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Despite Record Voter Turnout, There Was No Wave for Either Congress or BJP in MP

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When MP saw a record voter turnout of 75% on November 28, BJP supporters had called this a vote for the BJP for two reasons.

The record high voter turnout in Madhya Pradesh is clearly not a wave for or against anyone. Early trends suggest that of the 81 seats which saw huge voter turnouts, BJP is leading on 35 seats and Congress on 42 seats.

When MP saw a record voter turnout of 75% on November 28, BJP supporters had called this a vote for the BJP for two reasons.

1) The high voter turnout was possibly result of a successful RSS voter mobilization, a mission given to the swayamsevaks by their chief Mohan Bhagwat in his latest Vijaydashmi address.

2) Of the 17 states that elected new governments since May 2014, 10 states recorded increased voting percentage. The BJP benefited in the assembly elections in seven of these states.

However, Congress supporters had argued that it was a vote for their party considering the remarkably high voter turnout of 80% in rural areas and was therefore a vote for change.

The Congress is inching towards halfway mark in Madhya Pradesh at the time of writing this copy, and looks set to wrest the state from the BJP after 15 years, ending Shivraj Singh Chouhan's hopes for a fourth consecutive term in office.

However, the party is still being cautious. While Digvijaya Singh said it is too early to call, Jyotiraditya Scindia said he would only celebrate once the final results are out.