Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan submitted his resignation on Wednesday as he declared that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not stake claim to form government in the state. Talking to the media during the day, Chouhan confirmed the party will not stake claim as they have not got clear majority.
"As we have not got clear majority, we are not going to stake claim to form the government. And I am going to the Governor to resign as the Chief Minister," Chouhan said in Bhopal.
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According to the Election Commission, the final tally for the 230-seat Madhya Pradesh Assembly showed Congress with 114 seats, while the ruling BJP came close with 109 in a battle that went to the wire on Tuesday.
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Meanwhile, Governor Anandiben Patel has invited Congress leader Kamal Nath to stake claim. In a letter to the governor, Kamal Nath Tuesday night said his party has emerged as the single largest party in the state and has majority support in the 230-member Assembly.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, whose party won two seats in the state also announced to extend support to the Congress on Wednesday.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) which won one seat in the state also extended its support to the Congress. The announcement was made by party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister took to Twitter on Wednesday and said, "The Samajwadi Party extends its support to the Congress to form a government in Madhya Pradesh.”