The Congress party on Thursday afternoon tied its tally with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday during counting. At 1.15PM according to official trends by Election Commission (EC), both the national parties were tied at 35 seats each in the 90 member assembly.
In the run up to the polls chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP was widely speculated to perform well with the party itself setting a public target of 75 seats. While early trends were slow for Congress, the party picked up towards the afternoon and improved its tally. Interestingly, Congress’ consolidation on ground per seat has been more than BJP. While BJP is leading in 35 seats with 36.34% vote share, Congress has only 28.48%.
The assembly results of Haryana on Thursday comes as a major setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the state is on its way for a hung verdict. According to the election commission, both BJP and Congress were leading in equal number of seats, 35 each.
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BJP rose to power in 2014 state polls and was preparing for a clear majority but it seems people of the state have denied the chance to BJP. The present tally shows JJP was leading at 10 seats and independents leading on 7 seats.
The BJP’s central leadership had mainly campaigned on issues related to abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A along with the decision to make instant triple talaq illegal in the previous session of Parliament. The party was focussing on issues related to centre because of the anti-incumbency against chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The failure of the BJP to get a clear verdict in its favour is also significant because the state has seen upheaval because of the Jat agitation, a demand of Jat community to be included in the list of other backward class (OBC).
The strategy of the BJP to focus on the voter base of non-Jats and allow the Jat voters to get divided among Congress, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and its breakaway faction Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) along with BJP did not work. The Jat community is significant in Haryana politics because the community has dominating presence in at least 24 of the 90 assembly seats and the voters of the community can easily decide which party will form government in the state.