Counting of votes for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election 2018  is underway and first trends have started to pour in. A single phase election for the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly took place on November 28, 2018 amidst heavy security. The major national parties which contested the elections were Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

There are 230+1 (nominated) assembly constituencies in the state ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Of the 230 seats, the BJP holds 166, the Congress 57, the BSP 4 and Independent one. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been the Chief Minister of the state since December 12, 2008. Before him, Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur served the state as BJP chief ministers for a short while. Chouhan has won two successive elections, keeping him in power for more than 12 years.

Here are some details of Junnardeo, Amarwara, Churai, Saunsar, Chhindwara, Parasia and Pandhurna Assembly seats:

Junnardeo: This constituency is reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. Here in 2018, BJP’s Sunil Uikey’s defeated Ashish Thakur by a margin of over 16,875.
In 2013, BJP’s Nathan Shah Kevreti had won the seat. He had garnered 74319 votes. For the 2018 crucial polls, BJP has fielded Ashish Thakur, Congress has nominated Sunil Uikey. Several independent candidates like Ganesh Kumre, Dinesh Ivanti, Mohan Uikey and Saganlal are also in fray.

Amarwara: It is part of Chhindwara Lok Sabha constituency. It has been reserved for Scheduled Tribe Candidates. In 2013, Congress’ Kamlesh Shah had registered thumping victory from the seat. He had defeated BJP’s Uttam Premnarayan Thakur. For the 2018 crucial polls, BJP has fielded Prem Narayan Thakur, Congress has nominated Kamlesh Pratap Shah. Several independent candidates like Kallulal Uikey, Galiram Badiva and Vinita Amodiya are also in fray.

Churai: In 2018 polls, BJP has fielded Ramesh Dudey, who was defeated by Congress’ nominated Sujeet Choudhary by a margin of over 12,000.
In 2013, BJP’s Ramesh Dudey had registered thumping victory from the seat. He had defeated Congress’ Choudhary Gambheer Singh.

Saunsar: In 2013, BJP’s Nanabhau Mohod had won the seat. He had defeated Congress’ Bhagvat Mahajan. Mohod had bagged 69257 votes while Mahajan got 60841 votes. For 2018 polls, BJP has retained Nanabhau Mahod, while Congres has fielded Vijay Revanth Chore.


Chhindwara:
 In 2013, BJP’s Chandrabhansingh Kubersingh had defeat Congress’ Deepak Saxena from Chhindwara, constituency number 126. Kubersingh had garnered 97769 votes while Congress’ saxena had bagged 72991 votes. For 2018 polls, both BJP and Congress retained their last year candidates. Besides Kubersingh and Saxena candidates from BSP and AAP are also in fray.

Parasia: Constituency number 127 Parasia is reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates. In 2013, Congress’ Sohanlal Valmik had registered thumping victory from Parasia. He had defeated BJP’s Tarachand Bavariya. For 2018 polls, both BJP and Congress retained Bavariya and Valmik respectively.

Pandhurna: In 2018, Nilesh Uike has defeated BJP’s Tikaram Korachi by over approximately 22,000 votes.
This constituency is reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. In 2013, Congress’ Jatan Uikey had won the seat by defeating ruling party’s Tikaram Korachi. Uikey had bagged 61741 votes while Korachi bagged 60263 votes.