October 20, 2021

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Madhya Pradesh by-polls: BJP on track to win majority in state


It is rumoured that a good showing by Scindia loyalists in the polls will fetch him a place in the Union cabinet.

Key Highlights
In the existing House, the BJP has the support of four Independent MLAs, two BSP legislators and one suspended SP MLA.
However, BJP is hoping to form a majority on its own, without the support of smaller parties.
The by-polls are also being seen as a prestige battle for Scindia, who needs to prove his worth to both his former and current parties
The BJP is all set to win a majority in Madhya Pradesh if current trends are anything to go by. The saffron party, which has 107 seats in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, just needs nine seats to get a clear majority of its own.
The Madhya Pradesh by-polls were held for 28 seats on November 3. As of 12.45 pm on November 10, the BJP was ahead in 20 seats, the Congress in seven and the BSP in one.  
In the existing House, the BJP has the support of four Independent MLAs, two BSP legislators and one suspended SP MLA.
However, the party led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the state is hoping to form a majority on its own, without the support of smaller parties.
If the current trends continue, the BJP will easily pass the half-way mark, removing any lingering threat to the survival of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.
Of these 28 seats, Congress had claimed 27 in the 2018 Assembly elections. However, 25 seats fell vacant when Jyotiraditya Scindia rebelled against his party and joined the BJP, leading to the collapse of the Kamal Nath government earlier this year.  
Chouhan then took over as Madhya Pradesh chief minister again.
The by-polls are also being seen as a prestige battle for Scindia, who needs to prove his worth to both his former and current parties. It is rumoured that a good showing by Scindia loyalists in the polls will fetch him a place in the Union cabinet.

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