Madhya Pradesh election 2023: Voting begins for 230 assembly seats

The voting for the Madya Pradesh elections for 230 assembly seats began at 7 am on Friday. A total of 2,533 candidates fate in voters' hands.

Madhya Pradesh: The voting for the state elections for 230 assembly seats began at 7 am on Friday. The electoral fate of 2,533 candidates in 230 assembly seats will be in the fray including Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as well as Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar.

The polling will continue till 6 pm today. However, the polling in Naxalite affected will end at 3pm. The areas include assembly segments in Baihar, Lanjhi and Paraswada seats in Balaghat district, 55 booths in Mandla district’s Bichhiya and Mandla seats and 40 polling stations in Dindori district.

A total of 64,626 polling stations have been set up for the 230 Assembly constituencies in the state. Out of which, 17,032 have been categorised as sensitive. There are a total 5.59 crore registered voters in Madhya Pradesh including 2.87 crore male and 2.71 crore female, and 1,292 third gender voters.

The main parties contesting in the Assembly polls are Congress, the BJP, Aam Aadmi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP).

Apart from Chief Minister Chouhan and Narendra Singh Tomar, state Congress president Kamal Nath (Chhindwara), Union ministers from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prahlad Patel and Faggan Singh Kulaste are also contesting the polls. BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya is contesting from Indore-1 and three Lok Sabha MPs Rakesh Singh, Ganesh Singh and Riti Pathak — are also in the fray.

Former Chief Minister Kamal Nath and his son Nakul Nath cast their votes in Chhindwara, while state Home Minister Narottam Mishra voted in Dadia.

In the last Assembly elections of the state held in 2018, Congress had won 114 seats while BJP got 109. The Congress went on to form the government with the help of Independent MLAs, along with the SP and BSP.

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