Chandigarh | Jagran News Desk: The much-anticipated results for the Assembly polls in Haryana will be declared on Thursday and it would be interesting to see whether the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government will be able to retain power in the state or the Congress, which has faced a series of poll defeats during the recent times, will return to power.

The exit polls, broadcast on October 21 after the polling ended, have predicted a thumping victory for the BJP in Haryana. According to the poll of polls, it is going to be a one-sided contest in which the BJP is expected to win 67-68 seats while the Congress is once again set to face embarrassment with the exit polls predicting 12-13 seats for the party.

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If the poll result falls in line with the exit poll predictions, then it would be a big endorsement for the BJP whose poll campaign in the state focused on nationalism, with the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir emerging as its key poll plank. However, according to the exit polls, the saffron party might not be able to complete its poll slogan ‘Abki Baar 75 Paar’.

Meanwhile, if the Congress loses, then there would be a lot to think for the Grand Old Party, which is already struggling with a leadership crisis and infighting. Former Haryana Congress unit chief Ashok Tanwar also resigned from the party earlier this month citing the ticket distribution strategies of the party.

In the 2014 Assembly elections, the BJP came to the power for the first time in Haryana by winning 47 seats with a vote share of 33.8 per cent. The INLD, which was at 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, won just 15 seats in Haryana and a vote of 20.6 per cent.

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