The state-ruling BJP and Congress were caught in a close fight in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections, where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is seeking a record in the fourth term, as votes counting is underway on Tuesday.
More than 2900 candidates are contesting in the November 28 Assembly Elections and voters turnout about 75 percent.
A combination of exit polls had predicted a close race between the two major parties- Congress and BJP. Most polls highlight a Congress win.
A senior BJP leader Yoshodhara Raje Scindia said that “we knew it was going to be closed because of some announcements that the Congress made in the last week of the election. Those seem to have gained traction.”
BJP had secured 165 votes out of the total 230 seats in 2013 elections, which is followed by Congress at 58 and BSP-led by Mayawati at 4.
PM Modi and Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi both have campaigned in the Madhya Pradesh, exchanges endless attacks at each other.
Given the importance to the state, the Prime Minister of India has addressed over 10 public meetings and BJP Chief Amit Shah held about 26 public meetings and 3 road shows as well.
Meanwhile, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi has addressed over 22 public rallies and conducted a dozen road shows in the election-bound state.
Madhya Pradesh’s Budhni is one of the prominent constituency where CM Chouhan is in office since 2005, is seeking to get re-elected.
For Congress, victory in Madhya Pradesh would set the stage for a leadership battle between its top three in the state- Digvijaya Singh, Kamal Nath, and Jyotiraditya Scindia.