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In BJP tally of 163 in MP, 55 are seats where PM Modi toured; around half were won by Cong last time | Political Pulse News


Every time the question arises of how the BJP managed its landslide victory in Madhya Pradesh, with 163 seats, the central leaders dispatched to hold down the BJP forts in the state Assembly elections have a simple answer: “Modi magic.”

Union Minister Prahlad Patel and party national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya have stressed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign did the trick. Asked about the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led state government’s widely popular Ladli Behna Yojana, Patel told The Indian Express on December 4, a day after the results: “Ladli Behna was not there in the other states, but we still won Rajasthan and Chattisgarh. We won this election because of Modi magic.”

Vijayvargiya almost echoed Patel, telling mediapersons, “Modi’s presence and leadership remained the heaviest factor. Was Ladli Behna there in Chhattisgarh or Rajasthan? And the victory in Chhattisgarh is a huge one.”

In total, Modi addressed rallies during the final leg of the campaign in 15 districts of MP, with 73 Assembly seats. The results show the BJP won 55 of these seats, of which 24 flipped away from the Congress.

But in Nimar region’s Barwani district, the Congress managed to retain all 4 of its Assembly seats despite Modi addressing rallies here. In Satna, part of the Vindhya Pradesh region, senior BJP leader Ganesh Singh, one of the five Lok Sabha MPs fielded in this election by the party, lost despite the PM’s campaign efforts. In Jhabua district, too, the Congress retained 2 of its 3 seats; including the Jhabua seat, where Vikrant Bhuria, son of former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria, managed to win after the rebel candidate withdrew his nomination.

Festive offer

Chouhan, who led the BJP campaign from the front, addressed 164 rallies – the maximum – covering the entire state.

PM Modi Madhya Pradesh In total, Modi addressed rallies during the final leg of the campaign in 15 districts of MP, with 73 Assembly seats. The results show the BJP won 55 of these seats, of which 24 flipped away from the Congress.

Modi toured extensively in Malwa-Nimar, a bellwether region and traditional BJP bastion with 66 seats. The BJP won 48 of the seats, nearly half of which were those where the PM toured. In 2018, the Congress had won 36 seats here, reducing the BJP to 28.

In his speeches in the region, Modi highlighted the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony due in January, attacked the Congress for its leaders allegedly insinuating that Ram was “imaginary”, and said in Scheduled Tribe-reserved seats that the tribal community had elevated ‘Lord Ram’ to ‘Purushottam Ram’.

A BJP leader said that beyond all this, the campaign’s main theme was “Modi’s guarantees”. “Modi spoke about the central government’s achievements, including making four crore homes, our Chandrayaan mission, the G20 success, and also laid a vision for the young voters for the next five years. The Congress had tired leaders and old faces who offered nothing new. In the end, the voters chose Modi’s guarantees.”

In the 15 districts toured by Modi, the BJP won 9 of the 16 ST-reserved seats, which are traditionally Congress strongholds. During his rallies in tribal seats, Modi announced a five-year extension of the free ration scheme, which BJP leaders concede helped the party, along with the reiteration of the Rs 24,000-crore Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) Development Mission first announced in the Budget. Of the total 47 ST seats in the state, the BJP won 24 and the Congress 22.

The BJP also performed well in the Bundelkhand and Gwalior-Chambal regions, winning 21 of 26 seats in the former and 18 of 34 in the latter. Ten of the seats in Bundelkhand and 6 in Gwalior-Chambal won by the BJP had seen Modi rallies. In 2018, the Congress had won 7 seats in Bundelkhand, and 26 in Gwalior-Chambal. While the defection of Jyotiraditya Scindia to the BJP played a big role in Gwalior-Chambal, in Bundelkhand, the veteran BJP MLAs who were part of the Chouhan cabinet managed to defeat the Congress with the party’s strong organisation.

Of the 24 Congress seats that the BJP wrested, 14 were from Betul, Chhatarpur, Morena and Indore districts. “The Congress was wiped out in Morena. Here, (Union Minister) Narendra Singh Tomar’s campaign was at the centre of all Congress attacks, which used fake videos to target Tomar’s son with corruption allegations. Tomar is a tall leader and his impact cannot be taken away. But the Modi impact can be seen in this region. In Gwalior’s Guna, Digvijaya’s brother Lakshman Singh lost and his son won with the smallest of margins,” a BJP leader from Gwalior-Chambal said.





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