Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018 Highlights: Congress seeks repolling on booths hit by long hours of EVM snag
Madhya Pradesh elections 2018 highlights: The BJP is eyeing a fourth straight term in office, while the Congress is hoping for a comeback after 15 years in the Opposition.
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Madhya Pradesh voted Wednesday to elect a 230-member assembly. The state has witnessed a high decibel campaign for the poll, which remains a direct battle BJP and Congress. The BJP is eyeing a fourth straight term in office, while the Congress is hoping for a comeback after 15 years in the Opposition.
The state registered a record 75 per cent voter turnout for the state Assembly polls that was marred by complaints of faulty EVMs.
The BJP has fielded candidates for all 230 seats while the Congress is contesting 229, leaving one seat, Jatara in Tikamgarh district, for the Sharad Yadav-led Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD).
Here are the highlights :
Demand repolling where voting was halted for over 3 hours: Congress
We’ve demanded that repolling be done at all those polling booths where voting process was halted for 3 hrs or more because voters do not come back there as everybody has some work. Merely saying that polling will be extended till 9 o’clock or 10 o’clock is not right: Kamal Nath
75 per cent voter turnout in MP, higher than 2013
Around 75 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, Deputy Election Commissioner C B Kumar said Wednesday. In Madhya Pradesh, as many as 2,899 candidates, including 1,094 independents, are in the fray for the 230 seats, but the main contest is between the Congress and the BJP.
74.61% voter turnout till 6pm
74.61% voter turnout in Madhya Pradesh till 6pm, says chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh.
2126 VVPATs, 883 ballot units and 881 control units were replaced, he said.
Polling for Madhya Pradesh elections end
Poll officials say 65.5% voter turnout in Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.
In the 2013 Assembly election, 72.69 per cent turnout was recorded, an election official said.
BJP moves EC, alleges Kamal Nath violated Model Code of Conduct
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has moved the Election Commission (EC) against Congress leader Kamal Nath for an alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct by showing his hand- a symbol of the Congress party- after casting his vote in Chhindwara on Wednesday
BJYM state president casts vote
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha state president Abhilash casts his vote from Jabalpur.
BJP leader Suhas Bhagat casts vote
BJP leader Suhas Bhagat casts his vote.
आज उत्तर भोपाल के न्यू सिंधी कॉलोनी के सिंधु विद्यालय में अपने मत का प्रयोग किया #MadhyaPradeshElections #FirBJPFirShivraj #Vote4BJP #VoteBJPSecureMP #90PercentVotingChahiye pic.twitter.com/bKOgSR1OAs— Suhas Bhagat (@SuhasBhagatBJP) November 28, 2018
Big turnout in Maoist-affected areas
66%, 64% and 68% polling reported in Maoist-affected Baihar, Lanjhi and Paraswada respectively.
BJP leader Riti Pathak casts vote
BJP leader Riti Pathak casts her vote.
1,545 VVPAT machines replaced
1,545 VVPAT, 383 control units and 586 ballot units replaced across the state, as per chief electoral officer, Madhya Pradesh.
50% voting till 3 pm
50% voting till 3 pm, as per chief electoral officer, Madhya Pradesh.
Voting closes in three Maoist-affected seats
Voting closes in three Maoist-affected assembly constituencies of Balaghat — Baihar, Lanjhi and Paraswada — as per schedule. In these constituencies, voting started at 7 am.
BJP’s Mohan Yadav casts vote
BJP leader Mohan Yadav casts his vote. He appealed to people to come out in large numbers and take part in the poll process.
सबसे पहले मतदान, फिर दूसरे काम।— Dr Mohan Yadav (@DrMohanYadav51) November 28, 2018
मैंने सुबह ही मताधिकार का उपयोग कर लिया। आप लोग भी अपने परिजनों, मित्रों और पड़ोसियों के साथ निकलें और मतदान करें। दूसरों को मतदान के लिए प्रेरित भी करें।@BJP4MP @MPRakeshSingh @BJP4India @ChouhanShivraj pic.twitter.com/WwlKWQlFMw
Miscreants fire in air in Morena
Reports of firing in the air by miscreants at Jauri village under Somaoli assembly constituency in Morena district.
46.61% voting till 3 pm
46.61 per cent voting recorded till 3 pm, according to EC officials.
Scindia asks EC to take immediate steps against EVM malfunctioning
Jyotiraditya Scindia requests CEC to issue immediate orders to urgently cater to all complaints of EVMs malfunctioning across the state and ensure that in every polling station where voting got delayed or had to be stopped, polling should be extended beyond 5 pm.
BJP leader Vijesh Lunawat casts vote
BJP state vice-president Vijesh Lunawat casts his vote.
Sambit Patra appeals people to vote
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra appeals people to cast their votes.
मध्य प्रदेश के सभी मतदाताओं को नमस्कार।मित्रों याद रखना है-पहले मतदान फिर जलपान— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) November 28, 2018
शिवराज सरकार के पन्द्रह वर्षों के विकास के पक्ष में "कमल" पर button दबा कर @BJP4MP को विजयी बनाए।#MPWithBJP #MPWithShivraj #MPWithModi
BJP leader Sampatiya Uikey casts vote
BJP tribal leader Sampatiya Uikey casts her vote. She appealed to people to vote in large numbers.
आज मध्यप्रदेश विधानसभा चुनाव 2018 में लोकतंत्र के जनपर्व में अपना योगदान दिया। मध्यप्रदेश की समृद्धि और प्रगति के लिए मैंने अपने मताधिकार का प्रयोग किया। आप भी अपने #Madhyapradesh के लिए अवश्य मतदान करें।#vote #SamriddhMP@BJP4India @BJP4MP @narendramodi @ChouhanShivraj pic.twitter.com/BXIUbg57LG— Sampatiya Uikey (@SampatiyaUikey) November 28, 2018
BJP leader Rampal Singh casts vote
BJP leader Rampal Singh casts his vote from Begamganj
बेगमगंज में मैंने तो मतदान कर दिया है क्या आपने किया। नहीं किया तो तुरंत मतदान केंद्र पर जाएं और मतदान करें। राष्ट्रहित एवं सिलवानी के उज्जवल भविष्य के लिए मतदान कर लोकतंत्र के इस यज्ञ में आहुति दें तथा अन्य लोगों को भी मतदान के लिए प्रेरित करें।#MadhyaPradeshElecti@BJP4MP pic.twitter.com/LQnJFUiz2W— Rampal Singh (@RampalSingh_BJP) November 28, 2018
Jyotiraditya Scindia complains to EC about EVM malfunctioning
State Congress campaign committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia writes to chief election commissioner OP Rawat saying, “Our polling agents have been constantly observing and interacting with voters to record all grievances and the rate at which EVMs are malfunctioning is alarming.”
More than 3 lakh govt employees on poll duty
Altogether, 3,00,782 government employees, including 45,904 women, have been deployed on poll duty across the state, where 65,341 polling stations have been set up.
2,899 candidates in the fray
As many as 2,899 candidates, including 1,094 independents, are in the fray. The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters.
Shivraj expresses grief at the death of poll officials
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expresses grief at the death of polling officials on election duty.
विधानसभा चुनाव की ड्यूटी के दौरान अधिकारियों की मृत्यु की खबर से मन दुखी है। दिवंगत आत्माओं को सादर श्रद्धांजलि। पीड़ित परिवारों के प्रति शोक संवेदनाएं प्रकट करता हूं। पीड़ा की इस घड़ी में हम सभी आपके साथ हैं।— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) November 28, 2018
Long queues at polling stations
Dhar BJP MP casts vote
BJP MP from Dhar Savitri Thakur casts her vote.
Congress polling agent shot at
Pradeep Singh Bhadauria, polling agent of the Congress candidate in Mehgaon assembly constituency, was shot at and seriously injured. He was rushed to a hospital in Gwalior.
Surkhi BJP hopeful casts vote
BJP candidate from Surkhi, Sudheer Yadav, casts his vote.
Narendra Tomar casts vote
Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar casts his vote.
BJP Huzur candidate casts vote
BJP state vice-president and Huzur candidate Rameshwar casts his vote.
35.8% polling till 2 pm
35.80% polling recorded till 2 pm, as per chief electoral office, Madhya Pradesh.
Ujjain BJP MP casts vote
Ujjain BJP MP Chintamani Malviya casts his vote.
Damoh BJP MP casts vote
Damoh BJP MP Prahlad Patel casts his vote.
Sidhi BJP MP casts vote
Sidhi BJP MP Riti Pathak casts her vote.
Satna BJP MP votes
Satna BJP MP Ganesh Singh casts his vote.
Jabalpur BJP MP votes
Jabalpur BJP MP Rakesh Singh casts his vote along with his family.
BJP leader Lokendra Parashar votes
Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Lokendra Parashar casts his vote.
मैं मतदाता क्रमांक 790— Lokendra Parashar (@LokendraParasar) November 28, 2018
पहला वोट मैंने डाला समृद्ध मध्य प्रदेश के लिए।
विधानसभा क्षेत्र भितरवार , ग्राम मऊछ के मतदान केंद्र क्रमांक 792 पर @BJP4MP @MPRakeshSingh @ChouhanShivraj @BJP4India @Ramlal @AmitShah @CMMadhyaPradesh @BJPRajendraS @atul4bjp @SuhasBhagatBJP @vinay1011 pic.twitter.com/T5jbTnTp9i
Rajgarh MP casts vote
Rajgarh BJP MP Rodmal Nagar casts his vote.
Three arrested for firing incident at Bhind
Firing by unknown people at polling booth number 72 in Bhind assembly constituency. Three people have been arrested.
Kamal Nath responds to allegations
I had already cast my vote. When people asked me, when those from media asked me whom I voted for, I showed this (palm). What else could have I done? Show a lotus: Kamal Nath, Congress leader, tells news agency ANI on showing his election symbol after casting his vote in Chhindwara.
Faulty EVMs and VVPATs replaced: CEC
There were a few complaints on malfunction of some EVMs and VVPAT machines. They have been replaced. If it is found that voters left due to malfunction, we can consider re-polling in those particular polling stations: CEC OP Rawat on instances of EVM malfunctioning in Madhya Pradesh.
Local officials can take call on extending polling time: CEC
There are provisions for extension of time. Local officials can take a call as they see fit. The matter does not need to be handled by the election commission: Chief election commissioner OP Rawat on Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia’s request to extend polling time due to EVM malfunction.
People do not have basic amenities under BJP: Congress leader
I have visited villages and towns of Madhya Pradesh. People in these areas do not have access to even basic amenities such as water and electricity: Congress leader Arun Yadav, who is contesting against Shivraj Chouhan from Budhni.
Shivraj’s opponent confident of Congress win
I am here in Budhni from the past 15 days. I believe that the majority of people will vote for Congress. People are upset with this (BJP) government because they have not carried out any substantial development so far: Congress leader Arun Yadav, who is contesting against CM Shivraj Chouhan from Budhni.
28.68% voting till 1 pm
28.68 per cent voting has been recorded till 1 pm, say election officials.
Special child care provisions
Firing in Bhind
Firing has been reported from two places in Bhind — in booth numbers 122 and 131-134.
Sitting arrangements for voters
Long queues witnessed in polling booths
Age no bar in festival of democracy
Shyama Kushwaha, who hardly remembers her age, reaches the polling centre at Nutan Subhash High School, South TT Nagar, Bhopal, after walking for about a kilometre with no family member to accompany her. She was provided a wheelchair to help her cast vote by polling personnel. She says she has been casting votes for decades, but there has been no change in the system.
Muslims come out to vote in large numbers
Strong security in polling booths
Two generations vote
Three arrested after BJP and Congress workers clash
BJP and Congress workers clash in Chachoda assembly constituency in Guna district. Three people have been arrested. The Congress candidate in this seat is Laxman Singh, brother of Digvijaya Singh
BJP, Congress candidates asked to be alert after vandalism in Bhind
Bhind district administration asks Ater assembly constituency candidates Arvind Bhadoriya of BJP and Hemant Katare of Congress to stay put in the local circuit house as a precautionary measure.
EVMs, tehsildar’s vehicle damaged in Bhind
Voting stopped in Raipura Lahar assembly constituency in Bhind district after two EVMs were damaged by anti-socials. The tehsildar’s vehicle was also damaged. Police is present on the spot.
Kamal Nath demands repoll due to EVM malfunctioning
State Congress president Kamal Nath demands repoll tomorrow in all those areas where EVMs malfunctioned and many voters left seeing the long queue.
Want voting time to be extended due to EVM malfunctioning: Scindia
There have been many complaints of EVM malfunctioning. We have written to the Election Commission and requested that voting time in these booths be extended to compensate for the delay: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress leader, reports ANI.
22% voting till 11 am
22 per cent voting recorded till 11am, says chief electoral officer V Kantha Rao.
A light moment during polling
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia hugs aunt and former BJP minister Maya Singh when they met during voting in Gwalior.
Congress plays up Hindu association this time
The fear of being seen as a pro-Muslim party has led to the Congress extensively playing up its Hindu association. From frequent temple visits by Rahul Gandhi to a manifesto that takes a pronounced position in favour of what are perceived to be Hindu causes such as cow protection, the Congress has competed with the BJP in telling Hindu voters that their concerns will be taken care of.
Rs 10 lakh compensation for kin of deceased poll officials
Election Commission announces Rs 10 lakh each compensation for the kin of poll officials who passed away while on election duty due to cardiac arrest, reports news agency ANI.
Kailash Vijayvargiya rides a chariot
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya rides on a chariot to cast his vote in Madhya Pradesh.
9.5 per cent voting till 10 am
9.5 per cent voting has been recorded in Madhya Pradesh till 10 am, says chief electoral officer V Kantha Rao.
Key candidates this time
As polling in Madhya Pradesh is underway, here’s a look at the key candidates:
#ElectionsWithHT | As #MadhyaPradesh polling is underway, here's a look at the key candidates contesting #MadhyaPradeshElections— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) November 28, 2018
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Congress will form the government: Jyotiraditya Scindia
I assure you that on December 11, Congress will form the government in Madjya Pradesh with the blessings of people: Jyotiraditya Scindia after casting his vote at a polling booth in Gwalior, reports ANI.
I assure you that on 11th December Congress will form the government with the blessings of the people: Jyotiraditya Scindia after casting his vote at a polling booth in Gwalior #MadhyaPradeshElections pic.twitter.com/AeswowBZTU— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2018
Congress candidate on dharna against EVM malfunction
Congress candidate from Bhopal South-West constituency PC Sharma sits on dharna demanding change of EVM machines, following reports of massive malfunctioning across the state.
EC officials work on faulty EVMs
Two election commission officials pass away
Two election commission officials died on duty due to cardiac arrest in Indore and Guna, says chief electoral officer V Kantha Rao.
Around 100 EVMs changed
Around 100 EVMs changed all over the state, says chief electoral officer V Kantha Rao.
6.32 per cent voting till 9 am
6.32 per cent voting till 9 am, according to chief electoral officer V Kantha Rao.
Congress candidate protests EVM malfunctioning
In Bhopal South-West assembly constituency, Congress candidate PC Sharma stages protest against EVM malfunction in several booths.
Candidate’s name printed wrong on EVM
In Mauganj assembly constituency, SAPAKS party candidate Rajmani Shukla’s name has been printed on EVMs as Rammani Shukla. He has lodged protest.
101-year-old woman casts vote
A 101-year-old woman casts her vote in Agar Malwa in Madhya Pradesh.
Congress wooing farmers
Farm distress has given a shot in the arm to the Congress campaign. The party has been wooing farmers in the Malwa-Nimar region with a promise of Rs 2 lakh loan waiver, among others schemes.
Farmers’ discontent a concern for BJP
For the BJP, which is battling 15 years of anti-incumbency, farmers’ discontent has been a concern. The Malwa-Nimar region sends 66 legislators to the 230-member assembly. The BJP won 56 of these 66 seats in the 2013 elections. Congress managed just 9 seats.
EVM in Dabra fixed
The EVM at polling booth number 178 in Dabra has now been fixed, reports ANI. Polling is underway.
Police seize campaign material from BJP’s polling agents
Police seize campaign material from BJP’s polling agents from a polling booth in Saint Mary’s, Bhopal, as it was within 200 metres of a polling booth. One person has been taken to custody.
Police seizes campaign material from BJP's polling agents from a polling booth in Saint Mary's, Bhopal as it was within 200 meters of a polling booth. One person taken to custody. #MadhyaPradeshElections2018 pic.twitter.com/EvqxqyW4bv— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2018
BJP workers confident of victory
Most BJP workers are confident that the party will be able to pull off a Gujarat-2017 like performance, where the BJP’s seats came down but the party retained its majority, in Madhya Pradesh this time.
Watch here: ‘Want bhav, not bhavantar’, say angry Mandsaur farmers
Faulty EVMs replaced
Two faulty EVMs in Ujjain have been replaced. Eleven VVPAT machines in Alirajpur, and five VVPAT machines and two EVMs in Burhanpur have also been replaced, reports news agency ANI.
100% certain that BJP will form government: Chouhan
We’re 100% certain that BJP will form the government with absolute majority. We have set a target of 200 seats and our lakhs of volunteers are working to make it a reality: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan after casting his vote in Budhni.
Shivraj Chouhan casts vote
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan casts vote in Budhni. Chouhan, while speaking to the media after casting his vote in Budhni, urged voters to come out and exercise their franchise.
We’re 100% certain that BJP will form government with an absolute majority. We have set a target of 200 seats and our lakhs of volunteers are working to make it a reality: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan after casting his vote in Budhni #MadhyaPradeshElections pic.twitter.com/RNQMYXBFQs— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2018
EVM malfunctions in Bhopal
At a polling booth at Rashidia school in Bhopal, voters have been waiting since 8 am to cast their votes as EVM is not functioning
Six EVMs malfunction in Jhabua
There are reports of six EVMs not working in various places in tribal-dominated Jhabua district.
Clashes in Barwani district
Firing in the air. Two two-wheelers burnt following election-related clash in Jhapdi Padla village of Sendhwa town in Barwani district. Cases registered against BJP workers.
Rahul Gandhi appeals people to vote
मध्यप्रदेश के मतदाताओं से विनम्र आग्रह।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 28, 2018
वोट प्रजातंत्र की सबसे बड़ी ताक़त है।
आज अपना वोट ज़रूर डालें क्योंकि,
‘वक़्त है बदलाव का’।
आइये, सच को स्वीकारें,
नफ़रत को नकारें,
वादा निभाएँ, हाथ बढ़ाएँ,
हर घर ख़ुशहाली लाएँ,
मध्यप्रदेश में, लोगों की सरकार बनाएँ। pic.twitter.com/AdFB3bqh6K
First time voters cast their votes in Bhopal
Two EVMs malfunction in Indore
Two EVMs malfunction in Indore — one at Maurya Dharamshala and the other at Green Park Colony. Voting yet to begin in Maurya Dharamshala. At Green Park Colony, the EVM has been replaced.
Here’s a look at how the parties fared in 2013
As polling in #MadhyaPradesh is underway, here's a look at how the parties fared in 2013— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) November 28, 2018
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Women voters cast their votes
EVMs rectified in Char Imli
EVMs rectified in Char Imli , Bhopal. Voting delayed by about 15 minutes. Chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh VL Kantharao was one of officers who couldn’t cast votes on time due to the delay.
Amit Shah appeals people to vote
विकास...साफ नीयत, नीति और नेतृत्व से आता है।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 28, 2018
आज मध्य प्रदेश जिस विकासपथ पर अग्रसर है उसमें सबसे बड़ा योगदान जनता द्वारा गत 15वर्षों में सही नेतृत्व का चुनाव है।
मैं सभी मतदाताओं से अपील करता हूँ कि अधिक से अधिक संख्या में मतदान कर विकसित मध्य प्रदेश को समृद्ध मध्य प्रदेश बनायें।
Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia casts her vote
Madhya Pradesh minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia casts her vote at a polling station in Shivpuri. She is up against Congress’ Siddharth Lada.
Kamal Nath casts vote
Congress leader Kamal Nath casts his vote in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.
Congress promises women’s security
Congress promises bright future
EVM malfunctions at polling booth number 178 in Dabra,Gwalior district, reports ANI.
Visuals from Bhopal
Two EVMs malfunction at Char Imli locality in Bhopal where most bureaucrats reside.
Kamal Nath offers prayers
Congress leader Kamal Nath offers prayers at Hanuman temple in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.
Visuals from polling booth in Indore
PM Modi urges voters to participate in ‘festival of democracy’
आज मध्य प्रदेश में मतदान का दिन है। प्रदेश के सभी मतदाताओं से मेरा आग्रह है कि वे पूरे उत्साह के साथ लोकतंत्र के महापर्व में भाग लें और भारी संख्या में मतदान करें।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 28, 2018
Congress appeals people to vote
Have full faith in the people of MP: Kamal Nath
I have full faith in the people of Madhya Pradesh. They are simple and innocent people who have been robbed for a long time by the BJP: Kamal Nath of Congress tells ANI.
Polling begins in other seats
Polling begins in the remaining 227 assembly constituencies.
Shivraj offers prayers
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan prays on the banks of Narmada river, in Budhni.
759 candidates with criminal cases
There are 759 candidates with criminal cases out of the total 2,716 nominees from various parties who are contesting the MP assembly elections this year, an analysis of the affidavits filed by them has shown.
656 crorepati candidates in the fray
The percentage of multi-millionaire or crorepati candidates in the MP assembly elections this year has gone up to 24% from 19% in 2013, an analysis of affidavits of 2,716 out of 2,899 nominees contesting the polls has shown. There are a total of 656 crorepati candidates.
BJP appeals people to vote
Visuals from polling station in Bhopal
Visuals from a polling station in Bhopal. Polling for 227 constituencies in the state will begin at 8 am, while voting for 3 constituencies has already begun. #MadhyaPradeshElections2018 pic.twitter.com/RnjsoctPbV— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2018
Voting begins in three seats
Voting begins in three Maoist-affected constituencies in Balaghat district — Lanji, Paraswada and Baihar. Voting in rest of the seats will commence at 8 am.
How MP voted in 2013
In the 2013 assembly polls, the BJP had won 165 seats, Congress 58, BSP four and independents three seats.
Congress’s campaigned on mix of local and national issues
The Congress’s campaign involved a mix of local and national issues, including farm distress, lack of development and unemployment, corruption, lack of security for women and atrocities on Dalits and adivasis.
PM Modi may not be decisive factor for MP election
The Madhya Pradesh elections could well be the first where either Modi is not a prominent factor, or at best, delivers mixed results. The focus is primarily on state leaders, but even here there is a puzzle. The BJP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan — with his carefully cultivated image of Mamaji (uncle), bestowing welfare on the population — enjoys goodwill. But it is not clear whether this will translate to support for local candidates battling anti-incumbency.
Why Madhya Pradesh election is crucial
Madhya Pradesh is arguably the most closely fought and the most interesting election among the five states going to polls. As the battle in the heart of India gets underway today, it will not only reveal the preferences of the state’s voters and issues that concern them, but also shape the future trajectories of BJP and Congress.
Over 5 crore voters to decide fate of 2907 candidates
There are 2, 907candidates are in the fray this election. The BJP is contesting all the 230 seats, while the Congress has fielded 229 candidates, leaving one seat, Jatara in Tikamgarh district, for its ally - Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD).
The BSP has fielded 227 candidates, while the SP is contesting on 52 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), contesting the Madhya Pradesh elections for the first time, has fielded 208 candidates.
A total of 5,04,95,251 voters including 41,30, 90 females and 1389 third gender will cast their votes.