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Trouble for Congress post poll results?
The Lok Sabka election results may add a jolt to the Congress party, which is already facing a tough time keeping its flock together in the state. Trouble has already started brewing for the party with Madhya Pradesh BJP demanding a floor test.
Boosted by favourable exit polls predictions, the BJP has written to the Madhya Pradesh governor claiming that the Congress government doesn’t hold a majority in the state.
News18-IPSOS has predicted a win for the saffron party in the state pegging it at the 27-mark. The survey suggested that Congress will end up with a maximum of four seats.
Challenge accepted: CM Kamal Nath reacted by saying that he was ready for a floor test noting that the government has had to prove majority at least four times since it came into power last year. “They’ll try their best to disturb present government to save themselves from getting exposed,” he said.
This is not the first time that the Congress-led government is facing hardship. Rajasthan and Karnataka continue to be their trouble areas, and attempts to topple the governments may gain vigour if the party fails to leave a mark.
Celebration plans: Meanwhile, in light of the favourable exit polls that have suggested a thumping BJP victory, chief Amit Shah is set to host dinner for NDA leaders today. The Union Council is also likely to meet on Tuesday.
Chandrababu Naidu-led opposition delegation to approach EC
21 party leaders led by Chandrababu Naidu will approach the Election Commission in the wake of the grim exit poll prediction. The delegation is set to demand a recounting if EVM machines and VVPAT slips don’t match in seats where the tallying is taking place.
The move will come a day after Naidu reached out to Mamata Banerjee to discuss the possibilities of forming a non-BJP government of regional parties along with the Congress.
Exit Polls lead to 'Hindu Rashtra' clamour
Buoyed by exit polls that predicted a return of the BJP government at the Centre with a thumping majority, many Hindutva organisations are holding a 10-day convention from May 27 and the focus, this time, would be on ways to amend the Constitution to get India declared a “Hindu rashtra”. More on this, here.
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News18 Election Tracker
A day after exit polls predicted a clean sweep for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav met his ally and BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday.
Mayawati is said to have opted for a wait-and watch-policy till the results are revealed on May 23, while her ally chief will also tread with caution.
The in-fighting in the rival Yogi Adityanath camp reached a head on Monday, with the CM sacking the estranged BJP ally OP Rajbhar from his cabinet. The move came a day after the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party chief predicted a massive victory for the mahagathbandhan in Purvanchal
Following the conclusion of the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP-sponsored channel – NaMo TV has gone off air. A BJP leader, on conditions of anonymity, said that it was only meant as a tool of the party’s campaign as the channel had largely publicised PM Modi’s rallies.
An estimated 67.11 per cent of the nearly 91 crore electors turned up to cast their vote in this year's seven-phase Lok Sabha election, the highest ever turnout recorded in any parliamentary poll in India.
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