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Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan Accepts Defeat, Resigns

The Congress emerged as the single-largest party in the state with 114 seats.

Accepting Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) defeat in the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, Shivraj Singh Chouhan reportedly tendered his resignation as the chief minister on Wednesday, December 12.


Speaking to ANI, Chouhan said, “I am free now. I have tendered my resignation to the honourable Governor,” adding, “The responsibility of defeat is totally mine. I have congratulated Kamal Nath ji.”

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Chouhan, however, retained his constituency Budhni by 123,492 votes. His nearest rival was Congress’ Arun S Yadav (64,493 seats). Chouhan first became M.P.’s chief minister for the first time in 2005.

Results of the poll conducted in the 230-member assembly were declared around 24 hours after counting began. Congress won 114 seats while BJP had 109 seats. The halfway mark in the state was 116. As the single-largest party, Congress is all set to form government in the state with support from independents and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

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