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Madhya Pradesh Elections: High voter turnout, Congress likely to get advantage

By Ashish Mani Tiwari
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Madhya Pradesh recorded 74.6 per cent of polling in the state on November 28 and Maoists affected constituencies also witnessed the record polling of 66 per cent, 64 per cent and 68 per cent including Baihar, Lanjhi and Paraswada assembly seats respectively. Speaking on the lines of polling in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) VL Kantha Rao told media, the state has recorded total 2.87 per cent of the increase in polling compared to 2013 assembly polls and political analysts have claimed that massive polling is likely to provide a boost to Congress.

Talking about the whole electoral process in Madhya Pradesh, state Congress Chief Kamal Nath stated “The best thing about today’s elections is that two things have ended peacefully, one is the polling itself and the other is BJP.”

 “I had said that we will win more than 140 seats but after today’s voting and with all the information coming in, there is a possibility of a very surprising result,” he added.

Amid EVMs chaos and malfunctioning of VVPATs in the whole state, Satna district faced the maximum crisis, where over 340 EVMs were replaced during the electoral process.  Three Election Commission  (EC) officials in Dhar, Indore and Guna districts died during the polling and further EC declared Rs 10 lakh each as compensation for the kin of the EC officials who passed away.

According to political analysts, Grand old party’s strategy to promote Hindu has also dented BJP’s efforts to polarise the voters in the central state. Apart from Hindu card, Congress banked on its strong regional leaders including Kamal Nath in Mahakoshal, Jyotiraditya Scindia in Gwalior- Chambal division, Jitu Patwari in Malwa region and Ajay Singh in Baghelkhand segments.

BJP is ruling in the state since 2003 and in 2005, Shivraj Singh became the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. While Congress has installed Kamal Nath in state Congress in the middle of 2018 and under the leadership of Nath, Shivraj Singh is facing one of the toughest elections of his political career, sources claimed.


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