New Delhi: A day after exit polls predicted hung assembly in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday visited famous Bagulamukhi temple in Datia district and exuded confidence that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) will form the government with a full majority in the state. Calling himself a big Psephologist (someone who studies elections and voting statistics), Chouhan said,” I myself is a big psephologist and BJP is getting majority in Madhya Pradesh.”
According to the exit polls projection, of all the five states, the BJP is likely to suffer because of severe anti-incumbency in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan. In all these states, the party had been in power for at least a decade.
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.
Madhya Pradesh tourism minister Surender Patwa also offered prayer in a Shaktipeeth ahead of the counting, which is scheduled on December 11.
However, a different scenario was seen in Rajasthan, where voting was held on December 7, Friday. Candidates were seen to be in full relaxing mood.
Speaking to reporters, Jaipur Congress candidate Archana Sharma said, “I am relaxing after six months of the hectic schedule.” While BJP MLA Kalicharan Sarraf said that he is hopeful of winning, Rajasthan minister Arun Chaturvedi, who rarely seen at home, was seen spending time with family.
For Rajasthan, the majority mark is 101 out of the 200 seats. The Zee News Maha Exit poll had given the Congress 109 seats others have also given it the majority except for the Republic which has predicted 91 seats. The BJP, in contrast, had got anywhere between 80 and 90 seats in all exit polls.