BJP retains MP, Cong fails again

Bhopal, Dec. 8,: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to form government for the third time in Madhya Pradesh after emerging victorious, while the Congress came distant second in the assembly polls.

At the end of the counting of votes, the tally stood with the BJP winning 165seats, the Congress winning 58 seats while 7 seats went to the other parties.

The 230-member Madhya Pradesh assembly went to polls on November 25.

Earlier the results in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi were declared. The BJP retained both Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan while Delhi is set for a hung assembly, with no major political party having an absolute majority to form the next government.

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)