Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday the BJP is “pained” it could not win the just held bypolls to two Assembly seats but maintained his party fought well and lost narrowly. The opposition Congress retained the two Assembly seats – Kolaras (Shivpuri district) and Mungaoli (Ashoknagar district) – where bypolls were held on February 24, but with a reduced margin.
“We fought to win but a bit was left in our effort,” he told reporters at his residence here when asked to comment on the bypolls’ outcome. “We are pained we could not win the by-elections,” said Chouhan, who along with some senior members of his Cabinet took part in the campaigning.
“All had thought winning the two seats was tough (for the BJP). The Congress had won Kolaras by a margin of around 25,000 votes in 2013. We narrowed this gap to around 8,000 votes in the bypolls,” the chief minister said. “The Congress won Mungaoli by 22,000 votes in 2013. This time we lost to the Congress by around 2,100 votes.”
The chief minister expressed confidence that his party would win the Assembly polls, slated for later this year, with a comfortable majority. The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh since 2003.