BJP-Shiv Sena set to retain Maharashtra; hung House in Haryana

Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly polls: Counting begins
Election officials carry out counting of votes for the Maharashtra assembly election at a counting centre at Worli in Mumbai. PTI

Mumbai/New Delhi: While the Haryana assembly elections witnessed a tough struggle between the Congress and incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party this time, the Maharashtra assembly looks all set to have a BJP-led government for another five years.

In Haryana, the BJP, which was ahead in 79 Assembly segments after the results of the Lok Sabha polls were declared, secured 40 seats. The tally of the Congress, which was leading in only 10 Assembly segments after the parliamentary polls, has now jumped to 31 seats.

The Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), which was leading in only one Assembly segment after the Lok Sabha election, has won 10 seats this time round.

In Maharashtra, the trends indicate that the BJP's position in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly was 105.

The Sena's tally was 56, NCP's was 54, while the Congress' was 44.

While the BJP's tally has dipped, the Shiv Sena and NCP appears to have improved theirs.

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In the 2014 polls, the BJP had won 122 seats, the Sena 63, the Congress 42 and the NCP 41. The BJP and Sena had then contested separately. The Sena had joined the Fadnavis-led government over a month after it was formed.

Prominent winners in the Assembly elections include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, and Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde who trounced estranged cousin and BJP minister Pankaja Munde in a keenly-contested poll battle.

Former chief ministers Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar were other prominent winners.

Among the turncoats, 11 of those who joined Shiv Sena and eight who joined the BJP on the eve of the elections, were defeated.

Reacting to the trends and results, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the message was that people did not like "the arrogance of power".

The people, however, have asked his party to remain in opposition, Pawar said, adding that it will not try to form the next government in Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, "It is time to remind the BJP about the formula arrived at when BJP chief Amit Shah visited my home....we had decided on 50:50 formula for the alliance."

Counting of votes for Maharashtra Assembly polls and Satara Lok Sabha bypoll, held on Monday, began at 8 am on Thursday, election officials said.

Counting of votes for all the 288 Assembly segments began at 269 locations in the state, the officials said.

Exit polls had predicted a comfortable win for the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government in the state.

Around 25,000 personnel were deployed for counting duty, an election official said, adding police also made adequate arrangements to ensure a smooth counting process.

The polling held on Monday saw a voter turnout of 61.13 per cent, a dip from the 63.20 per cent recorded in 2014, the official said.

Haryana results

Haryana on Thursday ended up with a hung assembly with the ruling BJP emerging as the largest party with 40 seats, but still six short of the halfway mark needed to form the next government.

The Congress won 31 seats, the Jannayak Janta Party 10, the Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit Party one each. The Aam Aadmi Party, which contested 46 seats, was decimated. Eight of 10 ministers fielded by the BJP lost.

Despite a drop in the number of seats, the vote share of the BJP went up by over three percentage points in the Haryana assembly elections. With the party winning 40 seats, the BJP has secured 36.48 per cent of votes, up from 33.20 per cent in the 2014 assembly polls.

However, the party's share in votes has gone down drastically if the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year are taken into account.

The party had led in 79 of the assembly segments during parliamentary polls with nearly 58.02 per cent vote share.

On the contrary, the opposition Congress bagged 28.10 per cent votes, a sharp jump from 20.58 per cent in 2014, when it had won just 15 seats.

The party has bagged 31 seats.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had clocked a vote share of 28.42 per cent and failed to open its account in a one-sided contest, in which the BJP bagged all 10 seats in the state.

The Indian National Lok Dal has been the biggest loser in terms of vote share. Its vote share dropped to 2.45 per cent against 24.11 per cent in the 2014 elections.

It could bag only the Ellenabad constituency, where its leader Abhay Chautala managed to secure the party bastion.

The Shiromani Akali Dal, an ally of INLD, could secure only 0.38 per cent of votes. The Bahujan Samaj Party, which had contested on 87 seats, had a vote share of just 4.11 per cent. The party could not win any of the seats. The Aam Aadmi Party, contesting its first assembly polls in Haryana, too was decimated with a meagre vote share of 0.48 per cent.

Others, including Dushyant-Chautala led Jannayak Janata Party and independents, have secured 27.33 per cent votes.

Bypoll results

The BJP and its allies on Thursday won 30 of the 51 assembly seats at stake in the bypolls across 18 states and the Congress emerged victorious in 12 constituencies while Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM tasted its maiden electoral success in Bihar.

Among the states ruled by the BJP and its allies, bypolls were held on Monday for the maximum 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, followed by six in Gujarat, five in Bihar, four in Assam and two each in Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The other states where bypolls were held are Punjab (4 seats), Kerala (5), Sikkim (3), Rajasthan (2) and one seat each in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Meghalaya and Telangana.

Uttar Pradesh

The Samajwadi Party turned out to be a major gainer in Uttar Pradesh, wresting a seat each from the ruling BJP and the BSP, while the NDA got eight, one less than it held.

The SP wrested Zaidpur seat from the BJP and Jalalpur seat from the BSP, while retaining Rampur. The BJP won seven seats and its ally Apna Dal (S) bagged one.

The BJP retained Balha, Gangoh, Manikpur, Ghosi, Iglas, Lucknow Cantt and Govindnagar, while Apna Dal (S) retained Pratapgarh.

Bihar

The ruling JD(U) suffered a setback in Bihar managing to win only one of the four seats it contested. Bypolls were held in five seats of which RJD won two and AIMIM one. The remaining seat was won by an Independent.

The results gave the once mighty RJD a reason to smile, while Hyderabad MP Owaisi's AIMIM gained a toehold in the state clinching Kishanganj, a Muslim-dominated constituency. BJP rebel candidate Karnjeet Singh won the Dharaunda seat as an Independent.

The JD(U) could win only Nathnagar where its candidate Laxmi Kant Mandal beat Rabia Khatun of the RJD by little over 5,000 votes.

Four of these five seats were held by BJP ally JD(U) and one by the Congress.

Gujarat

In the Gujarat bypolls, ruling BJP and Congress shared the spoils winning three seats each. OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who switched sides from Congress to BJP, lost from Radhanpur by 3,807 votes to Congress's Raghubhai Desai.

Congress candidate Jashu Patel defeated BJP's Dhavalsinh Zala in Bayad, while in Tharad, Congress nominee Gulabsinh Rajput prevailed over BJP's Jivraj Patel.

In Kheralu seat, BJP's Ajmalji Thakor beat Congress's Babuji Thakor.

In Lunawada, BJP's Jignesh Sevak beat Congress's Gulabsinh Chauhan while in Amraiwadi, Congress's Dharmendra Patel lost to BJP's Jagdish Patel.

Prior to the bypolls, the Congress held Radhanpur and Bayad seats while the other four were with the BJP.

Tamil Nadu

In a morale booster after the Lok Sabha poll drubbing months ago, the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu wrested two seats from arch-rival DMK and its ally Congress in the bypolls. AIADMK won by impressive margins in Vikravandi and Nanguneri constituencies.

Kerala

In Kerala, the Congress-led UDF tasted defeat at the hands of the ruling LDF headed by the CPI-M in its strongholds of Vattiyoorkavu and Konni, while it retained two seats and won from the Marxist bastion of Aroor.

Madhya Pradesh

In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress wrested back its traditional Jhabua assembly seat from the BJP. Congress candidate and former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria won by 27,804 votes, defeating BJP's Bhanu Bhuria.

The Congress lost the seat to BJP in last year's assembly polls with G S Damor defeating Kantilal Bhuria's son Vikrant Bhuria by 10,437 votes. However, the BJP fielded Damor in the general elections from the Ratlam-Jhabua seat, which he won by defeating Kantilal Bhuria.

The Congress now has 115 members, one short of simple majority in the 230-member house. It enjoys the support of 4 Independents, two BSP MLAs and one SP MLA.

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Congress's Rita Chaudhary won from Mandawa by a margin of 33,704 votes while RLP candidate Narayan Beniwal won Khinwsar by 4,630 votes.

Now the Congress tally in the 200-member assembly has increased to 107, including six those who had defected to the party from the BSP last month. The BJP has 72 MLAs and the RLP three.

Punjab

The ruling Congress consolidated its position in Punjab winning three assembly segments while opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) won one seat.

Raminder Awla defeated SAD nominee Raj Singh Dibipura by 16,633 votes from Jalalabad, considered an Akali bastion.

Earlier, the segment was represented by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was elected to Lok Sabha in May.

In Phagwara, which fell vacant after sitting BJP MLA Som Parkash was elected to Lok Sabha, Congress candidate and former IAS officer Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal defeated BJP's Rajesh Bagha by 26,116 votes.

Congress's Indu Bala won from Mukerian by defeating BJP's Jangi Lal Mahajan by 3,440 votes.

But the ruling party suffered a setback as SAD's Manpreet Singh Ayali defeated its nominee Sandeep Singh Sandhu by 14,672 votes in Dakha.

Telangana

The ruling TRS in Telangana won the Huzurnagar seat with its nominee S Saidi Reddy defeating Congress's N Padmavati Reddy.

Asssam

The BJP in Assam won three seats with its candidates Bijoy Malakar (Ratabari), Rajen Borthakur (Rangapara) and Nabanita Handique (Sonari) defeating their respective Congress opponents. All India United Democratic Front's Rafiqul Islam prevailed over Congress's Shamsul Hoque in Jania.

The by-election was necessitated after sitting BJP MLAs and ministers Pallab Lochan Das (Rangapara) and Tapan Gogoi (Sonari) and Deputy Speaker Kripanath Mallah (Ratabari) besides Congress MLA Abdul Khaleque (Jania) were elected to the Lok Sabha.

Himachal Pradesh

In Himachal Pradesh, the ruling BJP retained both the Dharamshala and Pachhad seats. In Pachhad, Reena Kashyap defeated her nearest rival, former minister Gangu Ram Musafir of the Congress, by 2,742 votes.

Vishal Nehria defeated Independent Rakesh Kumar by 6,758 votes in Dharamshala.

Puducherry

In Puducherry, the ruling Congress retained the Kamaraj Nagar Assembly seat with its nominee A John Kumar defeating his nearest AINRC rival S Bhuvaneswarane.

With this win, the Congress's strength in the assembly has been restored to 15 in which the Congress enjoys the support of the DMK, its alliance partner, from outside.

The bypoll was necessitated after incumbent legislator V Vaithilingam (Cong) quit following his election to Lok Sabha from the lone seat here.

Chattisgarh

The ruling Congress won the Naxal-affected Chitrakot constituency, reserved for Scheduled Tribes, in Chhattisgarh with Rajman Benzam defeating Lachhuram Kashyap of the BJP by 17,862 votes.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu won the Bijepur Assembly seat in Odisha defeating Sanat Gartia of the BJP by 97,990 votes, which is the highest-ever margin in the history of the state's assembly polls.

Sikkim

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang aka PS Golay won from Poklok Kamrang seat by 8,953 votes. The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) founder defeated Moses Rai of the Sikkim Democratic Front.

The SKM's alliance partner BJP tasted its first electoral victory in the northeastern state winning the Martam Rumtek and Gangtok seats.

Sonam TSH Venchungpa won from Martam Rumtek, defeating his nearest rival Nuk Tshering Bhutia of the SDF by 6,150 votes while Yong Tshering Lepcha beat Delay Namgyal Barfungpa of the Sikkim National People's Party by 1,010 votes in Gangtok.

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