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What does the Haryana election results mean for the BJP and the Congress?

October 26, 2019

On Thursday, Haryana ended with a hung assembly with the ruling party BJP emerging with 40 seats but still six short of the halfway mark needed to form the next government. The split verdict triggered hectic political activity with two independents, the infamous Gopal Kanda and Ranjeet Singh boarding flights to Delhi for a meeting with BJP leadership.  By Friday afternoon, things had progressed quite a bit with the independents pledging their support to BJP thereby paving way for Khattar-led BJP party to stake claim to form the government again. The Congress won 31 seats, the Jannayak Janta Party won 10 seats in its maiden elections and the Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit party one each. Aam Aadmi Party which contested 46 seats was completely decimated. Eight ministers of the state cabinet lost the elections and only 2 out of 10 ministers who were fielded by the BJP will be returning to the state assembly.

The Suno India Show reached out to Ajoy Ashirwad, Deputy Editor of The Wire who has extensive political reporting experience to understand more what the Haryana results mean for the BJP and for the future of Congress party led by Bhupinder Hooda in Haryana.

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Ajoy Ashirwad
Deputy Editor, The Wire

What does the Haryana election results mean for the BJP and the Congress?