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Shivraj Chouhan-led BJP set to sweep Assembly elections

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Last Updated: December 08, 2013, 11:17 IST

Shivraj Chouhan-led BJP set to sweep Assembly elections

<p>With lead of 140 seats, it looks crystal clear that BJP will emerge comfortably to form the government for the third time in Madhya Pradesh.</p>

With lead of 140 seats, it looks crystal clear that BJP will emerge comfortably to form the government for the third time in Madhya Pradesh.

Riding high on a pro-incumbency mood, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely to score another big victory when Congress stares at just 77 seats.

The exit poll results had indicated that the ruling BJP would win around 136-146 seats, Congress 67-77, while smaller parties are expected to bag between 13-21 seats. These findings are almost a replica of what happened in 2008 elections.

Madhya Pradesh witnessed a record voter turnout of 70 per cent when the state voted on November 25 in 51 districts of the state.

More than for 4 crore 65 lakh voters were given the right to exercise their franchise to nominate a total of 2,583 in the 230-member Assembly.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is contesting from two constituencies - Budhni and Vidisha. The results till now indicate a clear win for Shivraj over Congress rival Shashank Bhargava by 1168 votes in Vidisha.

The Congress, out of power in the state for over a decade, still puts up a brave face.

While BJP and Congress at 140 and 77 respectively, BSP has only gained only 6 and same number of seats are won by others.

In 2008, the BJP had won 143 seats, Congress 71, BSP seven and the other parties together nine seats.