Tikamgarh district, for Sharad Yadav-led LJD. Mayawati’s BSP and Samajwadi Party contested 227 and 51 seats respectively. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also fielded 208 candidates in its maiden elections in Madhya Pradesh. In 2013 assembly elections, the BJP had won 165 of total 230 seats, followed by the Congress (58), BSP (4) and Independents 3. Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018: Two Petitions Filed in High Court Over EVMs, VVPAT Slips.
The election campaign of the BJP was spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah who together addressed 36 rallies across all regions of Madhya Pradesh. The duo mainly targeted the Congress on issues such as corruption and dynasty politics, highlighting achievements of the BJP government in the state and at the Centre. Chief Minister Chouhan addressed 158 public meetings between October 31 and November 25.
On the other hand, Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed 22 public rallies and took part in about a dozen road shows. Gandhi attacked the BJP over agrarian distress, unemployment, Vyapam scam and alleged corruption in Rafale deal. Besides, state Congress chief Kamal Nath and party’s campaign committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia addressed 60 and 110 public meetings respectively.
Though all exit polls predicted a slide in the BJP's fortunes, some of them have gone to the extent of giving a clear majority to the Congress. Stay connected with us to get instant updates on Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018 results.