Assembly Elections LIVE Updates: Voter Turnout In Mizoram Goes Up To 80%

Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018, Mizoram Elections: In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP, led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is seeking a fourth term in power.

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Assembly Elections LIVE Updates: Voter Turnout In Mizoram Goes Up To 80%

Assembly Elections 2018: BJP has never won an assembly election in Mizoram.

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Voting in Madhya Pradesh is underway today, one of the most crucial heartland states, where the BJP, led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is seeking a fourth term in power. The Congress is banking on anti-incumbency for what it calls a "make or break election".

Voting finished in Mizoram, where the BJP is aiming to wrest control from the Congress which has been ruling the northeast state since it was formed in 1987. Polling in the 40-member legislative assembly of the hill state will decide the fate of 209 candidates. The BJP -- which has never won an assembly election in Mizoram - is contesting in 39 seats.

The counting of votes for Madhya Pradesh Pradesh and Mizoram will take place on December 11, along with that of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, where assembly elections are also being held.

Here are the live updates of the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram:


Nov 28, 2018
22:20 (IST)
Mizoram Elections: Voter turnout goes up to 80%

The voter turnout for the Mizoram assembly elections has gone up to around 80% till 9 pm.
Nov 28, 2018
21:34 (IST)
Read Here:The Countdown Live Blog: Will Shivraj Chouhan Win Fourth Term In Madhya Pradesh?
A high voter turnout was recorded today in Madhya Pradesh, where the Congress is trying to defeat the BJP that has won the assembly elections three times in a row. From 72.7 per cent in 2013, the provisional figure for Madhya Pradesh was 74.6 per cent, the Election Commission said.
Nov 28, 2018
21:30 (IST)
Congress' Kamal Nath when asked if he was going to be the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, says "didn't want this job"

"I didn't want this job to start with. Now having taken this job, I am not hungry for a post or position... We don't have a chief ministerial candidate. Whoever our party decides, whatever modality Mr Rahul Gandhi wants to adopt in naming the chief minister, he will do so. I am very happy with that."
Nov 28, 2018
21:23 (IST)
BJP attempting to communalise the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, Congress' Kamal Nath tells NDTV

"What worries me are the attempts by the BJP to communalise this election. They will try... because this has been their game. That's the card left - to try and communalise the elections. But I think that the people of Madhya Pradesh are smart enough to know that," Kamal Nath tells NDTV.
Nov 28, 2018
21:22 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections: "People have unequivocally decided that they want to oust this (BJP) government": Congress' Kamal Nath tells NDTV

I haven't seen this in 40 years. Every section of society is against this government, and they are looking for a change. And this change is happening now on a daily basis, on an hourly basis. Kamal Nath said speaking to NDTV.
Nov 28, 2018
21:11 (IST)
Mizoram Assembly Elections 2018: Around 79% voter turnout recorded till now

The Mizoram elections have recorded around 79% voter turnout till 9 pm. This figure could likely increase even more. This is because data from remote areas is still awaited.
Nov 28, 2018
21:02 (IST)
Read Here: MP Elections, Mizoram Elections: Madhya Pradesh Voting Heavier Than 2013, Mizoram Sees A Dip: 10 Points
The heartland state of Madhya Pradesh, where the Congress is hoping to unseat the three-time winner BJP, saw a spike in turnout in today's assembly elections. Mizoram, which the BJP is trying to wrest from the Congress, saw a considerable dip. From 72.7 per cent in 2013, the provisional figure for Madhya Pradesh was 74.6 per cent. The corresponding drop in Mizoram was higher -- 77 per cent, down from last election's 83.4 per cent, the Election Commission said.
Nov 28, 2018
20:46 (IST)
Mizoram Assembly Polls 2018: Provisional voter turnout now at 77%

Voter turnout at Mizoram has now increased to 77% for the Mizoram assembly elections.
Nov 28, 2018
19:54 (IST)
Mizoram Assembly Elections 2018

Nov 28, 2018
19:52 (IST)
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19:51 (IST)

Nov 28, 2018
19:18 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: 2899 candidates contested the elections in Madhya Pradesh

2899 candidates contested the elections in Madhya Pradesh, according to the Election Commission.
Nov 28, 2018
19:10 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Electiosns 2018: 2,132 model code violations reported across Madhya Pradesh

Amid the elections in Madhya Pradesh, around 2,132 model code violations were reported across the state.
Nov 28, 2018
19:09 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: 65,367 polling booths were established for easy access

65,367 polling booths established for the elections in Madhya Pradesh for easy access to voters, according to the Election Commission.
Nov 28, 2018
19:08 (IST)
Mizoram Elections 2018: No cases of paid news were reported in Mizoram, according to the Election Commission

No cases of paid news amid the Mizoram Assembly Elections.
Nov 28, 2018
19:03 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018: Approximately 6 lakh litres of liquor were seized, 98 notices sent for cases of paid news

Approximately 6 lakh litres of liquor were seized, 98 notices sent for cases of paid news were sent amid the Madhya Pradesh elections.
Nov 28, 2018
18:59 (IST)
3 EVM models were used in the Madhya Pradesh elections, says Election Commission

The Election Commission, in its press conference, said that there were three kinds of EVM models used in the Madhya Pradesh elections.
Nov 28, 2018
18:56 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: 250 women candidates, 35 trangender candidates participated

Of the total number of candidates who fought the Madhya Pradesh elections, 250 were women candidates and 35 candidates were transgenders.
Nov 28, 2018
18:53 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018: Around 4,427 model polling stations in Madhya Pradesh with 6,000 queue-less polling stations

4,427 model polling stations in state, Over 6,000 queue-less polling stations were managed, according to the Election Commission. 6,500 polling stations had webcasting facility for the Madhya Pradesh elections. Around 198 observors were deployed for the elections in Madhya Pradesh.
Nov 28, 2018
18:51 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: 3046 polling booths were completely managed by women officials

3046 polling booths were completely managed by women officials, according to the Election Commission, for the Madhya Pradesh elections.
Nov 28, 2018
18:50 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections: Madhya Pradesh saw participation of 5 crore, 44 lakh voters

In the Madhya Pradesh elections, 5 crore 44 lakh voters turned up to exercise their franchise. There has been a jump in gender ratio.
Nov 28, 2018
18:45 (IST)
Read Here: Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram Elections: Madhya Pradesh Voting Heavier Than 2013, Mizoram Sees A Dip: 10 Points

Madhya Pradesh saw a 74.6 per cent voter turnout till 6 pm today in the crucial elections for the heartland state's 230 assembly seats, which is higher than the 72.7 per cent voting recorded in 2013. Mizoram, the BJP's last frontier in the north-east, too, saw a turnout of 75 per cent, far less than last election's 83.4 per cent. Figures for both states are likely to go up as these are provisional numbers. Sporadic incidents of voting machines (EVMs) and paper trail (VVPAT) machines malfunctioning were reported from both the states. The Election Commission said they have been replaced. In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP, led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is seeking a fourth term in power. The Congress is banking on anti-incumbency for what it calls a "make or break election". Mizoram is one of the five states where Rahul Gandhi's party is still in power. For the BJP, it is a crucial box to be ticked to reach their goal of ruling the northeast.
Nov 28, 2018
18:44 (IST)
Voter turnout in Mizoram for 2013 was higher, at 83.41 %.
Nov 28, 2018
18:44 (IST)
More than 10,000 elderly voters came out and voted in the Mizoram elections
Nov 28, 2018
18:39 (IST)
Mizoram Elections 2018: Total Provisional Voter Turnout At 75%. Likely To Go Up

Total voter turnout in Mizoram till 5 pm is 75%. Figures are likely to go up.
Nov 28, 2018
18:39 (IST)
15 special polling stations were set up near border for special voting arrangement. Extensive EVM/ VVPAT drives were conducted for creating awareness.
Nov 28, 2018
18:38 (IST)
Only 3 violations reported in Mizoram, the Election Commissioner said after elections took place today in Mizoram.
Nov 28, 2018
18:31 (IST)
Chief Electoral Officer, Madhya Pradesh, VL Kantha Rao: 883 ballot units and 881 control units were replaced today. 2126 VVPATs were replaced during mock poll and during voting, according to ANI.
Nov 28, 2018
17:36 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections: Voter turnout till 5 pm is 62.5%

Voter turnout till 5 pm for the elections in Madhya Pradesh is 65.2%.
Nov 28, 2018
17:06 (IST)
Mizoram Election 2018: Voter turnout in the state is 70% till 4 pm

The voter turnout in the Mizoram elections has been 70% till 4 pm. The elections in Madhya Pradesh by comparison, registered a turnout of only 55.2%.
Nov 28, 2018
16:47 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: Using faulty EVMs is a ploy to manipulate votes, says Mamata Banerjee

Criticising the malfunctioning of some Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) during the ongoing Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday claimed that providing faulty EVMs was a ploy to manipulate people's votes, news agency IANS reported.

Taking a swipe at the Election Commission, Ms Banerjee said it is the responsibility of the constitutional body to ensure that none of the EVM or VVPAT machines used during polling are faulty, according to IANS.

"I am hearing since morning that several EVM machines used in Madhya Pradesh polls are faulty. We all understand these plans. These are attempts to manipulate people's vote for own advantage," Ms Banerjee said in a veiled reference to the BJP, who is in power in the state as well as at the centre.

"I have heard that only two per cent votes cast through an EVM machine can be traced. What is the significance of two per cent? If two per cent votes are fair and 80 per cent of it is rigged, who would take the responsibility? If EVM and VVPAT are used in elections, the EC must ensure that not a single EVM machine malfunctions during polling," she said.

The Trinamool chief said she would raise the issue of faulty EVMs during the opposition parties' meeting to be held in Delhi in December.

"We have already raised the issue. I will again raise the issue during our opposition party meeting in Delhi. I will also circulate the document to show what exactly is going on in Madhya Pradesh," she added.

Polling is underway for the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday, where several faulty EVMs and VVPAT machines had to be replaced within the first hour, according to IANS.
Nov 28, 2018
16:35 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia want faulty EVMs replaced

Congress state unit chief Kamal Nath on Wednesday requested the poll panel to quickly replace all faulty EVMs and VVPAT machines after 100 complaints were received within the first hour of polling in Madhya Pradesh, according to news agency IANS.

"There is a large number of EVM machines not working properly, we have information from across the state... This is affecting voting. There are long queues outside the polling stations... Why such big glitches? The Election Commission must urgently take steps," the Congress leader tweeted.

Chief Electoral Officer for the state VL Kantha Rao said that complaints of faulty EVMs and VVPATs were received and many were replaced within the first hour itself, according to IANS.

In Ujjain, two faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs) and 11 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were replaced by the Election Commission officials. In Bhuranpur constituency, five VVPATs and two faulty EVMs were replaced by 9 am, an IANS report said.

Taking note of the faulty EVMs, senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who cast his vote in Gwalior, tweeted: "There have been reports of the faulty EVMs from across the state. In democracy, vote is the voice of the people -- it is worrying that an effort is being made to suppress it.

"I request the Election Commission to immediately take notice of this and ensure that the polling takes place in a fair manner without any hurdles."
Nov 28, 2018
16:33 (IST)
Mizoram Elections 2018: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla cast his vote at Zarkawat polling station

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Wednesday cast his vote at Zarkawat polling station, according to news agency ANI.

While speaking to reporters outside the polling booth, Mr Thanhawla expressed confidence of Congress retaining power in the state. He said, quoted by ANI, "I will come with a full majority".

On BJP which has never won a single seat in the state, Mr Thanhawla claimed that BJP this year also will not be able to open its account in the state, an ANI report said.

Mr Thanhawla is seeking a third consecutive term in the office. This year, he is contesting from two seats, Serchhip and Champhai South.
Nov 28, 2018
16:31 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: Voting to conclude at 5 pm

In Madhya Pradesh, voting began at 8 am in the state and will conclude at 5 pm. However, the timings for polling in Baihar, Lanji and Parswada assembly constituencies of Balaghat district have been set from 7 am to 3 pm, according to news agency ANI.

Around 5 crore voters are eligible to decide the fate of 2,899 candidates contesting for 230 Madhya Pradesh Assembly constituencies, according to an ANI report.
Nov 28, 2018
16:29 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018: Voter turnout till 1 pm was only 33.56% in Madhya Pradesh; till 4pm it increased to 55%

Voter turnout of 33.56 per cent was recorded till 1 pm in the ongoing Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, according to news agency ANI.

On the one hand, district wise highest voter turnout was recorded in Chhindwara (45 per cent) followed by Ashoknagar (42 per cent), Balaghat (41 per cent) and Burhanpur (40 per cent), according to the Election Commission of India. On the other hand, Dindori recorded the lowest voter turnout (20 per cent), according to ANI.
Nov 28, 2018
16:25 (IST)
Mizoram Assembly Elections 2018: Around 67% turn up to vote in Mizoram

According to Mizoram's Chief Electoral Officer, around voter turnout in the state was around 67% till 3 pm.
Nov 28, 2018
16:23 (IST)
Mizoram Elections 2018: Over 50% voter turnout in Mizoram

Over 50 per cent of the 7.68 lakh Mizoram voters had their franchise in six hours to elect a new assembly on Wednesday, a poll official said, according to news agency IANS.

"Little over 50 per cent of the 7,68,181 voters cast their votes by 1 p.m.," Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra told the media, quoted by IANS.

Long queues of colourful motley crowd were seen outside many polling booths in all districts well before the voting began at 7 am.

With the polling process in the state being peaceful, police and other official sources in fact put the voting percentage around 62 till 2 pm, according to IANS.

"Conducive situation and favourable climate helped the electorate to exercise their franchise smoothly," Mr Kundra said, adding that some EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) and VVPAT (Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) devices malfunctioned, but no untoward incident was reported so far.

The CEO said that several voters aged above 100 cast their votes, with the help of their family members, at different polling stations.

The nine-hour long polling would draw to a close at 4 pm.

Bordered with Myanmar (510 km) and Bangladesh (318 km), the mountainous Mizoram is the Congress' last bastion among the eight Northeastern states.
Nov 28, 2018
16:21 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: Turnout till 4 pm is 55.2%

The turnout in the Madhya Pradesh elections has been 55.2% till 4 pm.
Nov 28, 2018
15:26 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: Shivraj Chouhan, Family Confident Of BJP's 200 Target In Madhya Pradesh

Incumbent Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, accompanied by wife Sadhna Singh and his sons Kartikey and Kunal, cast their votes at a polling station in Budhni while expressing confidence in the party's victory in the ongoing assembly polls."

Mr Chouhan said that he has set a target of bagging 200 seats, for which lakhs of volunteers are working day and night. "I am 100 per cent sure that BJP will come to power for the fourth time and will have absolute majority. We have set a target of 200 seats this time and lakhs of volunteers are working to achieve this goal."

Speaking about his Congress opponent Arun Yadav, Mr Chouhan said that the party has done a "lot of injustice" to him. "They (Congress) first removed him from the post of state unit president and then gave him a ticket from Budhni," he claimed.
Nov 28, 2018
15:21 (IST)
58% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in Mizoram.
Nov 28, 2018
15:08 (IST)
Nov 28, 2018
14:57 (IST)

A 108-year-old man cast vote in Mizoram. The state has witnessed brisk voting since 7 am. 
Nov 28, 2018
14:53 (IST)
While people have come out in large numbers to cast vote in Mizoram, voter turnout in Madhya Pradesh is rather slow. Madhya Pradesh witnessed a voter turnout of 38.4 percent till 2:30 PM.

The voter turnout in Mizoram crossed the 50 per cent at 1:30 PM. 
Nov 28, 2018
14:29 (IST)
Man Shot At Polling Booth In Madhya Pradesh, Critical

A young man was seriously injured in Bhind district's Mehgaon constituency after he was shot at allegedly by supporters of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) candidate. The candidate, Dr Rajkumar, was kept under house arrest.
Nov 28, 2018
14:14 (IST)
Nov 28, 2018
14:03 (IST)

Mizoram has recorded a voter turnout of 50 per cent till 1:00 PM. A large number of voters in the state are senior citizens.
Nov 28, 2018
13:03 (IST)
Nov 28, 2018
13:01 (IST)

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at a polling station in Madhya Pradesh.
Nov 28, 2018
12:50 (IST)
Mizoram Election 2018: Displaced Once, Elderly Bru Tribal Beams As She Casts Vote

Ethnic violence broke-out between Mizo and Bru tribes in 1997, due to which scores of Bru families were forced to leave their home state and take shelter in the neighbouring Tripura."
Nov 28, 2018
12:45 (IST)
Among the 2,907 candidates in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has fielded candidates in all seats, while the Congress is contesting in 229 seats leaving one seat, Jatara in Tikamgarh district, for Sharad Yadav's Loktantrik Janata Dal.

The BSP has fielded 227 candidates and the SP is contesting in 51 seats. There are 1,102 Independent candidates.

In the last elections, the BJP won 165, Congress 58, BSP four and Independents three. 

Over five crore registered voters in the state consists of 2,63,01,300 men, 2,41,30,390 women and 1,389 of the third gender, who would decide the fate of almost 3,000 candidates.
Nov 28, 2018
12:33 (IST)

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan voted with his family in Jait village under Bhudni constituency. He is contesting against Congress' Arun Yadav.

State Congress chief Kamal Nath also cast his vote, after a temple visit along with his family, at a polling booth in Chhindwara.
Nov 28, 2018
12:30 (IST)
Faulty Machines Delay Voting In Madhya Pradesh

According to Chief Electoral Officer V.L. Kantha Rao, at over 100 election booths complaints of faulty electronic voting machines or EVMs and VVPAT machines were received. Some of the faulty machines were replaced within the first hour.

In Ujjain, two faulty EVMs and 11 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were replaced by the Election Commission officials.

In Bhuranpur constituency, five VVPATs and two faulty EVMs were replaced by 9 a.m.
Nov 28, 2018
12:20 (IST)

Large number of voters from the Bru community turned up in huge numbers at Kanhmun, Mizoram. Special polling arrangements have been made across the state to safeguard the interest of the Bru community. Food and transport facilities are also being provided to those coming to cast votes.

In 1997, large number of people from the Bru community were forced to leave their home state and take shelter in the neighbouring Tripura following ethnic violence between Mizo and Bru tribes.
Nov 28, 2018
12:05 (IST)
Voting in some booths in Madhya Pradesh have been delayed due to fault in 42 VVPATs, 19 control units and 25 ballot units.
Nov 28, 2018
11:57 (IST)

Proving that age is no barrier, a 98-year old lady cast vote early this morning.
Nov 28, 2018
11:54 (IST)
Mizoram Chief Minister Contesting From Two Seats

Five-time Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is contesting from two seats -- Serchhip and Champhai South. In Serchhip, Mr Thanhawla will be contesting against Zoram People's Movement's (ZPM) chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma, MNF's C Lalramzauva and People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) party chief Vanlalruata among others. In Champhai South, he will face MNF's TJ Lalnuntluanga and ZPM's C Lalremliana.
Nov 28, 2018
11:48 (IST)

Mizoram with a population of about 10 lakh, including nearly 7.68 lakh voters, is seen by the BJP as the "final frontier" in the North-East as it is in power in all other states of the region -- either by winning polls or aligning with regional parties.
Nov 28, 2018
11:40 (IST)
Party wise break up of Rich Candidates In Mizoram
PartyTotal number of candidates analyzed No of Rich Candidates
MNF4035
Cong4033
BJP3917
NPP95
PRISM Party132
IND6324
OTH50
Total209116
Source: ADR
Nov 28, 2018
11:39 (IST)
15 Special Polling Stations For Reang Tribal Refugees In Mizoram

The Election Commission has set up 15 special polling stations at Kanhmun, a village along the Mizoram-Tripura border, to facilitate voting by Reang tribal refugees, sheltered in Tripura for the past 21 years.

Of the over 35,000 tribal immigrants, 11,232 are eligible to cast their votes in this election.

"In view of the Assembly polls, the BSF (Border Security Force) and Assam Rifles troopers have been asked to further tighten the security along Mizoram's borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar to prevent any kind of cross-border movements by inimical elements," Mizoram's Joint Chief Electoral Officer Zorammuana was quoted by news agency IANS.
Nov 28, 2018
11:35 (IST)
 Heavyweights in Mizoram
Const NoConst NameCandidate NameParty Profile
16009TawiProf J. V. HlunaBJPState Party President 
16036TuichawngBuddha Dhan Chakma BJPState Former Cabinet Minister 
16011Aizawl North IIPu H LiansailovaCongState Party Treasurer 
16024Champhai SouthLal Thanhawla CongChief Minister
16026SerchhipLal Thanhawla CongChief Minister
16026SerchhipLalduhomaIND (ZPM)ZPM Chief Minister Candidate
16009TawiR. LalzirlianaMNFState Former Home minister
16013Aizawl East IZoramthanga MNFState Party President
16017Aizawl West IIIVanlalzawma MNFState Chief Opposition leader
16004TuirialHmingdailova KhiangteNPPFormer Congress MLA and retired DIG
Nov 28, 2018
11:34 (IST)
Congress Has Been In Power Since Mizoram Became A Full-Fledged State In 1987

Mizoram is the Congress' last bastion among the eight Northeastern states.

The ruling Congress led by incumbent Chief Minister and state party chief Lal Thanhawla is determined for a third consecutive term against a stiff challenge mounted by the main opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) headed by former Chief Minister Zoramthanga.

Both the Congress and MNF have fielded candidates to all the 40 Assembly constituencies.

The Congress has been in power, except for 10 years, since Mizoram became a full-fledged state in 1987. The MNF, a constituent of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), ruled during those 10 years -- 1998-2003 and 2003-08.
Nov 28, 2018
11:30 (IST)
Party wise  break up of Candidates With CRIMINAL CASES In mizoram
PartyTotal number of candidates analyzed No of Criminal Cases Candidates
Cong403
MNF403
BJP392
IND631
OTH270
Total2099
Source: ADR
Nov 28, 2018
11:29 (IST)
29% Turnout Recorded Till 11 Am In Mizoram
29 percent voter turnout recorded till 11 AM in Mizoram. Bru an Chakma dominated areas have seen heavy turnout.

In order to safeguard the interest of the Bru community, special polling arrangements have been made across the state. Food and transport facilities are also being provided to those coming to cast votes.
Nov 28, 2018
11:24 (IST)
MADHYA PRADESH - Party wise break up of Rich Candidates 
PartyTotal number of candidates analyzed No of Rich Candidates
Cong223173
BJP220179
BSP21452
AAP20638
Sapaks Party9537
SP4817
SHS758
GGP625
BMP295
BSCP535
RLSP173
BSD473
IND101594
OTH41237
Total2716656
Source: ADR
Nov 28, 2018
11:23 (IST)
Heavyweights In mADHYA pRADESH
Const NoConst NameCand NamePartyProfile
12152Bhopal Dakshin-PaschimAlok AgrawalAAPCM Candidate of AAP Party
12022DatiaNarottam MishraBJP5 times MLA
12036Khurai Bhupendra SinghBJPHome & Transport Minister of MP
12055DamohJayant MalaiyaBJPFinance Minister & 6 Time Sitting MLA
12092VijayraghavgarhSanjay PathakBJPCabinet Minister & Richest MLA of Madhya Pradesh
12156Budhni Shivraj Singh ChouhanBJPChief Minister
12008AmbahSatyaprakash SakwarBSPSitting MLA
12062RaigaonUsha ChoudharyBSPSitting MLA
12073Mangawa Sheela TyagiBSPSitting MLA
12002VijaypurRamnivas RawatCongFormer Cabinet Minister & Congress working president
12011LaharGovind Singh KushwahCongCongress Vice President & 6 time Sitting MLA
12031RaghogarhJaivardhan Singh CongSon of Digvijay Singh
12076ChurhatAjay singhCongState Leader of Opposition
12150Bhopal UttarArif AqueelCongOnly Muslim MLA in Madhya Pradesh Assembly & 6 time sitting MLA
12210RauJeetu PatwariCongSec. AICC  & State Working President
12156Budhni Arun YadavCongFormer 2 time MP &Former MP Congress Chief
Nov 28, 2018
11:22 (IST)
As many as 209 candidates are contesting in the 40-member Mizoram  Legislative Assembly. The Congress party, which has been in power in Mizoram since 2008, is eyeing a third consecutive term in the state. Polling would come to an end at 4 pm.

In the previous election in 2013, Congress had fielded 40 candidates while it won 34 seats, whereas Mizo National Front (MNF) secured only five seats after contesting 31 seats. Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) had contested on eight seats but it managed to bag only one.
Nov 28, 2018
11:19 (IST)

Party wise  break up of Criminal Cases Candidates 
PartyTotal number of candidates analyzed No of Criminal Cases Candidates
Cong223108
BJP22065
BSP21437
AAP20643
SHS7518
Sapaks Party9511
GGP628
SP4812
BSCP533
BSD477
JAP306
BMP295
IND101591
OTH39950
Total2716464
Source: ADR
Nov 28, 2018
11:00 (IST)
96-year-old casting ballot in Kolasib, Mizoram

Nov 28, 2018
10:42 (IST)
Nov 28, 2018
10:39 (IST)
6.3 percent recorded in Madhya Pradesh till 10 AM. The state witnessed a turnout of 72.7 percent in the 2013 assembly elections.
Nov 28, 2018
10:27 (IST)
Polling will end in the three Maoist-hit constituencies -- Baihar, Lanji and Paraswada -- at 3 pm, while it would continue till 5 pm in all the other constituencies.
Nov 28, 2018
10:11 (IST)
Main Contest Between Congress And Mizo National Front In Mizoram

Besides the two national parties, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), many regional and local parties have fielded candidates in most of the 40 assembly constituencies in Mizoram. They include the main opposition Mizo National Front (MNF), People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) and Meghalaya-based National People's Party (NPP). 

However, the main contest is likely to be between the ruling Congress and the MNF. Both the parties have fielded 40 candidates each. The BJP has fielded candidates in 39 constituencies. 
Nov 28, 2018
09:57 (IST)
Cops Seize Campaign Material In Bhopal

Police seize campaign material from BJP's polling agents 200 metres away from a polling booth at Saint Mary's, Bhopal. One person taken into custody: news agency ANI

Nov 28, 2018
09:56 (IST)
People Cast Vote In Mizoram

An old woman shows her inked finger after casting her vote at a polling booth in Mizoram.


Since it became a full-fledged state in 1987, the Congress and the Mizoram National Party have ruled Mizoram. In the 2013 elections, the Congress won 34 seats, the MNF, got five and the Mizoram People's Conference bagged one seat. No party has been able to form government thrice.

Nov 28, 2018
09:29 (IST)
"100% Certain Of Win": Shivraj Singh Chouhan

"We are 100 per cent certain that BJP will form government with an absolute majority. We have set a target of 200 seats and our lakhs of volunteers are working to make it a reality," Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after casting his vote in Budhni.

Nov 28, 2018
09:23 (IST)
Some Faulty EVMs, VVPATs Replaced

In Ujjain, two electronic voting machines were found faulty and they have been replaced, the Election Commission said. In Alirajpur, a total 11 voter-verifiable paper trail or VVPAT machines were replaced. In Burhanpur, five VVPAT and two EVM were replaced.
Nov 28, 2018
09:17 (IST)
First-Time Voters In Bhopal

A first-time voter casts her vote in Bhopal. The BJP is contesting from all the 230 seats in the state. The Congress has fielded 229, leaving one seat -- Jatara in Tikamgarh district -- for ally Sharad Yadav's Loktantrik Janata Dal. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also hopes to make a big impact, or at least play kingmaker in case of a hung house, by fielding an ambitious 227 candidates in the election.


The Samajwadi Party will try its luck on 52 seats while the Aam Aadmi Party -- which is contesting the Madhya Pradesh elections for the first time -- has fielded 208 candidates.
Nov 28, 2018
09:00 (IST)
PM Modi appeals Mizoram voters to turnout in large numbers

PM Modi has appealed voters in Mizoram to turnout in large numbers. 

"I request my sisters and brothers of Mizoram, particularly the dynamic youth of the state, to turnout in large numbers and vote," he tweeted.

PM Modi's party, the BJP, has never won a seat in the 40-member assembly.

In all 768,181 voters, including 393,685 women, are casting their vote in Mizoram. 
Nov 28, 2018
08:45 (IST)
Congress leader Kamal Nath after casting his vote in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh

Nov 28, 2018
08:41 (IST)
Congress Eyeing Third Term In Mizoram

The Congress party, which has been in power in Mizoram since 2008, is eyeing a third consecutive term in the state. In the previous election in 2013, Congress had fielded 40 candidates while it won 34 seats, whereas Mizo National Front (MNF) secured only five seats after contesting 31 seats. Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) had contested on eight seats but it managed to bag only one.
Nov 28, 2018
08:36 (IST)
15 Women In Fray In Mizoram

Of the 209 candidates in the fray in Mizoram, only 15 are women. In 2013, only six women had contested and none were successful.
Nov 28, 2018
08:29 (IST)
According to Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh, VL Kantha Rao, 12,000 central government employees will be working as micro-observers at different places. A total of 5,04,95,251 voters will cast their votes to decide the fortune of as many as 2,907 candidates.
Nov 28, 2018
08:27 (IST)
BJP's Final Frontier In The North-East

In all 768,181 voters, including 393,685 women, are casting their vote in Mizoram. The state with a population of about 10 lakh, including nearly 7.68 lakh voters, is seen by the BJP as the "final frontier" in the North-East as it is in power in all other states of the region -- either by winning polls or aligning with regional parties.



Nov 28, 2018
08:26 (IST)
Congress leader Kamal Nath offers prayers at a Hanuman temple in Chhindwara. "I have full faith in the people of Madhya Pradesh, they are simple and innocent people who have been robbed for a long time by BJP," Kamal Nath told news agency ANI.

Nov 28, 2018
08:25 (IST)
People cast their vote at a polling booth in Indore. The BJP has been dominant in Madhya Pradesh since 1990. Amid reports of public anger, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has been in power since 2005, says his achievements -- growth rate of 10 per cent, agricultural growth rate of 20 per cent and a five-fold rise in per capita income - will help him get a fourth term.

Nov 28, 2018
07:59 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan prays on the banks of the Narmada river, in Budhni. He faces Congress candidate Arun Yadav.

Nov 28, 2018
07:56 (IST)
Security personnel outside a "pink" polling booth at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. About 500 "pink" polling booths managed by all-women staff have been set up for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections.

Nov 28, 2018
07:49 (IST)
Bru refugees come to Mizoram from their camps in Tripura to vote in the Mizoram assembly elections today. Over 12,000 Brus are living in six relief camps in Tripura. They will vote at Kanhmun village in Mamit district, where 15 temporary polling stations have been set up.

Nov 28, 2018
07:42 (IST)
A polling station in Bhopal. Polling for 227 constituencies in the state will begin at 8 am, while voting for three constituencies has already begun.

Nov 28, 2018
07:19 (IST)
BJP's Vijay Goel tweeted, "I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Mizoram, particularly young voters, to turnout in record numbers and cast their vote in the Assembly Elections. #MizoramElections"
Nov 28, 2018
07:16 (IST)
As many as 2,899 candidates, including 1,094 independents, are in the fray in Madhya Pradesh.
Nov 28, 2018
07:16 (IST)
While the BJP hopes to storm to power for the fourth consecutive term, the Congress wants to make a comeback in a state that was once its stronghold. If the opposition party manages to eke out a victory, it will gain a major psychological advantage ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year.
Nov 28, 2018
07:16 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh will go to the polls amid heavy security, with as many as 5.04 crore voters expected to elect a 230-member assembly in what promises to be a tough contest between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in office since 2005, is seeking re-election from Budhni in Sehore district.
Nov 28, 2018
07:15 (IST)
BJP chief Amit Shah tweeted on the Mizoram polls. He said, "As voting in Mizoram begins, I appeal all my sisters and brothers of state to turnout in record numbers and vote. Your one vote will lay the foundation of a prosperous and corruption free Mizoram."

Nov 28, 2018
07:14 (IST)
About 12,026 Brus (Reangs), who have been staying at six relief camps in Tripura for the last 21 years, will be able to vote in Mamit district's Kanhmun village, where 15 temporary polling stations have been set up, said Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra.
Nov 28, 2018
07:14 (IST)
Five-time Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is contesting from two seats -- Serchhip and Champhai South. In Serchhip, Mr Thanhawla will be contesting against Zoram People's Movement's (ZPM) chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma, MNF's C Lalramzauva and People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) party chief Vanlalruata among others. In Champhai South, he will face MNF's TJ Lalnuntluanga and ZPM's C Lalremliana.
Nov 28, 2018
07:14 (IST)
The Congress has been in power, except for 10 years, since the Mizoram become a full-fledged state in 1987. The MNF, a constituent of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), ruled the state between 1998 and 2008.
Nov 28, 2018
07:13 (IST)
The Congress party, which has been in power in Mizoram since 2008, is eyeing a third consecutive term in the state. In 2013, the Congress had won 34 of the 40 seats and the MNF could manage only five after contesting 31 seats. Of the eight seats it contested, the Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) won only one.
Nov 28, 2018
07:13 (IST)
Ahead of the voting, the authorities have sealed India's borders that the state shares with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Around 11,100 security personnel, including para-military and state security forces, have been deployed to ensure incident-free elections.
Nov 28, 2018
07:13 (IST)
The state with a population of about 10 lakh, including nearly 7.68 lakh voters, is seen by the BJP as the "final frontier" in the North-East as it is in power in all other states of the region -- either by winning polls or aligning with regional parties.
Nov 28, 2018
07:13 (IST)
Votes will be counted on December 11. The five-year term of the Mizoram Assembly ends on December 15.
Nov 28, 2018
07:12 (IST)
Fifteen women, up from only six in 2013, are contesting this time in Mizoram. None of the candidates could win a seat.
Nov 28, 2018
07:10 (IST)
Polling in Mizoram to end at 4pm, reports news agency ANI
Nov 28, 2018
06:45 (IST)
Visuals from a polling station in Zarkawt, Aizawl, as tweeted by news agency ANI:



Nov 28, 2018
06:43 (IST)
Polling for 40 constituencies in Mizoram starts at 7am.
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