The Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana are sprinting to a close, with the BJP retaining power in Maharashtra, and a hung Assembly in Haryana.
- In Maharashtra, the BJP is leading in over 160 seats, well past the halfway mark of 145 seats. Though the BJP is poised to win, it will do so with a fewer number of seats than it did in 2014.
- The Opposition Congress-NCP alliance is leading in around 100 seats, giving a tough fight to the ruling party.
- While the BJP has won 43 seats, its ally Shiv Sena has 33 seats as of the time of publishing. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the party would be happy to offer Sena scion Aaditya Thackeray the post of Deputy Chief Minister.
- The Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Angadi, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena are leading in one seat each, and the Samajwadi Party and the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen are leading in two seats.
- In Haryana, it is still a close contest, with the BJP leading in 39 seats and the Congress in 33 seats. The Assembly is likely to be hung and it remains to be seen who forms a coalition government first in this State.
- New entrant Jannayak Janata Party, and regional party Indian National Lok Dal could become the kingmakers. The Congress is already trying to woo the regional parties and independents to form a government.
- The BJP, which expected to win 75 seats, is struggling to reach the halfway mark. Seven Cabinet Ministers and two MoS are facing defeat, even as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is poised to win from Karnal.
- While the State BJP chief Subhash Barala has tendered his resignation, the party’s central leadership has summoned Mr. Khattar to Delhi.