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Madhya Pradesh Election Results 2018 highlights: With the help of BSP, Congress to form govt

Madhya Pradesh (MP) Vidhan Sabha Election Results 2018: The Congress Wednesday emerged the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh after winning 114 seats in the 230-member House.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 12, 2018 1:59:22 pm
Madhya Pradesh Election Results 2018 highlights: With the help of BSP, Congress to form govt Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2018: Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia outside Raj Bhavan in Bhopal on Wednesday (Express Photo/Anil Sharma)

The Congress Wednesday emerged the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh after winning 114 seats in the 230-member House. The party staked claim to form the government with support from the BSP, which won two seats. Incumbent Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan conceded defeat and resigned after the BJP was able to win only 109 seats.

The Congress made significant gains in the state after a neck-and-neck fight with the incumbent BJP. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had declared victory in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday evening, saying it was time for change and that the party would take forward the work of the previous government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, congratulated the Congress for its performance in the state. The state, which voted on November 28, saw 74.61 per cent turnout — the highest Madhya Pradesh has registered in recent times. In the previous election in 2013, the BJP had won 165 seats while the Congress got 58.

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Highlights from the Madhya Pradesh (MP) Assembly Election Results 2018.

12:40 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Shivraj meets Governor, tenders resignation

Shivraj Singh Chouhan has resigned as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. Fourth time unlucky, voter fatigue dethrones Shivraj Singh Chouhan

(ANI Photo)

12:17 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Kamal Nath reaches Raj Bhawan

Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has invited senior Congress leaders to form the government. Kamal Nath, Digvijay Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia, among others, have reached Raj Bhawan in Bhopal to meet the Governor. The BSP and the SP have lent support to the Congress to help secure majority seats in the House.

(Express Photo/Anil Sharma)

11:27 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Akhilesh Yadav extends support to Congress in Madhya Pradesh

The Samajwadi Party, which won one seat in Madhya Pradesh, has extended support to the Congress to help form the government in Madhya Pradesh. With two BSP seats, one SP seat and its own 114 seats, the Congress has a clear majority of 117 seats in the 230-member House.

11:18 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Shivraj Singh Chouhan concedes defeat, resigns as CM

Incumbent Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has conceded defeat. "We did not get majority. We will not stake claim to form the government," he says, adding that he will tender his resignation to the Governor.  

11:15 (IST)12 Dec 2018
BSP extends support to Congress

The BSP has extended support to the Congress, to help it cross the halfway mark and form the government. Mayawati said the party doesn't always agree with the Congress' ideology, but will support it to help keep the BJP out of power in the state. The BSP's two seats and the Congress' 114 will help garner a majority of 116 seats in the 230-member House. The Congress is likely to stake claim to form the government shortly. 

09:31 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Congress single largest party in Madhya Pradesh

The Congress has emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh after winning 114 seats in the 230-member House. The BJP has won 109 seats, while the BSP has won one seat and Independents four.

08:09 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Why is counting for the Madhya Pradesh elections so slow?!

The slow counting of votes is because of a combination of procedural reasons. According to EC sources, the delay is due to four factors: increase in votes cast through postal ballot, mandatory tallying of EVM count with VVPAT slips, wafer-thin margins in Madhya Pradesh and a cautious approach adopted to avoid the embarrassment suffered during Nagaland polls this year.  Read our full story here

08:05 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Tally: Congress 113, BJP 109, Others 5

The Congress has won 113 seats, while the BJP has won 109. The BSP has one seat while other candidates have taken four seats. Counting for one seat is underway.

07:10 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Final tally to be declared, Congress has 112 seats, BJP 108

Good morning! Four seats are still being counted for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections. Stay tuned, we'll bring you the final numbers shortly. Right now, the Congress has won 112 seats while the BJP has won 108 seats. 

03:16 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Congress has won, wrote to Guv to prove our majority: Kamal Nath
00:29 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Counting concludes in 215 assembly constituencies: Sources at Election Commission
00:27 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Appointment will be given only after EC clears: MP Governor House
00:11 (IST)12 Dec 2018
Wait for final results may go up to 3 am: Election Commission sources
23:22 (IST)11 Dec 2018
Congress seeks appointment with MP Governor Anandiben Patel after declaration of results

The Congress party sought an appointment with the Governor of Madhya Pradesh Anandiben Patel to apprise her about the foundation of the government in the state. State party president Kamal Nath wrote in its letter to the Governor apprising that the party has emerged as the single largest party with majority support and sought an appointment with the Governor late tonight, soon after the results are declared.

22:48 (IST)11 Dec 2018
Congress, BJP headed for photo finish in Madhya Pradesh

The latest trends show both the Congress and the BJP leading in 44 seats each, with the former winning 69 seats and the latter, 66. The majority mark in the 230-member house is 116. With neither party seeming to get majority, the BSP may be the kingmaker for government formation. 

Madhya Pradesh trends

22:20 (IST)11 Dec 2018
'Congratulations to the Congress': PM tweets

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Congress Tuesday on the results of Assembly elections in three states- Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan-where the opposition party is leading over the BJP.

The Prime Minister says the BJP "accepts the people’s mandate with humility", thanking the people of the three North Indian states that had been the party's bastion.

21:49 (IST)11 Dec 2018
Shivraj Singh Chauhan wins Budhni

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has won from the Budhni constituency, with 123492 votes, ahead of Congress' Arun Subhashchandra. The BJP, however, is leading in 109 seats in the state, behind the Congress, which is leading in 114 seats. 

21:08 (IST)11 Dec 2018
BJP's Yashodhara Raje Scindia wins

BJP's Yashodhara Raje Scindia wins from Shivpuri constituency with a margin of 28,748 votes. 

20:36 (IST)11 Dec 2018
Congress leader AK Antony appointed as Madhya Pradesh observer

The Congress has apointed senior leader and former Defence Minister  AK Antony as the central observor in Madhya Pradesh, where the party is inching closer to victory, according to latest trends by the Election Commission. The Congress is leading in 112 seats in the 230-member house, while the BJP is leading in 111 seats. The halfway mark is 116

20:10 (IST)11 Dec 2018
Meanwhile, in Telangana, TRS paints the town pink

K Chandrashekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has swept the state. For the BJP, more than losing the election, the fact that these numbers put its dream to enter southern India on hold should be of greater concern.

Madhya Pradesh (MP) Assembly Election Results 2018 Madhya Pradesh (MP) Assembly Election Results 2018: State Congress chief Kamal Nath has predicted that the party will get at least 140 seats to form a majority government. (File Photo)

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Buoyed by the Congress' good showing in the polls that was dubbed as a semi-final for the 2019 general elections, party president Rahul Gandhi said the outcome is a "clear message" to the Modi government that people are not happy with it and time has come for a change.

The BJP was battling anti-incumbency in Madhya Pradesh, after governing the state for 15 years. Following the exit polls, the party has been in touch with potential winners among independent candidates as well as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). A senior leader had told The Indian Express, "MP does not have a history of a fractured mandate but the exit polls have induced a sense of anxiety in the party. We are doing everything that it takes to be in the race." The BJP had expelled more than 50 party functionaries who defied the party line by filing their nomination as Independents.

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The Congress was eager to wrest power from the saffron party and gain ground in the Hindi heartland. The party's narrative in Madhya Pradesh was largely state-centric, down to constituency-level issues in most places. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the party for bringing in gaushala and gau mutra in its manifesto, saying "it worships the cow in Madhya Pradesh but allows its leaders to eat beef in Kerala", Congress president Rahul Gandhi raised issues from demonetisation to the Rafale deal in his speeches in Madhya Pradesh. He targeted the Prime Minister for “betraying” the people and used the slogan “chowkidar chor hai (the watchman is a thief)” repeatedly to attack him.