Claiming the support of all seven Independent MLAs, the Haryana Congress, which is six short of simple majority in the 90-member state Assembly, on Friday staked claim to form the next government in the state.
Haryana Congress Chief Phool Chand Mullana met Governor Jagan Nath Pahadia in Chandigarh this afternoon and claimed the support of the seven Independent MLAs.
"We have the numbers. We will form the government," he told reporters later.
"In my capacity as HPCC President, I presented the Congress claim before the Governor of being the single largest party and also having the support of the seven Independents," he said.
The Congress emerged as the single largest party with 40 MLAs followed by 31 of the INLD. Shiromani Akali Dal, INLD's ally, got one seat.
Of the remaining 18 seats, Haryana Janhit Congress-BL, a new entrant in assembly polls, got six seats, BJP four, BSP one and independents seven.