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Sena, NCP eye alliance with BJP in M’rashtra

Sena, NCP eye alliance with BJP in M’rashtra
Highlights

The BJP won 47 seats in the 90-member Haryana Assembly. The Congress won only 15 seats, down from its tally of 40 last time. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) ended with 19 seats, down from 31 seats in 2009.

  • BJP emerges largest party in Maharashtra
  • NCP offers support to help form govt
  • Shiv Sena sulks, awaits call from BJP
  • BJP gets majority in Haryana (47/90)

New Delhi: Powered by Modi-Shah juggernaut, the BJP created history and stormed to power in Haryana by getting a clear majority on its own for the first time. It is also set to form the government in Maharashtra where it has emerged the single largest group. The Congress was humiliated in both the States, which it had been ruling for two and three consecutive terms respectively.

The BJP won 47 seats in the 90-member Haryana Assembly. The Congress won only 15 seats, down from its tally of 40 last time. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) ended with 19 seats, down from 31 seats in 2009.

In Maharashtra, it won 119 seats and was leading in three others in the 288-member assembly, falling well short of the 145 seats required for a simple majority. With NCP's 41 seats, the BJP can cross the threshold.

The Shiv Sena, which could end up with 63 seats, was favoured as the ally by senior BJP leaders including L K Advani. NCP leader Praful Patel said Maharashtra needed stability and so his party was ready to prop up a BJP government. Former ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said “they can get in touch if they want.”

But the biggest surprise of this electoral contest is the success of the Hyderabad based AIMIM that has made its debut with three seats, outdoing the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena a breakaway group of the Shiv Sena that had to be content with just one seat.

The BJP Parliamentary Party Board discussed the chief minister probables including RSS activist Manohar Lal Khattar, state BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma and party spokesperson Abhimanyu. Other names include Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal.


New government could be sworn in before Diwali which falls on October 23. Outgoing Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda also accepted defeat and submitted his resignation to Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki to pave way for formation of the new government.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh, and party general secretary J P Nadda would be going to Mumbai, and union parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu along with vice-president Dinesh Sharma have been deputed for Haryana.

Although Union Ministers like Nitin Gadkari (Maharashtra) and Sushma Swaraj (Haryana) have been stubbornly maintaining that they are not interested in the chief minister’s post, given the dearth of state level leaders with
administrative experience, the party could decide in their favour in the days to come.

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