In a stunning turn of events, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is surging ahead, leaving the Congress trailing in its wake, as the Madhya Pradesh election results unfold. This comes as a significant twist, considering the Congress had pulled off a surprise victory in 2018, interrupting the BJP’s long-standing rule in the central Indian state.
As the current counting of votes progresses, the destiny of both the incumbent BJP and the opposition Congress for the next five years hangs in the balance.
In a predominantly two-horse race, exit polls are pointing towards yet another triumph for the ruling BJP, while the Congress is anticipated to secure a distant second position.
The battle involves over 2,500 candidates vying for 230 assembly seats, and the magic number to form a government stands at 116.
The BJP had held power in Madhya Pradesh from 2003 until the unexpected Congress victory in 2018. However, the Kamal Nath-led government faced internal dissent, leading to its collapse just 15 months after formation.
Since then, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been steering the ship of Madhya Pradesh’s affairs. The unfolding election results now hold the key to the state’s political landscape for the coming years.