Congress tries 2018 Karnataka coup in Haryana as Dushyant Chautala emerges kingmaker in cliffhanger
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Soon after trends suggested a neck and neck fight between the BJP and the Congress in Haryana, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda reached out to opposition parties to form an alliance to dethrone the BJP government in the state.
“The time has come for Congress, JJP, INLD, and independents to come together to form a strong government. I assure that each one will be respected and given a respectable position,” Hooda told reporters.
The BJP and Congress are locked in a neck and neck battle in Haryana with both the parties leading on 35 seats in the state. The JJP is leading on 10 seats, INLD on two and BSP on one seat. With none of the parties nearing the majority mark of 46 in the 90-seat state assembly, Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) is likely to emerge as the kingmaker.
The remarks came after Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepender Hooda held a meeting at the parety office in Rohtak soon after trends suggested a close contest between the Congress and BJP in the state.
Meanwhile, there were reports that the Congress approached Dushyant Chautala to form an alliance to keep the BJP out of power. However, unconfirmed media reports further said that Chautala demanded chief ministerial post as a pre-condition for an alliance.
Rejecting the reports, Chautala said: "I have not had any discussions with any one. Decision will be taken only after the final numbers are out."
The JJP has called for a party meeting in Delhi tomorrow, followed by the national executive at 2 pm.
On being asked if the Congress had made an offer of the chief minister's post to JJP chief Dushyant Chautala, Hooda said no such talk had taken place.
Hooda, who is leading by a comfortable margin from his stronghold Garhi Sampla-Kiloi in Rohtak district, said the people had given their mandate against the BJP over it's "non-fulfilment of promises and non-performance".
Asked about which party the JJP give support, he said: "It's too early to say anything. We will first summon a meeting of our MLAs, decide who would be our leader in the House and then take it further."
Five years after he became the youngest MP at the age of 26, Dushyant Chautala now leads the fledgling party, which has locked horns with the BJP and the Congress.
The development is a recap of the 2018 state elections in Karnataka when the BJP emerged as the single largest party in the state but failed to prove majority in the House. The Congress stitched a last-minute post-poll alliance with the JD(S) while offering HD Kumaraswamy the CM post.
Meanwhile, with Haryana heading towards a hung Assembly, BJP president Amit Shah cancelled his prescheduled engagements, including an ITBP event and summoned Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Earlier, there were reports as well that the state party chief Subhash Barala has resigned but he later clarified that he has not given his resignation and the reports of his resignation were rumours.
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