MP Assembly Election 2018 LIVE
Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections LIVE 2018: One Election Commission official in Guna, and two in Indore have died due to cardiac arrest at the polling booths as Madhya Pradesh votes for its new government. At least four EVMs and 14 VVPAT machines have been replaced in polling booths across Madhya Pradesh since polling began. Speaking to CNN-News18 before casting his vote in Budhni, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed confidence that he would get a fourth term and denounced ‘gotra politics’ by the Congress. Around 1.80 lakh security personnel have been deployed to ensure peaceful polling in the state, where the ruling BJP and opposition Congress will vie for supremacy. The BJP is eyeing a fourth straight term in office, while the Congress is hoping for a comeback in the state which was once its stronghold.
Polling is also underway for the 40-member Assembly in Mizoram with over 7.70 lakh voters expected to exercise their franchise in the state where Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is seeking a third consecutive term and the BJP is looking to uproot the Congress in its last bastion in the Northeast. The Congress and the Mizoram National Party (MNF) have ruled Mizoram since 1987 when it became a full-fledged state. Interestingly, no party has been able to form government thrice since that year. The battle of ballots in Madhya and Mizoram Pradesh is just months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls slated in the first half of 2019.
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