Following the massive voter turnout in Madhya Pradesh, both ruling BJP and opposition party Congress had claimed the electoral exercise favourable for their victory. However there are some constituencies in state which saw some decline in voting percentage compared to other constituencies, which witnessed record polling in 2018.
18 Lakh new voters have been added for voting in the 2018 assembly elections.
During assembly elections 72.7 per cent voting was recorded in the state and in 2018, it was 74.6 per cent, the Election Commission (EC) said in a press conference. As per the data provided by EC, the two districts that have recorded highest voter turnout in the state are Sehore with 84.19 and Chhindwara 83.60 per cent respectively. Sehore is home turf of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while Chhindwara is Kamal Nath’s bastion. Jhabua, which is considered as tribal dominated segment recorded 76.39. Neemuch was the third district who performed electoral exercise with high enthusiasm and maintained around 82.24 per cent of voting. Mandsaur, the epicenter of farmers’ agitation recorded 81.29 per cent and Maoists affected constituencies in Mahakoshal region maintained a record polling of 66 per cent, 64 per cent and 68 per cent including Baihar, Lanjhi and Paraswada assembly seats respectively.
On polling day, it looked like Gwalior district has taken little interest in polling. Gwalior assembly constituency maintained 60.77 per cent, Gwalior East 53.75per cent and Gwalior South 57.39 per cent respectively.
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.