New Delhi, Oct 24 : With the counting of votes in the October 21 Assembly elections entering the final stretches on Thursday, Bharatiya Janata Party, in alliance with the Shiv Sena will be able to form the next government in Maharashtra but in Haryana it has fallen short by six seats of the 45 magical mark.
According to Election Commission of India, till 4pm, the BJP in Maharashtra has 99 seats and its alliance partner Sena 57 seats. With both parties totaling 156 seats, the alliance has crossed the half-way mark-in the 288-member Assembly though the Nationalist Congress Party has notched huge gains. The Jannayak Janata Party of Dushyant Chautala will apparently play kingmaker in the hung 90-member Haryana Assembly, according to the trends.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is on course to retain the Chief Ministership, a feat after nearly four decades. The last time was Vasantrao Naik of the Indian National Congress who had from 1963 to 1975 graced the CM's post for almost 12 years. According to the pre-poll pact, the Chief Minister's post will go to the BJP, while Deputy Chief Minister to Sena.
From Opposition, NCP has annexed 54 seats while 45 went in the kitty of the Indian National Congress. Compared to 2014, the BJP will end up with 22 seats less this time. Even Sena has lost five seats. The biggest gainer is Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party which has bagged 13 seats more this time. The INC has also added three seats to its haul. (UNI)