Suspense in Haryana continues as BJP, Cong keep fingers crossed

With Haryana all set to give a hung verdict in the assembly poll, the leading contenders namely the BJP and the Congress have begun making moves to muster the required numbers. In pursuance of that, Haryana’s incumbent chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar is scheduled to meet party supremo Amit Shah in New Delhi.

It is to be noted that Congress leader Kumari Selja has already met her party treasurer Ahmed Patel in connection with government formation.

If the current trend were to persist, Dushyant Chautala of the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) is likely to play the kingmaker. Reports indicate both the parties are trying to reach out to him to stitch together an alliance post results.

Rumour mills are agog that the Congress is willing to offer the Chief Minister’s post to Chautala in a bid to repeat the Karnataka formula where the Congress, despite having had more numbers than the JD(S), voluntarily gave up its claim to the CM’s chair.

Denying speculations that the Congress might offer the CM’s post to Chautala, Congress leader and former chief minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda on a contradictory note called for the formation of a non-BJP government in Haryana. “I invite Jannayak Janata Party and all the Independents to come help form a non-BJP government in Haryana. I, as the head of the election management committee assure everyone that everyone will get a fair deal,” said Hooda.

What is being witnessed in the state is in line with what only one poll predicted- a close fight between the saffron party and the grand old party with the JJP likely to play kingmaker.

The polling for the two state assemblies took place on October 21.

Also read: The polling for the two assemblies took place on October 21.

According to the data released by the Election Commission of India, Maharashtra saw a voter turnout of approximately 68%, while Haryana recorded a voter turnout of 60.83%.


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