Bhopal | Jagran News Desk: In a big relief for Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, the ruling BJP is predicted to win 16-18 of the 28 Assembly seats where bypolls were held on November 3, according to the Axis My India exit poll. The Opposition Congress is projected to win 10-12 seats, while Mayawati's BSP is also likely to grab 0-1 seat, the exit poll predicted.

The exit polls predictions have come as a major relief for Shivraj Singh Chouhan and if these projections holds true, he will be able to maintain his government's majority.

The exit polls also predicted that BJP's vote share will also rise by 5 per cent to 46 per cent. The Congress party's vote share will also increase by two per cent to 43 per cent, the exit polls showed.

The bypolls for the 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh were held on November 3. The by-elections on most of these seats were necessitated following the resignation of 23 Congress MLA, which also led to the collapse of Kamal Nath government earlier this year.

These resignations were part of Jyotiraditya Scindia's revolt against the Kamal Nath-led Congress government. The MLAs who had quit were Scindia loyalists. Scindia, along with his loyalists had joined the BJP.

Most of his loyalists were given tickets by the BJP. The exit poll have also come as a sigh of relief for Scindia, whose position in the BJP is likely to strengthen further.

Although Scindia had helped the BJP secure power in a crucial state, having no MLAs were weakening his bargaining position in the party.

The BJP has 107 MLAs in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly and need nine more MLAs to attain a majority. The Congress, on the other hand has 87 MLAs while the BSP has two legislators and the SP has one member besides four Independents.

Bye-elections were held on 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. The results will be declared on November 10.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma