BJP single-largest party in Haryana, but falls short of half-way mark

RSTV Bureau
FILE: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar

FILE: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar

Early trends indicated that neither the ruling BJP nor the Congress will be able to form the government on their own. And JJP Chief Dushyant Chautala’s months-old Jannayak Janta Dal was ahead in 10 seats.

The vote share of the ruling BJP fell by a massive 22 per cent in the Haryana Assembly polls on Thursday, after the party secured over 58 per cent votes in the state in the Lok Sabha polls held in April-May and won all the 10 seats.

Latest Election Commission (EC) trends said the BJP had won or was leading in 40 seats. It had won 47 seats in the 2014 Haryana Assembly polls.

According to the data available on the EC website at 5 pm, the BJP got 36.3 per cent votes.

The vote share of the Congress, which has emerged stronger than the last polls but is behind the BJP, is almost the same as it was in the Lok Sabha polls.

The party got 28.42 per cent of the total votes polled in the Lok Sabha election, while in the Assembly polls, it has secured 28.2 per cent votes and 33 seats.

The tally of the BJP, which was ahead in 79 Assembly segments after the results of the Lok Sabha polls were declared, is hovering around 38 seats.

The tally of the Congress, which was leading in only 10 Assembly segments after the parliamentary polls, has now jumped to 33 seats.

The Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), which was leading in only one Assembly segment after the Lok Sabha election, has won five seats and is leading in five more.

Chautala, 31, remained non- committal on which of the two main parties his JJP will support in case of a hung House.

“It is too early to say anything. We will first summon a meeting of our MLAs, decide who would be our leader in the House and then take it further,” he told reporters.


(With inputs from News Agency)