India poll results show nail-biting contest in Madhya Pradesh

India poll results show nail-biting contest in Madhya Pradesh

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Early state election results in the central state of Madhya Pradesh show a nail-biting contest between India’s ruling BJP and opposition Congress.
The leads show a late comeback for the BJP in the central state. Early results showed a clear lead for the Congress.
However, Congress is leading in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, which were previous BJP strongholds.
Correspondents say the losses are a predictable and likely temporary backlash against incumbent parties.

India will hold nation-wide parliamentary elections early in 2019.
Election results are also being declared for the southern state of Telangana and the northeastern state of Mizoram.
Regional parties – the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Mizo National Front (MNF) – are leading in these states.
The Congress was widely expected to win in the northern state of Rajasthan, while the central state of Madhya Pradesh was always seen as a close contest between the two parties.
But early results in the central state of Chhattisgarh, where the Congress is ahead by a wide margin, have been the most surprising. -BBC

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