Haryana: Independents extend support to BJP; Manohar Lal Khattar ready to stake claim

A day after the Haryana Assembly Election results were declared, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making all the attempts to retain power in the state.

The BJP won 40 seats in the 90-member Assembly in Haryana and fell six short of the halfway mark needed to form the next government.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today morning flew to New Delhi to meet party Working President JP Nadda at his residence.

According to the sources, six Independent MLAs were also present at Nadda’s residence.

The BJP is seeking the support of independent candidates to stake claim to form the next government in the state.

Notably, both the BJP and the Congress are making efforts to win the support of the Independents and other parties in order to get the number required to form the government.

The Congress won 31 seats, Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) 10 and others registered 9.

Ahead of polls, the BJP had predicted that it would cross 75 seats this time. But out of 10 only two of the ministers make it through.

On Thursday Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had appealed to non-BJP outfits to join hands.

“All non- BJP parties to come together to honor this anti- BJP mandate and form an alternative government,” Hooda had said.