Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday accepted the results of the Lok Sabha election in which his Congress party suffered an emphatic defeat, saying the party could not convey its agenda to the people.
Of the state's 29 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress could manage to win just the single seat of Chhindwara which was bagged by Nath's son, Nakul, while the Chief Minister himself won the Chhindwara Assembly by-poll.
Reacting to the victory of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance across the country, including in Madhya Pradesh, Nath said: "It is true the results were not as per our expectations but we accept and respect the mandate. We will examine it. Winning and losing are part of democracy."
- The BJP is ahead on 28 of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh while the Congress is leading in one seat, as per trends available so far.
- BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur is leading over Congress' Digvijaya Singh by 44,222 votes in Bhopal, while Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was trailing by 18,456 votes in his traditional Guna seat against BJP's KP Yadav.
- Congress candidate Nakul Nath, son of Chief Minister Kamal Nath, was ahead of BJP's Nathanshah Kawreti on Chhindwara seat by a margin of 17,262 votes.
- In Rajgarh seat, Congress' Mona Sustani is trailing by 1,08,775 votes against sitting BJP MP Rodmal Nagar.
- In Morena, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar is leading by 14,252 votes over Congress' Ramniwas Rawat.
- Another Union minister Virendra Singh is also leading from Tikamgarh over Congress' Kiran Ahirwar by 94,115 votes.
- In Indore, BJP nominee Shankar Lalwani is ahead by 1,42,269 votes against Congress' Pankaj Sanghvi.
- Similarly, BJP's Vishnu Dutt Sharma is leading by 1,06,414 votes over Congress Kavita Singh in Khajuraho seat.
- In Khandwa, former Union minister Arun Yadav is trailing by a margin of 79,394 votes against sitting BJP MP Nandkumar Singh Chauhan.
- Another ex-Union minister and sitting Congress MP Kantilal Bhuria is also trailing by 64,604 votes against BJP's Guman Singh Damor in Ratlam-Jhabua seat.
- Senior Congress leader and former leader of opposition Ajay Singh was also behind by 42,728 votes against sitting BJP MP Riti Pathak in Sidhi.
- In Jabalpur, BJP state president and sitting MP Rakesh Singh is leading by 72,191 votes over Congress Vivek Krishna Tankha.
- In Mandla, BJP MP and former Union minister Faggan Singh Kulaste is ahead by 8,394 votes over Congress Kamal Singh Marawi.
- In the Chhindwara Assembly bypoll, Kamal Nath is leading by 6,807 votes over BJP's Vivek Bunty Sahu.