BJP emerges as single-largest party in Maharashtra, manages simple majority in Haryana

BJP president Amit Shah

New Delhi, Oct 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday got a clear mandate in Haryana but the party could manage to win only 119 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, falling well short of the 145 seats required for a simple majority.

The BJP is confident to form government in Maharashtra, where it finished the single largest group in a hung assembly.

The Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel said Maharashtra needed stability and so the NCP was ready to prop up a BJP government. With the NCP’s expected to win 42 seats, the BJP can cross the threshold.

The Shiv Sena, which is likley to win 61 seats, had earlier stated that it was ready to make up with the BJP, a sentiment shared by some of its leaders.

The veteran BBJP leader LK Advani said: “I hope the BJP and Shiv Sena will come together.” Advani was reportedly one of those who was not happy with the BJP decision to dump its 25-year-old ally ahead of elections.

The Congress, which with the NCP ruled Maharashtra for 15 years, is expected to finish third in Maharashtra with 44 seats.

The Shiv Sena spokesman, Sanjay Raut, has reportedly stated that “all options” are still open for his party but he did not elaborate.

Not anticipating bonhomie between the BJP and NCP and thinking the BJP will seek his party’s aid, Raut earlier said: “Whatever happens, the chief minister will be from our party.”

Meanwhile, the BJP in Haryana secured 47 Assembly seats and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) bagged the second position with 19 seats. The Congress finished third with merely 15 seats.

The outgoing Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, submitted his resignation to governor. Hooda said: “This is the Janadesh (public mandate). I accept this and wish well for the incoming government.”

The BJP’s victory in Haryana is a big achievement as it had won only four Assembly seats in the 2009 Assembly polls. Its highest ever tally of Haryana Assembly seats was 16.

BJP president Amit Shah said the assembly poll results were a vindication of the leadership of Prime Minister Modi who won a landslide victory in the April-May Lok Sabha elections.

“This is a reply to those who said after a few bypoll results that the Modi wave is over. It shows Modiji is the undisputed leader … the Modi wave is like a tsunami which has drowned everyone,” he added.

(With Agency Inputs)

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