Madhya Pradesh state assembly elections 2003

29 November 2003
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Results as of now

Lead + win - Delhi: Congress 49; BJP 18
Chhattisgarh: Congress 35; BJP 47
Rajasthan: BJP 108; Congress 70
Madhya Pradesh: BJP 149; Congress 37

Update: Digvijay concedes defeat.

Current status in all states : 4 PM. IST

Elections 2003 Results
Delhi (70)
  Party Leads in Won
Cong 1 46
BJP 2 18
Others - 3

Madhya Pradesh (230)
  Party Leads in Won
BJP 80 88
Cong 20 17
Others 19 6

Rajasthan (200)
  Party Leads in Won
BJP 9 111
Cong 2 54
Others 1 23

Chhattisgarh (90)
  Party Leads in Won
Cong 17 17
BJP 27 25
Others 3 1

Mizoram (40)
  Parties Leading Won
MNF 21
Cong 12
Others 6



Elections to four states Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh - will be held on December 1 and elections to the Mizo assembly will be held on November 20.

Latest update: All opinion polls indicate unanimously that Digvijay Singh will lose Madhya Pradesh in the forthcoming elections. Unfortunately for him, after riding high till the beginning of this year, he has been foiled by the combination of power and electricity. This was quite unexpected for Digvijay Singh, apparently. These days, in interviews, he appears quite pained at the thought. Of course, the chief minister has not lost his bravado, and can be seen cnfidetly asserting that he is still going to hold on to the state.

It seems Digvijay focused on something whcih does not return the electoral dividends. People either need and emotive issue, or they need something they can touch and fee. The touch-feel factor of good roads and good electricity is, apparently, stronger than the decentralisation of power and higher literacy rates that Digvijay focused on. It is debatable what is more important for Madhya Pradesh, but literacy and better health indices do not impress the average short-term memory citizen the way a pot-holed road hits you. Sad for you, Diggy. In fact, it is doubly sad, as his replacement could be Uma Bharati, who is hardly impressive in anything other than being happy about the demolition of Babri Masjid. By voting for better performance, the people may actually get nothing more than a few more temples and communal strife. Let's wait and see about this one. If Digvijay wins, he would have learnt his lesson too - that Madhya Pradesh needs feel-good achievements too.

In the Madhya Pradesh state assembly elections 2003, the state will witness a direct fight between BJP and Congress. However, the Bahujan Samaj Party in Madhya Pradesh seems to have reached a tacit understanding with the Congress to support in the state assembly elections. This could make the going very difficult for BJP. 

The current chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijay Singh, will face off against Uma Bharati of BJP in the state assembly elections, to be held on December 1, 2003. 

Madhya Pradesh elections are going to be pretty borderline - Digvijay was known to have the upper hand till recently, and then a spate of controversies -  power problems, beef politics, roads  -  sudenly took the wind out of his sails. The BJP brought i Uma Bharati specifically to take on Digvijay and Congress. The aggressive sanyasin seems to be giving Diggy Raja a tough fight in the state assembly elections.

The India Today survey conducted recently indicated that Congress will lose the Madhya Pradesh state assembly elections. However, as 2003 nears to a close, the lead seems to bounce back from one side to the other. The possible support of Mayavati to the chief minister could also throw a spanner in the works for BJP in the election.

Watch this space for more updates on the forthcoming the state assembly elections.



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