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Madhya Pradesh Election 2018

Madhya Pradesh polls: BJP manifesto like Congress’, has cow, Narmada reference

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Bhopal | The ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh Saturday released its manifesto promising measures for the well-being of cows and protection of the Narmada River, similar to what has been mentioned in the Congress’ “vachan patra”.

The BJP manifesto promised that well-equipped cowsheds would be increased and they would be set up in each division of the state. Madhya Polls goes to polls on November 28 and counting of votes will take place on December 11. It also said that a drive would be initiated to protect the holiness and flow of the Narmada river, revered by Hindus. As part of the drive, saplings would be planted along the river to protect its banks, it said.

The ruling party’s manifesto also spoke of setting up a managing authority to mitigate the problems faced by temple priests as well as a hike in honorarium for them. Besides, the manifesto also has other sops for temples in the state. “The BJP has come up with these measures after getting 12,000 suggestions. The party had constituted 24 teams to reach out to them,” said senior BJP leader Vikram Verma.

Earlier, the MP government had accorded five religious leaders the rank of minister of state after one of them, Namdev Das Tyagi, popularly known as Computer Baba, threatened a march to expose illegal mining along the Narmada.

However, a month ago, he parted ways with the state government, accusing it of having no respect for the Narmada and failing to check rampant illegal mining along the river. On November 10, the Congress had released its manifesto with references to Lord Ram, Narmada river and cow urine. It promised a “spiritual department” in the state, as well as plans to promote Sanskrit. It spoke of developing ‘Ram path’-a mythical route taken by Lord Ram during his 14-year exile- in MP’s Chitrakoot and the commercial production of ‘gaumutra’ (cow urine) and ‘kanda’ (cowdung cakes).

The manifesto also talked of setting up ‘gaushalas’ (cowshed) in every village panchayat and making arrangements for the upkeep of injured cows.

It had a host of measures for the conservation of the Narmada, including developing religious places along the river at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore as well as enacting the ‘Maa Narmada Nyas Adhiniyam’ for its conservation.

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Madhya Pradesh polls: Congress ahead in 112 seats, BJP in 102

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Bhopal | The Congress is leading in 112 seats and the BJP in 102 seats after the second round of counting in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading in Budhni constituency after the second round of counting, an election official said.

“The Congress is leading in 112 seats, while the BJP is ahead in 102 constituencies after completion of the first and second rounds of counting,” MP chief electoral officer (CEO) V L Kantha Rao told reporters.

The counting began at 8 am. As many as 2,907 candidates were in the fray for the November 28 Assembly polls as Chouhan of the BJP is attempting a fourth term in office, while challenger Congress expects to return to power after a 15-year gap.

In 2013, the BJP had won 165 seats and the Congress bagged 58 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had won four seats while three seats were bagged by Independents.

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Trends reflect people’s desire for change: Jyotiradha Scindia

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Bhopal | With trends indicating that the Congress was ahead in the assembly polls in three Hindi heartland states, senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the figures reflected the people’s desire for a change. According to initial rounds of counting, the Congress was ahead in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan — the three states where the BJP has been in power.

Scindia, who spearheaded the Congress campaign in Madhya Pradesh, said he was very confident that the Congress would form the government in the state.

Asked about posters being put up that Kamal Nath would be CM, Scindia said: “Lets not put the cart before the horse. Let us wait for the verdict.”

He said the trends reflected the people’s desire for a change.

Scindia made the remarks after landing in Bhopal.

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath also exuded confidence that it will form the government in Madhya Pradesh.

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Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls: Counting of votes begins

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Bhopal | Counting of votes for Madhya Pradesh Assembly’s 230 seats began at 8 am Tuesday. As many as 2,907 candidates were in the fray for the November 28 assembly polls as Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan of BJP is attempting a fourth term in office, while challenger Congress expects to return to power after a 15-year gap.

Exit polls predicted a close race between the BJP and the Congress, though leaders from both parties have routinely claimed their respective victories. While Chouhan has called himself the “biggest surveyor” in claiming a win for the BJP, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said his party would get at least 140 seats to oust the saffron party and form a majority government.

The state polls saw a voter turnout of about 75 percent. Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao told reporters that counting began with the postal ballots at 51 centres across the state. “EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) would be taken up for counting at 8.30 am. Counting of postal ballots would continue simultaneously,” he said.

Rao said 15,000 employees have been drafted for the counting process which will be monitored through 1200 CCTV cameras installed at 51 centres across the state. The CEO said the maximum rounds of counting — 32 in total — would take place in the Indore-5 assembly segment due to the highest number of booths there.

The lowest number of counting rounds (15) would be held in Kotma seat in Anuppur district, he added. Indore-5 seat is currently held by the BJP while the Congress represents Kotma constituency. Rao said the results of every round would be declared separately before the start of the subsequent rounds.

Though all exit polls predicted a slide in the BJP’s fortunes, some of them have gone to the extent of giving a clear majority to the Congress.

The Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat poll has predicted BJP will win 108-128 seats and the Congress 95-115. The India Today-Axis poll gave 102-120 seats to the ruling party and 104-122 to the Congress. Times Now-CNX predicted a majority for the BJP with 126 seats and gave 89 to the Congress.

In contrast, the ABP News poll gave the Congress a decisive win with 126 seats and said the BJP would win 94 Assembly constituencies.

In 2013 elections, the BJP had won 165 of total 230 seats, followed by the Congress (58), BSP (4) and Independents 3.

The campaign for the polls was a high-decibel one with star campaigners like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi mounting vitriolic attacks in their respective speeches.

The prime minister had addressed ten public meetings across all regions of the state while BJP president Amit Shah held 26 public meetings and three roadshows said state BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal.

Rahul Gandhi addressed 22 public rallies and took part in about a dozen road shows.

The chief minister, in office since 2005, is seeking re-election from Budhni in Sehore district. He is pitted against Congress candidate Arun Yadav, a former minister.

Of the 5.04-crore registered voters, 3.78-crores (75.05 percent) exercised their franchise.

The BJP fielded candidates for all 230 seats while the Congress fielded 229 nominees and left one seat (Jatara in Tikamgarh district) for its ally Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) of Sharad Yadav.

Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) fielded 227 candidates, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) contested 51 seats.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also fielded 208 candidates in its maiden elections in Madhya Pradesh, while 1,094 candidates contested as independents.

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