Congress names Kamal Nath as chief minister-designate of Madhya Pradesh

Assembly election results clear message to Modi Rahul Edited By Odishatv Bureau | By IANS On Dec 11 2018- 20:44:50

In Madhya Pradesh, the most important of the five states that have held assembly elections in recent weeks, Congress was leading with 113 seats while the BJP had 110 out of 230.

In Rajasthan the Congress Party was headed for victory in 103 of the 190 seats contested, against 71 for the BJP.

Crediting his party's workers - whom he called "babbar sher (lions)" - for the wins, Mr Gandhi said that the BJP talks of a "Congress Mukt Bharat", but the Congress does not want a BJP Mukt Bharat. With a regional party offering support, the Congress party is set to rule all three states, replacing Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party. "Tomorrow we will form the government with a big mandate", Chouhan said.

India's national elections are due by April. He had campaigned extensively for his party in the three states.

Poll analysts cautioned that with the counting in preliminary stages, it was still too early to predict the outcome of state races involving millions of voters. The Congress has started working to form the government in the state.

In Rajasthan, the Congress received 39.3 per cent of the votes while the BJP got 38.8.

In Chhattisgarh, where the party had lost out its entire state leadership in a deadly Naxal attack in 2013, the local leadership was rebuilt in the last five years and the choice of the next chief minister would rely more on which community the party wants to reach out to.

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But the ploy, which included a pledge by the RSS to revive the Ramjanmabhoomi movement of 1992-93 which led to the Babri masjid's demolition, failed to check the Congress's revival and the signs of erosion of the BJP's base of support.

In two other states also releasing results on Tuesday, Telangana in the south and remote Mizoram in the northeast, regional parties looked to be leading.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) registered a thumping victory in Telangana state, while in Mizoram state, the Mizo National Front trounced the Congress party. This is a shift of power to a "more conservative and vernacular elite" which seems to have escaped the Congress.

Congress candidates were ahead in 87 of the 199 constituencies, gaining around 60 seats, while the BJP was leading in 70 seats but heavily losing in over 50 constituencies.

Congress had not announced chief ministerial face in any of the three states and consequently, the decision to choose who will take on the top post will rest with elected MLAs.

Jha, the Congress spokesman, said: "The BJP has collapsed on the [issue of] governance... and just tried to polarise elections by playing communal politics".

"What was promised by Modi has not been delivered...that question does arise". Jogi, a former Congressman, floated his own Janta Congress Chhattisgarh party and contested this election on his own.

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