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2023 Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections | Lokniti-CSDS post-poll study

If the ‘double engine’ sarkar advantage was evident in any State, it was visibly on display in Madhya Pradesh.

December 07, 2023 12:32 pm | Updated 01:04 pm IST

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with State BJP President V.D. Sharma, Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, Narendra Singh Tomar celebrate the party’s victory in State Assembly Election, in Bhopal on December 3, 2023

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with State BJP President V.D. Sharma, Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, Narendra Singh Tomar celebrate the party’s victory in State Assembly Election, in Bhopal on December 3, 2023 | Photo Credit: A.M. Faruqui

Out of the 230 Assembly seats of Madhya Pradesh, the BJP won 164, restricting the Congress to 65 seats. One seat went to the Bharat Adivasi Party (BAP). The BJP’s performance not only stunned the Congress but also many political observers who had predicted a closer fight between the two parties.

The BJP’s success in the State can be gauged from the fact that it trumped the Congress in all six regions of Madhya Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direct connect with the voters, and reminding the electorate of the Centre’s schemes boosted the party’s fortunes.

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