Bhupinder Singh Hooda made the offer of an alliance but he does not seem to remember that I have been opposing the Congress since my birth, says Ajay Chautala.
Interestingly, BJP candidates lost their deposits in Prithla, Pundri and Rania, all three constituencies where independents emerged victorious and subsequently extended their support to the government led by the party.
The BJP-JJP combine plans to set up a committee with representatives from both sides to formulate a ‘common minimum programme’ to arrive at a consensus over which promises can be kept.
According to the records from Delhi HC Om Prakash Chautala was out of jail for 9 weeks in 2018 and for 9 weeks already this year in the run-up to the assembly election. His son Ajay was out for 3 weeks in April during the Lok Sabha polls.
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By supporting the BJP, JJP has taken a complete u-turn on its stand during the campaign when it vowed not to support the BJP post the results. Both Dushyant Chautala and his mother had made public statements saying they would never support the BJP.
Haryana assembly speaker Kanwar Pal Gujjar said, "the mandate is for BJP in Haryana. We have won 40 seats. The five or six independents who have won are all BJP rebels who fought separately due to ticket issues".
The JJP, with which the Congress later sought an alliance, spoiled the chances for the Congress in a dozen constituencies, including Kaithal where Randeep Surjewala lost by 1,570 votes.
Lal did not emerge from his residence all day but is expected to meet Haryana governor Satyadev Narayan and stake claim to form a government. A chopper earlier waited in vain all day at a nearby helipad to fly him, perhaps to Delhi.
Falling short of majority mark, BJP’s claim to form govt hinges on support of Gopal Kanda of Haryana Lokhit Party and at least five independent. The Congress fell way short of the mark at 31 seats while the JJP won 10 seats.
BJP state president Subhash Barala said, “Congress is day-dreaming. Let them name the seats they expect to win. BJP will win by over two-thirds majority.”
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