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Assembly Elections 2018 Results highlights: Rahul Gandhi to decide on CM name in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh

Assembly Elections 2018 Results highlights: The reverses for the BJP in the Hindi heartland threw wide open the 2019 Lok Sabha elections which until a few months ago appeared to be in its grip.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 13, 2018 8:15:33 am
Assembly Elections 2018 Results LIVE updates: Assembly Elections 2018 Results highlights: Supporters of Congress party celebrate after poll results at the party headquarters in New Delhi (Express photo by Abhinav Saha)

Rajasthan, MP, Mizoram, Telangana, Chhattisgarh Election 2018 highlights: Bringing an end to its prolonged electoral losses since 2014, the Congress ousted the BJP to win Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. In Madhya Pradesh, the nail-biting contest reached its finale this morning after the Congress emerged as the single largest party with 114 seats and has approached the Governor to stake a claim to the government. Both Mayawati-led BSP and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party have offered support to the Congress. Three-time CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan conceded defeat and has tendered his resignation.

In Chhattisgarh, the Congress is back after 15 years with an absolute majority, while in Rajasthan the party fell two seats short of crossing the 101-majority mark. The reverses for the BJP in the Hindi heartland threw wide open the 2019 Lok Sabha elections which until a few months ago appeared to be in its grip. Follow Assembly Elections 2018 Results LIVE updates

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In the Assembly Elections 2018, Congress has won Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The question now remains: Who will be the CM? Read highlights

22:12 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh election results: Mallikarjun Kharge attends party meet in Raipur

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and CM candidate Bhupesh Baghel (left) during party meeting in Raipur, Chattisgarh. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

20:17 (IST)12 Dec 2018
BJP in MP, Rajasthan put up a good fight under PM Modi's leadership: Yogi Adityanath
20:12 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Zoramthanga to be sworn in as Mizoram CM on Saturday

Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga's oath-taking ceremony will be held on Saturday, say protocol department officials. The MNF returned to power in Mizoram by bagging 26 seats of the 40-member state legislature.

19:34 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Rahul Gandhi will decide CM face in Rajasthan: Congress

'Rahul Gandhi will take a decision tomorrow on who will be Rajasthan CM,' said Congress MLA Parsadi Lal Meena. The Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the state on Tuesday's vote count, winning 99 seats.

19:27 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Madhya Pradesh MLAs ask Rahul Gandhi to pick Congress legislature party leader

At a meeting in Bhopal, newly-elected Congress MLAs unanimously passed a resolution authorising Congress president Rahul Gandhi to name the new legislature party leader. "The resolution was moved by senior MLA Arif Aqueel and seconded by other MLAs. They passed it unanimously, authorising the Congress president to nominate the legislature party leader," state Congress media cell chairperson, Shobha Oza told reporters. Gandhi will be conveyed the decision of the newly-elected MLAs, after which he will name the CLP leader.

18:39 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Jyotiraditya Scindia tweets on decision taken by MLAs to let Rahul Gandhi chose the next CM
18:36 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Rahul Gandhi to decide who will be chief minister in MP

Congress leader Shobha Ozha announced that MLAs made a unanimous decision that party president Rahul Gandhi will decide who will be the Chief Minister in Madhya Pradesh. Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia are the likely contenders for the CM's post.

18:01 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Congress high command to decide on CM face for Madhya Pradesh
17:21 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Navjot Singh Sidhu on Congress' latest electoral victory
17:15 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Shivraj Singh Chouhan concedes defeat, reminds Rahul to sack CM if loan waiver not implemented

In a press conference today after conceding defeat to the Congress, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said he congratulated Kamal Nath on his party’s performance in the state elections, after deciding not to stake claim to form the government. “It’s true we didn’t get the majority (in the elections), and if anyone is responsible for the defeat, it is Shivraj Singh Chouhan,” the BJP stalwart said.

Recounting his party’s accomplishments in the 15 years, Chouhan thanked the people for allowing him and the party to serve them and said he is indebted to the state. Now in the opposition with 109 MLAs, Chouhan said the BJP is strong and responsible.

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17:04 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Victory over BJP’s negative politics: Congress leader Sonia Gandhi

Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi has described her party’s return to power in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, as a “Congress victory over the BJP’s negative politics”. Meanwhile, in a sign of burgeoning opposition unity, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati extended support to the Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, while the Samajwadi Party indicated that the party could join a grand alliance of opposition parties to take on the BJP in the 2019 polls.

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16:22 (IST)12 Dec 2018
We got more votes than Congress but won less number of seats: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

After handing over his resignation letter to the Governor, Shivraj Singh Chouhan told reporters that despite getting more number of votes than Congress the ruling party got less number of seats. In 2008, the BJP’s vote share was 38 per cent yet it got 143 seats. "It’s true that we did not get a majority," he said adding that the party did not stake claim to form the government because it lacked the numbers.

Insulating the Central leadership, he said the Central government supported the state government and both governments implemented several pro-people schemes. "If despite that we lost it means the blame goes to me. Maybe I lacked something," he said.

16:15 (IST)12 Dec 2018
State poll results destroy 'untenable theory of the Modi magic': Yashwant Sinha

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the election results of three key states - Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan - have destroyed the "untenable theory of the Modi magic" and expressed hope that the saffron party's debacle would propel the opposition parties to bond better for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls, reports PTI.

15:20 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Ram Madhav tweets in support of Chouhan despite electoral loss

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav stands by Shivraj Singh Chouhan even in party’s loss at the state elections.

15:13 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes responsibility for BJPs loss in MP

Three-time CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan tendered his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel earlier today and took complete responsibility of the party's defeat in the state. "I have submitted my resignation. The complete responsibility of (BJP's) defeat (in MP) is only mine," Chouhan told reporters outside Raj Bhavan. "Party workers worked hard, people also gave their love to us but we are short of numbers despite getting more
votes. I have congratulated Kamal Nath ji (state Congress president)," he was quoted as saying by PTI.

15:06 (IST)12 Dec 2018
K Chandrasekhar Rao elected as Telangana Rashtra Samithi party chief

Telangana Rashtra Samithi today elected K Chandrasekhar Rao as its party chief paving the way for his return as the Chief Minister of Telangana for the second time. The newly-elected MLAs met at the TRS headquarters and the decision was taken unanimously, the party sources said. In the assembly elections, the TRS won 88 seats in the 119-member House. Rao was re-elected from Gajwel in Siddipet district by a margin of 58,290 votes.

15:01 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Akhilesh Yadav extends support to Congress in MP

Samajwadi Party chief and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has extended his support to Congress. "We welcome the mandate. We didn't perform well but we would like to thank the public of Madhya Pradesh for supporting us. We have decided to support Congress in MP.  BJP has spread hatred and deceived the public, they will be given an answer in Lok Sabha elections," Yadav was quoted as saying by ANI. The Samajwadi Party won one seat in the recently concluded state polls.

14:48 (IST)12 Dec 2018
BSP chief Mayawati offers support to Congress in Madhya Pradesh

BSP chief Mayawati said that her party will extend support to the Congress to form the government in Madhya Pradesh to 'keep BJP out of power'. "We fought elections to keep the BJP out of power ... We do not agree with the philosophy of the Congress. But to keep the BJP out of power, we will extend it our support," she said in a statement. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also said that if the need arises, the BSP will support the Congress in Rajasthan to form the government, reported PTI.

14:21 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Rahul Gandhi to decide next Rajasthan CM: Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot front-runners

Congress legislature party (CLP) in Rajasthan Wednesday passed a resolution authorising party president Rahul Gandhi to decide the name of the chief minister. AICC General Secretary Avinash Pande and party's observer K C Venugopal sought the individual opinion of party MLAs in the meeting, which is still underway at the state Congress office in Jaipur.

State Congress chief Sachin Pilot and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, both front-runners for the post, are present in the meeting.

14:00 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Omar Abdullah pins BJP's losses on Prime Minister Modi

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah congratulated Rahul Gandhi for Congress' gains in the elections and also pinned the blame of BJP's losses on PM Modi. "Congratulations to the Congress & especially to its leader @RahulGandhi for the great success in these elections. He took the blame & the brickbats for all the set backs & now deserves the credit for these victories. It was nice to have something to celebrate on counting day. And for my friends in the BJP - you can’t blame @RahulGandhi for losing elections & not apply the same yardstick to Modi ji. If those were Rahul’s losses then these 3 heartland state losses belong to the Prime Minister & his policies," he tweeted

The Congress Tuesday dealt a body blow to the BJP in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh. Counting is still underway in the states. The outcome of the elections are significant as MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan account for 65 Lok Sabha seats of which the BJP had won 62 in 2014 when the Narendra Modi wave swept the Hindi heartland.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said the outcome was a "clear message" to the Modi government that people are not happy with it and time has come for a change. Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a massive mandate but refused to listen to "heartbeat of the country", Gandhi told reporters.

Prime Minister Modi said the BJP accepts' people's mandate with humility. Congratulating Congress, TRS and MNF, Modi on Twitter wrote, "Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today's results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India."

In Telangana, riding on K Chandrasekhar Rao's popular welfare schemes, the ruling TRS won a huge mandate. Mizoram upset the winning streak of Congress as the Mizo National Front defeated the Grand old party in the latter’s last bastion in Northeast.