New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The BJP and the Congress are fighting a close contest in Haryana with neither of the two looking to touch the majority mark of 46 in the 90-seat state assembly, early trends have suggested.

As of now, the BJP is leading on 38 seats while the Congress is ahead on 28 seats. The trends suggest that the state may see a hung assembly, and in that case, Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) may emerge as the kingmaker.

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Exit polls had projected a comfortable victory for the BJP in Haryana with the poll of polls predicting 67-68 seats for the saffron party. However, the India Today-Axis My India exit poll had said that the state will witness a close contest between the BJP and the Congress.

According to the early trends, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar who is a first-time legislator is seeking re-election from Karnal is leading. The two-time chief minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda is also leading from his stronghold Garhi Sampla-Kiloi in Rohtak district.   

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Meanwhile, BJP leader and TikTok star Sonali Phogat is trailing against Congress' Kuldeep Bishnoi in the Adampur seat while the party's international sportsperson Yogeshwar Dutt and Sandeep Singh are leading from their respective constituencies. 

In the 2014 Assembly polls in Haryana, the BJP -- along with its alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) -- won 48 seats in the state with a vote share of 33.8 per cent. The INLD, which was in the second position, won 19 seats in the state with a vote share of 24.1 per cent. The Congress, which was led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, was just 15 seats in Haryana and a vote of 20.6 per cent.

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