Former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh stated to reporters last Thursday, November 29th that he believes Congress will form the government in Madhya Pradesh, and the party will win specifically between 126 and 132 assembly seats. The elections in Madhya Pradesh were held on Wednesday, November 28th, and the counting of the results will be done on December 11th. Congress faced a huge defeat in 2013, only winning 58 out of the 230 Assembly seats.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in power in the state for the past fifteen years, and is looking to hold a fourth term in a row. The voter turnout in Madhya Pradesh is expected to be around 76%, which is about a 3.5% increase from 2013. The Congress campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia stated, “The increased polling shows it is a vote for change and one against the BJP.”
The Chhattisgarh election occurred in two parts, with the first part held on November 12th and the other on November 20th. The Bharatiya Janata Party has held power in this state for the past fifteen years. Voter turnout for this election was recorded at 76.35%, a decrease from the last election’s 77.40%. The 2013 elections saw a pretty even divide between BJP and Congress support, with BJP’s Raman Singh ultimately defeating Congress for the third time.
According to the Times of India, the opinion polls see a clear victory for Congress this time around, with the party estimated to win 54 out of the 90 seats. The anti-incumbency factor is working strongly against BJP for this election, and the outcome will be official with the vote counting on December 11th.
A recent survey conducted by C-Voter and ABP News predicts that Congress will unseat BJP in this upcoming election, which holds true to the state’s tradition of unseating the current party in power over the past twenty years. The survey suggests that Congress will have about 50% of the votes, and over 120 seats out of 200 in the Rajasthan Assembly. The state president Sachin Pilot is leading against current Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for the most preferred candidate.
There is a significant level of anti-incumbency sentiment towards Raje, with 48% of people believing that her administration’s performance in healthcare, education, and employment is insufficient. The votes for Rajasthan’s election will be counted on December 11th, which will determine which party will be the victor.
The current party in power in Telangana is the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), led by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao. Chief Minister Rao had dissolved the Telangana Assembly earlier than planned on September 6th, and announced that he would win over 100 seats out of 119 in the election. The Telangana election is taking place on December 7th, which will determine whether the TRS will still remain in power.
The state of Telangana was established in 2014, and the TRS won the simple majority with 63 seats out of 119 in that year’s election. Congress won 21 seats, and the TDP and BJP won 15 seats respectively. While initial surveys had shown the TRS winning this upcoming election, a more recent C- voter survey showed Congress taking the state. The winner of this election will be determined on December 11th, which will show whether the TRS will still remain in power for another term.
The people of Mizoram voted for their general election on November 28th, and there was an 80% turnout. Congress currently holds the power in the state, and won with 34 seats in 2013. The Mizo National Front is a significant competitor for Congress in Mizoram, and the BJP has also made a presence in this year’s election. There is no clear winner for this election, with both Congress and the Mizo National Front claiming to have the upper-hand. The victor of this election will be determined on December 11th as well.