Independents will play kingmaker in Chandigarh
GN Bureau | October 24, 2019
Banking on the continued Modi wave, the BJP, along with the ally Shiv Sena, won the Maharashtra assembly elections in Haryana, it ran out of steam and could not achieve the simple majority.
After Monday’s elections, the vote count on Wednesday at 9 pm was:
BJP: 94 won, leading in 11
Shiv Sena 54 won, leading in 2
Congress: 35 won, leading in 9
NCP: 49 won, leading in 5
BJP: 39 won, leading in 1
Congress: 31 won
Jannayak Janta Party: 10 (won)
Prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “People of Maharashtra have blessed the NDA with immense affection. We are humbled to have got the people’s support yet again. Our work towards Maharashtra’s progress continues! I salute each and every Karyakarta of the BJP, Shiv Sena and our entire NDA family for their hardwork.”
As for the other state, he had this to say: “I thank the people of Haryana for blessing us. We will continue to work with the same zeal and dedication for the state’s progress. I laud the efforts of hardworking @BJP4Haryana Karyakartas who toiled extensively and went among the people to elaborate on our development agenda.”
The PM also credited the chief ministers, Devendra Fadnavis and Manohar Lal Khattar, for credible performance though both were first timers.
In Haryana, short of majority, BJP will have to depend on support from some of the smaller players and independents though it is confident of forming the government.
In Maharashtra, the BJP's tally has dipped compared to the 2014 results, when it had won 122 (Shiv Sena: 62). In Haryana, the BJP had 47 seats, though.
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