Clear win for BJP in MP as party breaches majority mark; cadres celebrate in Bhopal
The BJP has won 120 of the total 230 assembly seats and is leading in another 44
The BJP is set to retain power in Madhya Pradesh, having already won 120 of the total 230 assembly seats and is leading in another 44, as per the latest official figures.
The Congress’ plans to wrest power from the BJP were shattered as the grand old party has managed to win just 35 seats and is leading in 30 more.
Celebrations broke out at the BJP office in Bhopal, while the Congress office wore a deserted look after it became clear that the saffron party was poised to retain power in Madhya Pradesh with an emphatic win over its rival.
Amid the sound of crackers, jubilant workers were seen dancing to the beating of drums as joyous scenes prevailed at the BJP office. Party leaders and workers were seen hugging one another and distributing sweets.
Many party leaders attributed the electoral success to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed as many as 14 poll rallies in the state.
MP Congress president Kamal Nath and senior party leader Digvijaya Singh were in the Congress office, holding discussions with party functionaries.
In Budhni assembly constituency, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of BJP defeated Vikram Sharma of Congress by over 1 lakh votes.
Polling in the single-phase elections on November 17 saw an impressive turnout of 77.82 per cent, surpassing the 2018 voting percentage of 75.63 per cent.
The state electorate voted for 2,533 candidates in 230 constituencies. There were 5.59 lakh eligible voters.
In the outgoing assembly, the BJP has 127 members and the Congress has 96. There are four independents, while the BSP has two and SP has one member.
In 2013, the BJP won 165 seats and the Congress 58. In those polls, the BJP garnered 44.88 per cent votes while the Congress polled 36.38 per cent votes.
In 2018, the Congress emerged victorious in 114 seats with 40.89 per cent vote share while the BJP registered win in 109 seats with 41.02 per cent vote.