The assembly election results for Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have come in the Congress\'s favour but they aren\'t good enough to sail the grand old party across the half-way mark on its own. In both the states, the Congress has missed the magic number by a whisker. In Rajasthan, the Congress fell short by one seat and in Madhya Pradesh by two seats. It now will have to stitch alliance with other opposition parties like the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party, CPI(M) and rope in as many Independents as possible.
The situation for the BJP is more worrisome in Madhya Pradesh where the party has just managed to go ahead of the seats won by the BJP. Of the 230 seats in the state, the Congress has won 114, while the BJP has 109. The half-way mark or the magic number required to form government is 116.
The Congress will now have to gain support of the BSP (which has two seats), the SP (which has one seat) and try to rope in as many of the four Independents that have this time. Besides this, the Congress also faces the tough task of keeping its house in order and prevent its MLAs from deserting it and joining the BJP.
The action-packed drama after the Karnataka assembly elections or during the Rajya Sabha election of Congress leader Ahmad Patel is not very old. In both the cases, the Congress had to fight the BJP tooth and nail to guard its MLAs from being lured and poached upon.
On the other hand, in Rajasthan, the Congress is in a much more comfortable position. The difference between the seats won by the BJP and the Congress is much wider. The Congress has won 99 of the 199 seats that went to polls. It fell short of one seat to reach the magic figure or the half-way mark. The BJP on the other hand has won 73 seats.
In order to form government, the Congress is likely to seek support from the BSP (6 seats), the CPI(M) (2 seats) and other smaller parties. To be in a more reassured position, the Congress will also try to woo the 13 Independents, many of who are rebel Congress leaders.
Talks are on between former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and a few Congress rebels, who won as Independents in Rajasthan assembly polls, to support the Congress in government formation, a party leader told news agency PTI.
Independent MLAs Mahadev Khandela, Babu Lal Nagar, both former ministers, Kanti Prasad and others are in touch with Gehlot, he said.
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