A day after EC announced a two-phased polls for the Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh, ruling BJP and Congress in the state kickstarted their campaigns by trading charges against each other.
While the ruling party accused the Congress-led government at the Centre of adopting a discriminatory attitude towards the state in supplying coal for production of power, the Opposition has rejected the charges as a "mere political stunt with an eye on votes" in the next Lok Sabha elections.
As per the poll schedule announced on Monday, polling in Madhya Pradesh will be held in two phases on April 23 and April 30.
A total of 13 constituencies will go to polls on April 23 and these include Bhopal, Vidisha, Hoshangabad, Satna, Rewa, Sidhi, Shahdol (ST), Jabalpur, Balaghat, Chhindwara, Mandla (ST), Khajuraho and Betul (ST).
The other 16 constituencies which will go to the polls on April 30 are Morena, Bhind (SC), Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Damoh, Tikamgarh (SC), Rajgarh, Dewas (SC), Ujjain (SC), Mandsaur, Ratlam (ST), Dhar (ST), Indore, Khargone and Khandwa.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with BJP MPs had on Monday marched to the Rashtrapati Bhavan where they submitted a memorandum demanding adequate supply of coal to Madhya Pradesh.