More than 1.05 crore voters will exercise their franchise at 13,941 polling centers in the six LS seats, out of which 2515 centers have been categorized as critical.
BJP dropped sitting MPs Nagendra Singh and Savitri Thakur from Khajuraho and Dhar Lok Sabha seats respectively, giving tickets to BD Sharma and Chhatar Singh Darbar in their place.
Fresh dissent in Congress has been reported from Morena district of Gwalior-Chambal region, where Madan Sharma, the Bagchini block unit president has sent his resignation.
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Angered at their leader not being inducted into the Cabinet, supporters of Andal Singh Kansana, Congress MLA from Sumaoli, blocked the Agra-Mumbai highway in Morena.
Thirteen ministers of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government lost the polls, along with many bigwigs of the Congress party
Checking and examination of the seal of EVMs by candidates, a series of verifications during counting, and some other issues led to unexpected delay in counting of votes in Madhya Pradesh.
In the just-concluded state polls, 17 women candidates won as against 31 lawmakers in the last Assembly.
In a shift of strategy, the saffron BJP refrained from horse- trading to form government despite coming a close second.
With the results of the assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh favouring Congress, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has a lot to worry about.
In total, the Congress has on 114 seats, BJP on 109 seats, SP on one seat, BSP on two seats and Independents on four seats.
According to Election Commission, the BJP has so far won 72 seats in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly, while the Congress has bagged 73.
The results will test the popularity of incumbent governments in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana as also the potency of challenge of the opposition.
While the Congress is confident of returning to power after a long gap of 15 years with 130-140 seats, the BJP is optimistic of fourth straight term in power with over 120 seats.
Rahul called upon journalists to do fearless journalism and act as custodians of the institutions and the Constitution.
That Chouhan is a future prospect was also evident in the election campaign. The RSS extensively mobilised its manpower to face a spirited Opposition onslaught.