Madhya Pradesh Bypolls: BJP Takes Lead In 19 Out Of 28 Seats, Kamal Nath’s Hopes Dashed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. (Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times via GettyImages) 

As per the latest trends, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a lead on 19 seats while the Congress is ahead on eight seats as the counting of votes for bypolls to the 28 seats of Madhya Pradesh Assembly is underway.

BJP leaders, including CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, exchanged sweets at their Bhopal office as trends show their lead in the assembly bypolls.

CM Chouhan tweeted (as translated from Hindi), “The people of the state has once again decided to elect BJP who has pledged for development and welfare of the people.”

The Congress had hoped to win at least 20 seats in the bypolls but the trends indicate otherwise.

The Congress had campaigned vigorously in the bypolls in a bid to return to power in the state. The party had to win at least 22 seats to remain in the numbers game but it had not crossed the double-digit figure if counting trends are an indication.

The Kamal Nath government had fell after the revolt by Jyotiraditya Scindia with whom 25 MLAs left in March.

The Congress needed to win all 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh to regain a majority in the Assembly.

On the other hand, the ruling BJP needs only nine seats to reach the magic figure of 116.

In the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly, the BJP has 107 MLAs, Congress 88, BSP 2, SP 1, and Independents 4.

With IANS Inputs

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