Haryana election results: BJP attains majority with 47 seats
BJP decimates Congress and INLD that won 15 and 19 seats respectively
Chandigarh: Riding a Modi wave, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which contested assembly polls on its own in Haryana for the first time, has attained majority on its own—bagging 47 seats in the 90-member Assembly
According to the latest reports, BJP has won 47 seats in the state assembly, decimating the Congress and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) that won 15 and 19 seats respectively. BJP’s ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had won one. Independents bagged five. The BJP’s won just four seats in 2009 Haryana elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed 11 rallies in the state in the run-up to the 15 October polls, has clearly helped BJP romp home comfortably, a senior party leader said.
Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s development plank did not strike a chord with the electorate. Conceding defeat, he hoped that the new dispensation will continue the growth momentum that has been in the state during its 10-year rule.
“A new government is going to come. I hope they will keep the growth momentum of Haryana,” Hooda told reporters. INLD, which is out of power in the state for about a decade, is likely to end up as the second largest outfit in terms of number of seats won.
Prominent winners from BJP include Anil Vij (Ambala Cantt), Nayab Singh (Naraingarh), Gian Chand Gupta (Panchkula), Krishan Kumar (Shahbad-r), Latika Sharma (Kalka), Kavita Jain (Sonipat), Bishamber Singh (Bawani Khera-r) and Manish Grover (Rohtak).
Latika, considered to be close to Union minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP’s Grover from Rohtak seat caused a major upset by defeating INLD’s Pardeep Chaudhary and chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s close associate Bharat Bhushan Batra of Congress.
Sushma Swaraj’s sister Vandana Sharma, a political greenhorn, is ahead of her Congress rival in Safidon seat. As per initial trends, jailed leader INLD supremo Om Parkash Chautala’s family members were trailing on their seats. Former chief minister Bhajan Lal’s family members too are fairing poorly as per initial trends.
Congress minister Geet Bhukkal managed to retain her Jhajjar (R) seat, while party’s chief parliamentary secretary Jaiveer Singh held Kharkhauda (R) seat. Jai Tirath of Congress won by a slender margin of three votes from his nearest rival Inderjeet of INLD.
SAD managed to retain Kalanwali (R) seat from where party candidate Balkaur Singh romped home victorious defeating Shishpal Kherwala of Congress. In Punahana seat, Independent Rahish Khan drubbed INLD’s heavyweight Mohammade Ilyas.
During the 2009 Assembly elections, Congress had won 40 seats, INLD 31, BJP four, HJC-BL six, SAD and BSP one each and Independents seven.
With Assembly poll results going strongly against his party, Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday resigned from the post of chief minister of Haryana.
“Hooda submitted his resignation personally to governor Kaptan Singh Solanki,” a Raj Bhawan spokesman said.
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