MP assembly polls-Ahead of results, Kharge dials Kamal Nath

Bhopal: AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge conducted a late-night virtual meeting with Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath and party leader Randeep Surjewala on Friday to assess the situation following various exit polls predicting a close contest in the recently held assembly elections in the state.

Image showing Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge (PTI)

On Saturday, a senior Congress official informed this newspaper that Mr. Kharge discussed the party’s performance in the November 17 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh with the two leaders through emails. This came after some exit polls suggested an advantage for the BJP in the closely contested elections against the Congress.

Addressing reporters, Mr. Nath expressed his lack of faith in the exit polls and emphasized his trust in the people of Madhya Pradesh to bring the Congress back to power in the state. He stated, “I have faith in the people of Madhya Pradesh. Congress is returning to power in the state in the polls.”

Congress veteran and former chief minister Digvijay Singh asserted that the party would secure a government in the state by winning at least 130 out of 230 assembly seats.

On the other hand, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan confidently claimed that he had no doubt about the BJP retaining power in the state. He remarked, “BJP is going to do very well in the elections. Congress was not even in the race.”

The counting of votes is scheduled for Sunday.