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Shivraj reigns in MP, Kamal Nath fails to revive Congress' fortunes in Assembly bypolls

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BHOPAL: Shivraj Chouhan has once again shown that he remains the most popular politician in Madhya Pradesh. 

Just months after BJP pulled rug off Kamal Nath's feet amid charges of 'stolen mandate', Shivraj has once again led his party to victory. 

Among the 28 seats for which elections were held, BJP won 19. Congress could barely win 9 seats. 

Congress was hoping that it would do well in the by-elections and would get enough seats to again form the government. However, it needed to win most of the seats in order to retain power. It's tally was reduced to a mere 89 after defections to BJP. 

With just 9 wins out of 28 seats in the bypolls, its strength is now 98 in the Assembly, though the party needed 115 for a simple majority in the house. BJP has strengthened its position. It already had the numbers and needed just a few MLAs. Contrary to Congress' hopes, BJP didn't perform badly. 

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Even in the Gwalior-Chambal region where Congress' campaign against Jyotiraditya Scindia, seemed to be affecting voters, the BJP has managed to get seats. Clearly, it's an end of the road for Kamal Nath, who had the mandate but failed and his complacence brought his government down.

As far as Scindia is concerned, some of his confidantes lost. But this was not unexpected. In fact, the damage was far less, especially, in view of the sentiment that was felt on the ground. BJP wasn't too confident till a few days ago but the results have come as a big relief. Shivraj Chouhan is now firmly in the saddle in his fourth term.