Madhya Pradesh perhaps being the most intriguing of the five states featuring a thrilling and unpredictable direct battle between the BJP and the Congress, the state went into polls on November 28. The Madhya Pradesh assembly election 2018 results will decide the fate of 2,097 candidates who are in the fray.
On the BJP's side is the 15-year-rule of Shivraj Singh Chouhan who is a popular face, along with the electoral potency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ruling BJP in its manifesto titled - “Samridh Madhya Pradesh Drishti Patra” is focused on overall development of the state with special focus on women, agriculture and education sector.
Distribution of loans and expanding irrigation area: In its election manifesto, BJP has promised to distribute loans worth 40,000 crores among the farmers and also to expand the area of irrigation to 80 lakh hectares in the next 5 years if voted to power. Furthermore, it has also assured to build a university to promote food processing.
Focus on women empowerment and health facilities: Releasing a separate manifesto entirely focused on women in the state titled “Nari Shakti Sankalp Patra”, the BJP has promised to install sanitary napkin vending machines and a two-wheeler scooty to every girl who gets more than 75% marks in the class 12 board exams, among other promises.
Jobs to one unemployed person in every household: BJP led Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has promised to launch the “Har Hath, Ek Kaj Yojana" (the "work for every hand scheme") to impart job facilities to one unemployed person in every household in the state and create 10 lakh jobs for the youth every year.
50,000 crore to be invested in the agricultural sector: The BJP has promised to invest Rs 50,000 crore in the agricultural sector to develop the farming sector and ensure better standard of living to the farmers in Madhya Pradesh.
Free education to children of poor families from primary level to PhD: In its manifesto, BJP has promised to ensure free education to children of all poor families from the primary level to the PhD level with an annual budget of 1,000 crores for creating self-employment opportunities for the people of Madhya Pradesh.
The BJP, led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has been in power for since the mid-noughties, and therefore, anti-incumbency was touted as being a major factor in the polls that were held on November 28. However, it wasn't the only one, with the Congress getting embroiled in controversy after controversy, especially over Kamal Nath resolving in a video to target the Muslim vote and Raj Babbar making personal attacks against the Prime Minister. The Congress also suffered from infighting with senior leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh having a heated spat in front of Rahul Gandhi over ticket distribution.
However, the various exit polls weren't able to give a single answer as to who will win the state. Three exit polls gave a slight advantage to the Congress in the 230-member assembly, including CVoter which projects a wafer-thin majority, whereas on the other hand, the BJP was pegged to get a majority on its own in the remaining two polls.
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