Congress needs to win all the 27 seats to come back to power, which seems a tall order, while the ruling BJP needs to win only nine out of the 27 seats to retain power and achieve the majority mark on its own though it also has the support of four independents and two BSP MLAs as a further cushion as was the case in the recent Rajya Sabha polls.
BSP could also spoil the party for Congress by contesting the bypolls. It has already declared eight candidates for the SC-reserved seats in the Gwalior-Chambal region. The bypolls could be announced in the first week of September and be held later in the month.
The state CEO had written to the state additional chief secretary last week seeking the appointment of a state-level nodal officer, district nodal officers for each of the 18 districts where bypolls are scheduled and a nodal officer for each of the 27 bypoll seats as well to coordinate the Covid-19 related measures to be implemented for the elections. The state government had, on August 28, written back to the chief electoral officer that it has made the appointments, with the chief medical officers in the districts made the nodal officers and a block medical officer in each of the seats made the nodal officers for the respective seats.
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