New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 11: Very few results in India have been so nail-biting when the experts, as well as the voters, had the longest-ever experience of sitting on the edge of the chair. Each moment, each number set the adrenaline rush as it was really difficult to say as to who will walk away with the cake until the final numbers came. The pendulum of uncertainty was ticking this way or that and was unnerving the most experienced politcal pundit.One thing is for sure that if the voters are still ready to bring back 'mamaji' even after 15 years of rule, then there is certainly something about CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Here are the major takeaways from the Madhya Pradesh results:
1. When early trends indicated that the Congress was ahead in the assembly polls in three Hindi heartland states, senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the figures reflected the people's desire for a change.
2. According to initial rounds of counting, the Congress was ahead in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan -- the three states where the BJP has been in power; but then in the last leg a neck and neck competition emerged between the BJP and Congress.
3. Jyotirajya Scindia, who spearheaded the Congress campaign in Madhya Pradesh, said he was very confident that the Congress would form the government in the state.
4. The infighting in within the Congress in the state costed dear to the Congress. If the differences were tamed in time, the picture would have been different.
5. Like in Rajasthan there was a simmering discontent between the two camps; that of Kamal Nath and Scindia. Asked about posters being put up that Kamal Nath would be CM, Scindia said: "Lets not put the cart before the horse. Let us wait for the verdict." Rahul Gandhi addressed 22 public rallies and took part in about a dozen road shows.
6. He said the trends reflected the people's desire for a change. Scindia made the remarks after landing in Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath also exuded confidence that it will form the government in Madhya Pradesh. The state polls saw a voter turnout of about 75 per cent.7. As many as 2,907 candidates were in fray for the November 28 assembly polls as Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan of BJP was attempting a fourth term in office, while challenger Congress expected to return to power after a 15-year gap.
8. Exit polls predicted a close race between the BJP and the Congress, though leaders from both parties have routinely claimed their respective victories.
9. While Chouhan has called himself the "biggest surveyor" in claiming a win for the BJP, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said his party would get at least 140 seats to oust the saffron party and form a majority government.
10. Though all exit polls predicted a slide in the BJP's fortunes, some of them had gone to the extent of giving a clear majority to the Congress. The prime minister had addressed ten public meetings across all regions of the state while BJP president Amit Shah held 26 public meetings and three road shows, said state BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal.