Dushyant Chautala, the President of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP,) which secured 10 seats in the Haryana Assembly elections, turned out to be the kingmaker in the State.
On the 24th of October, the elections in Haryana resulted in a hung Assembly after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could not manage to secure the majority Assembly seats and retain its power in the State.
The BJP secured 40 seats, the Indian National Congress (INC) won 31 seats, the JJP secured 10 seats and the Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit Party won a seat each.
As none of the parties managed to win 46 seats, the majority required to form the Government in the State, the decision lies in the smaller parties’ hands. If any of the parties form an alliance with the INC or the BJP and help them mark the majority, that specific party will win the Haryana elections.
According to sources, two independent Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) candidates, Gopal Kanda and Ranjeet Singh, met BJP leaders in Delhi. Another independent candidate, Somveer Singh, addressed the media and said he is ready to extend his support to the BJP.
Approximately 68.3 % voter turnout was recorded on the 21st of October, the election day.
On the 25th of October, Dushyant Chautala is scheduled to meet BJP leaders in Delhi and decide if his Party would extend support to the BJP or the INC. Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana, is also going to attend the meeting in Delhi.
After the elections led to a hung Assembly, Dushyant Chautala said he would support the party which would make him the Chief Minister of Haryana.
Both INC and BJP leaders approached the JJP for its support to mark the majority in the State. The BJP needs 6 seats to mark the majority, whereas the INC needs 15 seats.
The final results of the Haryana Assembly elections are expected to be announced on the 25th of October.
Stay tuned for further updates.