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Madhya Pradesh election results HIGHLIGHTS: Congress claims victory with 116 MLAs, Kamal Nath meets media

It continues to be a close battle between the Congress and the BJP. Will CM Chouhan retain his chair? We'll have to wait and see

Published: 11th December 2018 07:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2018 08:01 AM   |  A+A-

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Congress supporters celebrating outside AICC in New Delhi on Tuesday (Photo | EPS/Naveen Kumar)

By Online Desk

The BJP and the Congress are in a neck-to-neck fight in Madhya Pradesh as trends in all 230 Assembly seats show the opposition party having a slight edge over the ruling faction.

The BJP led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is hoping for a fourth consecutive term in Madhya Pradesh but the contest is going right down to the wire, with the Congress posing a stiff fight.

The BJP had 166 seats in the outgoing assembly while the Congress had 57 and the BSP 4. Voters also had the option of choosing the BSP, which is contesting 227 seats, and the AAP, which is contesting 208 seats. The Samajwadi Party is also in the fray in 51 seats. 

A voter turnout of 74.61 per cent was recorded this year, compared to 72.13 per cent in 2013. The percentage of women candidates has also risen to 9 per cent from 7 per cent last year.

Contestants to watch out for:

BJP

Shivraj Singh Chouhan 

Yashodhara Raje Scindia (Vasundhara Raje's sister, BJP minister)

Krishna Gaur (daughter of former CM Babulal Gaur)

Fatima Siddiqui (lone Muslim BJP candidate) 

Congress

Ajay Singh (Leader of the Opposition)

Arun Yadav (Former state Congress President, locking horns with Chouhan in Budhni)

Laxman Singh (Digvijay Singh's brother)


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