The second phase of the high-stakes five-state assembly elections unfolds as Madhya Pradesh casts votes for 230 seats. In the electoral spotlight, both the BJP and Congress have engaged in intense campaigns, featuring prominent leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi, and others. The BJP, aiming to extend its almost 20-year rule, faces a spirited challenge from the Congress, determined to reclaim power. The electoral discourse revolves around governance achievements, promises, and issues like the Congress’ focus on a caste-based survey of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). With over 5.9 crore voters and 2,533 candidates, polling stations, numbering over 64,000, opened at 7 am and will close at 6 pm.