The counting of votes for the high-stakes Lok Sabha elections is currently underway, bringing the performance of the ruling Congress in the two states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh under close scrutiny. The counting of votes will begin at 8 am and the first trends are expected by around 10 am.
While the Congress is buoyed by the victories in assembly polls in the last year last year, exit polls have predicted a dominance of the saffron party in both the states.
According to News Nation exit poll, the BJP is expected to win 23 of the 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh and seven of the 11 seats in Chhattisgarh. The Congress is likely to win the remaining six and four states in the two states respectively.
Here are the LIVE updates on the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh:
|Balaghat||Dr Dhal Singh Bisen||BJP|
|Betul||Durga Das Uikey||BJP|
|Bhopal||Pragya Singh Thakur||BJP|
|Chhindwara||Nakul Kamal Nath||INC|
|Damoh||Prahlad Singh Patel||BJP|
|Dewas||Mahendra Singh Solanky||BJP|
|Guna||K P Yadav||BJP|
|Gwalior||Vivek Narayan Shejwalkar||BJP|
|Hoshangabad||Uday Pratap Singh||BJP|
|Khajuraho||V D Sharma||BJP|
|Khandwa||Nandkumar Singh Chouhan||BJP|
|Khargone||Gajendra Umrao Singh Patel||BJP|
|Mandla||Faggan Singh Kulaste||BJP|
|Morena||Narendra Singh Tomar||BJP|
|Ratlam||Guman Singh Damor||BJP|
|Tikamgarh||Dr Virendra Kumar||BJP|
BJP's Vishnu Dutt Sharma was leading by 4,29,857 votes over Congress' Kavita Singh in Khajuraho.
In Morena, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar was leading by 27,849 votes over Congress' Ramniwas Rawat.
In Rajgarh, Congress' Mona Sustani was trailing by 3,97,395 votes against sitting BJP MP Rodmal Nagar.
Adding to the series of setbacks the Congress faced in the Lok Sabha election results, its prominent candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia is set to lose in his traditional Parliamentary constituency Guna against BJP's K P Yadav.
As per the latest updates by the Election Commission, Scindia had managed to garner 4,11,396 votes against Yadav who got 5,34,438 votes.
Chhattisgarh: BJP - 9, Congress - 2
Early trends show BJP is leading on 28 of the 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh. Congress is leading on 1 seat.
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is still leading against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal.
Congress candidate Nakul Nath, son of CM Kamal Nath, is ahead of BJP's Nathanshah Kawreti in Chhindwara seat by a margin of 1,520 votes.
BJP's Krishna Pal Singh Yadav is leading by a margin of 1165 votes against Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia from Guna.
BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur is leading against Congress' Digvijay Singh by a margin of 3,105 votes in Bhopal Lok Sabha seat of Madhya Pradesh, as per initial trends.
Chhattisgarh Lok Sabha Election Results (11 seats): BJP - 6 seats, Congress - 5 seats
Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 (25/29 seats): BJP+: 22 seats, Congress+: 3 seats
Madhya Pradesh (25/29 seats): Early trends show BJP ahead on 21 seats, Congress on four
Chhattisgarh (8/11 seats): BJP leading on four seats, Congress leading on four seats.
Madhya Pradesh: Early trends show BJP leading on 11 of the 29 seats while Congress is leading on four seats.
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya is leading from Bhopal against COngress leader Digvijaya Singh.
The early trends show the NDA leading on 18 seats while the Congress is leading on five seats. These are the counts based on postal ballot counting.
First trends are expected anytime soon. Over 16 lakh postal ballots which the Election Commission has called a "sheer count" are being counted first.
The Election Commission is sticking to its plan of counting the paper trail machines slips at the end of counts and not in the beginning as demanded by opposition parties. The Commission is also learnt to have decided to count postal ballots simultaneously with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) count due to the "sheer size" of the ballots received this time from service voters.
The Election Commission is learnt to have stuck to its plan of counting the paper trail machines slips at the end of counts and not in the beginning as demanded by opposition parties.
The Commission is also learnt to have decided to count postal ballots simultaneously with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) count due to the "sheer size" of the ballots received this time from service voters.
In the last three Lok Sabha polls since 2004, the BJP won 10 out of 11 seats in Chhattisgarh.
If exit polls are anything to go by, the Congress will fail to capitalise on the gains it made in the 2018 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The Bhopal Lok Sabha seat saw one of the most keenly watched contest between Congress veteran Digvijay Singh and Hindutva activist and 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Pragya Singh Thakur.
The counting of votes for the 29 Lok Sabha seats in the state will be held from 8 am on Thursday in 292 halls across 51 district headquarters. Given the number of candidates and counting rounds, the first result may start coming in by 10 am.
EVMs will be brought to the counting tables for counting after the ballot votes.
The counting of votes will begin at 8 am in both the states while the first trends can be expected by 10 am.