Upcoming elections-an overview on seatsOctober 17, 2018
The political temperature is soaring in India as election season has begun. The election commission has announced the date of polling in 5 states. Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram will go to poll from November 12 to December 7. The fight is tough in 3 BJP ruling states- MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Threat of anti-incumbency is looming large over the saffron while K Chandrashekhar Rao seems formidable in Telangana. In the same line, Congress stalwart Lal Thanhawla dominates Mizoram politics.
The poll fare is being considered as semifinal as the general election is bound in next year when the two political biggies- Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP’s PM face Narendra Modi will jump in the arena.
Very interestingly, these all 5 states are leading by most prominent and popular regional politicians. Madhya Pradesh is being led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He is the CM of state since 2005. Dr. Raman Singh is the CM of Chhattisgarh since 2003. Vasundhara Raje is leading Rajasthan since 2013. In other non-BJP ruling states, Mizoram has Lal Thanhawla who is the CM of the state since 2008 and Telangana is being led by K Chandrashekhar Rao who is the leader of ruling party-TRS since the formation of the state in 2014.
Madhya Pradesh, which has 223 Assembly seats will see polling on November 28. BJP had gained major victory with winning 166 seats, while Congress had bagged seats 57. Third biggest party in MP is BSP who has 4 seats.
Rajasthan Assembly has 200 seats in which BJP holds 160 seats while Congress owns just 25 seats. BSP has little share in the state. Mayawati’s party has 2 seats in Rajasthan. The state will go to poll on December 7.
Chhattisgarh Assembly has 91 seats that are shared by BJP-49 and Congress-39. The state will see the poll in two phases- November 12 and November 29.
TRS-led Telangana Assembly has 119 seats. TRS leads with 90 seats while Congress has just 13 MLAs. The newest state of India will witness the election on December 7.
Mizoram Assembly has 40 seats. The state is among last three states that are ruled by Congress. The grand old party has 34 seats in the state. The northeast state will see the poll on November 28.
Recent Karnataka victory has boosted Congress’ descending morale while with major victories in many states, riding Modi-wave BJP is aggressively confident. However, Congress has not much to lose but BJP’s reputation is on the stake as all three ruling states are its bastion and crucial in terms of RSS influence in the North region.
Since, Indian politics always surprises with unpredictable results, no wonder if TRS in Telangana and Congress in Mizoram are stumped.