With state election due in Madhya Pradesh later this year, the ruling dispensation has reasons to worry as the Congress is so far leading in both the Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly seats.
The Congress held both seats which were vacated by the death of its sitting legislators.
ruling BJP has gone flat out to try and wrest the seats
away from the opposition party with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan leading an aggressive campaign.
The by-polls are seen as a prestige battle between Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress.
While CM Chouhan led the BJP campaign with a many ministers, Congress lawmaker Jyotiraditya Scindia led the opposition attack.
It is also noteworthy that both the seats fall under Scindia’s parliamentary constituency Guna.
It is said that the chief minister addressed more than 40 rallies and did over 10 road shows.
As many as 18 cabinet ministers also accompanied him during the campaign.
Kolaras saw a voter turnout of 70 per cent while in Mungaoli it was 77 per cent.
Votes are being counted at the Government ITI College in Kolaras and Government Nehru Degree College in Mungaoli.