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Madhya Pradesh election results 2018: Congress leader Kamal Nath on Tuesday said his party will form a government in Madhya Pradesh with a “full majority” in the 230-member Assembly.(HT photo)

Madhya Pradesh election results 2018:Will get ‘full majority’, claims Congress’ Kamal Nath

Bhopal | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2018 04:29 PM IST
Madhya Pradesh election results 2018: According to Election Commission figures, the Congress was leading in 113 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has ruled Madhya Pradesh for 15 years, in 106 seats even as officials counted millions of votes.
Madhya Pradesh election results 2018: Exit polls in the state have predicted a neck-and-neck fight between the BJP, which is targeting a fourth straight term in power, and the Congress, which is attempting to wrest power after 15 years.(HT File Photo)
Madhya Pradesh election results 2018: Exit polls in the state have predicted a neck-and-neck fight between the BJP, which is targeting a fourth straight term in power, and the Congress, which is attempting to wrest power after 15 years.(HT File Photo)

Madhya Pradesh election results 2018: BJP, Congress both confident of win as state stares at photo finish

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 06:57 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh election results 2018: Exit polls in the state have predicted a neck-and-neck fight between the BJP, which is targeting a fourth straight term in power, and the Congress, which is attempting to wrest power after 15 years.

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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2018 11:59 AM IST

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. For full coverage on assembly elections, click hereExit 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.Click here for live updates on assembly poll resultsWatch Video: BSP will support Congress in Madhya Pradesh ‘to keep BJP out’: Mayawati  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.For full coverage on Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, click hereMadhya Pradesh had registered a voter turnout of around 75% in the November 28 assembly polls. Check highlights here:

The Congress submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission, seeking a probe into the blank postal ballots.(AFP Photo)
The Congress submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission, seeking a probe into the blank postal ballots.(AFP Photo)

Cong moves EC seeking probe into blank postal ballots

Bhopal | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2018 06:30 AM IST
Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh were held on November 28. The Congress has raised doubts over the security of EVMs, which contain the votes cast to elect a 230-member Assembly in the state.
The Madhya Pradesh electoral office and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) denied the charges.(AFP)
The Madhya Pradesh electoral office and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) denied the charges.(AFP)

Madhya Pradesh election 2018: Congress complains to Election Commission alleging poll ‘conspiracy’ in MP

By Ranjan and Shruti Tomar
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2018 09:21 AM IST
The Madhya Pradesh electoral office and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have denied the charges.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a roadshow in support of BJP candidate from Bhopal North assembly constitutency Fatima Rasool Siddiqui (R) for State Assembly election, in Bhopal on November 22, 2018.(PTI)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a roadshow in support of BJP candidate from Bhopal North assembly constitutency Fatima Rasool Siddiqui (R) for State Assembly election, in Bhopal on November 22, 2018.(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh election 2018: I will win, says BJP’s lone Muslim candidate

UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 12:07 PM IST
Fatima Siddiqui is the only Muslim candidate fielded by the ruling Bharatiya Janata against Congress heavyweight Aqueel in the bastion of the main opposition party.
Polling began at 7 a.m. for three Maoist-affected constituencies in Balaghat district, while votes were cast in the remaining 227 assembly seats starting 8 a.m.(AFP Photo)
Polling began at 7 a.m. for three Maoist-affected constituencies in Balaghat district, while votes were cast in the remaining 227 assembly seats starting 8 a.m.(AFP Photo)

Madhya Pradesh election 2018: Faulty EVMs, VVPAT machines cause glitches

Bhopal | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 11:19 AM IST
In Ujjain, two faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs) and 11 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were replaced by the Election Commission officials.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP National President Amit Shah (R) and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.(PTI file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP National President Amit Shah (R) and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.(PTI file photo)

Madhya Pradesh elections 2018: Will corruption, rural anger hurt BJP?

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Neelanjan Sircar and Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 10:28 AM IST
There is a broad narrative among voters, Congress and BJP supporters alike, that the BJP government has been infiltrated by highly corrupt and non-performing local actors including MLAs.
Farmers in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district are an angry lot due to falling prices of crops, among ither woes.(AP/Representative Image)
Farmers in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district are an angry lot due to falling prices of crops, among ither woes.(AP/Representative Image)

Madhya Pradesh election 2018: What angry Mandsaur farmers could mean for the BJP in MP

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Aditi Prasad
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 10:10 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh election 2018: Mandsaur was the flashpoint of farmers’ protest last year which resulted in the deaths of six farmers in police action. And while the death of the six, including four from the dominant Patidar community in the area, remains a sore point, the falling prices of crops have only added to farmer woes.
Sharad Singh Kumar, of Rashtriya Aamjan Party is polishing shoes of people to please voters(ANI)
Sharad Singh Kumar, of Rashtriya Aamjan Party is polishing shoes of people to please voters(ANI)

Madhya Pradesh election 2018: This candidate is polishing shoes to please voters

Asian News International | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 10:43 AM IST
Sharad Singh Kumar, of Rashtriya Aamjan Party is polishing shoes of people and says he will make use of his unique election symbol to turn it into a blessing.
BJP National President Amit Shah.(PTI file photo)
BJP National President Amit Shah.(PTI file photo)

Madhya Pradesh assembly elections: BJP banks on welfare schemes to retain core voters

Hindustan Times, Jhabua / Mandsaur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2018 09:35 AM IST
In the face of agricultural distress, tribal disenchantment, the party hopes it can meet the caste and class challenge with substantial welfare schemes.
This file photo taken on April 11, 2017 shows Afghan farmers harvesting opium sap from a poppy field in the Gereshk district of Helmand.(AFP/Representative)
This file photo taken on April 11, 2017 shows Afghan farmers harvesting opium sap from a poppy field in the Gereshk district of Helmand.(AFP/Representative)

Madhya Pradesh Election 2018: Religion isn’t the opium in Malwa’s distressed poppy belt

Ratlam/Mandsaur | By Vinod Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 06:16 PM IST
Malwa’s people have depth and sobriety; their land is flush with food and water: Malwa maati gahan gambhir, pag pag roti, dag dag neer.
The BJP released its manifesto for the Madhya Pradesh polls, including a separate document for women on Saturday.(PTI)
The BJP released its manifesto for the Madhya Pradesh polls, including a separate document for women on Saturday.(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh elections 2018: BJP’s MP manifesto promises five million jobs, two-wheelers to girl students

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan Srivastava
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2018 12:01 AM IST
The BJP, ruling the state since 2003, is seeking to retain power against the backdrop of widespread farmers’ protests last year for better support prices and a loan waiver.
The BJP released its manifesto for the Madhya Pradesh polls, including a separate document for women on Saturday.(PTI)
The BJP released its manifesto for the Madhya Pradesh polls, including a separate document for women on Saturday.(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh elections 2018: BJP promises jobs, bonus for farmers, scooty for girls

Raipur | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2018 07:39 PM IST
The BJP, ruling the state since 2003, is seeking to retain power against the backdrop of widespread farmers’ protests last year for better support prices and a loan waiver.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.(PTI)
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh Election 2018: “Demonetisation highly ethical move, not political,” says Arun Jaitley

Bhopal | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2018 03:02 PM IST
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday defended demonetisation, saying it was a “highly ethical” move and not a political one.
Prime minister Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly election, in Shahdol on Friday, November 16.(PTI)
Prime minister Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly election, in Shahdol on Friday, November 16.(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh Election 2018: PM Narendra Modi calls Congress a “manufacturer of lies”

Shahdol (Madhya Pradesh) | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2018 07:45 PM IST
Underlining the initiatives taken by the Madhya Pradesh Government-led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the past 15 years, the PM said that the Congress would never speak of the good work Chouhan did during his three tenures.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday termed demonetisation as the biggest scam in the history of independent India.(PTI)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday termed demonetisation as the biggest scam in the history of independent India.(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh Election 2018: “Demonetisation biggest scam in independent India,” says Rahul Gandhi

Sagar (Madhya Pradesh) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2018 03:02 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday termed demonetisation as the biggest scam in the history of independent India.
Candidates from several political parties in MP have filed RTI applications at the district superintendent of police’s office, seeking details of their own criminal records to save themselves from any action in future.(PTI/Representative Image)
Candidates from several political parties in MP have filed RTI applications at the district superintendent of police’s office, seeking details of their own criminal records to save themselves from any action in future.(PTI/Representative Image)

Madhya Pradesh Election 2018: Candidates list their own criminal records, with little help from RTI

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Shruti Tomar
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2018 05:15 PM IST
A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court ordered on September 25 that all contesting candidates should publicise their criminal records in widely circulated newspaper and electronic media at least thrice to inform voters on just who they are voting for. Inadequate or incorrect disclosure may attract a challenge in a court of law, if the candidate wins the election.
In Maoist-affected Balaghat, both BJP and Congress have nominated OBC leaders for an overwhelming majority of all unreserved seats because the community holds sway in the region.(HT File Photo)
In Maoist-affected Balaghat, both BJP and Congress have nominated OBC leaders for an overwhelming majority of all unreserved seats because the community holds sway in the region.(HT File Photo)

Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Parties weigh in caste as tickets are allotted

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2018 09:58 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Congress gave 40% tickets to OBCs, 27% to Thakurs and 23% to Brahmins. BJP gave 39% tickets to OBCs, 24% to Thakurs and 23% to Brahmins.
A candidate from Indore-3 assembly seat in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh Thursday brought Rs 10,000 in one-rupee coins as security deposit to accompany his nomination papers.(Reuters File Photo)
A candidate from Indore-3 assembly seat in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh Thursday brought Rs 10,000 in one-rupee coins as security deposit to accompany his nomination papers.(Reuters File Photo)

Madhya Pradesh elections 2018: Man brings Rs 10,000 in one rupee coins to file nomination papers

Indore | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2018 09:37 AM IST
Ahead of Madhya Pradesh elections, Dipak Pawar, who claimed to be an advocate and leader of Swarnim Bharat Inquilab Party, said he was making his poll debut and Rs 10,000 in one-rupee coins comprised donations given by people who were keen to see him contest.
Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Congress has declared the names of a total of 172 candidates so far.((HT Photo))
Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Congress has declared the names of a total of 172 candidates so far.((HT Photo))

Shivraj Chouhan’s brother-in-law in Congress’ fourth list for Madhya Pradesh elections

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2018 12:14 PM IST
The Congress on Wednesday released its fourth list of candidates for the November 28 Madhya Pradesh assembly elections.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is battling unrest in its ranks with two senior leaders declaring their intention of contesting the polls as rebel candidates.(HT File Photo)
The Bharatiya Janata Party is battling unrest in its ranks with two senior leaders declaring their intention of contesting the polls as rebel candidates.(HT File Photo)

Madhya Pradesh elections: Discord in Congress, BJP ranks over award of tickets

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan Srivastava
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2018 11:08 PM IST
Having declared candidates for 193 of the 230 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is battling unrest in its ranks with two senior leaders declaring their intention of contesting the polls as rebel candidates, and district offices witnesses sustained protests by those denied a chance to contest the polls.
The Madhya Pradesh Congress Sunday announced its second list of 17 candidates for the polls to the 230-member state assembly slated for November 28.(AP File Photo)
The Madhya Pradesh Congress Sunday announced its second list of 17 candidates for the polls to the 230-member state assembly slated for November 28.(AP File Photo)

Madhya Pradesh elections 2018: Congress announces second list of 16 candidates

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2018 10:15 PM IST
The first list of 155 names was released late Saturday night and it includes that of 21 women and 24 fresh faces. It has struck a fine balance between supporters of Scindia and former chief minister Digvijay Singh, sources said.
Sudeep Shukla (36) feels that major political parties did nothing substantial to improve the lives of the deprived sections.(ANI/Twitter)
Sudeep Shukla (36) feels that major political parties did nothing substantial to improve the lives of the deprived sections.(ANI/Twitter)

Hearing and speech impaired engineer quits job to contest elections in Madhya Pradesh

Satna (Madhya Pradesh) | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2018 08:18 PM IST
Sudeep Shukla, who was earning Rs 1 lakh per month, quit his job and decided to jump into politics to fulfil his desire of uplifting the poor and disabled people of society.
Villagers staging a chakka jam on Mhow- Neemuch highway with the body of Abhishek Patidar who was killed in police firing during farmers protest in Mandsaur in June last year.(HT File Photo)
Villagers staging a chakka jam on Mhow- Neemuch highway with the body of Abhishek Patidar who was killed in police firing during farmers protest in Mandsaur in June last year.(HT File Photo)

From farm to caste, the issues that matter in the 2018 Madhya Pradesh elections

Hindustan Times, Indore/Bhopal | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 02:19 PM IST
MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is popular among the masses, but a resurgent Congress and anti­-incumbency can hurt his party in polls
BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday ruled out an alliance with the Congress in two key states and launched a furious attack on the leadership of the grand old party.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT File Photo)
BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday ruled out an alliance with the Congress in two key states and launched a furious attack on the leadership of the grand old party.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT File Photo)

In Mayawati’s solo act in MP and Rajasthan, it’s advantage BJP

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Ranjan and Rakesh Goswami
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 08:59 AM IST
The Congress was keen to ally with the BSP in the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to prevent division in the anti-incumbency votes against BJP.
PM Narendra Modi addressed a rally of BJP workers in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on September 25, 2018.(Twitter/ @BJP4India)
PM Narendra Modi addressed a rally of BJP workers in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on September 25, 2018.(Twitter/ @BJP4India)

Highlights | Votebank politics has destroyed nation like termites: PM Modi at Bhopal rally

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 05:02 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally of BJP workers in poll-bound Bhopal on Tuesday.BJP president Amit Shah also spoke at the event — ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ (grand assembly of party workers) — on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, the co-founder of BJP’s fore-runner, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. The event, held at Jambooree Maidan in the BHEL locality, was billed as the “world’s largest congregation of political workers” with BJP workers from the state’s 230 assembly seats expected to attend the programme, a BJP spokesperson said.Here are the highlights:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah during BJP National Executive meeting, in New Delhi, Sept 9, 2018.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah during BJP National Executive meeting, in New Delhi, Sept 9, 2018.(PTI File Photo)

PM Modi, Amit Shah in Bhopal today to power Shivraj Chouhan’s poll campaign

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 07:53 AM IST
The BJP’s ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ (grand assembly of party workers) is being held in Bhopal on the occasion of birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, the co-founder of BJP’s fore-runner, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh.
Rahul Gandhi takes a break during the roadshow in Madhya Pradesh.(Video screengrab)
Rahul Gandhi takes a break during the roadshow in Madhya Pradesh.(Video screengrab)

Tea and Rahul Gandhi for company: Congress chief takes a break during MP roadshow

Bhopal | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2018 06:34 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi alighted from the bus during his Bhopal roadshow and enjoyed tea and ‘samosa’ at a stall near Sadar Manzil.
Congress posters depicting party president Rahul Gandhi as a Shiv devotee. Gandhi had recently undertaken the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage.(ANI/Twitter)
Congress posters depicting party president Rahul Gandhi as a Shiv devotee. Gandhi had recently undertaken the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage.(ANI/Twitter)

Ahead of Rahul Gandhi roadshow in Bhopal, Congress, BJP spar over ‘Shiv devotee’ posters

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2018 01:59 PM IST
The ruling BJP has attacked Gandhi for his ‘soft Hindutva’ agenda for the sake of votes after posters appeared describing him as a devotee of Lord Shiva.
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