Following the release of exit poll numbers for assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has called for emergency meetings.
Things were not looking very bright for the party in the exit polls, as they predicted a close battle between Congress and BJP. Three exit polls give 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 is pegged to get a majority on its own in the remaining two polls.BJP has been in power in the state since the mid-nineties.
After the exit polls verdict, as per sources the Madhya Pradesh CM has called for two separate meetings within two hours in the evening.
He will also be personally speaking to each of the 230 BJP candidates from MP, say sources .
Sources say that the first meeting will happen at the BJP office at 6:45 pm. The CM will get the feedback from party workers and leaders about the work on the ground for the elections and their own survey on the assembly seats.
The second meeting will happen at 7:30 pm at the CM house. Chouhan will discuss with the core committee after getting the data from all the seats They will discuss the matter of the party's performance in the polls, the sources have said.
As per sources, this meeting will be attended by BJP state president Rakesh Singh, BJP National VP Prabhat Jha, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, MP BJP in-charge Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.
CM Chouhan had to say this on the exit polls, "There is no neck to neck battle. There is no surveyor like me, who walks amidst the people every day. I have full faith that BJP form the government. BJP is important for the public."
BJP leader Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been in power for three consecutive terms since 2003 in the state. With 2018 assembly elections, Congress is fielding to drive BJP out of power by contesting Arun Yadav against the incumbent Chouhan.
In crucial Madhya Pradesh, electoral campaigning from both BJP and Congress saw controversial attacks on each other on the basis of caste and religion. Massive outrage triggered in the political landscape in the state over the video of Congress Madhya Pradesh Chief Kamal Nath resolving to Muslim votes to win election. Following this controversy, there were racial and casteist attacks on the Prime Minister from the Congress party.