Voting for the bye-election of two constituencies, Mungaoli and Kolaras in Madhya Pradesh have come to a close for the day with Mungaoli recording a 77.05% voter turnout while voter turnout for Kolaras was recorded at 70.40%, as reported by news agency ANI. Instances of EVM malfunctioning due to technical glitches were reported from both constituencies. Ahead of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections later this year, the byepolls are a litmus test for the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP government in the state. The two seats lie vacant following the demise of two Congress MLAs.
Campaigning for bye-election was marshalled by the top-ranked Congress and BJP leaders, including Chouhan and Jyotiraditya Scindia. The bye-elections are a major challenge for the Chouhan government, owing to farmer distress in the state. Last October, the Chouhan government launched the ‘Bhavantar-Yojana’ scheme, which pays farmers the difference between MSP and marketing prices.