Chandigarh | Jagran News Desk: In a major turn of events, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP in Haryana is failing to cross the half-way mark in the 90-legislative assembly seats in Haryana, shows official trends.

According to the official trends, the BJP is leading on 36 seats while the Congress, which is trying to make a comeback in the state, is ahead on 35 seats which clearly suggests a hung assembly in the state. The fledgling Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), which fought its maiden assembly polls, is also ahead in 10 seats.

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This is a major setback for the BJP as it was expecting to retain Haryana easily especially after the exit polls results, which were out after the voting ended on Monday, that suggested that the saffron party will get a clear majority in the state.

Another setback for the BJP in Haryana is that five out of seven Cabinet ministers in Haryana are trailing. As per the official trends, Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu is trailing against JJP’s Ram Kumar Gautam by almost 9,000 votes.

Ram Bilas Sharma, another cabinet minister, is trailing against Rao Dan Singh of Congress in Mahendragarh by almost 4,000 votes.

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Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar is trailing against Congress’ Kuldeep Vats in Badli while the Grand Old Party’s candidate Surendra Panwar, who is standing against Kavita Jain from Sonipat, is leading by almost 13,000 votes.

Another Cabinet Minister Vipul Goel is also trailing against Congress’ Balbir Singh in Israna.  

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The trends are completely opposite to what the exit polls predicted. The exit polls, which were out on Monday, predicted that the BJP will get around 66-67 seats while the Congress would get 19 seats.    

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma