State Assembly Election Results: BSP To Support Congress In Madhya Pradesh
Will Extend Support To The Congress: Mayawati
Bahujan Samajwadi Party Chief Mayawati said her party will extend support to the Congress to form the government in Madhya Pradesh and, if required, in Rajasthan too.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is making efforts to return to power in Madhya Pradesh despite the Congress emerging as the single largest party with 114 seats, said Maywati.
"We fought elections to keep the BJP out of power...We do not agree with the philosophy of the Congress. But to keep the BJP out of power, we will extend it our support," she said in a statement.
The BSP president claimed that the electorate of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan was upset with the policies of the BJP governments at the Centre and in the three states and wanted to keep it out of power.
"That is why people preferred the Congress as a strong alternative. They voted for it with a heavy heart... had it (Congress) followed BR Ambedkar and worked for the development of Dalits, tribals, and minorities, then there was no need to form this (BSP) party," she said.
Counting Concludes In Madhya Pradesh
Counting of votes has concluded in Madhya Pradesh with the BJP winning 109 seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party winning two seats and the Congress leading with 114 seats. This, however, is below the 115-half-way mark required in the state to form a government independently.
Madhya Pradesh Hangs In Balance, Rest Clear Cut Verdicts
Madhya Pradesh is still undecided with the Congress leading in 113 seats and the BJP leading in 109. Of these seats 83 have been confirmed as BJP wins while 85 have been confirmed as Congress victories.
The Congress has sough an appointment with governor to form the governemnt. However, BJP has said that it should wait till the last vote is counted. The Governor House has said it won't give an appointment till clarity from the Election Commission.
In Rajasthan, counting has been completed and the Congress has been declared winner with 99 out of the 199 seats, one short of majority. BJP managed to win 73 seats.
Telangana saw TRS do a complete sweep, winning 88 out of 119 seats. The alliance between Congress and TDP secured 21 seats.
In Chhattisgarh too the counting is underway. Congress has won 49 seats and is leading in 19 seats. BJP has won 10 seats and is leading in 5.
Mizoram was a straightforward contest. The MNF came back to power after 10 years with a majority 26 out of 40 seats. The Congress won 5.
Congress To Stake Claim In Madhya Pradesh
The Congress Party has sought an appointment with the governor of Madhya Pradesh to stake claim to the government.
The Closest-Fought Battles In Rajasthan
The Congress Party is on track to form the next government in Rajasthan. The party is leading in 99 seats, while the BJP is ahead in 73 constituencies.
- There are 8 constituencies in Rajasthan where leading candidates are ahead by less than 1,000 votes.
- BJP's Dharmendra Kumar and Jabbar Singh, and Congress' Virendra Singh are ahead by less than 300 votes.