Update at 11:18 AM: Minutes after Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces his resignation and Mayawati, her support to the Congress, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, whose party won one seat in the Madhya Pradesh election, extends his support to the Congress.
Update at 11:12 AM: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces his resignation in brief press conference.
BSP supremo Mayawati has announced support to the Congress in the state of Madhya Pradesh, clearing the path for the Rahul Gandhi-led party to form a government in the state.
Addressing a news briefing on Wednesday, shortly after the Election Commission declared the final result in the assembly elections revealing that the Congress had fallen one-seat short of the half-way mark with 114 MLAs in the 230-member assembly versus 109 for the BJP, Mayawati, whose BSP secured 2 seats, first attacked the BJP saying that the people of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had rejected the saffron party.
"We fought bravely", Mayawati said about her own party's performance. The BSP secured 2 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 2 in Chhattisgarh (+5 for her ally Ajit Jogi) and 6 in Rajasthan.
She hailed her party for working hard against the BJP and the Congress, going on to attack the latter, saying that people hadn't got anything even during Congress rule, which is why she formed the BSP. She also accused the Congress of not doing anything to help Dalits.
In a twist, however, she said that her party doesn't want the BJP to be in power anywhere, "hence we will support Congress in Madhya Pradesh".
The support of 2 BSP MLAs effectively settles the matter of government formation in Madhya Pradesh, following a parallel development in Bhopal where Governor Anandiben Patel has given an appointment to the Congress party at noon to stake claim to forming a government in the state. Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh are set to go, with the biggest question remaining being who will be Chief Minister.
At the time of writing this article, outgoing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is set to announce his resignation.