Chandigarh | Jagran News Desk: The Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), which sealed an alliance with the BJP on Friday, is considering Naina Chautala -- mother of Dushyant Chautala -- for the post of deputy chief minister in Haryana, news agency PTI quoted party sources as saying.
Naina, is the mother Dushyant and wife of Ajay Chautala, who is currently lodged in the jail after conviction in a teacher recruitment scam along with his father and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala.
Naina was elected from the Badhra assembly after she defeated Congress’ Ranbir Singh Mahendra with a margin of 13,704 votes in the recently concluded state elections.
Earlier, Naina Chautala was an INLD MLA from Dabwali. She joined the Jannayak Janata Party after its formation following a feud in the Chautala clan last year.
“However, the final decision was yet to be taken,” PTI quoted the sources as saying.
The BJP and the JJP sealed an alliance on Friday night to form the next government in Haryana after a meeting at the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
As per the deal between the two sides, the BJP will get the Chief Minister’s post while the JJP will get the Deputy CM’s post.
The BJP's decision to win over the Chautalas underlines its quest to placate the Jats, a dominant community in the state, which is believed to have voted against it in the polls.
In the recently concluded elections in the state, the BJP won 40 seats -- felling short six seats from the majority mark -- while the Congress improved its tally from the last assembly polls in the state and won 31 seats.
The JJP emerged as the kingmaker in the state by winning 10 seats while the INLD won just one assembly seat.
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