Bhopal: The BJP appeared on its way to retain power in Madhya Pradesh on Monday having established leads in 125 of the 230 seats in the state assembly as per the latest available trends.
The Congress was trailing behind with a lead in 67 seats while others were ahead in 23 constituencies.
Factors like anti-incumbency, intra-party rivalry and challenge posed by former party leader Uma Bharti seemed to have had no impact on the ruling BJP, according to party leaders.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was ahead in Budhni.
Uma Bharti’s Bharatiya Janshakti Party was trailing in all the 216 seats it contested, including in Tikamgarh where Bharti is in fray.
State Congress chief Jamuna Devi was leading in Kukshi constituency.
The state had recorded a 60%turnout of voters on November 27, just a day after the Mumbai terror attacks.