Bhopal: It has been a close battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in Madhya Pradesh. According to the Election Commission’s latest trends, the Congress is leading in 113 seats, and the BJP in 110.

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The election was held in the state on November 28 and 75% of the 5.03 crore voters exercised their franchise. At least 2,716 candidates are contesting for the 200 seats.

The Congress and BJP poll campaign was led by party president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, respectively. The Congress had appointed veteran Kamal Nath as the Madhya Pradesh party chief in April, and named Jyotiraditya Scindia as the campaign leader.

In the 2013 polls, BJP had bagged 165 seats while Congress and BSP got 58 and 4. Three seats went to the independents. The BJP has been in power in Madhya Pradesh for last 15 years.

This time, among all political stakeholders, the outcome is most significant for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP. Tuesday’s result could give a peek into whether the electoral momentum is in the favour or against BJP ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Congress ahead in 113 seats, BJP in 110

The Congress is leading in 113 seats, while the BJP in 110 seats. The BSP is ahead in two seats and others five, according to the Election Commission’s latest trends.

AK Antony appointed Congress observer in MP, Mallikarjun Kharge in Chhattisgarh

Congress leaders AK Antony and Mallikarjun Kharge have been appointed as observers for Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, respectively, reports ANI.

Congress, BJP lead in 111 seats each

The Congress and the BJP are both leading in 111 seats. The BSP is ahead in two seats and others six, according to the Election Commission’s latest trends.

Small parties, independents likely to be key to government formation

With Madhya Pradesh heading towards a cliffhanger with the ruling BJP and Congress locked in a close fight, small parties and independents are likely to play a crucial role in deciding who forms the next government in the state, reports PTI. According to the results and latest trends available, the Congress tally in the 230-member House is 111 (won 13 and leading in 98 seats), while BJP is a close second with 110 (won 15 seats and leading in 96 constituencies). In the 2013 poll, the BJP had won 165 seats, securing a comfortable majority in the Assembly, while confining the Congress to 58 seats.

Congress leading in 111 seats, BJP in 110

The Congress is leading in 111 seats, while the BJP is leading in 110. The BSP is ahead in two seats and others seven, according to Election Commission trends.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan wins

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wins from the Budhni assembly constituency. He defeated his nearest rival, Congress’ Arun Yadav.

Congress leading in 108 seats, BJP in 100

The Congress is leading in 108 seats, while the BJP is leading in 100. The BSP is ahead in two seats and others six, according to Election Commission trends.

Congress leading in 114 seats, BJP in 104

The Congress is leading in 111 seats, while the BJP is leading in 100. The BSP is ahead in two seats and others seven, according to Election Commission trends.

Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Aakash wins

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Aakash wins from Indore-3 constituency with a margin of 7,000 votes, reports ANI.

Congress leading in 114 seats, BJP in 104

The Congress is leading in 114 seats, while the BJP is leading in 104. The BSP is ahead in two seats and others seven, according to Election Commission trends.

Warning bell for us ahead of 2019 elections: Kakade

“The decisive trends in these four major states are a warning bell for us ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. If we do not learn from it, it will be difficult for us. I have personally surveyed these four states. I am not surprised with the losses in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan," BJP Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Kakade told PTI.

Rahul faced brickbats, now he deserves bouquets in equal measure: Milind Deora

Reacting to the trends in Assembly election results, Congress leader Milind Deora said party Chief Rahul Gandhi, who was blamed for past defeats, now deserves accolades in equal measure. The Congress was leading in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in the Assembly polls as per the the Election Commission data. Deora, a former Mumbai South Lok Sabha MP, said a key takeway from the result was that the states in the Hindi heartland want development and not divisive politics.

BJP’s money power was defeated by ‘jan shakti’: Congress on results

As the trends indicated that the Congress has edged past the BJP in Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, the Opposition party said the “money power" of the BJP stood defeated by the “people’s power". “I congratulate (Congress chief) Rahul Gandhi on the behalf of the Maharashtra Congress. Because of his leadership, we have defeated the BJP in three states. This is a victory of ‘Jan Shakti’ (people’s power) over ‘dhan shakti’ (money power). In the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, BJP’s “gharwapsi" (defeat) is certain", PTI quoted Maharashtra Congress unit president Ashok Chavan as saying.

Congress leading in 117 seats, BJP ahead in 103

The Congress is leading in 117 seats, while the BJP is leading in 103. The BSP is ahead in two seats and others seven, according to Election Commission trends.

Congress leading in 115 seats, BJP ahead in 104

The Congress is leading in 115 seats, while the BJP is leading in 104. The BSP is ahead in three seats and others seven, according to Election Commission trends.

Congress leading in 114 seats, BJP ahead in 105

The Congress is leading in 114 seats, while the BJP is leading in 105. The BSP is ahead in four seats and others five, according to Election Commission trends.

12 Cabinet ministers trailing

A dozen ministers in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh were trailing in the state Assembly polls according to the latest trends, an election official said on Tuesday. Minister Narottam Mishra was trailing by a margin of 6,200 votes in Datia while Rustam Singh was at the third position in Morena constituency, PTI reported. Balkrishna Patidar was trailing in Khargone by a margin of 3,792 votes, while Lal Singh Arya was lagging behind by 6,552 votes in Gohad seat in Bhind district. Minister Om Prakash Dhurve was trailing by a margin of 8,255 votes in Shahpura seat of Dindori district while Antar Singh Arya was trailing by 3,626 votes in Sendhwa seat of Barwani district.

State finance minister Jayant Mallaiya trailing

Deepak Joshi was behind by 3,070 votes in Hatpipliya seat in Dewas district, while Rampal Singh was trailing by 3,063 votes in Silvani seat in Raisen district. Minister Archana Chitnis was also trailing in Burhanpur seat by a margin of 1,055 votes. State finance minister Jayant Mallaiya was behind by 1,336 votes in Damoh seat. Another minister, Sharad Jain, was trailing by a margin of 7,958 votes in Jabalpur North seat and Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya by 5,489 votes in Gwalior seat.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s nephew Anoop Mishra trailing

Former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s nephew and Morena BJP MP Anoop Mishra, who contested the election on the BJP’s ticket, was trailing from Bhitarwar seat in Gwalior district by 2,255 votes, an election official said. Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Ajay Singh was also trailing by a margin of 3,032 votes from Churhat seat in Satna district.

Congress wins Barwani, Samajwadi Party takes Bijawar

Gyarsilal Rawat of Congress beats minister Antar Singh Arya from Sendhwa in Barwani district; Rajesh Shukla of Samajwadi Party wins from Bijawar in Chhatarpur; Jagdish Devra of BJP wins from Malhargarh in Mandsaur district.

BJP leading in Madhya Pradesh’s farm unrest hotspot Mandsaur

The BJP is battling the twin effects of a 15-year anti-incumbency factor and discontent among farmers to retain power in Madhya Pradesh, but interestingly the BJP has taken an edge over the Congress in the hotspot for farm unrest, Mandsaur, Sayantan Bera reports.

Congress leading in 115 seats, BJP ahead in 105

The Congress is leading in 115 seats, while the BJP is leading in 105. The BSP is ahead in four seats and others six, according to Election Commission trends.

BJP ahead in 111 seats, Congress in 108

BJP is leading in 111 seats, Congress in 108 seats, BSP in four and others seven, according to Election Commission trends.

Congress, BJP in talks with other parties

The Congress is in talks with smaller parties, while the BJP has reached out to the BSP, Samajwadi Party and Gondwana Ganatantra Party, Hindustan Times reported quoting sources.

Congress, BJP at 110 seats each

Congress and BJP are leading at 110 seats each, and others in 10, according to Election Commission trends.

Congress leading in 112, BJP ahead in 108

Congress is leading in 112, BJP in 108 and others in 10, according to Election Commission trends.

BJP ahead in 111, Congress in 108

BJP leading in 110, Congress in 109, others in 11, according to Election Commission trends.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Yashodhara Raje Scindia lead

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading in Budhni seat over his nearest Congress rival by a margin of 19,293 votes, PTI reported. State sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia is leading in Shivpuri seat by a margin of 10,780 votes. Women and child development minister Archana Chitnis is leading in Burhanpur, while agriculture minister Gaurishankar Chaturbhuj Bisen is ahead in Balaghat. Revenue minister Umashankar Gupta is leading in Bhopal South West seat by a slender margin of 249 votes.

BJP ahead in 111, Congress in 108

BJP leading in 111, Congress in 108, others in 11, according to Election Commission trends

Both Congress, BJP lead in 109 seats each

Both Congress are BJP are leading in 109 seats each. The BSP is ahead in seven and others in five, according to the latest trends.

Congress leads in 111, BJP in 106

According to the trends in all 230-assembly seats, the Congress is leading in 111 seats, while the BJP is ahead in 106 constituencies. The latest leading position shows Congress at 111, BJP 106, BSP 5, Bahujan Sangharsh Dal 1, Gondvana Gantantra Party 2, Samajwadi Party 2 and Independents at 3 seats, according to PTI.

Nine ministers in Chouhan cabinet trailing

Nine ministers in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh are trailing in the assembly polls as per the latest trends, PTI quoted an election official as saying. Among them, state minister Narottam Mishra was trailing by a margin of 3,114 votes from Datia seat while Rustam Singh was at the third position in Morena constituency. Former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s nephew Anoop Mishra, who contested the election on the BJP’s ticket, was trailing from Bhitarwar seat in Gwalior district by 502 votes, an election official said. Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh assembly, Ajay Singh, is trailing from Churhat seat in Satna district

Congress leads in 110, BJP in 108

Trends in 226 out of the total 230 assembly seats showed the Congress leading in 110 seats and the BJP ahead in 108 constituencies, PTI reported. Besides, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was leading in four seats, while the Samajwadi Party was ahead in one. Independents were also leading in two seats in the central Indian state.

Yashodhara Raje Scindia leads

Sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia is leading by 7,757 votes from the Shivpuri constituency at the end of the fourth round of counting.

Congress ahead in 116 seats, BJP in 102

Congress is leading in 116 seats, while BJP in 102, BSP in five and others seven, according to latest trends, according to latest trends. The Congress is banking on the triple anti-incumbency faced by the BJP government and is looking to storm back to power. The majority in the 230-seat house is 116.

Congress workers celebrate in Delhi. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Congress workers celebrate in Delhi. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

BJP leads in 114 seats, Congress in 109

According to latest trends, the BJP is ahead in 114 seats, while the Congress is leading in 109 seats.

Congress ahead in 112, BJP in 102

“The Congress is leading in 112 seats, while the BJP is ahead in 102 constituencies after completion of the first and second rounds of counting," PTI quoted MP chief electoral officer V L Kantha Rao as saying. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading from the Budhni constituency after the second round of counting.

Trends reflect people’s desire for change: Scindia

With trends indicating that the Congress was ahead in the assembly polls in three Hindi heartland states, senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the figures reflected the people’s desire for a change, reports PTI. Scindia, who spearheaded the Congress campaign in Madhya Pradesh, said he was very confident that the Congress would form the government in the state. Asked about posters being put up that Kamal Nath would be chief minister, Scindia said: “Lets not put the cart before the horse. Let us wait for the verdict."He said the trends reflected the people’s desire for a change.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan leads by over 6,000 votes

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading by a margin of over 6,000 votes in Budhni constituency after second round of counting, PTI quoted an election official as saying. According to latest trends, Congress is leading in 112 seats, BJP in 108, BSP in three and others in six.

Congress ahead in 112 seats, BJP in 102: Madhya Pradesh Election Commission

According to Madhya Pradesh Election Commission, Congress is leading in 112 seats, BJP in 102 and others in 14 seats.

Congress leading in 115 seats, BJP in 105; tourism minister Surendra Patwa leads

After two rounds of counting, Congress is leading in 115 seats and BJP in 105, according to reports. Lone BJP Muslim candidate from Bhopal North, Fatima Siddiqui, is trailing by 4,000 votes to Congress’ Arif Aqueel. Tourism minister Surendra Patwa is leading by 4,805 votes against Congress candidate Suresh Pachauri at the end of second round of counting from Bhojpur constituency.

Kamal Nath hopeful of Congress getting majority

“These are trends, but I am fully confident that we will get full majority," ANI quoted Kamal Nath as saying. The Congress had appointed Kamal Nath as the Madhya Pradesh party chief in April.

Congress is ahead in 113 seats, while BJP in 98 seats, according to latest trends. However, Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh and Union minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot told reporters outside Parliament: “I am confident BJP will form the government."

Congress workers celebrate in Delhi. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Congress workers celebrate in Delhi. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Shivraj Singh Chouhan leads in Budhni

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ahead in Budhni, according to early trends. Both Congress and BJP are leading in 109 seats in Madhya Pradesh, according to latest trends. Meanwhile, ruckus in Bhopal’s southwest constituency counting hall was halted following EVM malfunctions.

Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Akash trailing from Indore 3

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Akash is trailing from Indore 3 constituency, while public relation minister Narottam Mishra is also trailing. Higher education minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya trailing from Gwalior and general administration minister Lal Singh Arya is trailing from Gohad.

BJP leads in 58 seats, Congress in 67

BJP is leading in 58 seats, Congress in 67, BSP in five and others in two, according to latest trends.

Congress party activists perform “yagna”. Photo: PTI
Congress party activists perform “yagna”. Photo: PTI

BJP leads in 46 seats, Congress in 40

BJP is leading in 46 seats, Congress in 40, BSP in two and others in two, according to latest trends. At least 2,716 candidates are contesting for the 200 seats. BJP leading in Sihora and Narsingarh, according to the Election Commission of India.

BJP will form government in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh: BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya

BJP leading in 32 seats, Congress in 34

BJP is leading in 32 seats, Congress in 34, BSP in one and others in two, according to latest trends. As many as 2,907 candidates are in fray for the assembly polls.

Congress will form government in MP, says Digvijay Singh

“It’s too early. Anything can be said only after 12 pm. Leads of only postal ballots have come till now. I am confident that in Madhya Pradesh, Congress will form government. We have favourable situation in Rajasthan & Chhattisgarh also," ANI quoted senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh as saying.

BJP, Congress neck-and-neck

Congress leads in 18 assembly seats, BJP in 19, according to latest trends. The exit polls had predicted a close contest between the two parties.

BJP, Congress lead in 12 seats each

BJP and Congress are leading on 12 seats each, according to latest trends. In the exit polls, Times Now-CNX had predicted 126 seats for the BJP and 89 for the Congress. The ABP News exit poll said Congress will be the winner with 126 seats and BJP will bag 94 assembly constituencies.

Congress, BJP battle it out

Congress is ahead in five seats, BJP in four, according to initial trends. The maximum rounds of counting -- 32 in total -- are taking place in the Indore-5 assembly segment due to the highest number of booths there. The lowest number of counting rounds (15) are in Kotma seat in Anuppur district. Indore-5 seat is currently held by the BJP while the Congress represents Kotma constituency.

Maximum rounds of counting in Indore

The maximum rounds of counting -- 32 in total -- are taking place in the Indore-5 assembly segment due to the highest number of booths there. The lowest number of counting rounds (15) are in Kotma seat in Anuppur district. Indore-5 seat is currently held by the BJP while the Congress represents Kotma constituency.

BJP ahead in three seats

BJP ahead in three seats, Congress in two, according to early trends, reports LiveHindustan.com. All eyes are on Madhya Pradesh election results. Political parties raced to woo voters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed 10 public meetings in the state, while BJP president Amit Shah held 26 public meetings and three road shows in the run-up to the elections.

Strict vigil for counting process

■ Around 15,000 employees have been drafted for the counting process, which will be monitored through 1,200 CCTV cameras installed at 51 centres across the state, according to Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao.

Smaller parties in focus

■ The focus is on smaller parties and independent candidates and senior leaders in both parties confirmed on condition of anonymity that they were working on permutations and combinations to finalise plans to ensure they could get their support to form government if required.

Key candidates and battles

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is hoping to retain power for the fourth time in a row.

The Congress and the BJP are likely to face a tough fight from Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP). The BJP fielded candidates for all 230 seats while the Congress contested 229, leaving one seat, Jatara in Tikamgarh district, for the Sharad Yadav-led Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD).

All the leaders contesting the polls, including former Union ministers Suresh Pachauri and Arun Yadav. Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh is contesting from Churhat.

Kamal Nath on Monday expressed confidence that Congress will win more than 140 seats. “We will win more than 140 seats. Wait till tomorrow; everything will be clear by then."

Shivraj Singh Chouhan had, too, expressed confidence of the BJP winning the election.

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