What is the fate of smaller regional parties in both states?1 min read . Updated: 24 Oct 2019, 11:38 AM IST
- According to trends on the EC website, regional parties and independent candidates are leading in 21 seats in the 90-member Haryana assembly and 33 of 288 seats in Maharashtra
- In Maharashtra, the CPI (M) and the Samajwadi Party is leading in two seats each
New Delhi: Regional parties and independent candidates are holding fort both in Maharashtra and Haryana. According to trends on the Election Commission of India website, regional parties and independent candidates are leading in 21 seats in the 90-member Haryana assembly and 33 of 288 seats in Maharashtra.
In Haryana, regional parties hold key. The Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) which was formed by Dushyant Chautala after a split from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in its first assembly election, is leading in 11 seats. The party, which contested the Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) decided to contest on its own in the assembly elections.
“The early trends show that people want change. We have got an approval from the people of Haryana. The mandate to cross 75 (of the BJP) has already failed," Chautala told ANI, responding to the trends in Haryana.
Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Samajwadi Party is leading in two seats each.
The Prakash Ambedkar- led Vanchit Bahujan Agadhi (VBA) decided to independently contest all assembly seats in Maharashtra and refused to join the Congress-NCP alliance. The VBA which has the support by Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Class (OBC) and Muslim organizations from across the state is currently leading in three seats.
The All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) contested 44 out of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra assembly elections and is leading in three seats. The AIMIM backed out from an alliance with VBA in this election. In the 2014 state polls, the Hyderabad-based party had contested 24 seats and had won just two.
Independent candidates are leading in 14 and 6 seats in Maharashtra and Haryana respectively.