Madhya Pradesh Assembly Bypolls: BJP Leading On 13 Seats, Congress On Five In Early TrendsMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (Imtiyaz Khan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a lead on 13 seats while the Congress is ahead on five seats as the counting of votes for bypolls to the 28 seats of Madhya Pradesh Assembly is underway.

According to the Election Commission website, BJP is ahead on 13 seats while Congress is leading on 5 seats as the counting of votes for 28 assembly seats in 19 districts of the state is currently going on.

The voting for the state Assembly bypolls were held on 3 November.

It should be noted that as many as 355 candidates are in the fray for the 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly seats.

The bypolls are important for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the results will decide whether his government remains in power.

It is also crucial for former chief minister Kamal Nath, who lost power in the state seven months ago after Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The BJP, with 107 MLAs in MP assembly with an effective strength of 229, needs to win at least eight of these 28 seats to retain power in Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, the Congress has 87 legislators in the House.

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