BJP to win 17 out of 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh bypolls, exit poll predicts

BJP to win 17 out of 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh bypolls, exit poll predicts

NEW DELHI: The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh is expected to win 17 of the 28 seats on which bypolls were conducted earlier this week.
The Congress, which has 80 seats in the 230-seat assembly, needs to win all 28 seats if it intends to form a government in the state. On the other hand, the BJP needs just nine seats to get a simple majority.
The by-elections in 25 of the 28 seats in the 230-member Assembly on November 3 were necessitated due to the resignations of Congress MLAs who later joined the BJP. They are in the fray as BJP candidates in 25 seats. In the remaining three segments, bypolls were necessitated due to the demise of sitting legislators.
At present, of the total 201 segments which are represented in the Assembly, the BJP has 107 MLAs, Congress 87, Independents four, two BSP, and one SP.
In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP will continue its stronghold by winning 5-6 of the seven seats that went to bypolls on Tuesday, predicted exit poll.
The Samajwadi Party could win 1-2 seats, while the BSP is likely to win 0-1 seat, the poll predicted.
In Gujarat, the survey predicted, 6-7 seats for the BJP, where 8 seats went to polls. The Congress, is likely to have a vote share of 40%, but is likely to win not more than one seat, the survey said.
(With inputs from agencies)

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