Madhya Pradesh: India election results show nail-biting contest

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The trends will become clear in a couple of hours.

The main opposition Congress party decisively won state elections in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and has a narrow lead in Madhya Pradesh, where votes were still being counted on Tuesday evening.

In line with exit polls, the Congress appeared to be returning to power after a five-year gap in Rajasthan, the country's largest state which has not re-elected a ruling party in recent times.

State-level elections are not flawless indicators of the national mood, analysts noted, but the BJP setbacks are a reversal of the trend that has seen it increase the number of states it controls since 2014.

Regional parties - the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Mizo National Front (MNF) - are leading in these states. She also said that if the need arises, the BSP will support the Congress in Rajasthan to form the next government. "I am sure he is not taking the 2019 elections for granted".

It's not just Congress vs BJP Both BJP and Congress contested Telangana and Mizoram and both lost.

Pilot on Tuesday said his party is in touch with all those who fought the assembly elections on the anti-BJP plank to bring them together and form a "people's government". Meanwhile, Congress leader Kamal Nath has reportedly announced his party's victory at the Bhopal party office in Madhya Pradesh.

"You should remember that the BJP won 165 seats in the last elections in the state and now there is loss of almost 100 seats".

Of the 2,274 candidates who contested in Rajasthan, 189 are women.

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But early results in Chhattisgarh, where the Congress is ahead by a wide margin, have been the most surprising. Besides, there have been allegations related to the electronic voting machines.

The Congress will have to enlist the support of at least one of the four independents or of the lone Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate elected in Madhya Pradesh to form the next government in the state. The Congress was ahead in five seats, losing as many as 10 seats.

Defeats in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan would dent his invincible image and put the party on the back foot.

The three states also played a significant role for the BJP in the 2014 general elections, when it had won 62 out of the 65 Lok Sabha seats in these three states.

Giving a signal to his workers Mr. Gandhi said that the assembly poll outcome is a "clear message" to the Modi government that people are not happy with it and time has come for a change while asserting that his party will also win in 2019.

Of the 58 constituencies where Gandhi held rallies, the Congress has won in 33 seats. In 2013, Congress got a huge mandate of 34 out of 40 seats. While counting is still underway, the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led TRS is well in the lead with 88 seats while the Congress won 19 seats.

However, incumbent Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too had recently expressed confidence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning the election. There will be no issue over (selection of) chief minister.

In the maiden polls for the 119-seat Telangana assembly, 1821 candidates were in fray and a voter turnout of 73.20 per cent was recorded.

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