The electoral fate of over 8,500 candidates in the fray of five states is sealed in over 1.74 lakh EVMs which will be put to counting on Tuesday, December 11. These electronic voting machines are now stored in over 670 strongrooms across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, and Telangana.
A total of 1,74,724 EVMs were used at polling stations across all five states. The maximum 65,367 machines were used in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections. A little over 8,500 candidates were in the fray in the five states with 2,907 Candidates in Madhya Pradesh, few over in 2200 candidates in Rajasthan Assembly elections.
A total of 679 assembly seats in the five states to go for election, but due to the death of a BSP candidate in Rajasthan’s Ramgarh, polling on one seat was postponed.
With Congress looking to unseat BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. While seeking a term in Mizoram. BJP will look to seek another term in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan. While BJP is looking to open its tally in the state.
Three states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh – played an important role in the ruling party in last General Elections of 2014. It had won 62 out of the 65 Lok Sabha seats in these three states. The elections also hold significance for the Congress, which is out to challenge the BJP’s rule in the states even while protecting its last bastion in the North-East. Mizoram is the only remaining state in the North-East, which is not under the rule of BJP-led NDA. The eight North-East states together have 25 Lok Sabha seats.