New Delhi, Oct 24: Alarm bells rang on Thursday for the Bharatiya Janata Party as in alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, it narrowly crossed the half mark with a margin of just 14 seats but fell short of six in Haryana.
According to Election Commission of India, till 1700 hrs, the BJP in Maharashtra has 102 seats and its alliance partner Sena 57 segments. With both parties totaling 159 seats, the alliance has crossed the half-way mark in the 288-member Assembly though the Nationalist Congress Party has notched up huge gains.
The BJP is short of five seats to cross the magical 45-mark in the 90-member Haryana Legislative Assembly. Its nearest rival INC has 31 seats.
The Jannayak Janata Party of Dushyant Chautala will apparently play kingmaker in the hung 90-member Haryana Assembly.
In the simultaneous bypolls, on October 21, for 51 Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 17 states, the BJP won 17 while the Indian National Congress 12.
Lok Jan Shakti Party took Bihar’s Samastipur (SC) parliamentary constituency while the NCP the Satara Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra.
Senior leader of INC Anand Sharma said, "We accept the people's mandate humbly and respectfully. We also want to say that it is a moral defeat for the BJP. PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and their entire leadership was cut off from the ground reality." (UNI)