BJP calls Manohar Lal Khattar to Delhi1 min read . Updated: 24 Oct 2019, 12:29 PM IST
- According to the EC, BJP is leading on 37 seats, at least 10 less than what the party had won in Haryana in the previous poll
- The central leaders of BJP have already started discussions with some of the regional players and smaller parties
New Delhi: The central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to Delhi after trends indicated the party could fall short of the half-way mark in the 90-seat assembly. Trends, being put out by various TV channels, showed the BJP ending between 38 and 42 seats.
According to the Election Commission, BJP is leading on 37 seats, 10 less than the party’s score in the outgoing assembly. BJP will need at least 46 seats for a comfortable majority in the state.
The central leaders of BJP have already started discussions with some of the regional players and smaller parties in case the party needs support after the final results are announced by the election commission.
Making a comeback is the Congress which could end up winning 28-30 seats. Dushyan Chautala’s Jannayak Janta Party could play the kingmaker with its tally likely to be around 10.
Khattar was handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead BJP in Haryana in 2014 after the party won majority in the assembly elections winning 47 out of the 90 seats. While BJP had hoped that the party would win a mammoth majority in the state with home minister Amit Shah, who is also the president of BJP, had given a target of 75 to the state unit.
The performance of the party can be seen as a setback for BJP because during the Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won all the 10 seats in Haryana.
BJP had led the its election campaign in Haryana on issues related to dilution of Article 370 and 35-A along with making instant triple talaq illegal. BJP had hoped that national issues would override the anti-incumbency sentiment in the state, but it seems that the party has not been able to overcome the challenge.
BJP’s erosion in the state could be a combination of twin factors. One could be a consolidation of the Jats, the most dominant caste in the state, against the BJP led by a Punjabi in the state. The other could be job losses in a state known for its auto ancillary units, a result of the economic slowdown.