JJP to pull the strings as Haryana gets a hung assembly; BJP-SS team up in Maharashtra
While the BJP in Haryana surfaced as the single largest party with 40 seats, six short of the required mark to form the next government, hence, making the 11-month-old Jannayak Janta party (JJP), the key to forming government in the state. JJP, which was once termed as the ‘bachcha party’ has surprised the veterans BJP, Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) with its performance. The JJP MLAs will be meeting in Delhi to take a final decision.
For BJP in Haryana, there is quite a reason for concern despite the win. The party won all the 10 seats in the Lok Sabha polls a few months ago, but in these elections – eight of its 10 ministers plunged. BJP was expecting to cross the 75 marks but remained at 40. The AAP which contested 46 seats, was unable to open its account.
In Maharashtra, the BJP is now set to form the government with its long-time buddy, Shiv Sena. It needs no mention that the fight against the strong BJP-SS was led by Sharad Pawar alone. While almost everyone was confident that BJP will be pulling the strings, it was only the old warlord Sharad Pawar who believed in himself and went ahead with campaigning in the states. His rain-soaked pictures during campaigns were flashed on front pages of newspapers and televisions. His efforts paid off and his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won 53 seats (12 more than 2014) while Congress won 45 seats (3 more than 2014). With its smaller allies, the party has 103 seats to its credit.