Haryana election 2019: A super over thriller

Haryana election 2019

In the wake of the recent twist of events for the Haryana election 2019, it is nothing but a gripping pot broiler. Drama, action, and entertainment. It is a complete package, a never-ending battle of power between the rivals BJP and Congress.

With none of the rival parties gaining the requited majority, Dushyant Chautala is very ably given the status of the Kingmaker as it is his coalition support that will decide the fate of Haryana.

The elections for the Legislative Assembly elections in Haryana were held on 21st October 2019. An endeavor to satisfactorily elect the 90 members to the Haryana Legislative Assembly. The voter turnout was recorded to be 67.97 percent less than the 2014 Legislative Assembly elections, where the turnout was 76.54 percent, a state record. The turnout indicated a negative growth of 8.57 percent.

The results of the elections were to be announced on 24th October 2019, but to no avail, as none of the parties was successful in gaining a majority, so coalition it is. Out of the 90 seats in the Haryana Legislative Assembly, 46 seats are required to obtain the majority.

Manohar Lal Khattar leads the present ruling party of Haryana BJP. However, the party was able to secure only 40 seats showing a negative trend than the last elections where they secured 47 seats. Bhupinder Singh Hooda led Congress party gained 31 seats, almost doubled up the seats since the previous elections where they secured only 16 seats.

The new Jannayak Janta Party led by Dushyant Chautala is the underdog of these elections, securing ten seats in the first attempt. The Indian National Lok Dal party headed by Abhay Singh Chautala was a disappointing performance. The party gained only one seat as compared to the last elections, where they had managed to win 17 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party, which contested 46 seats, was decimated.

The Indian National Lok Dal party was the worst performer in the elections, whereas the Congress and the Jannayak Janta Party showed a significant upward trend.

The Haryana election opinion poll seems to be in favor of the BJP party as they had predicted BJP to win the elections in a clean sweep with 69 seats (an average figure considering all the polls). However, most of the polls were not as accurate as they seemed.

Polling Agency   NDA   UPA   Others
India Today – Axis 32-44 30-42 6-10
TV9 – Bharatvarsh 47 23 20
News18 – IPSOS 75 10 5
Republic Media – Jan Ki Baat 52-63 15-19 12-18
ABP News – C Voter 72 8 10
NewsX – Pollstrat 75-80 9-12 1-4
Times Now 77 11 8

Haryana, at present, has a hung assembly as no conclusive results could be determined. The split decision triggered tumultuous political action. Party sources have revealed that two independents, Gopal Kanda and Ranjeet Singh, boarded a chartered flight to Delhi for a meeting with BJP leadership. A third Somveer Singh informed PTI that he would support the BJP government. The sources told that the BJP is expected to stake a claim for another term in the state this Friday.

Eight Haryana ministers lost the assembly elections, which marked merely two of the ten ministers fielded by the ruling BJP returning to the state assembly. Cabinet minister and five-time MLA Anil Vij held his usual ground of Ambala Cantonment, whereas minister of state, Dr. Banwari Lal, surfaced triumphantly from Bawal.

Vij defeated Congress maverick Chitra Sarwara, who persisted as an independent, by over 20,000 votes. Dr. Lal preserved Bawal, beating Dr. M L Ranga by over 32,000 votes.

The ministers who lost the Haryana election 2019 are Ram Bilas Sharma (Mahendragarh), Om Prakash Dhankar (Badli), Kavita Jain (Sonipat), Krishan Lal Panwar (Israna),Manish Kumar Grover (Rohtak), Capt Abhimanyu (Narnaund), Krishan Kumar Bedi (Shahbad), and Karan Dev Kamboj (Radaur). The BJP had initially refused tickets to two of its ministers, Vipul Goel and Rao Narbir Singh.

The BJP’s scheme of interchanging minister Karan Dev Kamboj from Indri to Raduar also slipped to generate concrete outcomes. Khattar maintained his Karnal constituency.

An election that was expected to be a BJP swing whirled out to be a neck to neck contest. In this extremely shifting circumstance where the JJP aspires to be the king rather than the kingmaker and a Hooda-led Congress surprised everyone, can the BJP still manage to gain power and who will be crowned as the new Chief Minister.

The Jannayak Janata Party has already made it sufficiently apparent that they will support any party that makes its leader Dushyant Chautala the Chief Minister. Though, neither the Congress nor the BJP has made their attempts official, both parties have indeed grasped the situation.

The dynamics of the Haryana election 2019 is changing every second. Both the rivals are looking to claim the majority now and then. The independents, as well as Dushyant Chautala, may become the deciding factor in the way to glory for the arch-rivals.

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