Results of Assembly elections in Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh will be declared today (December 3, 2023). The counting of voters started at 8 AM and the final results are expected to be out by late afternoon.
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11 AM: BJP all set to form government in Madhya Pradesh, over halfway mark in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh too. Congress leads in Telangana.
9:45 AM: BJP takes big lead over Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. BJP and Congress neck-and-neck in Chhattisgarh. Congress ahead in Telangana, BRS trails.
9:10 AM: BJP leading in 116 seats out of 230 in Madhya Pradesh, Congress in 111. BJP and Congress neck-and-neck in Rajasthan while Congress takes massive lead in Chhattisgarh and Telangana.
8:30 AM: BJP has taken a small lead in Madhya Pradesh while Congres sis ahead in Telangana and Chhattisgarh. There is a close contest between the BJP and Congress in Rajasthan.
8 AM: Postal ballots have been opened and the first trends will pour in soon.
Voting in the four states took place in November. While two states – Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh – are ruled by the Congress, Madhya Pradesh has a Bharatiya Janata Party government and Telangana is governed by the Bharat Rashtra Samithi of K Chandrashekar Rao. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana had polling in a single phase, the elections in Chhattisgarh were held in two phases due to the threat of Maosist violence.
With Lok Sabha elections due in April-May 2024, these state Assembly election results will play a crucial role in how the two main groups – the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and the opposition’s INDIA strategise and play their cards.
The counting of votes in all four states will begin at 8 am today with postal ballots being counted first after which the votes from the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be counted.
Mizoram too went to polls in November and according to the earlier schedule, the counting was to take place along with the other four states. But several state-based political parties asked the Election Commission of India for a change stating that Sunday is a special day in the Christian-majority state. So the ECI decided to postpone the counting by one day and it scheduled it for December 4.