Congress picks Kamal Nath as MP chief minister, Scindia loses out

Assembly election results clear message to Modi Rahul Edited By Odishatv Bureau | By IANS On Dec 11 2018- 20:44:50

BSP chief Mayawati Wednesday said her party will extend support to the Congress to form government in Madhya Pradesh and keep the BJP out of power.

In a surprise performance, the main opposition Congress party defeated the BJP in the northern and central Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.

It has been "a nice journey from 2014", he added. The Congress was reduced to its lowest tally in Parliament ever in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

"Prime Minister Modi has promised to give jobs but he has failed to deliver that. I don't think any opposition alliance can defeat us", he said. This caused further problems to the business sector across the board leading to questions over the ability of the Modi government's administrative abilities. Now, voters are disillusioned. The party was set to win more than 85 seats in the 199-seat Telangana Assembly.

"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". Vasundhara Raje, Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot have all won their respective seats of Jhalrapatan, Tonk and Sardarpura while both Pilot and Gehlot have said that Congress will form the government. "Hum kisi ko mukt nahi karna chahtein", he said.

"A rout of the BJP on its homeground states should encourage cohesion among the opposition parties to strengthen the non-BJP coalition for the general elections".

Election in the Ramgarh constituency was countermanded due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh.

The tiny, hillside state of Mizoram went with the regional Mizo National Front (MNF), giving a thumping defeat to the ruling Congress party there.

As of 7 p.m. on December 11, 2018, the incumbent party-in power for 15 years to 2018, with Raman Singh the party's longest-running chief minister-was leading in eight reserved seats (28 percent), three fewer than in 2013 when it had won 11.

Asked about who would be Chief Minister, he said the party would take a call.

The chief minister of the eastern state of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, a trenchant critic of the federal dispensation, told reporters that it was a disaster for the BJP. "All the independents have in addition assured support to the Congress party", Kamal Nath claimed in his letter to the Governor. The BJP has been in power in the state since 2003 and is seeking a fourth straight term. The BJP too can no longer get away with just name calling. 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. He had campaigned extensively for his party in the three states.

Interestingly, Congress had come up with two different strategies for the two big states.

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