The Congress party has put up its best show in assembly polls in recent years after decimating the BJP in Chhattisgarh while inching towards the majority mark in Rajasthan. In Madhya Pradesh, it’s a neck-and-neck fight between the Congress and the BJP with Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the three-term chief minister, putting up a brave fight to keep the BJP in the hunt of forming the government for the fourth straight term.
In Chhattisgarh, Congress decimated the three-term BJP government led by chief minister Raman Singh and has won or is leading in 66 out of the total 90 seats. The BJP’s tally has come down to a mere 15 seats from the 49 it won five years ago. The BSP is likely to win 3 seats while six went to the kitty of other smaller parties and Independent candidates.
The Congress will in all likelihood form the next government in Rajasthan and is expected to cross the magic figure of 100 seats in the 199-member assembly. Trends and results available so far gives Congress 101 seats while the BJP is expected to win around 73 seats while Independents and others, including the Samajwadi Party that has announced its support to the Congress, expected to bag 25 seats.
In Madhya Pradesh, it’s a see-saw battle between the BJP and the Congress with the two parties hovering near the magic figure of 116 seats.
Meanwhile, celebrations broke out in Congress party offices after early trends predicted a good show by the party in the Hindi heartland although it faced a crunching defeat in Mizoram while the alliance it had with the TDP in Telangana faced a rout at the hands of the TRS.