BJP retains Chhattisgarh with a clear majority

Raipur, Dec. 8,: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday retained Chhattisgarh defeating its closest rival the Congress Party, and Chief Minister Raman Singh is set to form the government for the third time in the state.

At the end of the counting of votes, the tally stood with the BJP winning 49 seats, the Congress winning 39 seats and 2 seats went to the other parties.

The 90-seat state assembly went into the two-phase polls, which took place on November 11 and November 19.

Accepting defeat, Congress leader Ajit Jogi said: “We humbly accept this defeat and respects the decision of the public. We congratulate Dr. Raman Singh, for his third straight victory. We will play an active role of the opposition in the assembly.”

Latest trends in Delhi show that newcomer AAP is leading in 27 seats, while the BJP is ahead in 33 seats and the Congress in 8 seats. In Rajasthan, the BJP is ahead in 161 seats, while Congress is leading in 21 seats. In Madhya Pradesh, BJP is ahead in 167 seats, while the Congress leading in 57 seats. The results in these four states have begun to trickle in.

The counting of votes in four states began here this morning amidst tight security and elaborate arrangements made by the Election Commission.

The votes will decide the fate of contesting candidates in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where assembly elections were held between November 11 and December 4.(ANI)