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.