New Delhi: The Congress collected most of the seats after a marathon 24-hour counting in Madhya Pradesh as it emerged as the single-largest party with 114 seats, two short of the majority, the final result released by the Election commission shows. As per the election, the body said that the BJP, which gave a close fight despite strong and incumbency, settled down with 109 seats. Mayawati Bahujan Samaj Party or BSP has managed to win two seats.
On Tuesday, the votes between Congress and the BJP started swinging widely hours after counting of votes for the 230-member assembly began at 8 am.
The sources have said that the Congress opened backchannel talks with the BSP, Samajwadi Party (SP), Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) and independents who were leading.
In Madhya Pradesh, the election was held on November 28 and 75% of the state 5.03 crore voters exercised their franchise, with around 1.64 lakh people had voted on an average in each constituency.
11: 23 (IST): Shivraj Singh Chouhan to resign as Chief Minister. Mr. Chouhan said “ I bow my head to the decision of the people. The BJP will not be staking claim to form the government in Madhya Pradesh. I am now going to go and meet the governor and let her know our decision”
10:44 (IST): Mayawati: “ BSP will support Congress in Madhya Pradesh”.
Over the last many decades, it was the Congress that ruled most of the states in India. But it was not working for the benefit of the people. Hence regional leaders had to come out and create their own parties to reach out to the people. The BJP would not have been able to expand its base, had the Congress performed well.
We fought these elections to ensure that the BJP does not come back to power. While BSP has performed well, we did not to as well as we had thought.
Our aim is to keep the BJP out of power. And that is why we have decided to support the Congress in Madhya Pradesh.
10:35 (IST): In the outgoing Madhya Pradesh cabinet thirteen ministers failed to hold their turf. However, the state Revenue Minister Uma Shankar Gupta lost his seat to Congress PC Sharma, Sharad Jain, a lawmaker from Jabalpur was defeated by Vijay Saxena of the Congress. Jaibhan Singh Minister of higher Education lost his Gwalior seat to Congress leader Pradhyuman Singh Tomar by over 11,000 votes.
Congress Manoj Singh Chaudhary snatched Hatpipliya from Education Minister Deepak Joshi and Health Minister Rustam Singh was defeated by Raghuraj Singh Kansana of the Congress in Morena.
Antar Singh Arya Animal Husbandry Minister lost to Congress candidate Gyarsilal Rawat in Sendhwa (ST) constituency by about 18,000 votes.
Archana Chitnis Women and Child Development Minister lost Burhanpur to Independent candidate Thakur Surendra Singh and Civil Supplies Minister Omprakesh Dhurve could not save Shahputa from Congress candidate Bhoopendra Maravi.
10:11 (IST): Shivraj Singh Chauhan has won from his traditional Budhni seat by a margin of 58,999 votes, defeating former union minister and senior Congress leader Arun Yadav.
9:19 (IST): Congress seeks an appointment with a governor on government formation. The Congress has requested in the state. As the party was involved in a neck-to-neck battle with the BJP, it senior leaders opened up backchannel talks with the BSP and other smaller parties to help it form the government.
9:14 (IST): The Election Commission has said that the 24-hour thriller in Madhya Pradesh finally ended today as Congress emerged as the Single-largest party in the state. The party managed to win 114 seats, two short of a majority.