State of the Nation: What’s at Stake for the Congress and BJP in the Madhya Pradesh Election

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State of the Nation: What’s at Stake for the Congress and BJP in the Madhya Pradesh Election

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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f the 2019 general elections are too far away for you, no fear: the state assembly elections are here to whet your political appetite. With heavyweight Madhya Pradesh – considered a weathervane state – and Mizoram gone to the polls today, there are 230 seats on the line in the former, and 40 in the latter.

December 11 is the big day, when ballots from both the states, as well as from Chhattisgarh, and the upcoming polls in Telangana, and Rajasthan, will be counted. In the meantime, the floor is open for speculation, and if today’s elections are any indication, Congress and the BJP are in for a fierce battle for the national government in a few months’ time – and the signs are already visible. So far, Congress has complained about rigged voting machines, while the BJP has moved the Election Commission against Congress leader Kamal Nath, who held up his hand while voting in a reference to his party symbol.

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