Sensing that either of BJP or Congress may try and approach their winning candidates in order to attain majority in Madhya Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has issued a diktat, ordering its candidates to remain loyal with the party and not be persuaded by the two bigwigs.
The BSP had seven of their candidates leading on their seats at the time of counting at 12:15 pm on December 11. At the very same time, both the BJP and Congress were tied, leading at 108 seats each.
Sources have told Republic TV that BSP high command sent its state President to reach Bhopal and look into the situation. Further, the party also believes that neither BJP or Congress will be able to form government without its support, hence they want to keep the winning candidates to themselves.
The counting of votes started at 8 am in the morning, and the tide swung from one way to another till noon. Initially, the BJP lead the way in early trends, but Congress caught up and were looking set to be the single-largest party.
But at noon, the two party were on par, and it clearly fell in line with what the exit polls had predicted for the state of Madhya Pradesh. The poll of polls, combination of five different polls, had given a slight edge to BJP with 112 anticipated seats in comparison to 107 seats of Congress and 11 to Others out of the total 230 seats.