Close fight between BJP, Congress in 3 states, AAP leading in one seat in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 8: While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are in a close fight in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken lead in one seat in Narela seat in Delhi.

Early trends show Congress leading in Madhya Pradesh.

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.

Delhi, which is presently under the Congress’ rule, will decide the fate of 810 candidates who are vying for 70 assembly seats.

Three time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is facing a tough battle against BJP leader Vijendra Gupta and debutant AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in the New Delhi constituency.

In the 200-member Rajasthan assembly, the fate of 2,087 candidates for 199 seats will be decided. In Churu, polls were adjourned due to the death of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate post his nomination. Polling will take place on December 13.

In Madhya Pradesh, the fate of 2,583 candidates would be decided for 230 seats. Shivraj Singh Chauhan is fighting against a younger Minister of State for Power Jyotiraditya Scindia for chief minister’s post in the state.

A close race is expected between the BJP and the Congress in Chhattisgarh. The fate of 843 candidates, including 75 women, will be decided for 90 assembly seats in the two-phase polls that look place on November 11 and November 19. (ANI)