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Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018: All you need to know

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The Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election is also seen as one of the crucial assembly election which will spell out the mood of the people.

 

The election commission on Saturday announced the dates for polling in the five states- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana for the assembly elections. The Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat informed that the polling in Madhya Pradesh will be held on 28th November in one phase and the notification will be sent in this state on 2nd November.

The last date of filing the nominations is November 9 while the final date of scrutiny of the candidate is November 12. The candidates can withdraw their nominations by November 14. The counting of results will take place on December 11.

 

The state of Madhya Pradesh which is called the “Heart of India” will be the Centre stage for the heated political exchange in the upcoming days. The two major political parties in the state- the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress have sounded the poll bugle in the state. While Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently conducted a two-day visit to the state, Prime Minister Modi attended Ashara Mubaraka, an event organized by the Dawoodi Bohra community in Madhya Pradesh.

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election is also seen as one of the crucial assembly election which will spell out the mood of the people. Here is everything you need to know about the state:

Demographics:

According to the 2011 census, the total population of Madhya Pradesh is 72,626,809 which is 20.3% of the total Indian population. Out of which male and female are 37,612,306 and 35,014,503 respectively. The population of Madhya Pradesh consists of a number of ethnic groups and tribescastes and communities, including the indigenous tribals and relatively more recent migrants from other states. The scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes constitute a significant portion of the population of the State.

The main tribal groups in Madhya Pradesh are GondBhilBaigaKorkuBhatia (or Bharatiya), Halba, KaulMariyaMalto, and Sahariya. More than 50% of the state’s tribal population is concentrated in Dhar, Jhabua, and Mandla districts while Khargaon, Chhindwara, Seoni, Sidhi, Singrauli, and Shahdol districts have 30–50% population that is of tribes. According to the 2011 census, the Adivasi population in Madhya Pradesh was 73.34 million, constituting 21.1% of the total population. There were 46 recognized Scheduled Tribes and three of them have been identified as “Special Primitive Tribal Groups” in the State.

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The majority of the Madhya Pradesh’s population i.e. 90.9% follows Hinduism, while others are Muslim constitute (6.6%), Jain (0.8%), Buddhists (0.3%), Christians (0.3%), and Sikhs (0.2%) of the population.

Out of total population of Madhya Pradesh, 27.63% people live in urban regions. The total figure of population living in urban areas is 2 crores while the rural population is way higher i.e. 5 crores 25 lakhs.

 

Voter Population:

The total voting population in Madhya Pradesh is 5,03,94,086 out of which 15,78,167 are voters in the age 18-19 years old i.e. first time voters. Out of the total electors 2.6 crores are male, 2.4 crores are female while 1410 are third gender

Male Female Third Gender Service
 2,62,56,157  2,40,76,693  1410  59,826
Total Electors = 5,03,94,086

 

 

Major Political Parties:

There are total six national parties in the state including Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. There are as many as nine regional parties including Janata Dal (Secular), Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party, etc.

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Prominent political parties in MP

 

Constituencies:

There are total 230 assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh. While 148 seats are for General category contestants, 35 seats are reserved for the SC candidates and 47 are reserved for the ST candidates.

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MP Assembly Elections 2013 result:

The Bharatiya Janata Party has been ruling the state of Madhya Pradesh since last 15 years. In 2013 Assembly election, the party won 165 seats while Congress won only 58 seats. The BSP won 4 seats while Independents won 3 seats. The total votes polled for BJP were 1,51,91,335 i.e. 44.88% of the total voter percentage. On the other hand, total 1,23,15,253 votes were polled for Congress with 36.38% of the total voter percentage.

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Congress vs BJP:

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The Congress is banking heavily on the anti-incumbency factor to win the elections. The BJP has been in power for 15 years, and Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been the chief minister for almost 13 years. In the past year, he has had to contend with a spate of violence in the state, following farmer agitations and Dalit protests. Undeterred by these setbacks, however, he has been campaigning fervently, reminding voters of his development initiatives and wooing them with various subsidies, schemes, and gifts.

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Earlier, an integral part of the Congress support base came from the Adivasi and Dalit communities. The party is trying to woo them back. The party is also targeting the Hindu community of the state which constitutes 90% of the population of the state. Recently, Congress promised to construct Gau-shala, complete farm loan waiver for the upset farming community.

Prominent Leaders: Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Digvijaya Singh

 

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The BJP will bank on its ability to organize itself on the ground and on the RSS’ work. Like Modi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s image has been cast as a pro-development leader. The anti-Congress propaganda includes a warning to the people about Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s tenure as a chief minister which was synonymous with bad roads and lack of electricity. The BJP is set to project its development indices and pro-farmer budget to boost its election campaign. Shivraj Singh is also introducing several schemes and policies for the women in the state.

Prominent leaders:  Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Kailash Vijayavargiya, Yashodhara Raje Scindia

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Youth suicidal rate in Madhya Pradesh has increased to 2000 percent, alleges Rahul Gandhi

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Bhopal | Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that the suicide rate among youth has increased to 2000 percent in the tenure of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Addressing a rally in poll bound Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni, Rahul Gandhi attacked the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP for the unemployment in the state. He said, About 4000 post teachers post are empty in Madhya Pradesh, for every 18,000 students there is 1 teacher. The suicide rate among student have increased to 2000 percent in Madhya Pradesh.” He further added that the main demand of Madhya Pradesh’s youth is employment. For the last 15 years, BJP govt has not provided any employment to the youth.

Raising the issue of Adivasis, Rahul Gandhi said,” The most important things for  Adivasi’s is ‘Jal Jamin and Jungle’ (Water, Land and Jungle). The Congress president asked,Who should be benefits of these resources, the Millionaires or the Adivasi and poor. The Congress president also questioned, “If PM Modi can waive off loans worth ₹3,50,000Cr of India’s richest then why can he not waive off loans of farmers? “Congress will waive off farm loans within 10 days of forming the government in Madhya Pradesh,” he promised.

Cornering the Union government on the increasing fuel price, Gandhi said,”Global fuel prices are decreasing but in India fuel prices have doubled. All the burden is borne by the common people to benefit a handful of rich industrialists.” He further claimed,”During UPA era the price of Gas Cylinders war 400 rupees while in the current NDA  government it has increased to 1100 rupees.”

Assembly elections will be conducted in Madhya Pradesh on 28 November while the results will be declared on December 11 along with Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.

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Central government employees already banned from attending RSS shakhas: Digvijaya Singh

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Bhopal | Amid the row over the Congress’s election promise to ban government servants from attending RSS shakhas in Madhya Pradesh, the party’s senior leader Digvijay Singh said Tuesday that such a prohibition already exists for Central government employees.

The opposition party’s manifesto for November 28 Assembly polls in the state vows to ban shakhas of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on government premises and stop government employees from attending RSS shakhas. “Ninety-five percent of the promises made by the Congress, about farmers, women, youth, poor, tribals, Dalits, etc., are being ignored, and an issue which is already in practise under the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is being discussed,” Singh told reporters here.

“There is an order, still in force, which says no Central government employee and official can attend RSS shakhas. Holding shakhas in government buildings or premises is also not allowed,” he said. Such orders are in force in many states too, he claimed.

“In Madhya Pradesh too this rule existed under the Jan Sangh and BJP governments under (then chief ministers) Virendra Kumar Sakhlecha, Kailash Joshi, Sundarlal Patwa, Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur. We have only pledged to continue it. RSS was once banned by (country’s first home minister) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel following Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination,” he said. Asked about Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s statement that no one can ban RSS shakhas, Digvijay quipped, “Shivraj-ji should ask (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi to allow shakhas in Central government buildings.”

Speaking at Khargone Monday evening, Chouhan had said, “RSS is an organisation of patriots and every nationalist and every government staff member can attend its shakhas.” The Congress manifesto, released Saturday, says under the head `Administrative Reforms’: “Holding of RSS shakhas on government premises would be banned and the order regarding the relaxation given to public servants to attend those will be revoked.”

The Congress government had banned RSS activities on government premises in Madhya Pradesh in 1981. The ban was revived in 2000 by then chief minister Digvijay Singh, and it continued under BJP chief ministers Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur, before chief minister Chouhan lifted it in 2006.

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Congress releases manifesto for Madhya Pradesh polls; promise ‘gaushalas’ in every gram panchayat

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Bhopal | The Madhya Pradesh Congress on Saturday released its party manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls in the state promising reduced electricity bills to farmers along with building  ‘gaushalas in every district of the state.

Titled as ‘Vachan Patra’, the Congress manifesto is divided into 50 subcategories and 973 points promising Rs 10,000 as unemployment allowance for one young member per family for a period of three years and Rs 51,000 at the time of a girl’s marriage. The party has added a provision for an amount of Rs 2.50 lakh for the construction of houses of landless people on a plot of 450 sq feet has in its manifesto. However the key highlights of the manifesto is the promise of waive off farm loans at nationalised as well as state government cooperative banks along with reducing electricity bills of farmers by percent.

Addressing media during the release of party manifesto, Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath said,””We will reduce the electricity bill of farmers by 50 per cent, reduce diesel and petrol prices and open ‘gaushalas’ in every gram panchayat among other things mentioned in our election manifesto.”


Taking a jibe at CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia said,” This is a vachan patra and not a ghoshna patra, because we all have been hearing ghoshnas for the last 15 years.”  Along with Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, former CM Digvijaya Singh,  former Union minister Suresh Pachauri, leader of opposition Ajay Singh and former PCC president Arun Yadav were also present at the event.

Assembly election will be conducted in Madhya Pradesh on 28 November while the result will be declared on December 11 along with Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.

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