New Delhi: There is a close fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress in Haryana. Till noon, BJP was leading in 40 seats, Congress in 30, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in two seats, Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) in 11 and Others in six. Trends changes a couple of hours after voting began as earlier, BJP raced way ahead of Congress and other parties.
Haryana stares at a hung Assembly. BJP and Congress both have approached Dushyant Chautala of JJP to join hands with their respective parties to form the government. Chautala may be the kingmaker of Haryana if similar trends persist.
Incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is leading from Karnal, former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress is ahead from the Garhi Sampla-Kiloi seat. Chautala is leading from his seat Uchana Kalan in initial rounds of polling.
As the counting started, Chautala said that both BJP and Congress will not cross the 40-mark in Haryana and JJP will have the key of the State Assembly.
"Na BJP, na Congress 40 paar karegi, satta ki chaabi JJP ke haath mein hogi (Neither BJP, nor Congress will cross 40 seats. The JJP will have the key to form the government)," Chautala told the press.
The fate of a total of 1,169 candidates is sealed will be decided today. The state went to Assembly polls on October 21.
According to the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), 1,064 male and 105 female candidates are in the fray.
Ninety candidates are from the BJP, 87 from the BSP, four from the CPI, seven from the CPI-M, 90 from the Congress, one from the NCP, 81 from the Indian National Lok Dal, 375 Independent and 434 other candidates.