After a long seesaw battle, the Congress has emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh, however, it will need support of at least two other MLAs to form government in the state after almost 15 years. The counting for Assembly elections, which began at 8 am on Tuesday, continued through the night and the final results were declared on Wednesday morning.
The results for all 230 seats have been declared and the Congress has won 114 seats and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 109 seats. The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has two seats. The Samajwadi Party (SP) has won one seat and Independent candidates have won four.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan has won from his traditional Budhni seat by a margin of 58,999 votes, defeating former Union minister and senior Congress leader Arun Yadav.
Congress stakes claim to form govt
Meanwhile, in a hurriedly organised press conference at 2.30 am on Wednesday, Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh appeared before the media and said that they have written to Governor Anandiben Patel to invite them to form the government.
Congress party seeks an appointment late tonight with the Governor to stake their claims to form the govt in Madhya Pradesh. The party has sought appointment by sending an email and a fax too. #MadhyaPradeshElections pic.twitter.com/QEBb5qotuA— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
"With utmost happiness, I wish to inform you that Congress has won clear majority. We have written a letter to the Governor to invite us so that we can prove our majority before him," Kamal Nath told reporters in the press conference in Bhopal that barely lasted a minute.
Now, all eyes on Governor Anandiben Patel as she would play a decisive role in the government formation in Madhya Pradesh.
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