MP Election Results 2023: BJP ahead; Congress not far behind, show early trends
MP assembly election results 2023: Counting of votes commenced at 8am amid tight security for 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh.
Early trends coming in from Madhya Pradesh show the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead of the Congress as the two parties are closely fighting with each other. The ruling BJP was ahead in 43 seats and the Congress in 42 seats as per trends available from the counting of postal ballots in elections to the Madhya Pradesh assembly.
Counting for the elections to the 230-member House, held on November 17, began at 8am on Sunday. A leading TV channel showed the BJP was ahead in 43 seats and Congress was leading in 42 seats. A poll official said postal ballots were counted between 8 am and 8.30 am, after which the counting of votes through EVMs began in the presence of officials and political parties' authorised agents.
A three-tier security arrangement has been put in place and only people holding valid passes will be allowed to enter the counting centres, election officials said.
The counting in MP is being held at 52 district headquarters, officials said.
As many as 2,533 candidates are in the fray, including political bigwigs like Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his predecessor and rival Kamal Nath, in a poll that was largely a bipolar battle between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.
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