Assembly Election 2018 Results: All the MLAs have unanimously decided that a decision on the Chief Minister (of Madhya Pradesh) will be taken by Rahul Gandhi, said Congress leader Shalini Oza on Wednesday, after the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting. Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia are the likely contenders for the CM’s post in the state.
Earlier in the day, Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia met Governor Anandiben Patel and staked claim to form the government with the support of 122 MLAs, after the Congress emerged as the single largest party in the state Assembly Election 2018 results. “We have met Governor and staked claim to form government, we have the support of 122 MLAs, the situation is clear,” Congress leader Narendra Saluja told reporters.
The Congress which emerged victorious on 114 seats, two short of the magic figure, in Madhya Pradesh got the support by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP).
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh’s outgoing chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouha, while addressing a press conference conceded defeat and took full responsibility of Bharatiya Janata Party’s loss. Calling the people of Madhya Pradesh his family, Chouhan thanked them,”for the faith they put in for so many years.”
“We did not get majority in the state, which means that this the people’s decision. Vipaksh bhi mazboot hai, humare paas 109 vidhayak hain. Mera kaam hai rachnaatmak sahyog, chowkidari karne ki zimmedaari humari hai. (Opposition is also strong, we have 109 MLAs. We would provide constructive criticism),” he told reporters.
He added,”I called up Kamal Nath and congratulated him on his victory. And all I want to tell the new government is work for the people.”
The press conference comes hours after he tendered his resignation as chief minister and had said, “We did not get majority, will not stake claim to form government.”
Meanwhile, a Congress delegation will meet Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh at 7 PM on Wednesday to stake claim to form government, said Raj Bhavan sources. In the day, the newly elected MLAs met at party headquarters in Jaipur to decide on the chief minister face, a post for which Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot are considered as front-runners.
“Whatever the MLAs have to say they will say in the meeting and final decision is left to the Congress president and other party leaders. We will take a call today,” Rajasthan Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot, who won from Tonk in Assembly Election 2018, told reporters.
He also added that the party will stake claim to form the government in Rajasthan in the evening. “We have full majority and will stake claim to form government in the evening. We will take along all non-BJP parties and elected members who are against BJP and are willing to support us,” Pilot told reporters.
In Rajasthan, the Congress which won 99 seats has received the support of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) to reach the majority mark of 100, the party sailed through comfortably in Chhattisgarh. It won a total of 68 seats in the state.
The counting of votes in five states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram – began on Tuesday. While the mandate was clear in Telangana and Mizoram with the TRS and MNF easily crossing the majority mark of 106 and 21, respectively.