Congress touches halfway mark in MP, Kamal Nath firmly in saddle after bypoll result
BHOPAL: Congress has won the Assembly bypoll in Madhya Pradesh and the paty has now reached the halfway mark in the Assembly.
With Kantilal Bhuria winning the Jhabua bypoll by a margin of over 27,000 votes, party now has 115 MLAs in the 230 member house.
The BJP's strength is down to 108, thus giving further edge to the Congress government. Bhuria, the former union minister and a veteran tribal leader, defeated BJP's Bhanu Bhuria.
The Congress government also has support of four independents and MLAs of BSP (two) and SP (1) as well. Meanwhile, in adjoining Chhattisgarh, Congress won the Chitrakot seat easily. The margin was more than 17,000 votes. Now, party has all the seats in Bastar region.
While Congress has an overwhelming majority in Chhattisgarh, in MP the party was short of majority, but the win has strengthened Kamal Nath government. The party leaders have thanked the electorate in both the states for reposing faith in Congress. Also, they assured that the party would work towards development in all the regions of the state.