Haryana Assembly Election Results | Congress reaches out to Dushyant Chautala as state heads for hung House
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the trends suggesting no clear majority for the BJP and Congress in Haryana, the latter has reached out to Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) which may play a kingmaker in case of a hung assembly.
Media reports suggest that Congress Deepender Hooda had met Chautala on Wednesday evening.
An India Today report claims that Chautala has demanded chief ministerial post from the Congress as a pre-condition for an alliance to form government in the state.
Responding to the reports, Chautala said: "I have not had any discussions with any one. Decision will be taken only after the final numbers are out."
Trends show the BJP leading on 42 seats in the 90-seat assembly while the Congress ahead on 34 seats. The majority mark in the state assembly is 46.
Most of the exit polls had suggested a comfortable victory for the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP in Haryana, except one which has projected a neck and neck fight between the saffron party and the Congress.
The Congress, which was considered a dark horse ahead of the polls owing to its dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections and its struggle with leadership crisis, seems to have fared better than what pollsters had expected.
Five years after he became the youngest MP at the age of 26, Dushyant Chautala leads a full-fledged party which has locked horns with the BJP and the Congress -- two of India's oldest political parties.
The JJP, which came into existence after a vertical split in INLD following a feud within the Chautala clan, is contesting the polls independently.
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