New Delhi: Early trends in counting of votes in Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections began to emerge soon after 8.30 AM. Also Read - Yearender 2018: From Losing Grip Over Hindi Heartland to Vajpayee's Demise, How 2018 Turned Nightmarish For BJP

Like exit polls had predicted, it is going to be a neck and neck fight between Congress and the BJP. The saffron party is ahead on 25 seats while the Congress is leading on 22. Also Read - Assembly Elections 2018: BJP Steps up Prep, Amit Shah Reworks 'Ajey BJP' Campaign

In the first phase, 18 Assembly constituencies that come under 12 districts of Maoist-affected South Chhattisgarh went to polls, while in phase 2, voting was held in 72 constituencies of remaining 78 districts of North Chhattisgarh on November 20. Also Read - Assembly Elections 2018: Congress Chief Ministers to Discuss Cabinet With Party Chief Rahul Gandhi

The term of the BJP-ruled 90-member Assembly in the state ends on January 5 next year. In Madhya Pradesh, the majority mark is 116 for the 230-seat Assembly. Of the many exit polls, some have given the BJP a majority; others have easily predicted the Congress crossing the majority mark or being a few seats less. Even so, the difference in the number of seats predicted for the two parties isn’t too big.