After a 24-hour-long nail-biting contest, the Congress on Wednesday, 12 December emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh by securing a victory in 114 seats, falling two seats short of the majority mark. The BJP trailed at 109.A party needs to win in 116 constituencies to form a government in the 230-seat Assembly.The BSP on Wednesday said that it will lend support to Congress in the state to form the government and help reach the majority mark.Congress leader Kamal Nath had written to Governor Anandiben Patel on Tuesday, 11 December, staking claim to form the government.Incumbent Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has retained his constituency, Budhni, by a margin of 58,999 votes.Votes were cast on 28 November with over 74 percent voter turnoutThe BJP contested from all 230 seats, while the Congress had fielded 229 candidates, leaving one seat of Jatara for its ally LJDThe state has 5,04,95,251 voters – 2,63,01,300 males, 2,41,30,390 females, 1,389 third gender and 62,172 postal electors(The Quint will no longer be on WhatsApp, owing to changes in its policies regarding news publishers. You can now get the latest news updates on our Telegram channel. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram.)The Chief Electoral Officer has directed that there will be no webcasting during the counting of votes in Madhya Pradesh, ANI reported. Wifi will not be used in the counting hall and CCTV cameras will be installed.Former Madhya Pradesh CM and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh took to Twitter to thank the state Election Commissioner for passing an order against using Wifi and webcasting counting at polling centres on Tuesday.A day before the Madhya Pradesh election result, Congress state unit President Kamal Nath said that the party is confident of winning more than 140 seats in the state, reported ANI.Bhopal city SP told ANI that all provisions for security are in place with a 3-tier security system.“Dedicated teams deployed to ensure full security. Diversion points put on roads outside centres. There's a 3-tier security system. Any device that can help communication isn't allowed inside” he said from outside Old Central Jail counting centre.Counting for all 230 seats in the Madhya Pradesh assembly begins.The Indian National Congress opened the account in Madhya Pradesh, leading in one seat.Current trends:INC - 1BJP - 0JCC+ - 0Others - 0Former MP CM and senior Congress Leader Said It was Too Early to Predict Anything“It's too early. Anything can be said only after 12 pm. Leads of only postal ballots have come till now. I am confident that in Madhya Pradesh, Congress will form government. We have favourable situation in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh also,” he said.BJP leader Kailash Vijaywargiya said he was confident of the party's victory in MP and Chhattisgarh.“We'll definitely form governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Seeing the early trends coming from Rajasthan, we believe BJP will form a government there as well,” he said.Rat race in on between the Congress and the BJP with early trends showing a tough fight between the two in MP. Mayawati’s BSP is leading in 3 seats while ‘others’ are leading in 5.Following early trends, Congress workers bursts firecrackers and celebrated at the party offices in Delhi and other states.In trends that have been continuing since morning, the Congress and the BJP are neck and neck in MP.The Congress crossed the 100-seat-mark in Madhya Pradesh with the BSP leading in 4 seats.Congress leader Kamal Nath expressed confidence that the party will win with a majority.“These are trends, but I am fully confident that we will get full majority,” he said.The BJP crossed the 100-seat-mark in MP with Congress leading in 108 seat.Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said that the people have given a befitting reply to the BJP.According to the Election Commission website, the Congress is leading in 112 seats over the BJP.According to latest EC data, the Congress is leading with 110 seats while the BJP is leading in 108.The Congress touched the halfway mark in MP leading in 116 seats, while the BJP is leading in 103.Nine ministers in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh are trailing in the Assembly polls as per the latest trends, an election official told PTI.State Minister Narottam Mishra was trailing by a margin of 3,114 votes from Datia seatRustam Singh was at the third position in Morena constituencyBalkrishna Patidar trailing in Khargone by a margin of 44 votesLal Singh Arya was lagging behind by a margin 3,039 votes from Gohad seat in Bhind districtMinister Om Prakash Dhurve was at the third place in Shahpura seat of Dindori districtAntar Singh Arya was trailing by 3,626 votes in Sendhwa seat in Barwani districtMinister Deepak Joshi was behind by 4,219 votes in Hatpipliya seat in Dewas districtVijay Shah was also trailing by a margin of 1,304 votes in Harsud seat in KhandwaMinister Rampal Singh was trailing by 1,193 votes in Silvani seat in Raisen districtFormer Late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's nephew Anoop Mishra, who contested the election on BJP's ticket, was trailing from Bhitarwar seat in Gwalior district by 502 votesLeader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Ajay Singh was trailing in Satna districtReacting to election trends, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the BJP was nowhere in the "semi-final" ahead of the "final match" in 2019 and people were always the "man of the match" in a democracy."People voted against BJP. This is the people's verdict and victory of the people of this country. Victory of democracy and victory against injustice, atrocities, destruction of institutions, misuse of agencies, no work for poor people, farmers, youth, Dalits, SC, ST, OBC, minorities and general caste," she said in a series of tweets.Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut took a jibe at ally BJP, saying that the trends indicate anger against the government.Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that BJP's policies have destroyed the country, and talks of an alliance will take place only after the results are clear.“BJP's wrong policies have destroyed the country and this is a result of that. Any talk of an alliance will be done once the whole picture is clear,” he said.Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading in Budhni seat over his nearest Congress rival by a margin of 19,293 votes.State Sports Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia was leading in Shivpuri seat by a margin of 10,780 votes.While state Congress Chief Kamal Nath exuded confidence that the party will form a government in the state, MP Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the trends reflect people's desire for change.When asked about posters claiming that Nath would be appointed CM if Congress comes to power, Scindia said: "Let us not put the cart before the horse. Let us wait for the verdict."The two parties are neck and neck, with the BJP two seats ahead of the Congress, according to EC data.Sanjay Kakade, BJP Rajya Sabha MP, said that the results for Madhya Pradesh came as a surprise.“I knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, but MP trends have come as a surprise. I think we forgot the issue of development that Modi took up in 2014. Ram Mandir, statues and name-changing became the focus,” he said.Incumbent Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is leading in Budhni constituency by a margin of 35,531 votes.“Voters have rejected what was unwanted, congratulations to them,” said Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on assembly poll results.Chief Minister Chouhan’s brother-in-law and Congress candidate Sanjay Singh is trailing in Waraseoni constituency.BJP’s Yogendra Nirmal is leading with 25,514 votes.Speaking to the media in Delhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “There are many reasons behind BJP's defeat, and proud of being in power, misuse of democratic institutions are some. People from all strata of society are against BJP. This a disaster for them.”Congress workers burst crackers, danced to the dhol and played with gulal as they celebrated the party's good show in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.Carrying the Congress flag, a large number of workers gathered at the party headquarters in Delhi and praised Rahul Gandhi's leadership in steering the Congress towards victory in the three states ruled by the BJP.According to the local media, BJP has taken a lead in Madhya Pradesh with 111 seats.BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son, Akash Kailash Vijayvargiya, wins from Indore-3 constituency with a margin of 5,751 votes.“The results in 5 states is a right slap in the face for anarchist govt,” Raj Thackeray.Thackeray praises Rahul Gandhi for putting up a single handed fight.'I especially congratulate the people of Gujarat. Voters of Gujarat started the trend and showed Modi and Shah their place'.Congress candidate Harsh Yadav is leading in Deori by 4 votes.Congress’s PC Sharma is leading in Bhopal Dakshina-Pashchim constituency by 393 votes.DMK President MK Stalin congratulated Rahul Gandhi for the party’s “excellent” performance in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.According to News18, Congress has reached out to BSP and SP for a post-poll alliance in Madhya Pradesh.The Indian National Congress’ vote share at 41.3 percent has surpassed BJP’s vote share which stands at 41.2 percent.Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have agreed to form an allaainace with the Congress, reported News18 quoting Congress sources.As Madhya Pradesh appears to be heading for a cliffhanger with the ruling BJP and Congress locked in a close fight, small parties and independents may play a crucial role in deciding who forms the next government in the state.As per the results and trends available at 7.30 pm, the Congress tally in the 230-member House is 111 (won 13 and leading in 98 seats), while BJP is a close second with 110 (won 15 seats and leading in 96 constituencies).Addressing the media at the AICC headquarters in Delhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi congratulated the party workers and said that this is a victory of Congress workers and small traders.He further said that the party is hopeful of winning Madhya Pradesh.BJP Candidate Yashpal Singh Sisodiya leads in Mandsaur by a margin of 17,212 votes.Mandsaur was the hotbed of farmer agitation in 2017.1.5 percent of the electoral voted for NOTA in Madhya Pradesh.As per the leads at 9:00 pm, BJP has won 35 seats while the Congress has grabbed 31 seats.BJP's Yashpal Singh Sisodiya has won Mandsaur seat with a margin of 18,370 votes.Shivraj Singh Chouhan has retained Budhni constituency with a margin of 58,999 votes.Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of tweets accepted BJP’s deafeat in the state Assembly elections and said, “We accept the people’s mandate with humility.”Modi also thanked the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya pradesh and Rajasthan for giving the party an “opportunity to serve” them.Read the full story here.Reacting to the ongoing poll results, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said:“I think result was certainly not as expected and it's an opportunity to pause and analyse, the results. In both Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh we were in power for 15 years and we have done well. I don't think there was anti-incumbency but fatigue factor does come in.”Congress will go to the Governor House as soon as they win 116 seats in the state, reported ANI.The party has won 69 seats and is leading on 44 seats so far.Madhya Pradesh BJP general secy VD Sharma on Tuesday, 11 December, said the Congress’ decision to seek an appointment with the governor to stake claim to form the government was premature.“They are in a hurry, the final result has not come yet. They should wait, when the final results come, BJP will be the one with the majority,” Sharma said.(ANI)The Congress on Tuesday, 11 December, sent central observers to Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to oversee the election of the legislature party leaders, sources said.Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge was sent as an observer for Chhattisgarh. Party leader KC Venugopal was appointed as an observer to Rajasthan and AK Antony was sent to Madhya Pradesh, they said.(PTI)The Madhya Pradesh Governor House has said that an appointment will be given only after the situation is made clear by the Election Commission, ANI reported.Midnight political drama gripped Madhya Pradesh as Congress accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pressuring the Election Commission (EC) to delay the results, reported News18.Congress said early on Wednesday, 12 December, that it will leave for the Raj Bhawan immediately to stake claim to form the government, NDTV reported.Meanwhile, the BJP also said that it will approach the EC. MP Rakesh Singh said on Twitter that the party officials will meet the governor on Wednesday.Congress’ Kamal Nath early on Wednesday, 12 December, said that they have secured the support of Independent candidates and claimed that the party has clear majority in the state.He was accompanied by senior leaders Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia and Digvijaya Singh at the late night press conference.“With utmost happiness, I wish to inform you that Congress has won clear majority. We have written a letter to the governor to invite us so that we can prove our majority before her,” Nath said, as per ANI.Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday, 12 December, tweeted to congratulate the Congress party workers for winning the polls in Chhattisgarh.Meanwhile, Congress' Shobha Oza told ANI: "We are the largest party, we have won 113 seats. We will form the government with an absolute majority."Counting for 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh concluded on Wednesday morning, with the Congress winning 114 seats and the BJP settling for 109. The BSP won 2 seats while the Samajwadi Party retained 1. Independent candidates also claimed 4 seats in the state Assembly.According to the EC website, the BJP got a vote share of 41% while the Congress got 40.9%. The BSP, expected to be the kingmaker for Congress, got a vote share of 5% while the Samjwadi Party got a vote share of 1.3%.