IN MADHYA PRADESH, RAJASTHAN AND CHHATTISGARH
Assembly Election Results 2023
In a big boost for the BJP and setting the tone for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party in a resounding victory comfortably retained Madhya Pradesh and routed the ruling Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in the recently concluded Assembly Elections in five states. Following the declaration of Results in four states- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana on 03 December, 2023 and Mizoram a day later i.e., on 04 December, the BJP scripted a new history by registering a landslide victory for the fifth time with two third majority in Madhya Pradesh. It also inflicted a resounding defeat to the Congress and wrested control of the state legislatures in both Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Telangana and Mizoram, the BJP also improved its performance compared to last time, while the Congress and Zoram People’s Movement got majorities to form the government in both these states respectively.
As per the Election Commission of India data, in the Madhya Pradesh assembly, the BJP won 163 of the 230 seats in the House, leaving the Congress a distant second with 66 seats. In Rajasthan, the BJP bagged 115 seats out of 199 constituencies while the Congress notched 69 seats. In Chhattisgarh, the BJP won 54 seats while the Congress won 35 seats in the 90-member House. In Telangana, Congress won 64 seats, the BRS bagged 39 seats, while the BJP got 08 seats in the 119 member House. In Mizoram, the Zoram People’s Movement bagged victory in 27 seats, the incumbent Mizo National Front won 10 seats and BJP won 02 seats. Total 638 seats underwent the test of democracy, where the BJP emerged victorious in over 70% of them. This resounding victory reflects the trust that people have in the vision, work, and leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Noteworthy, the first phase of voting of Assembly elections for Chhattisgarh and Mizoram was held on 07 November, 2023. Voting for 20 seats out of the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly and the 40-member Mizoram assembly took place during the first phase. A total of 174 candidates were in the fray in Mizoram and 223 candidates contested in the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections. The voting percentage in Mizoram was over 80.62 per cent while in Chhattisgarh, the first phase vote per cent was around 78.07 per cent.
Meanwhile, voting for 230 assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh and 70 out of 90 assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh was held on 17 November, 2023. Chhattisgarh saw the second and last phase of voting on 17 November. A total of 958 candidates were in the fray for 70 seats in Chhattisgarh.
In Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, a total of 2,533 candidates were in the fray with the main battle for power between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. As per the Election Commission of India Voter Turnout App, Madhya Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of 77.15 per cent and Chhattisgarh reported 75.88 per cent voter turnout in its second phase.
Likewise, the assembly election in Rajasthan was held on 25 November and Telangana was held on 30 November respectively. As per the Election Commission of India Voter Turnout App, Rajasthan recorded a voter turnout of 75.45 per cent, whereas the voter turnout in Telangana was around 71.34 per cent.
The BJP’s win in three major States speaking volumes about the public mood and BJP’s performance at the centre under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister. Even the public mood was quite visible during election meetings and grand road shows organised by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, BJP National President Shri JP Nadda and others senior leaders with massive public presence across these states. It seems during the campaigning itself the people of these states have made up their mind to give a decisive mandate to BJP this time. The verdict again proved that BJP is the first-choice for the people over all other Opposition parties and Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi is the most trusteed and loved political leader in the country.
Highlights of Rajasthan Election Results
• The assembly election in Rajasthan was held on 25 November, 2023 in a single phase.
• As per the Election Commission of India Voter Turnout App, Rajasthan recorded a voter turnout of about 75.45 per cent. It was slightly above the 74.06 percent voter turnout recorded in the 2018 assembly polls.
• The Rajasthan Assembly has 200 seats, but the contest on one was postponed due to the death of a candidate.
• The BJP wrested Rajasthan, winning 115 seats out of the 199 where polling took place.
• The Congress severely failed and got only 69 seats.
• The Bharat Adivasi Party won three seats and the Bahujan Samaj Party got two.
• The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal bagged one each, while the independents got eight.
• The Vote share of BJP was 41.69 per cent of the votes cast and the Congress 39.53 per cent.
• 17 of the 25 ministers in the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan lost this time in the assembly elections including Govind Ram Meghwal, who also led the party’s campaign committee, lost in the assembly elections.
• A look at the seats won by the BJP shows its almost complete sway in Western, Central and Southern Rajasthan. Barring a small presence by the Bharatiya Adivasi Party which own on two seats, almost the whole of Southern Rajasthan has gone to the BJP.
Highlights of Chhattisgarh Election Results
Bharatiya Janata Party – BJP 54
Indian National Congress – INC 35
Gondvana Gantantra Party – GGP 1
Total = 90
• The election for the Chhattisgarh assembly was held in two phases on 07 &17 November, 2023. The counting of votes in the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly was held on 03 December.
• Voter turnout stood at 76.31 per cent in the first phase and 75.88 per cent in the second phase.
• Contrary to what Chhattisgarh poll Pandits predicted, the Bharatiya Janata Party has registered its biggest election victory in Chhattisgarh after almost five years, dashing the hopes of the Congress Party’s return to power for the second consecutive term.
• The BJP has won 54 seats with more than 46.27% vote share, while the Congress managed to win 35 seats with over 42.23 % vote share, as per the official data on the Election Commission of India website.
• The Gondvana Gantantra Party has won one seat.
• A defining moment in BJP’s triumph was Ishwar Sahu’s victory in the Sajja constituency. He is the father of the youth who was murdered in communal violence in Biranpur (part of Sajja) in April.
• The key reasons for Congress’s ouster were massive corruption through Mahadev app betting scam, recruitment irregularities, severe Charges of corruption, including coal, liquor, DMF fund and PSC recruitment scams etc.
• In Chhattisgarh, the BJP came out victorious in 20 of the 34 tribal seats, which is one of the best performance of the party in the state.
BJP NOW HAS 12 STATES ON ITS OWN AND 4 OTHERS WITH COALITION
The BJP stamped its authority in the country with three spectacular wins on 03 December, consequently, widening its footprint in the country just months ahead of the general election. The party is now in power on its own in 12 of the 28 states in India and is in the ruling coalition in four other states. The BJP is in power in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
Besides, the saffron party is also part of the ruling coalition in four states – Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Sikkim.
The Congress, on the other hand, is now left with only three states – Telangana, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.