Vote Counting of 2018 Madhya Pradesh State Elections

Analysts say a big loss for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party would indicate rural dismay and could help unite the opposition

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has disposed of a plea of a Congress leader who had expressed his concern over the alleged lack of sufficient security in some districts in respect of polled/unused electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) in the Assembly election in the State.

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Brushing aside predictions of a Congress win being made by several exit polls, Mr Kaushik said the post-election surveys were based on assumptions only.

For Telangana, exit polls have been divided between the TRS and the Congress-led opposition alliance.

Postal votes are available for nine out of 200 seats in Rajasthan, with Congress leading in five out of the nine seats, as of 8:43 a.m.

The loss of the three key states - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh - will put significant pressure on Modi-Shah combine ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP needs to bag at least 33 of the seats where tight fights are being witnessed to cross the hump, while the Congress needs to win 25 of the seats classified as tight fights to be able to form the government in Madhya Pradesh.

These assembly elections are being seen as crucial for the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as it is in power in three of these states - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

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Madhya Pradesh: BJP had won 165 of the total 230 seats, Congress 58 and other 7.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the media that he was confident of a Congress victory in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and said he had "always been a little more pessimistic" about Telangana. In the last bypolls on May 28, across 11 states, the Opposition had picked up 11 of the 14 seats, while the BJP got 3.

Along with Naidu, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is also involved in efforts to resolve differences between the Congress and its rival political parties to ensure that a broad-based alliance is firmed up to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 elections. Congress is leading in four of the seven seats as of 8:59 a.m.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior leader Sanjay Singh are expected to attend the meeting, an AAP leader familiar with the development said.

Over 8,500 candidates were in fray in polls for these assemblies and their electoral fate is now sealed in over 1.74 lakh EVMs, stored in over 670 strongrooms across the five states. The MNF is projected to defeat Congress here.

On Monday, the BJP's parliamentary party and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents will also meet to discuss issues before the government in the winter session of Parliament, beginning on December 11. More so, because the BJP has seen significant reverses in Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls held since 2014.

The BJP leads in 44, with 46 seats classified as close fights.

In the maiden polls for the 119-seat Telangana assembly, 1821 candidates were in fray and a voter turnout of 73.20 per cent was recorded. Exit polls have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the TRS this time.

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