Election Results: MP, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Telengana & Mizoram; Who Won Where?

Election Results: MP, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Telengana & Mizoram; Who Won Where?

Election Results: MP, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Telengana & Mizoram; Who Won Where?

Similarly in the western desert state of Rajasthan - ruled by the BJP's Vasundhara Raje, a maharani or princess - Modi's party was predicted to win 74 seats compared to 97 for Congress. The Congress settled at 114 and has staked claim to form a government with the support of Samajwadi Party (SP) that got 1 seat and Mayawati's BSP that bagged 2. The setback has presented a major challenge to the party that now holds the reins at the centre and is seeking a second term in the general elections due in April next year. "We are going to provide these three states with a vision for overall development".

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.

In Chhattisgarh, however, the Congress Party was gaining in 63 constituencies in a 90-member assembly on its way to securing an absolute majority. In Mandsaur, a Madhya Pradesh rural town surrounded by yellow rapeseed fields, six farmers were shot and killed during one demonstration a year ago.

But the ploy, which included a pledge by the RSS to revive the Ramjanmabhoomi movement of 1992-93 which led to the Babri masjid's demolition, failed to check the Congress's revival and the signs of erosion of the BJP's base of support.

The Congress lost its only state government in India's north-eastern state of Mizoram, where a regional party, the Mizo National Front (MNF) came to power in a clear victory.

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The TRS was poised to retain power in Telangana with a huge majority, with its candidates leading in 80 of the 119 seats, leaving the Congress-led alliance way behind. In 8 out of the 10 seats, the margin of victory, in terms of vote percentage, was more than 6.5 percent. If Sachin Pilot wins the elections, it would be an excellent achievement for a young leader who was handed over a party in January 2014.

Congress had not announced chief ministerial face in any of the three states and consequently, the decision to choose who will take on the top post will rest with elected MLAs.

In the run-up to this election, the BJP has seen several high-profile defections to the Congress, including of Manvendra Singh, son of former MP and senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh. Regional parties have usurped the Congress's centrist politics, contributing to the party's sharp decline over the years.

"What was promised by Modi has not been delivered...that question does arise".

A lawmaker for the BJP said it had erred in focusing its campaign on partisan themes, such as the building of a Hindu temple at a site disputed by Muslims, instead of offering jobs and growth.

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