Bhopal: Counting of votes polled in the 27 November assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh will take place tomorrow, testing the claims of both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.
Both the parties are oozing with confidence that they will emerge as victors in the polls.
The ruling BJP, which bagged more than 175 seats in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh assembly in December 2003, is claiming that it will get an absolute majority this time on the basis of the developmental work done by its government in the last five years.
It claims that the development done by it in the last five years was much more than what the Congress had done in 50 years.
But the Congress is not buying the argument and insists that the BJP will lose the elections as there was widespread corruption during its rule.
Madhya Pradesh has been ruled by the Congress most of the time and barring the present BJP government no non-Congress government has ever completed a full five-year term in office.
The present Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been in office for almost three years as the BJP nominated two others - Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur - to the post before he took over.
The state politics has always been dominated by the two parties but given the number of smaller parties in the fray, many fear that the state may see a hung house for the first time.
In Madhya Pradesh, the issue is whether the ruling BJP under Shivraj Singh Chouhan would romp home or the Congress stages a comeback amid apprehensions that the state could witness a hung assembly for the first time.
Assembly elections to the 230-member assembly which recorded around 60% polling will decide the fate of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Bharatiya Janashakti chief Uma Bharti and former chief minister Babulal Gaur.
Elections to the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly was held in two phases by the Election Commission in view of naxal problems. The poll outcome would decide the fate of BJP government led by Chief Minister Raman Singh and the future of Congress in the state.
The Congress campaign in the state was spearheaded by Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi.
In Mizoram, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), opposition Congress and United Democratic Alliance (UDA), an alliance of Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) and Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) locked horns for the 40-member House in the state where 72 per cent polling was recorded.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani who campaigned in the poll-bound states appealed to voters to “reward” the BJP and “punish” the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls while Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accused the saffron party of trying to divide the country on the issue of terrorism.
The assembly elections in the five states were the first after the government banned the exit polls.