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Madhya Pradesh election results Highlights: Rahul Gandhi likely to decide on next Madhya Pradesh CM tomorrow

Madhya Pradesh assembly election results 2018 Highlights: The Congress has emerged as the single largest party with 114 seats in the state. The BSP and SP have extended support to the party to form government .

By HT Correspondent | Dec 13, 2018 11:59 IST
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The much awaited results for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections were declared on Tuesday, along with those of Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

Counting of votes for the November 28 elections began at 8am. The lections to the five states are being touted as the semi-final to the Lok Sabha polls 2019, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek re-election.

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Exit polls had predicted an edge-of-the-seat thriller in Madhya Pradesh, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress locked in a neck-and-neck race. And it just turned out to be true, with both the parties in a tight race to the 116-majority mark.

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Battling anti-incumbency of 15 years, incumbent chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan hopes to retain power for the fourth time in a row. The Congress on the other hand, is banking on the triple anti-incumbency faced by the BJP government and hopes to storm back to power in the state which was once its bastion.

In the 2013 election, the BJP had bagged 165 seats while the Congress had come a distant second with 58 seats in its kitty.

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Madhya Pradesh had registered a voter turnout of around 75% in the November 28 assembly polls.

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10:20 pm IST

CM likely to be announced tomorrow

Congress president Rahul Gandhi likely to decide on make a decision on next CM tomorrow.

8:25 pm IST

Congress delegation meets Governor Anandiben Patel

A 5-member delegation of Congress party, including Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh, met Governor Anandiben Patel today to stake their claim to form government in Madhya Pradesh.

6:30 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi to decide Madhya Pradesh CM, says Shobha Oza

“Congress legislators at their meeting unanimously resolved to authorise Congress president Rahul Gandhi to nominate the leader of the CLP” said Shobha Oza, Congress leader in Bhopal.

5:20 pm IST

Visuals from the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting in Bhopal

3:38 pm IST

Next step to prepare for 2019 LS polls: Chouhan

Next step would be to prepare for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections so that the BJP comes back under PM Modi’s leadership,says Chouhan.

3:36 pm IST

‘The new govt should fulfil promises it made’

Would request the new government to fulfil the promises it made to the people as Rahul ji had promised to change the CM if loans are not waived within 10 days: Chouhan

3:34 pm IST

Request new govt to continue programmes related to welfare of people: Chouhan

Would request the new government to continue the plans and programmes related to farmers and others that our government: Chouhan

3:32 pm IST

‘Only I am responsible for the defeat’

It’s true we didn’t get the expected results and the only one responsible for this is me....The blame lies with me but I would like to thank everyone who cooperated with me.

3:27 pm IST

Salute party workers who worked very hard in these polls: Chouhan

Thousands of workers worked very hard in these elections, I salute them. I want to thank people for their love: Chouhan

3:25 pm IST

‘Tried to run the state as a servant’: Shivraj

Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is addressing the media. Says, “I tried to run the state not as a CM but as a servant of the state”

2:51 pm IST

Akhilesh Yadav thanks people of MP for supporting Samajwadi Party

Akhilesh Yadav, former UP chief minister thanks people of Madhya Pradesh for supporting Samajwadi Party, reports ANI. “We welcome the mandate. We didn’t perform well but we would like to thank the public of Madhya Pradesh for supporting us. We have decided to support Congress in MP. BJP has spread hatred and deceived public, they will be given an answer in LS elections”, said Yadav

2:00 pm IST

It’ll be a privilege, says Scindia on CM’s post

Asked if he is open to taking on the post of chief minister, Scindia said, “Of course, it will be a privilege”

1:55 pm IST

People have taken revenge from the BJP: Jyotiraditya Scindia

People have taken revenge from the BJP for their failure to meet promises, says Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia

1:15 pm IST

Kamal Nath meets Shivraj Chouhan

Congress leader Kamal Nath has reached outgoing chief minister Shivraj Singh Chuohan to meet him. Chouhan had earlier tendered his resignation after the results of assembly elections were announced and Congress emerged as the single largest party in the state.

12:55 pm IST

Congress has staked claim to form govt: ANI

Narendra Saluja of Congress said after the party’s delegation met the Governor that Congress has staked claim to form the government. “We have met Governor and staked claim to form government; we have the support of 122 MLAs, the situation is clear.’ : ANI 

12:38 pm IST

Congress delegation leaves after meeting Guv Patel

Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Digvijaya Singh, Vivek Tankha, Suresh Pachauri, Arun Yadav left Raj Bhavan after meeting Governor Anandiben Patel.

12:35 pm IST

Kamal Nath submits list of 121 MLAs to Governor: Sources

Congress’ Kamal Nath submitted to the Governor a list of 121 MLAs including 114 Congress MLAs, 4 independent MLAs, 2 BSP and 1 SP MLA while staking his claim to forming government: Congress sources

12:28 pm IST

Visual of earlier meeting between Shivraj Chouhan and Governor Patel

12:18 pm IST

Congress had submitted to Guv on Tuesday night

The Congress had on Tuesday night submitted a letter to the Governor seeking an appointment, after results were announced and it was almost clear that it will emerge as the single largest party.

12:02 pm IST

Kamal Nath reaches Raj Bhawan

Congress leader Kamal Nath reaches Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Anandiben Patel

11:50 am IST

Congress party meeting at 4 pm

Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza said, Kamal Nath will meet former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan at 1 pm as a courtesy visit. The party will have a meeting of MLAs at 4 pm . AK Antony is going to MP as party observer and after that, the party will speak to Congress president Rahul Gandhi: ANI

11:48 am IST

MP governor invites Congress for talks

Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel invites Congress for talks at Raj Bhawan at noon: PTI

11:47 am IST

‘We don’t believe in politics of jod-tod’: Chouhan

Chouhan says “we don’t believe in politics of ‘jod-tod’. None have got mandate but since we have also not mandate, we didn’t stake claim to forming the government.”

11:45 am IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes responsibility for defeat in MP

After tendering resignation, Shivraj Singh Chouhan says he is free now; says responsibility for defeat in MP is ‘totally his’.

11:35 am IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan resigns

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has resigned: PTI

11:24 am IST

Samajwadi Party to support Congress in MP: Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav says Samajwadi Party is extending support to the Congress to form government in Madhya Pradesh

11:20 am IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan reaches Raj Bhawan

Shivraj Singh Chouhan reaches Raj Bhawan to tender his resignation

11:14 am IST

Kamal Nath-led Cong delegation to meet Guv at 12 noon

A Congress delegation, led by senior party leader Kamal Nath, to meet the MP Governor at 12 noon today.

11:12 am IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan says he accepts the verdict, will give resignation

Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the BJP has accepted the assembly election results verdict. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday morning, he said the party won’t stake claim to form the government and he is going to the Governor House to tender his resignation.

10:43 am IST

BSP to support Congress in MP, says Mayawati

Even though we don’t agree with many of Congress’s policies, we have agreed to support them in Madhya Pradesh and if need be in Rajasthan : Mayawati

10:42 am IST

BSP surpemo Mayawati addressing media

Results show that people in states like Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh were totally against the BJP and its anti-people policies and as a result chose Congress due to lack of other major alternatives , says Mayawati: ANI

10:40 am IST

Cong to stake claim in MP, delegation to meet governor at 12 noon

Congress delegation to meet Madhya Pradesh Governor at 12 noon to stake claim to form government: ANI

10:17 am IST

BJP leaders meet at Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence

A meeting of BJP leaders is underway at Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence in Bhopal. Kailash Vijayvargiya, Rakesh Singh, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Narendra Singh Tomar are present at the meeting: ANI

8:55 am IST

Congress workers celebrate Assembly Elections results in Delhi

8:25 am IST

Counting of votes ends

Counting of votes in Madhya Pradesh assembly election ends. Congress has emerged as single largest party with 114 seats followed by BJP with 109 seats. Bahujan Samaj Party got two seats, Samajwadi Party got one while Independents won on four seats.

2:50 am IST

Kamal Nath claims Congress victory

Congress leader, Kamal Nath said with utmost happiness, I wish to inform you that Congress has won clear majority. We have written a letter to the Governor to invite us so that we can prove our majority before him.

12:50 am IST

Shivraj Chouhan’s brother-in-law beaten by Cong rebel

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s brother-in-law Sanjay Singh Masani, a Congress candidate from Waraseoni seat lost the election. He could get only 11657 votes and was placed on fourth position. The Congress rebel Pradeep Jaiswal who contested as an independent candidate won the seat by more than 3800 votes defeating his nearest rival BJP candidate.

11:30 pm IST

Governor asks Congress to wait for final tally by EC

In response to Congress’s demand for appointment to stake claim to form government, governor house said, “An appointment will be given only after the situation is made clear by the Election Commission.”

11:20 pm IST

Congress in a hurry, should wait for final results: BJP

Madhya Pradesh BJP general secy VD Sharma on Congress party seeking appointment with the Governor to stake claims to form govt in state: They are in a hurry, the final result has not come yet. They should wait, when the final results come, BJP will be the one with the majority.

11:05 pm IST

Congress largest party in MP, has support of independents: Kamal Nath

In letter to governor, Kamal Nath said that the Congress has “emerged the single largest party with majority support”. “All the independents have in addition assured support to the Congress party,” he said, in a letter staking claim to form the next government. So far, three independents have won and another one is leading.

11:05 pm IST

Congress stakes claim to form government in Madhya Pradesh

Congress party seeks an appointment late tonight with the Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel to stake claim to form the govt. The party has sought appointment by sending an email and a fax too.

10:10 pm IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan wins Budhni constituency

Shivraj Singh Chouhan wins Budhni constituency with a margin of 58,999 votes.

10 pm IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates assembly election winners

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Congress, KCR and the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their victories. 

 

 

9:30 pm IST

Results not as expected: Arun Jaitley

I think result was certainly not as expected&it’s an opportunity to pause and analyse, for results were not as per expected. In both Chhattisgarh&MP we were in power for 15 yrs&we have done well. I don’t think there was aniti-incumbency but fatigue factor does come in: Arun Jaitley, Union finance minister.

9:20 pm IST

Ex-minister and Congress’s Bisahulal Singh wins from Anuppur

Former minister and Congress candidate Bisahulal Singh has won from Anuppur Assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh, defeating BJP’s Ramlal Rautel by 11,561 votes, as per the Election Commission.

9:10 pm IST

BJP’s Yashodhara Raje Scindia wins from Shivpuri

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

BJP’s Yashodhara Raje Scindia wins from Shivpuri constituency with a margin of 28,748 votes. ( ANI/Twitter )
8:50 pm IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence wears a deserted look

Outgoing chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence wears a deserted look. ( Mujeeb Faruqui/HT )
8:30 pm IST

AK Antony appointed Congress’s observer in Madhya Pradesh

Congress leaders AK Antony and Mallikarjun Kharge have been appointed as observers for Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, respectively.

7:30 pm IST

Counting expected to be completed by 10 pm

Chief electoral officer VL Kantharao says counting is expected to be completed by 10 pm and all the results are expected to be declared by 11-12 at night. Counting on about 100 seats still remain to be completed. Only 2 to 8 rounds of counting remain.

“We are maintaining utmost transparency in the counting and there are not many objections”, said Kantharao. “The results are declared after about two hours of counting so as to give enough time to candidates to submit their objections, if any,” he added.

7:26 pm IST

Congress workers celebrate in Bhopal

7:12 pm IST

Stalin congratulates Rahul Gandhi and Congress

“I congratulate Rahul Gandhi and Congress party for the excellent performance in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and MP,” Stalin tweets. “These results will reinforce our fight against the fascist BJP regime and help in strengthening the grand alliance.”

7:08 pm IST

Results show BJP’s popularity is diminishing: Rajinikanth

I have seen the election results of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana. The results show that the BJP’s popularity is diminishing. Of course, it is a setback for the national party. People of Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Mizoram have signalled the path for a fresh beginning: Rajinikanth

7:00 pm IST

Countdown of Modi govt’s fall has begun: Kejriwal

“The countdown of the Modi government’s fall has begun,” Kejriwal tweeted.

6:58 pm IST

UPA-3 will become a reality: Shankersinh Vaghela

Voters rejected BJP’s false promises. I am sure that anti-BJP parties would form the government by winning around 320 Lok Sabha seats. UPA-3 will become a reality, and I am sure that a government with 20-25 parties would perform far better than the present BJP government at the Centre: Shankersinh Vaghela.

6:57 pm IST

PM only gave speeches: Shankersinh Vaghela

He (PM) only gave speeches during his four-and-half-years of tenure. A PM is supposed to run the country, not campaign for his party on taxpayers’ money. He thinks that people will vote the BJP because of him, not because of the chief ministers. But voters rejected him this time: Former Gujarat Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela.

6:56 pm IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan wins

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wins from Budhni assembly constituency. He defeated his nearest rival Congress’ Arun Yadav.

6:55 pm IST

BJP had an arrogance that it can win polls using money power: Shankersinh Vaghela

This poll result is a trailer of the 2019 general elections. This anti-BJP trend will continue in the Lok Sabha polls. BJP had an arrogance that it can win polls using money power. This defeat is a big slap on the BJP’s face by the voters, who have kept alive the spirit of democracy: Former Gujarat Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela

6:50 pm IST

Results show people’s support for Congress ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Chavda

Today’s results show Rahul ji’s leadership got converted into result-oriented success. Whether it is Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh or Madhya Pradesh, it is clear people have accepted Rahul ji’s leadership. People have rejected Modi and once again blessed the Congress under Rahul ji’s leadership. The results show people’s support for the party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In coming times, Congress will again gain people’s support across the country: Amit Chavda

6:49 pm IST

Trailer of BJP’s defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda

This is a trailer of the BJP’s defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The entire country will repose its trust in the Congress and will show the BJP the picture of defeat. Today, Rahul ji completes one year as Congress president. Under his leadership, he organised, guided and encouraged party supporters not just to seek power but to respect and fight for the rights of the people: Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda

6:46 pm IST

Trends show mood of the nation: Naveen Patnaik

I congratulate Congress and MNF for their success. It clearly shows the mood of the nation. These states are pre-dominantly agrarian states and the BJP government at the Centre has more or less ignored the Swaminathan report recommendations and loan problems of farmers: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, reports ANI.

6:44 pm IST

BJP made hollow promises: Sidhu

Congress is like sugarcane, solid and sweet, but the BJP is akin to a bamboo tree, tall but hollow. And that hollowness, reflected in a poor man’s bank accounts, bullet train projects, jobs promised, inadequate houses built and in skill-development programme... Modi and his party fought the election on the plank of bringing back black money, but what happened: Navjot Sidhu

6:43 pm IST

Flood of public support for Rahul Gandhi: Sidhu

This is a flood of public support and people have created a foundation for Rahul Gandhi to become the next PM. This is also an indication of the change people seek and the resentment they have been harbouring for the BJP: Navjot Sidhu.

6:42 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi ‘man of the match’ and ‘man of the series’: Sidhu

Our leader (Rahul Gandhi) has led the team well through the campaign, and results are coming accordingly. We did things right and Rahul Gandhi is the ‘man of the match’ and ‘man of the series’: Navjot Sidhu

6:40 pm IST

People angry with BJP: Sidhu

People’s anger have come out. Tall and false promises were made to them and those promises were not kept, whether on the issue of farmers, housing for the poor, bringing back black money stashed abroad or even skill development: Navjot Sidhu

6:24 pm IST

Neck-and-neck fight between BJP and Congress

BJP leading in 75 seats, won 35 (total 110) and Congress leading in 65 seats and won 46 (total 111). Others are leading in 6 seats and won 3 (total 9).

6:18 pm IST

People have rejected the divisive and communal politics of BJP: J&K Congress

Jammu and Kashmir Congress president GA Mir says people have “rejected the divisive and communal” politics of BJP.

6:09 pm IST

Watch: Now people understand ‘jumlebaazi’ has no reality, says Shashi Tharoor

5:47 pm IST

Victory of humanity: Kapil Sibal

This is the victory of Rahul Gandhi, our party, workers, people, and the fight against scams. This is the victory of humanity: Kapil Sibal, Congress

5:44 pm IST

Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Aakash wins

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Aakash wins from Indore-3 constituency with a margin of 7,000 votes, reports ANI.

5:43 pm IST

Moment of celebration: Amarinder Singh

At the same time, people were desperate to see an end to the vicious cycle of communal hatred and violence unleashed by the BJP-led regime. It is a moment of celebration not just for the Congress but also for the people of this country: Amarinder Singh

5:42 pm IST

Results reflect mood of the nation: Amarinder Singh

The results are a sign of the mood of the nation, which saw in Rahul the youthful change it needed to bring India back on the track of development, which had been the hallmark of the previous UPA regime under former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh: Amarinder Singh

5:40 pm IST

People want positive change: Amarinder Singh

The results have clearly shown that the people of India were now fed up of the destructive and anti-development policies of the Narendra Modi Government and want a positive change: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh

5:37 pm IST

‘Farmers’ anger led to BJP’s poor performance’

The dual nature of BJP leaders while dealing with grievances and woes of farmers led to its poor performance in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Farmers in both states were angry over agricultural policy decisions adopted by the BJP governments. There has been agricultural distress in both BJP-ruled states in the last five years: Shekhar Dixit, president of Rashtriya Kisan Manch.

5:35 pm IST

Rahul is like a captain guiding a ship in choppy waters: Sidhu

It was a united effort in preparing and campaigning for polls. The leader at the top was inspiring everybody. Rahul ji has exhibited great character in a time of crisis, like a captain guiding a ship in choppy waters: Navjot Singh Sidhu

5:30 pm IST

People’s courage needs to be recognised: Uddhav

While political parties keep winning and losing elections and the winner should be congratulated, people’s courage needs to be recognised in the elections to these five states: Uddhav Thackeray

5:28 pm IST

Uddhav Thackeray congratulates voters

I congratulate the courage of the voters who did not think about the useless question of who would be the choice (to the ruling parties in five states). They (voters) did not think about EVMs, distribution of money, hooliganism or who would be the alternative to all of this, but rejected those they did not want. True courage is not worrying about future. The courage of voters has shown the country the way forward: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

5:25 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi deserves accolades: Milind Deora

Mandir-masjid politics might win prime time TV spots, not elections. Rahul Gandhi faced brickbats for previous Congress defeats. Today, he deserves bouquets in equal measure: Congress leader Milind Deora

5:23 pm IST

Need to take results seriously: Sanjay Kakade

There are 65 MPs from these states, of which 62 are of BJP and three are of Congress. We need to take the results seriously: Sanjay Kakade

5:22 pm IST

Introspection required: Sanjay Kakade

The shocking result is of Madhya Pradesh. It looks like we have deviated from the development promises made ahead of 2014 general elections. Despite having Modi, Amit Shah and a strong network of RSS in Madhya Pradesh, if the performance is negative, it means some introspection is required: Sanjay Kakade

5:20 pm IST

Warning bell for us ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Kakade

The decisive trends in these four major states are a warning bell for us ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. If we do not learn from it, it will be difficult for us. I have personally surveyed these four states. I am not surprised with the losses in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan: Sanjay Kakade

5:18 pm IST

BJP should stick to development agenda: Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Kakade

I am of the opinion that BJP should stick to development agenda and not to caste, changing names of cities, or temple. We need to revert to the track of development. What the BJP has been doing so far is mandir-masjid, changing names of cities, caste politics. Even if we win MP with a slender margin, I will call it our defeat: BJP Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Kakade

5:15 pm IST

Deve Gowda’s jibe at BJP

At least now, BJP should put some efforts to make this nation ‘problem-free’ and stop the unwanted travel-spree: Deve Gowda

5:14 pm IST

People have made this nation arrogance-free: Deve Gowda

The intentions of making India ‘Congress-free’ and ‘opposition-free’ shows the arrogance of BJP. People have made this nation ‘arrogance-free’ by voting out BJP: Deve Gowda

5:11 pm IST

Shiv Sena will have to think about joining forces with BJP: Prithviraj Chavan

The Shiv Sena will have to seriously think about joining forces with the BJP: Prithviraj Chavan

5:10 pm IST

Illusion is over: Maharashtra Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan

He (Modi) had poured promises and shown dreams to the people. That illusion is over as the results have only affirmed it. All these victories are of the Congress. However, in Telangana, the results were not as desired: Senior Maharashtra Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan.

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5:08 pm IST

Congress open to post-poll alliances:

Some alliances may not have worked out before the polls for several reasons. The Congress leadership is open to post-poll alliances wherever necessary. The SP, BSP and some Congress rebels can be brought together after consulting the local leadership: Ashok Chavan

5:07 pm IST

Victory of democracy over dictatorship: Ashok Chavan

This is a victory of democracy over dictatorship, of politics of brotherhood over the politics of hatred. With the support of farmers and labourers, this anti-people BJP government stood defeated. Resignation given by the RBI governor yesterday and the collapse of the sensex today is an indicator of how the impact of BJP’s bad governance is being seen everywhere: Ashok Chavan

5:06 pm IST

BJP govt benefitted only industrialists: Ashok Chavan

The Modi wave has faded. No impact of Modi’s charisma was seen anywhere in the polls. The BJP government used its power to transfer benefit only to a select industrialists. Now, people have rejected this form of governance: Ashok Chavan

5:04 pm IST

Congress will return to power in 2019: Ashok Chavan

The Congress will return to power in 2019. Modi ji jaanewale hai, Rahul ji aanewale hai. This trend will continue. We will see it in Maharashtra soon. The Devendra Fadnavis government will fall: Ashok Chavan

5:02 pm IST

Victory of people’s power over money power, says Ashok Chavan

I congratulate Rahul Gandhi on behalf of Maharashtra Congress. Because of his leadership, we have defeated the BJP in three states. This is a victory of ‘Jan Shakti’ (people’s power) over ‘dhan shakti’ (money power). In the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, BJP’s ‘gharwapsi’ (defeat) is certain: Maharashtra Congress unit president Ashok Chavan, reports PTI.

4:57 pm IST

5-0 defeat of BJP: NCP

It is in face a 5-0 defeat of the BJP. People have voted against the arrogance of leaders of the BJP. The way the BJP has tasted defeat in its own states, it portends its farewell in the 2019 polls: NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik, reports PTI.

4:50 pm IST

CM’s house wears deserted look

4:40 pm IST

‘Congress inching towards victory’

4:34 pm IST

Our people and institutions must remain independent: Mamata

Let us cherish the ‘idea of India’ for which our freedom fighters laid down their lives. Our people and our great institutions must strive to remain “independent”, in the true sense of the word, Mamata tweets.

4:32 pm IST

Victory of democracy, says Mamata

People voted against BJP. This is the people’s verdict and victory of the people of this country. Victory of democracy and victory against injustice, atrocities, destruction of institutions, misuse of agencies, no work for poor people, farmers, youth, Dalits, SC, ST, OBC, minorities and general caste, tweets Mamata Banerjee.

4:30 pm IST

Mamata Banerjee congratulates winners

Mamata Banerjee tweets, “Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states. This is a real democratic indication of 2019 final match. Ultimately, people are always the ‘man of the match’ of democracy. My congrats to the winners.”

4:20 pm IST

BSE Sensex closes 190 points higher

Short-covering, along with supportive global cues and chances of BJP retaining power in Madhya Pradesh buoyed Indian stock exchanges on Tuesday after a volatile trade session, with the S&P BSE Sensex closing 190 points higher, reports IANS.

4:10 pm IST

Congress leading in 115 seats, BJP in 105

As per latest trends, Congress is leading in 115 seats and BJP in 105. Mayawati’s BSP is leading in four seats and others in six.

4:02 pm IST

Congress wins Bhopal North

Arif Aqueel of Congress wins from Bhopal North beating BJP’s lone Muslim candidate Fatima Siddiqui.

4:00 pm IST

Delhi BJP headquarters deserted

A deserted BJP headquarters at Delhi’s DDU Marg. ( Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo )
3:52 pm IST

More security at Delhi BJP headquarters

Delhi Police special unit personnel being deployed at the BJP headquarters at Delhi’s DDU Marg. ( Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo )
3:42 pm IST

Congress’s Gyarsilal Rawat beats minister Antar Singh Arya

Gyarsilal Rawat of Congress beats minister Antar Singh Arya from Sendhwa in Barwani district.

3:40 pm IST

Samajwadi Party wins Bijawar

Rajesh Shukla of Samajwadi Party wins from Bijawar in Chhatarpur.

3:30 pm IST

Jagdish Devra of BJP wins from Malhargarh

Jagdish Devra of BJP wins from Malhargarh in Mandsaur district. Pipliyamandi where five agitating farmers were shot dead in June 2017 falls in this constituency.

3:20 pm IST

Congress workers celebrate in Bhopal

Congress supporters celebrate at the party headquarters in Bhopal. ( Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo )
3:10 pm IST

Watch: People were disappointed with BJP, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

3:00 pm IST

Four results declared, all won by BJP

Four results declared in Madhya Pradesh so far. All four won by BJP. Amar Singh Chitrangi from Rewa district, Dilip Kumar Makwana from Ratlam rural, Shailendra Jain from Sagar and Chetan Kashyap from Ratlam city have won.

2:50 pm IST

Trends give a clear indication for change: Jyotiraditya Scindia

The trends give a clear indication for change. I expect all Congress men to rise up to the expectations of the people, tweets Jyotiraditya Scindia.

2:40 pm IST

14 ministers trailing

As many 14 ministers of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan cabinet are trailing in their respective constituencies. Thirteen ministers are leading as per the trend so far. BJP had denied tickets to 5 ministers.

2:30 pm IST

Akhilesh Yadav’s jibe at BJP

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said when “one and one come together, it makes 11”. In a tweet, he said, “Jab ek aur ek milkar bante hai gyaarah, tab badey bado ki satta ho jaati hai nau do gyaarah (when one and one come together, it makes 11, and the power of the bigwigs eventually fade away).”

2:22 pm IST

BJP ahead in 112 seats, Congress in 108

BJP ahead in 112 seats, Congress leading in 108 seats, BSP four and others six, according to latest trends.

2:16 pm IST

BJP wins Ratlam city

First seat declared; BJP’s Chetan Kashyap wins from Ratlam city.

2:10 pm IST

BJP, Congress lead in 110 seats each

BJP and Congress lead in 110 seats each, BSP leads in four and others in six, according to latest trends.

2:08 pm IST

BJP Rajya Sabha MP critical of party

I knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, but trends in Madhya Pradesh have come as a surprise. I think we forgot the issue of development that PM Narendra Modi took up in 2014. Ram Mandir, statues and name changing became the focus: Sanjay Kakade, BJP Rajya Sabha MP, reports ANI.

2:04 pm IST

BJP leads in 114 seats, Congress 106

BJP leads in 114 seats, Congress in 106, BSP four and others six, according to latest trends.

2:02 pm IST

Congress workers celebrate in Ludhiana

2:00 pm IST

Hoarding outside state Congress HQ at Bhopal

1:50 pm IST

BJP too reaching out to smaller parties

Sources say BJP is also reaching out to the smaller parties in MP.

1:48 pm IST

Congress in talks with BSP, SP and GGP

Sources confirm Congress has started talks with BSP, Samajwadi Party and Gondwana Ganatantra Party in Madhya Pradesh.

1:36 pm IST

Watch: Despite trends showing tough fight, Congress celebrates in MP

1:32 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi meets Sonia

Congress president Rahul Gandhi reaches Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence, reports ANI.

1:30 pm IST

BJP’s wrong policies have destroyed the country: Ramgopal Yadav

BJP’s wrong policies have destroyed the country and this is a result of that. Any talk of an alliance will be done once the whole picture is clear: Ramgopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party, reports ANI.

1:28 pm IST

Congress workers celebrate in Kolkata

1:26 pm IST

Digvijay Singh arrives at party HQ

Congress leader Digvijay Singh arrives at state party headquarters in Bhopal.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh at the state party headquarters in Bhopal. ( Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo )
1:20 pm IST

Watch: Bure din jane wale hain, Rahul Gandhi ane wale hain, says Navjot Sidhu

1:16 pm IST

Both BJP, Congress lead in 110 seats each

Both BJP and Congress are leading in 110 seats each, BSP in five seats, and others in five seats, according to latest trends.

1:12 pm IST

Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh trailing

Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh assembly, Ajay Singh, is trailing from Churhat seat in Satna district, reports PTI.

1:11 pm IST

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s nephew Anoop Mishra trailing

Former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s nephew Anoop Mishra, who contested the election on a BJP ticket, is trailing from Bhitarwar seat in Gwalior district by 502 votes, an election official said, reports PTI.

1:10 pm IST

Minister Rampal Singh trailing

Minister Rampal Singh is trailing by 1,193 votes in Silvani seat in Raisen district, reports PTI.

1:09 pm IST

Ministers Deepak Joshi, Vijay Shah trailing

Minister Deepak Joshi is behind by 4,219 votes in Hatpipliya seat in Dewas district, while Vijay Shah is also trailing by a margin of 1,304 votes in Harsud seat in Khandwa, reports PTI.

1:08 pm IST

Ministers Om Prakash Dhurve, Antar Singh Arya trailing

Minister Om Prakash Dhurve is at third place in Shahpura seat of Dindori district, while Antar Singh Arya is trailing by 3,626 votes in Sendhwa seat in Barwani district, reports PTI.

1:07 pm IST

Ministers Balkrishna Patidar, Lal Singh Arya trailing

Minister Balkrishna Patidar is trailing in Khargone by a margin of 44 votes, while Lal Singh Arya is lagging behind by a margin 3,039 votes from Gohad seat in Bhind district, reports PTI.

1:06 pm IST

Ministers Narottam Mishra, Rustam Singh trailing

State minister Narottam Mishra is trailing by a margin of 3,114 votes from Datia seat, while Rustam Singh is at the third position in Morena constituency, reports PTI.

1:00 pm IST

Nine ministers in Shivraj Singh Chouhan cabinet trailing

Nine ministers in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan cabinet are trailing in the assembly polls as per latest trends, an election official said, reports PTI..

12:58 pm IST

Congress workers celebrate in Mumbai

Congress workers celebrate outside Mumbai party office. ( Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo )
12:52 pm IST

Both Congress, BJP lead in 109 seats each

Both Congress are BJP are leading in 109 seats each, BSP is ahead in seven and others in five, according to latest trends.

12:50 pm IST

Media personnel wait for Chouhan’s statement

Media personnel wait for Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s statement, at CM’s house in Bhopal. ( Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo )
12:46 pm IST

All eyes on results

BJP workers watch live results at CM’s house in Bhopal ( Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo )
12:40 pm IST

Congress workers celebrate in Thane

Congress workers in Thane celebrate the party’s leads in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. ( Praful Gangurde/HT Photo )
12:38 pm IST

BSP, AAP field more than 200 candidates

The BSP fielded 227 candidates, Samajwadi Party 51 and AAP 208 candidates. It is AAP’s maiden election in Madhya Pradesh. A total of 1,094 candidates contested as independents.

12:36 pm IST

BJP fielded candidates in all 230 seats, Congress in one less

The BJP fielded candidates for all 230 seats while the Congress fielded 229 nominees and left one seat (Jatara in Tikamgarh district) for its ally Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) of Sharad Yadav.

12:32 pm IST

Congress pits former minister against Chouhan

Shivraj Singh Chouhan is seeking re-election from Budhni in Sehore district. He is pitted against Congress candidate Arun Yadav, a former minister.

12:32 pm IST

Jyotiraditya Scindia addressed 110 public meetings

State Congress campaign committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia addressed 110 public meetings and participated in 12 road shows in 15 days preceding polling. Scindia had earlier also held “Parivartan” rallies across 45 districts.

12:30 pm IST

Congress campaign ahead of polling

Rahul Gandhi had addressed 22 public rallies and took part in about a dozen road shows. State Congress president Kamal Nath addressed over 60 public meetings.

12:26 pm IST

Shivraj Chouhan had addressed 158 public meetings between Oct 31 and Nov 25

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had addressed 158 public meetings between October 31 and November 25. Before that, from July till October, Chouhan travelled to 187 assembly constituencies as part of his public outreach campaign titled “Jan Ashirwad Yatra”.

12:18 pm IST

Headed for victory in three states, trend to continue in rest of India: Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot said the party is marching towards victory in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and the trend would continue in the future in the rest of India.

12:12 pm IST

Mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana: Rajnath Singh

Nothing is clear as yet from the trends. Congratulations to the MLA candidates and political parties which are winning. But the mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana: Rajnath Singh

12:10 pm IST

Sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia leads

Sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia is leading by 7,757 votes from Shivpuri constituency at the end of the fourth round of counting.

12:08 pm IST

Congress workers celebrate

Congress workers celebrate at AICC headquarters. ( Sanjeev Verma )
12:06 pm IST

Congress is now leading in 116 seats, BJP 102

Congress is now leading in 116 seats, BJP in 102, BSP five and others seven, according to latest trends

11:56 am IST

Watch: Congress confident of making comeback in MP after 15 years

11:54 am IST

Watch: Congress ahead in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh; tough fight in MP

11:46 am IST

BJP leads in 114 seats, Congress in 109

BJP now ahead in 114 seats while Congress leads in 109 seats.

11:44 am IST

Congress workers celebrate in Bhopal

Congress supporters celebrate in Bhopal. ( Burhaan Kinu )
11:40 am IST

Congress workers celebrate in Bhopal

Congress supporters celebrate in Bhopal. ( Burhaan Kinu )
11:36 am IST

Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia arrive at party HQ in Bhopal

Senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia arrive at the party headquarters in Bhopal.

11:30 am IST

Will create an environment of peace if we come to power: Scindia

We will create an environment of peace, justice, and development if we come to power in Madhya Pradesh: Jyotiraditya Scindia, reports ANI.

11:26 am IST

Trends reflect people’s desire for change: Jyotiraditya Scindia

Jyotiraditya Scindia, who spearheaded the Congress campaign in Madhya Pradesh, says the trends reflect people’s desire for change.

11:24 am IST

Congress leads in 111 seats, BJP 108

Congress leading in 111 seats, BJP in 108, BSP in four and others in six, according to latest trends.

11:20 am IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan leads by over 6,000 votes

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan leading by a margin of over 6,000 votes in Budhni constituency after second round of counting: Election official, reports PTI.

11:16 am IST

Congress leading in 114 seats, BJP 104

Congress leading in 114 seats, BJP in 104, BSP in three and others in six, according to latest trends.

11:10 am IST

Kamal Nath says confident of victory

These are trends, but I am fully confident that we will get full majority: Congress leader Kamal Nath

11:06 am IST

Tourism minister Surendra Patwa leads

Tourism minister Surendra Patwa leads by 4,805 votes against Congress candidate Suresh Pachauri at the end of second round of counting from Bhojpur constituency.

11:02 am IST

Congress leading in 115 seats, BJP in 105

After two rounds of counting, Congress is leading in 115 seats and BJP in 105. Lone BJP Muslim candidate from Bhopal North, Fatima Siddiqui, is trailing by 4,000 votes to Congress candidate Arif Aqueel.

10:58 am IST

Congress workers celebrate

10:58 am IST

Congress workers celebrate in Delhi

10:56 am IST

Congress workers celebrate in Delhi

10:52 am IST

Congress workers celebrate after early trends

Congress workers celebrate outside AICC office in New Delhi India on Tuesday. ( Mohd Zakir/HT Photo )
10:48 am IST

Congress workers celebrate as party takes early lead

Congress workers celebrate outside AICC headquarters in New Delhi. ( Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo )
10:46 am IST

Congress workers celebrate

Congress workers celebrate outside AICC headquarters in New Delhi. ( Mohd Zakir/HT Photo )
10:42 am IST

Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot confident of win

Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh and Union minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot speaks to reporters outside Parliament. He says, “I am confident BJP will form the government.”

10:36 am IST

Congress workers celebrate

Congress workers celebrate at AICC headquarters in New Delhi. ( Mohd Zakir/HT Photo )
10:28 am IST

Celebration at AICC headquarters

Congress workers celebrate at AICC headquarters in Delhi. ( Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo )
10:26 am IST

Congress ahead in 113 seats, BJP in 98

Congress ahead in 113 seats and BJP in 98 seats, according to latest trends.

10:22 am IST

Congress workers perform havan near Rahul Gandhi’s residence

Congress workers perform havan near Rahul Gandhi’s residence in New Delhi. ( Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo )
10:14 am IST

Rajnath Singh hopeful of BJP’s good performance

These are early trends. We hope to perform well: Rajnath Singh tells ANI.

10:12 am IST

BJP, Congress lead in 109 seats each

Both Congress and BJP are leading in 109 seats in Madhya Pradesh.

10:08 am IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan leads

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ahead in Budhni.

10:06 am IST

Congress workers celebrate in Delhi

10:02 am IST

EVM malfunction leads to ruckus

Ruckus in Bhopal southwest constituency counting hall after EVM malfunctions.

10:02 am IST

BJP leads in 88 seats, Congress in 101

BJP is leading in 88 seats, Congress in 101 seats, BSP in five and others in six seats, according to latest trends.

9:58 am IST

Congress supporters celebrate in Delhi

Congress supporters celebrate in Delhi. ( Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo )
9:58 am IST

BJP headquarters in Delhi deserted

9:52 am IST

Counting on

Counting on at Old Jail Centre in Bhopal. ( Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo )
9:50 am IST

BJP is leading in 83 seats, Congress in 103

BJP is leading in 83 seats, Congress in 103, BSP in five and others in four seats, according to latest trends.

9:44 am IST

BJP leads in 75 seats, Congress in 86

BJP leading in 75 seats, Congress in 86, BSP in six and others in four seats, according to latest trends.

9:38 am IST

Two more ministers trailing

Higher education minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya trailing from Gwalior. General administration minister Lal Singh Arya also trailing from Gohad.

9:36 am IST

BJP bigwigs trailing

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Akash is trailing from Indore 3 constituency. Also trailing is public relation minister Narottam Mishra.

9:34 am IST

Congress supporters celebrate as party takes early lead

Congress supporters celebrate at a party office in Bhopal. ( Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo )
9:30 am IST

BJP leads in 58 seats, Congress in 67

BJP is leading in 58 seats, Congress in 67, BSP in five and others in two, according to latest trends.

9:30 am IST

BJP leads in 57 seats, Congress in 66

BJP is leading in 57 seats, Congress in 66, BSP in five and others in two, according to latest trends.

09:28 am IST

BJP leading in Sihora and Narsingarh

BJP is ahead in two constituencies of Madhya Pradesh in Sihora and Narsingarh, according to the Election Commission of India.

9:18 am IST

BJP leads in 46 seats, Congress in 40

BJP is leading in 46 seats, Congress in 40, BSP in two and others in two, according to latest trends.

9:14 am IST

BJP leads in 46 seats, Congress in 36

BJP is leading in 46 seats, Congress in 36, BSP in two and others in two, according to latest trends.

9:12 am IST

BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya confident of victory

We will definitely form the government in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Seeing the early trends coming in from Rajasthan, we believe the BJP will form the government there as well: Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP, tells ANI.

9:12 am IST

BJP leads in 41 seats, Congress in 35

BJP is leading in 41 seats, Congress in 35, BSP in one and others in two, according to latest trends.

9:10 am IST

All eyes on TV

Congress supporters monitor election results on the big screen at a party office in Bhopal. ( Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo )
9:06 am IST

Confident of victory: Digvijay Singh

It’s too early. Anything can be said only after 12 pm. Leads of only postal ballots have come till now. I am confident that in Madhya Pradesh, Congress will form the government. We have favourable situation in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh also: Veteran Congress leader Digvijay Singh tells ANI.

9:04 am IST

Congress leading in 34 seats

BJP is leading in 32 seats, Congress in 34, BSP in one and others in two, according to latest trends

9:02 am IST

BJP now leading in 32 seats

BJP is leading in 32 seats, Congress in 31, BSP in one and others in two, according to latest trends.

9:00 am IST

BJP leads in 30 seats, Congress in 28

BJP is leading in 30 seats, Congress in 28, BSP in one and others in one, according to latest trends.

8:55 am IST

Media gathers outside Congress office

Media and police gather outside Congress office in Bhopal. ( Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo )
8:50 am IST

BJP leads in 19 seats

Congress leads in 18 assembly seats, BJP in 19, according to latest trends.

8:44 am IST

BJP, Congress lead on 12 seats each

BJP and Congress are leading on 12 seats each, according to latest trends.

8:42 am IST

TV cameras line up outside BJP office

TV cameras lined up at BJP headquarters in Bhopal. ( Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo )
8:40 am IST

Counting underway

Postal ballot counting at Bhopal old jail counting centre. ( Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo )
8:30 am IST

Exit poll predictions

Times Now-CNX had predicted a majority for the BJP with 126 seats and gave 89 to the Congress. In contrast, the ABP News exit poll gave Congress a decisive win with 126 seats and said BJP would win 94 assembly constituencies.

8:25 am IST

Congress leads in five seats

Congress ahead in five seats, BJP in four, according to initial trends.

8:20 am IST

BJP leads in three seats, Congress in two

BJP leads in three seats, Congress in two, according to early trends, reports LiveHindustan.com.

8:15 am IST

BJP ahead in two seats

BJP ahead in two seats, Congress in one, according to early trends, reports LiveHindustan.com.

8:10 am IST

BJP went all guns blazing

Prime minister Narendra Modi had addressed 10 public meetings across all regions of the state, while BJP president Amit Shah held 26 public meetings and three road shows in the run-up to the elections.

8:05 am IST

BJP had won 165 seats in 2013

In the 2013 elections, BJP had won 165 out of the total 230 seats, followed by the Congress (58), BSP (4) and Independents 3.

8:00 am IST

Counting begins

Counting has begun for 230 seats. It’s a close race between the BJP and Congress.

8:00 am IST

Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat exit poll

The Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat poll has predicted that the BJP will win 108-128 seats and Congress 95-115. The India Today-Axis poll gave 102-120 seats to the ruling party and 104-122 to the Congress.

7:55 am IST

Exit polls give mixed predictions

Though all exit polls predicted a slide in the BJP’s fortunes, some of them have gone to the extent of giving a clear majority to the Congress.

7:45 am IST

Congress confident of victory

7:40 am IST

15,000 employees drafted for counting process

Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao had earlier said 15,000 employees have been drafted for the counting process which will be monitored through 1,200 CCTV cameras installed at 51 centres across the state.

7:30 am IST

Samajwadi Party expecting calls too

Samajwadi Party state spokesperson Yash Yadav had earlier said no party approached them so far but he is expecting calls today once results are out.

7:20 am IST

BSP hopes to emerge kingmaker

“Let the results come out. There will be attempts by certain parties to seek our support. However, a decision on the same will be taken by Behan ji (BSP chief Mayawati) only”, BSP state in-charge Ramachal Rajbhar had earlier said.

7:10 am IST

Smaller players in fray

Prominent smaller players in the state are Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Left parties and SAPAKS (a party espousing the cause of upper caste Hindus).

7:00 am IST

Congress too confident of win

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath had said on Monday, “We will win more than 140 seats. Wait till tomorrow, everything will be clear by then.”

Party campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia had said on Sunday that the Congress worked as a “united front” to dislodge the BJP and that there was an “uprising for change” across the state.

6:50 am IST

Shivraj Chouhan confident of victory

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had earlier dismissed the exit polls and said the BJP could cross 200 seats in the 230-member assembly. “We will romp home,” he had said.

6:40 am IST

Bhopal police assure security during counting

Dedicated teams have been deployed to ensure full security. Diversion points have been put on roads outside counting centres. There is a three-tier security system. Any device that can help communication is not allowed inside: Bhopal city SP tells ANI outside Old Central Jail counting centre

6:30 am IST

Counting to begin at 8 am

Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao told reporters that counting would begin at 8 am with postal ballots at 51 centres across the state.