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BJP appears set to retain power in MP

india Updated: Dec 08, 2008 13:01 IST
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The BJP on Monday appeared all set to retain power in Madhya Pradesh, leading in 81 seats out of the 126 for which trends were available in the 230-member Assembly.

The Congress was leading in 37 seats. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was ahead in Budhni while Uma Bharti's Bharatiya Janshakti Party was trailing in all the 216 seats it contested. Bharti herself is trailing in Tikamgarh.

BSP is leading in five, Samajwadi Party two and an independent candidate in one.

The Congress stalwarts who are trailing are leader of opposition Jamuna Devi (Kukshi), Subhash Yadav (Kahrawat), Hazari Lal Raghuvanshi (Seonimalwa).

BJP ministers Gauru Shankar Shejwar (Sanshi)and Kailash Chawla (Manasa) were also behind in the vote count.

The state had recorded a 60 per cent turnout of voters on November 27, just a day after the Mumbai terror attacks.