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Maharashtra and Haryana Government Formation Updates: Manohar Lal Khattar to be sworn in as chief minister at 2.15 pm tomorrow; Dushyant Chautala to be his deputy
  • 16:48 (IST)

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    BJP not aware of Shiv Sena's power sharing proposal, says Raosaheb Danve

     
     
    The BJP was not aware about any equal power sharing deal being proposed by the Sena, said Union Minister and senior party leader Raosaheb Danve.
     
     
    "After Diwali, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will discuss the issue of formation of government with Uddhavji," PTI reported him as saying.

  • 16:42 (IST)

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    BJP Should Consider Sena's Proposition, says Ramdas Athawale

    "BJP should seriously consider the proposal for rotational CM post that the Shiv Sena has offered, as it cannot form a government without them... If BJP doesn't want to accept that proposal, then they should at least offer a higher number of cabinet berths..."  News18 reported NDA ally and  Union Minister Ramdas Athawale as saying.

    Dismissing rumours of the Shiv Sena allying with the Congress, Athawale said there is no way that can happen. 

  • 16:27 (IST)

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    Dushyant Chautala expresses joy over Ajay Chautala being granted furlough

  • 16:07 (IST)

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    57 MLAs staked claim to form govt, says ML Khattar

    A total of 57 MLAs — 40 of the BJP, 10 of the JJP and seven Independents — staked claim before the governor for forming the government in Haryana, PTI reported Manohar Lal Khattar as saying. 

    In the 90-member Haryana Assembly, a minimum strength of 46 MLAs is required to form the government. 

  • 15:46 (IST)

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    Congress and NCP leaders meet in Baramati 

    Meanwhile, Maharashtra Congress Committee president Balasaheb Thorat met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar in Baramati on Saturday. NCP MP Supriya Sule and NCP MLA Rohit Pawar, grand nephew of Sharad Pawar,  were also present.

  • 15:20 (IST)

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    Manohar Lal Khatar to be sworn-in as Haryana CM tomorrow; Dushyant Chautala to be his deupty 

    Briefing the media after meeting Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya, incumbent chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that their mandate was accepted and the swearing-in ceremony will take place on Sunday at 2.15 pm.

    Along with Khattar, JJP chief Dushyant Chautala will also take oath as Deputy chief minister on Sunday.  

  • 15:01 (IST)

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    BJP to hold legislative party meeting on 30 October

    Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil announced that the party will hold legislative party meeting on 30 October at Vidhan Bhavan to elect leader in the house. 

    He also informed that all 105 MLAs will be present in the meeting. 

  • 14:45 (IST)

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    Ajay Chautala, father of JJP chief Dushyant, likely to be on parole  for two weeks, says report

    Ajay Chautala, father of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) chief Dushyant Chautala, has been granted parole for two weeks, reported CNN-News18

    Ajay is lodged in the jail after conviction in a teacher recruitment scam along with his father and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala. His wife Naina Chautala, winner from the Badhra Assembly seat, is likely to be appointed as the deputy chief minister of Haryana, according to party sources in Chandigarh. 

  • 14:40 (IST)

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    ML Khattar, Dushyant Chautala arrive at Haryana Governor's residence 

    Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad along with incumbent Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and JJP chief Dushyant Chautala arrived at Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya's residence to stake claim to form the next government in the state.

    Although there are reports claiming swearing-in ceremony to take place on Sunday, there has been no official announcement confirming the date and time. 

  • 14:24 (IST)

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    Udhhav Thackeray to take final call on deputy CM, says Thane MLA 

    MLA from Thane, Pratap Sarnaik was also quoted as saying that Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray would take the final call on deputy chief minister. He also confirmed that Sena MLAs have passed a one line proposal giving all rights of decision to Uddhav.

  • 14:23 (IST)

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    Shiv Sena demands written assurance from BJP on 50:50 formula, seeks CM post for half term, claim reports 

    Seeking chief ministerial post for at least two and half years in a five-year term, Shiv Sena leader Pratap Sarnaik was quoted by CNN-News18 as saying that the BJP should provide a written assurance about the 50:50 formula. 

    "We have decided that the BJP should give us in writing about their proposal. Senior leader like Amit Shah should give.in writing. We want 50-50 formula, including a 2.5 years term for Shiv Sena CM."

  • 14:17 (IST)

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    Posters crowning Aaditya Thackeray as CM appears outside 'Matoshree'

    As the Shiv Sena continued with their demand for 50:50 formula, posters crowning Sena scion Aaditya Thackeray as future chief minister were seen outside party chief's residence "Matoshree" in Mumbai's Bandra.  

  • 13:53 (IST)

     

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    Sena should approach us if they want alternate arrangement: Congress

    Congress' Vijay Wadettiwar said, "We have been given the role of opposition and we will perform that role but if any alternative is to be discussed then Shiv Sena must come to us, they have not approached us yet."

  • 13:39 (IST)

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    People mandated us to sit in Opposition, will do our job: Congress

    The Congress and the NCP on Friday said that they would prefer to sit in the Opposition following reports that certain leaders in the alliance were contemplating moves to break the BJP-Shiv Sena pact. “The election mandate for us is to be a responsible and strong Opposition. The Congress, NCP and the smaller allies will do that,” said state Congress president Balasaheb Thorat.

  • 13:33 (IST)

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    Reports say Naina Chautala likely to be deputy CM of Haryana

    The JJP is considering the name of Naina Chautala for the post of deputy chief minister in the state, PTI reported quoting sources. Naina is the mother of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala and wife of Ajay Chautala, who is lodged in the jail after conviction in a teacher recruitment scam along with his father and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala. 

     
    She was elected from the Badhra Assembly segment and had defeated Congress candidate Ranbir Singh Mahendra with a margin of 13,704 votes in the just concluded elections.

  • 13:20 (IST)

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    Manohar Lal Khattar to have only one deputy, clarifies Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Responding to questions about speculations of BJP appointing more than one deputy chief minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad clarified that it was up to the chief minister-elect to finalise his team, but as of now we have decided to go with just one chief minister. Earlier there were media reports speculating that the BJP will go for two deputy chief minister posts to accommodate JJP and aspirants among Independents and its own rank and file.  

  • 12:54 (IST)

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    Anil Vij says won't take Gopal Kanda's support

    The BJP won't take support from rape-accused independent MLA from Sirsa Gopal Kanda, says BJP leader Anil Vij. "We are not taking any support from him...he is a free man, he is free to support anyone but we are not taking his support."

  • 12:46 (IST)

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    Manohar Lal Khattar elected leader of BJP legislature party, set to return as CM

    Manohar Lal Khattar was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP legislative party in Haryana here on Saturday. The announcement was made by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Prasad, along with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Arun Singh, attended the legislative party meeting as central observers.
     
    Khattar's name was proposed by MLAs Anil Vij and Kanwar Pal and seconded by other BJP legislators.

  • 12:38 (IST)

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    Dushyant Chautala's security beefed up after he pledges support to BJP

    Jannayak Janta Party chief Dushyant Chautala's security was intensified on Saturday after his party entered into a post-poll alliance with the BJP to claim formation of the government for a second consecutive term in Haryana. The security was increased at his residences in Sirsa and Hisar towns, media reports said

    The JJP, which broke away from the state's once major regional Indian National Lok Dal owing to family disputes, won 10 seats, which gives a much needed leg up to the BJP, which at 40 seats was shy of the majority mark of 45 by five seats. 

  • 12:08 (IST)

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    Nothing wrong with Shiv Sena's demand for equal power, says Sharad Pawar

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar today said there is nothing wrong with the Shiv Sena pushing for a '50-50' formula with the BJP. "In the 1990s also, there was a 50-50 formula for the Shiv Sena and the BJP. So they have past experience (in running the government). So the Sena can insist, nothing wrong in that," Pawar told NDTV.

  • 12:04 (IST)

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    Manohar Lal Khattar to take oath tomorrow at 2 pm, say reports

    Media reports are quoting Raj Bhawan sources to report that Manohar Lal Khattar will take oath tomorrow for his second consecutive term as Haryana chief minister. CNN-News18 reported that for now, only Khattar and the JJP chief Dushyant Chautala will be sworn in tomorrow. However, there is no official word on the same. A final date and time will be officially announced by the Raj Bhawan after Khattar has staked claim to form government and Chautala has submitted a letter expressing his support to the BJP. 

  • 12:01 (IST)

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    BJP legislative party meeting to begin shortly, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad to also attend 

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar arrived here from New Delhi to attend the BJP legislative party meeting, which will be held shortly to elect its leader. After the meeting, Khattar will meet Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya and stake claim to form the next government in the state.

    Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala is also expected to reach Chandigarh in the afternoon and meet the governor to submit his party's letter of support to the BJP. The BJP is all set to form a new government in Haryana after clinching an alliance with the JJP, which won 10 seats in the 90-member assembly.

  • 11:57 (IST)

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    BJP silent on taking support from Independents 

    The Bharatiya Janata Party is not revealing its strategy regarding the status of  Independens MLAs who had come out in support of the saffron party while JJP was still unsure about siding with the BJP. This comes in the backdrop of the controversy brewing over the party allegedly taking support from tainted MLA Gopal Kanda.

  • 11:41 (IST)

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    How BJP cobbled up support in  Haryana?

     
    Top BJP leaders moved swiftly since Thursday night to cobble together a majority in Haryana after the party's tally fell to 40 in the state, six short of the majority mark. 
     
    The BJP's decision to win over Chautala underlines its quest to placate the Jats, a dominant community in the state which is believed to have voted against the saffron party in the just concluded assembly polls.          
     
     
     
    Most of the seven independent MLAs have also pledged their support to the party. Most of the independent MLAs are BJP rebels and several of them have given their letters of support to Khattar during a meeting at the residence of the party's working president, JP Nadda, in the national capital. 

  • 11:34 (IST)

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    11 Cong-NCP defectors lose On BJP-Sena tickets

    At least 11 political leaders, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena from Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ahead of Assembly elections in Maharashtra, have lost from their respective constituencies. While 10 of these leaders had contested in the assembly elections, one candidate — Udayanraje Bhosale — lost in the Lok Sabha by-election.

  • 11:15 (IST)

    Maharashtra Assembly to have dozen first-time MLAs from Vidarbha

    There would be at least 12 first-time legislators from Vidarbha in the newly-elected Maharashtra assembly. Results of the assembly elections were declared on Thursday. Tekchand Savarkar of the BJP who won from Kamptee is making his debut in the legislature. 

  • 10:42 (IST)

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    From 'Mandate obviously not in BJP's favuor' to 'state needs stable govt', how JJP's views turned a 360 degree in 24 hours

     

    The Jannayak Janata Party is facing flak not for backing BJP but for their abou turn on the issue. Not more than 24 hours ago, party's Haryana chief Sardar Nishant Singh had said that the mandate was obviously against the BJP. By Friday late night, the party leaders were seen shaking hands with Manohar Lal Khattar and BJP national president Amit Shah. 

  • 10:12 (IST)

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    ML Khattar arrives in Chandigarh after sealing alliance with JJP, to meet Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya soon 

    Incumbent Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar arrived in Chandigarh to stake claim to form the government after Friday late night evening's announcement, according to reports. 

    Khattar is scheduled to meet Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya on Saturday regarding government formation. 

  • 09:49 (IST)

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    'Not a single seat for Dushyant Chautala in next Assembly polls': Netizens criticise JJP chief after alliance with BJP

    After the Jannayak Janata Party clinched an alliance with the BJP on Friday late evening, JJP chief Dushyant Chautala received criticism on social media with netizens expressing their dissatisfaction with the decision of the breakaway party of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). 

    Accusing Chautala of playing with "people's emotions and trust" , one user said that Assembly polls 2019 was the last stint for the JJP chief as he wouldn't win a single seat in the next election. 

    Some even said that the coalition government formed was a lesson for Indian voters. The Twitter handle went onto explain that voters should only elect candidates either from the BJP or the Congress as newly emerged parties or Independent candidates tend to "sell" trust votes after election concludes. 

    "For voters, Vote either for the BJP or either Congress, but never for any newly emerged party for eg like Dushyant Chautala led JJP or independent candidates,  you see how after elections they sell your trust votes?"

  • 09:16 (IST)

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    BJP and JJP alliance will give stable government to Haryana, says 'Kingmaker' Dushyant Chautala 

    Dushyant Chautala, whose the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) was formed only 10 months ago, contested an Assembly election for the first time and has been playing the role of kingmaker after winning 10 seats in the 90-member Assembly.

    At the press conference on Friday, he said it was important for the BJP and JJP to come together to give a stable government to Haryana.

    "To give a stable government to Haryana it was important for BJP and JJP to come together. I would like to thank Amit Shah ji and Nadda ji.Our party had decided that for the betterment of the state it is important to have a stable government," said Chautala.

    The Congress gained victory in 31 seats while the BJP bagged 40 seats. The half-way mark is 46.

  • 09:05 (IST)

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    Uddhav Thackeray calls meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs; party demands 50-50 power-sharing formula in state Assembly

    As the Shiv Sena continued to play the hardball by reminding its ally BJP of the 50:50 formula after the Maharashtra Assembly election concluded on Thursday, Uddhav Thackeray has called a meeting of newly-elected MLAs of his party on Saturday.

    According to sources the meeting will be held at "Matoshree", Sena chief's residence in suburban Bandra. On Friday, posters crowning Sena scion Aaditya Thackeray as future chief minister also came up in Worli, the constituency from which he has been elected in Maharashtra election.

    The party, which fought the Assembly polls in alliance with the BJP, secured win in 55 seats, and was leading in one more constituency as the results came in on Thursday.

  • 08:58 (IST)

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    BJP Legislative party meet today

    BJP legislative party to meeting will be held later today at the UT Guest house in Chandigarh. The MLAs are expected to pick Manohar Lal Khatar unanimouslu as their leaders.

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and BJP General Secretary Arun Singh will remain present as observers. 

  • 08:49 (IST)

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    'B-team of BJP': Congress slams Dushyant Chautala after tie-up BJP

    With the BJP and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) declaring that they will form a coalition government in Haryana, the Congress on Friday said it was now out in the open that the Dushyant Chautala-led JJP was and will remain the "B-team" of the BJP. 

  • 08:16 (IST)

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    With polls now concluded, NCP patriarch now takes up the task of resurrecting party plagued by mass desertions

    After a good showing in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, the NCP will focus on creating a "good pool of leaders", party supremo Sharad Pawar said on Friday, ruling out any plan to support the Shiv Sena for keeping the BJP away from power.
     
    "We want to create a good pool of leaders. I am more concerned about agriculture, industries and unemployment.
     
     
    The NCP, which saw some prominent leaders leaving the party before the elections, ended up with 54 seats, ahead of ally Congress which won 44, though behind the saffron allies BJP and Shiv Sena which won 105 and 56 seats. 

  • 08:08 (IST)

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    Manohar Lal Khattar to meet governor today

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar  will visit the governor today and resign from his post. Thereafter, he will stake claim to form a new government. 

  • 07:58 (IST)

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    BJP all set to make a comeback in Haryana, courtesy Dushyant Chautala

    The BJP is all set to form a new government in Haryana after clinching an alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party, which won 10 seats in the 90-member assembly, by giving it the post of deputy chief minister.

     
    BJP president Amit Shah announced at a press conference, held with JJP leader Dushyant Chautala, that the chief minister will be from his party and the deputy chief minister from the regional party.

Haryana and Maharashtra Government Formation Updates: Incumbent chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that their mandate was accepted and the swearing-in ceremony will take place on Sunday at 2.15 pm.

Along with Khattar, JJP chief Dushyant Chautala will also take oath as Deputy chief minister on Sunday,  Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya told reporters after the meeting.

The BJP was not aware about any equal power sharing deal being proposed by the Shiv Sena, said Union Minister and senior party leader Raosaheb Danve.

 "After Diwali, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will discuss the issue of formation of government with Uddhavji," PTI reported him as saying.

A total of 57 MLAs — 40 of the BJP, 10 of the JJP and seven Independents — staked claim before the governor for forming the government in Haryana, PTI reported Manohar Lal Khattar as saying.

Earlier, Khattar and his cabinet colleagues submitted their resignations to the governor, which were accepted. The governor asked Khattar to continue as the interim chief minister till the new government took over. Khattar said some ministers would take oath on Sunday. He, however, did not specify the number.

In the 90-member Haryana Assembly, a minimum strength of 46 MLAs is required to form the government

Ajay Chautala, father of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) chief Dushyant Chautala, has been granted parole for two weeks.

Ajay is lodged in the jail after conviction in a teacher recruitment scam along with his father and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala. His wife Naina Chautala, winner from the Badhra Assembly seat, is likely to be appointed as the deputy chief minister of Haryana, according to party sources in Chandigarh.

Seeking chief ministerial post for at least two and half years in a five-year term, Shiv Sena leader Pratap Sarnaik was quoted by CNN-News18 as saying that the BJP should provide a written assurance about the 50:50 formula.

"We have decided that the BJP should give us in writing about their proposal. Senior leader like Amit Shah should give.in writing. We want 50-50 formula, including a 2.5 years term for Shiv Sena CM."

Responding to questions about speculations of BJP appointing more than one deputy chief minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad clarified that it was up to the chief minister-elect to finalise his team, but as of now we have decided to go with just one chief minister. Earlier there were media reports speculating that the BJP will go for two deputy chief minister posts to accommodate JJP and aspirants among Independents and its own rank and file.

Media reports are quoting Raj Bhawan sources to report that Manohar Lal Khattar will take oath tomorrow for his second consecutive term as Haryana chief minister. CNN-News18 reported that for now, only Khattar and the JJP chief Dushyant Chautala will be sworn in tomorrow. However, there is no official word on the same. A final date and time will be officially announced by the Raj Bhawan after Khattar has staked claim to form government and Chautala has submitted a letter expressing his support to the BJP.

After the Jannayak Janata Party clinched an alliance with the BJP on Friday late evening, JJP chief Dushyant Chautala received criticism on social media with netizens expressing their dissatisfaction with the decision of the breakaway party of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

Accusing Chautala of playing with "people's emotions and trust" , one user said that Assembly polls 2019 was the last stint for the JJP chief as he wouldn't win a single seat in the next election.

Some even said that the coalition government formed was a lesson for Indian voters. The Twitter handle went onto explain that voters should only elect candidates either from the BJP or the Congress as newly emerged parties or Independent candidates tend to "sell" trust votes after election concludes.

Flanked by Manohar Lal Khattar and JJP chief Dushyant Chautala, Home Minister Amit Shah announced that BJP-JJP will make the next government in Haryana. "BJP leader will be new Chief Minister and leader from JJP will be deputy chief minister," announced Shah. He further added that the leaders from both the parties will meet the Governor tomorrow (Saturday) and stake their claim to form the government in the state.

Dushyant Chautala said that it was important for the BJP and JJP to come together to give a stable government to Haryana. "Our party had decided that for the betterment of the state, it is important to have a stable government," he said.

Responding to the demands posed by Janata Jannayak Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala in a press conference earlier on Friday, Congress' Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the conditional demands sought by Chautala to extend support were already a party of the party's common minimum programme. Meanwhile, BJP working president JP Nadda, Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala and Manohar Lal Khattar reached Amit Shah's residence in Delhi.

Sources have told CNN-News18 that the JJP is likely to ally with the BJP, with a formal announcement to confirm the same to be done tonight. The JJP has also demanded the deputy chief minister's post for Dushyant Chautala and two ministerial berths in the Haryana cabinet. Congress will not pursue Dushyant Chautala-led Janata Jannayak Party for forming an alliance in Haryana anymore, sources added. Sources further said that the news Haryana cabinet will be constituted post Diwali.

Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi, took to Twitter to raise questions over the BJP government's decision of taking, rape accused, Gopal Kanda's support. Shiv Sena is currently a major ally of the BJP government in Maharashtra.

Karnataka Congress has hits out at the BJP on Twitter over Haryana Lokhit Party's (HLP) MLA Gopal Kanda extending his support to the party, who was once accused of raping one of his employees.

National General Secretary of BJP has said that a meeting of the legislative party will be held at 11 am tomorrow in Chandigarh. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and  General Secy Arun Singh will be there as observers. "Leader of legislative party will be elected tomorrow," he said. He, however, remained elusive about the controversy raging over Sirsa MLA Gopal Kanda, who was once accused of raping one of his employees. "We have spoken to people who have offered their support to us. We have to discuss with our senior leaders about the way forward", reports News18.

BJP leader and former Union minister Uma Bharti has a word of advice for party top brass currently in negotiations with Independents to install the Khattar government in Haryana. Bharti, in a series of tweets, has urged the leadership to shun Gopal Kanda's support saying that winning polls doesn't make him innocent. I would request @ BJP4India ji not to forget our moral fabric," she says in a tweet and further writes, Our government must be formed in Haryana, but decide that the people like @ BJP4India have a clean life, so should the people who are allying with us."

BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has said that all the BJP rebels who had filed nomination as Independents have returned to the party folds. He also said that Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) chief Gopal Kanda has also extended unconditional support to BJP.

MLA from Sirsa, Gopal Kanda, who is also emerging as a key player in government formation, says that all the Independents have pledged support to the BJP camp. "Country is progressing with the Modi government, all the Independent MLAs have decided to support the BJP without any conditions."

Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala will hold a press conference at 4 pm today.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar leaves for Delhi. Khattar has cancelled his meeting with Governor that was scheduled for today morning. The Bharatiya Janata Party is watching developments unfold in Haryana, while its leaders are scrambling to hold backchannel talks with rebels who contested and Independents to retain power. Meanwhile, the party has sent feelers to Dushyant Chautala's debutante party JJP, which bagged ten seats in this election.

In Maharashtra, the situation is less precarious as the Sena had agreed for a pre-poll alliance, but still the Maratha party which was playing coy ahead of polls has now regained its voice and is now pushing for a split term between Sena and BJP chief ministers. The BJP will remain watchful of which way the wind blows.

In Haryana, the Congress party is scrambling to pull a Karnataka on BJP and collect the support of Independents and JJP before BJP beats them to it. The first step in this regard is that Bhupendra Singh Hooda will fly to Delhi today, to meet Sonia Gandhi, the high command of the Congress party. Meanwhile, Devendra Fadnavis is not too upset about the fall in BJP's tally in Maharashtra this time as he has found his silver lining. The outgoing Maha CM is content with the fact that the BJP secured a much better strike rate than it did in 2014, considering it was contesting only 150 seats this time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi begun speaking at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.

The prime minister earlier took to Twitter, saying he was humbled to have got people's support yet again in Maharashtra. The prime minister also thanked people of Haryana for "blessing us" and added that "we will continue to work with same zeal and dedication for state's progress".

Even as the BJP and Shiv Sena find themselves pulling away from the Opposition in Maharashtra, tensions between the uneasy alliance may be rising with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray saying the party "cannot continue to be accommodative anymore" with regard to the BJP and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis saying "we are not those who bargain."

 Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, addressing the media, thanked the people of Maharashtra for giving the BJP a "clear mandate."

In Haryana, all eyes on are on Dushyant Chautala's JJP which has won 6 seats and could easily emerge as the kingmaker. The BJP and Congress have won 14 and 10 seats respectively in the state which is heading towards a hung Assembly.

As per ECI data, BJP and Shiv Sena received the highest vote share in the Maharashtra with 25.25 percent and 17.07 percent respectively.  NCP is in third place with 16.81 percent of the vote share while the Congress has received 15.69 percent of the vote share.

As per Election Commission data, in Haryana the BJP has won 8 seats and is leading in 30. The Congress has won 7 seats and the JJP, whose president Dushyant Chautala has scripted an unlikely comeback, has secured 7 seats.

Haryana Assembly elections seem to be heading somewhere rather unexpected and the key to who wins lies in the hand of 31-year-old Dushyant Chautala, president of Jannayak Janata Party

Deepender Hooda, son of former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and former Congress MP had on 19 October tweeted foretelling that Haryana will teach Khattar government a lesson. "Mere iss tweet ko save karna. Haryana Khattar sarkar ke ghamand ko todne ja raha hai (Save this tweet of mine. Haryana is going to shatter Khattar government's arrogance)," Hooda had tweeted.

BJP has got a reality check in Maharashtra elections. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP managed to win 23 of 48 seats in Maharashtra but as of Thursday afternoon according to the Election Commission's website BJP has won in five seats and is leading in 97 seats much lower than the 122 seats that it had won in the 2014 state elections. The BJP leadership’s hopes of crossing the halfway mark in the 288-seater Assembly on its own do not appear to have been realised — at least as per the initial results.

Addressing his first press conference since the results in the Maharashtra elections became clearer after the initial trends, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that the results are a proof that people don't like arrogance of power. "When you detach yourself from ground then people do not welcome it. Many leaders crossed their limits to make statements in campaign."

Amid neck-and-neck contest in Haryana, where the exit polls have proved to be horribly off the mark, BJP is struggling to meet the majority mark, as Congress and JJP are racing ahead. Addressing the media, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the Congress is inviting JJP leaders and Independent candidates to form a 'united front' against the BJP in state. "Time has come for Congress, JJP and Independents to form a strong Haryana government," said Hooda as initial trends indicate a hung assembly in state.

Several reports have confirmed that NCP leader Ajit Pawar has won from Baramati constituency by 1,11,000 votes. However, Election Commission has not officially announced any winners as of now. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is leading over his nearest Congress rival Ashish Deshmukh by 11,134 votes in Nagpur-South West seat.

State BJP chief and revenue minister Chandrakant Patil leading over MNS nominee Kishore Shinde by 8,888 votes in Kothrud. BJP minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil leading over his Congress rival Suresh Thorat by 49,356 votes in Shirdi.

As the contest in Haryana gets tighter, political parties have started going in a huddle. As the initial numbers started trickling in, it is becoming clear that the BJP might not be able to clinch the 75+ seats as it claimed ahead of 21 October polls. While BJP is leading in 41 seats, Congress is leading in 28 and JJP in 10 seats. Amid heavy speculation of a possibility of a hung assembly, incumbent chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been summoned to Delhi by BJP leadership. Meanwhile, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President Kumari Selja met with party leader Ahmed Patel in Delhi today.

JJP chief Dushyant Chautala has denied having any discussions with BJP or Congress. Various media channels have reported that Congress has reached out to Chautala to keep BJP at bay. "I have not had any discussions with anyone. The decision will be taken only after the final numbers are out," Dushyant Chautala said, ANI reports.

The decision to field three sport  icons taken by the BJP is reaping benefits as all of them are currently leading in their respective seats in Haryana. Babita Kumari Phogat is leading on her Dadri seat with 31 percent vote share while Yogeshwar Dutt is leading in the Baroda constituency with 34 percent vote share and Sandeep Singh, from Pehowa is leading also with 34 percent vote share.

As BJP-Shiv Sena clinched a comfortable lead as early trends trickled in Maharashtra, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "BJP and Shiv Sena will form the government. No doubt. We will have a discussion with Uddhav Thackeray and responsibility will be shared equally between BJP and Sena." Meanwhile, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has been reportedly summoned to Delhi.

BJP is struggling to meet the majority mark in Haryana as initial trends point at a hung Assembly. BJP seems to be falling short of its “75-plus seats” target in Haryana. While Congress is leading on 26 seats, BJP is ahead on 43 seats. Newly-formed JJP is ahead on 11 seats.

JJP chief Dushyant Chautala who is leading in Uchana Kalan said, the party will emerge as a "key" to Haryana elections. Key is the party symbol of JJP. "Haryana has already locked its future in EVMs. Trends are coming out. Each and every party worker's hard work will show. Haryana will change today. I can say one thing with confidence that Haryana's Vidhan Sabha's key will be in JJP's hands," he said.

The BJP-Shiv Sena combine has taken a comfortable lead in Maharashtra, where it leads in 177 seats in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress-NCP alliance leads in 87 seats in Maharashtra. Other candidates lead in 14 seats. After eight rounds of counting, Ajit Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party is leading with 58,483 votes in Baramati.

The BJP and the Shiv Sena are leading in a big way ahead of the Congress-NCP combine in Maharashtra. The BJP is leading in 107 seats, while the Sena is up in 70 at the moment. Following a lot of turbulence in their alliance over the last five years, the parties are likely to return to power for another term.

After two hours of counting, BJP-Shiv Sena has crossed the halfway majority mark in Maharashtra. Early trends suggests Haryana is heading towards a hung assembly where the INLD and JJP are expected to play a crucial role. However, both the parties are very unlikely to form a coalition with another single party. Speaking to the media, Dushyant Chautala, JJP leader, in a brief interaction, said that the JJP would be the kingmaker and referred to the party as the key to open the lock of power of Haryana politics.

Maintaining their initial leads, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar from in Karnal, JJP leader Dushyant Singh Chautala in Uchana Kalan, wrestler Babita Phogat fighting on BJP ticket in Dadri and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Chautala in Garhi Sampla-Kiloi are ahead as the counting of votes continues.

Aaditya Thackeray is leading in his Worli constituency. With the Sena scion fast consolidating his position, Shiv Sena says that the party wishes to make Aditya Thackeray the CM. "The difference between the last polls and this is that the we are doing well," Sanjay Gupta, a Sena leader said.

The BJP has taken a wide lead in early trends in Haryana, leading in 53 of the state's 90 Assembly seats. The Congress is up in 22 seats, while other candidates are ahead in eight. The BJP's comfortable lead, as was predicted in most exit polls, will allow the party a second 5-year term.

Early trends reveal that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is leading in 137 seats in Maharashtra's 288-member Assembly. The Congress-NCP are up in 51 seats, while the AIMIM is leading in one seat. Remember, the first hour is usually for counting postal votes — votes cast by government staffers, usually members of the defence and paramilitary forces — following which normal ballots will be opened. The trends, therefore, are really early to decode and the picture could change drastically over time.

Trends in Haryana show that BJP is leading in 18 seats, while Congress is ahead in 11 seats.After first counting, CM Manohar Lal Khattar is leading by 500 votes in Karnal.

Grand-nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Rohit Pawar is trailing in Karjat Jhamked, early trends have revealed. Ashok Chavan is leading from Bhokar. The former chief minister is battling for more than pride this time as he tries to retain his family's pocket borough, Bhokar in Nanded district.

Devendra Fadnavis is leading from Nagpur southwest, early trends suggest. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena scion Aaditya Thackeray is leading from the Worli constituency in Mumbai. Fadnavis, who is contesting from Nagpur South West is tipped to win handsome like in 2014. Recently, in a rally in Maharashtra, he stressed on the nature of one-sided fight saying, "The wrestler is ready, but no one to fight". On the other hand, moving from Sena's age old "Marathi First" outlook, Thackeray Junior reached out to different sections - Gujarati, Urdu-speaking communities in his constituency in Worli.

Counting of votes has begun across 288 constituencies in Maharashtra and 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly. The Maharashtra Assembly polls held on Monday saw a voter turnout of 61.13 percent, a dip from the 63.20 percent recorded in 2014, election officials said after polling concluded on Monday. The highest turnout, of 83.93 percent, was reported in the Karveer Assembly seat in Kolhapur, while the lowest was in south Mumbai's upmarket Colaba area at 40.11 percent.

In Maharashtra, the BJP has chosen to continue its alliance with Shiv Sena, despite their roller-coaster relationship over the last five years. The two parties had come together after a brief breakup when in 2014, neither succeeded in getting majority on its own. The Sena, since, had been a vocal critic of the BJP-led government's policies at the state and the Centre. This time, the Shiv Sena — though given fewer seats than the 50:50 division it wanted — has been offered the post of the Deputy Chief Minister in case of a victory. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will continue to helm the government, the BJP has announced.

The Maharashtra unit of BJP has made 'victory' preparations at its headquarter in Mumbai when counting of votes for the Assembly elections will be taken up. BJP leaders have ordered 5,000 'laddus' and for putting up a huge screen to see the live coverage of counting. Orders for garlands have also been placed, a party official said on Wednesday. BJP workers have been asked to reach the party headquarter located near Mantralaya or the state secretariat, in south Mumbai after 10 am on Thursday when the poll trends are expected to emerge.

The results for Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections will be out on Thursday (24 October) and the counting of votes will begin at 8 am on Wednesday. The counting of votes will begin at 8 am on Thursday and the result is likely to be declared by 5 pm by the Election Commission. Mostly, leads would predict the result by noon, but the counting of votes will only be completed by the evening.

The results will determine whether the ruling BJP-led NDA will retain the two key states. The results are the first electoral battle since Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government abrogated Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two Union Territories.

The first electoral battle since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, these state elections will establish whether the perceived jubilation over the Modi government's decision could actually transform into votes.

Meanwhile, for Congress, which is battling infighting and a leadership crisis at the national level, this election would bring the result of its new strategy to let the regional satraps take centre stage, while the national leadership remained all but absent.

The voter turnout in both the states was low as opposed to the 2014 Assembly elections.

The Indian Express reported that while Maharashtra recorded 59 percent voting turnout, down from the 63.38 per cent logged in 2014, Haryana saw an estimated turnout of 65.67 percent, about 11 percent less than the 76.54 recorded five years ago. But despite the dismal participation in politically important states, exit polls suggest a comeback for the BJP is nearly certain.

In Maharashtra, the BJP and the Sena had won 122 and 63 seats, respectively in the 2014 elections, while Congress and NCP won 42 and 41 seats each. All four parties had contested independently in the previous Assembly elections. In Haryana, the BJP had won 47 followed by INLD’s 19 and 15 of the Congress.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Oct 26, 2019 17:19:37 IST