Haryana Election Result 2019 Highlights | Mandate shows people of Haryana want BJP to lead: PM - Hindustan Times

Haryana Election Result 2019 Highlights | Mandate shows people of Haryana want BJP to lead: PM

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
Oct 25, 2019 06:57 AM IST

A confident Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tripped, but avoided a fall in elections to the Haryana assembly that it had been expected to win easily. The BJP, whose campaign slogan was ‘abki baar, 75 paar (this time it will be over 75 seats)’, fell short of even a simple majority (46 seats) in the 90-member state assembly, winning just 40 seats in a state where it swept all 10 Lok Sabha seats just months ago. The Congress performed better than most exit polls had predicted, winning 31 seats.The BJP is now looking to win the support of seven independents, one Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and one Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) legislator each to form the government. There is a strong possibility that Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), with 10 seats, would back the BJP. This would strengthen the likely coalition arrangement.The PM, during his speech at the BJP headquarters in Delhi, did say that it is not easy to win twice and underlined the efforts of CM Manohar Lal Khattar. He also thanked the people of the state for reposing thier trust in the party and said they will go back to the people with their development agenda.Congress has increased its tally and won double the seats than it had won in 2014. INLD in its worst ever performance only managed to retain its Ellenabad seat, bringing down its tally to just one seat from 19 in the last elections.Multiple BJP ministers from Haryana like Capt. Abhimanyu who was the finance minister of the state lost the elections. From the Haryana cabinet, CM ML Khattar and Health Minister Anil Vij were the only ministers who won from their respective constituencies. Congress has claimed that the poll verdict in Haryana indicates that BJP has suffered a moral defeat as they could not relate to the ground level issues which were affecting people. Here are the highlights of the counting and results:

7:50 PM IST

‘ML Khattar was relatively inexperienced, but he led Haryana efficiently’:PM

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has retained the Karnal assembly seat.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has retained the Karnal assembly seat.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

PM Modi hailed the performance of CM Manohar Lal Khattar and said that it is hard to win and come back for a second tem and it has only happened due to Khattar’s leadership in the state. He said that both Khattar and Fadnavis had never held any office earlier but eased into their roles quickly and made sure development reaches to the people of their states.

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7:45 PM IST

‘It is hard to fight back and win another second term’: PM

PM Modi says Haryana is being closely observed by political pundits because BJP has done good and inclusive developmental work in Haryana due to which people have given them the responsibility to serve the state for another term.

7:38 PM IST

PM addresses BJP workers in Delhi BJP HQs

PM takes the podium as karyakartas keep on with their jubilant cheers.

7:37 PM IST

Home Minister says BJP remains committed to bringing in reforms

Home Minister Amit Shah says it is only the BJP which has the capability to bring in swashbuckling reforms and reiterates again to the gathering that the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the criminalisation of Triple Talaq only shows BJP’s commitment towards development for all.

7:35 PM IST

Amit Shah gives inaugural speech at the gathering

Home Minister Amit Shah applauds the hard work done by BJP workers in the elections and says people faith in good governance remains intact and BJP’s defending its leadership in Haryana only goes on to exemplify that.

7:22 PM IST

PM Modi reaches BJP HQs, party workers jubilant

PM Modi flanked by BJP working president Nadda, Home Minister Shah, Union Minister Gadkari and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reaches BJP HQ amid roaring applause of BJP karyakartas.

6:20 PM IST

PM Modi, Amit Shah to address party workers at Delhi BJP HQ

Party workers have amassed at the BJP HQ in New Delhi where they await the arrival of BJP’s top leadership and the PM himself. PM Modi will address party workers on the occasion of BJP’s win in Maharashtra and Haryana and ahead of Diwali.

6:05 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi vows to serve the people of Haryana with great zeal

As BJP keeps staring at a cliffhanger in Haryana, PM tweeted that recent outing of the BJP in Haryana has only strengthened their resolve to work for people.

5:25 pm IST

CM Khattar retains Karnal seat

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has retained his Karnal seat. He won by 45, 188 votes over his nearest rival Tarlochan Singh of the Congress.

The ruling BJP, however, is unlikely to repeat its 2014 performance. The party had won 25 seats and was leading in 15 seats at 5:30 pm as per EC website. It had won 47 seats in 2014.

The Congress had won 19 and was leading in 12 seats, debutant JJP had won in 10 seats, INLD had won while Others and Independents had won in six seats.

5:14 pm IST

Only two Khattar ministers manage to retain their seats

Only two ministers in ML Khattar’s cabinet have managed to retain their seats in the Haryana assembly elections. They are health minister Anil Vij who won from Ambala Cantt and public health minister Banwari Lal who won from Bawal reserved seat.

The ministers in Khattar government who have lost their seats are Captain Abhimanyu, O.P. Dhankar, Ram Bilas Sharma, Kavita Jain, Krishan Lal Panwar, Manish Grover and Krishan Kumar Bedi .

BJP candidate Anil Vij with his supporters after winning from Ambala Cantt assembly seat, October 24, 2019. ( HT Photo )

4:58 pm IST

BJP’s Yogeshwar Dutt loses to Cong candidate

Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, BJP candidate from Baroda constituency, has lost assembly election. The Olympian lost to Congress’ Sri Krishan Hooda by 4, 840 votes.

4:50 pm IST

‘Mandate against current BJP govt of Haryana’: BS Hooda

Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda, after winning from Garhi Sampla Kiloi Assembly constituency, said that the mandate is against the BJP government in Haryana.

“Mandate is against the current government of Haryana, and all parties should come together to form a strong government whether it’s JJP, BSP, INLD or independent candidates,” he told reporters.

4:45 pm IST

‘Will try our best for a non-BJP govt in Haryana’: Cong leader Kharge

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday said that the party has “good numbers” in Haryana and efforts will be made to ensure that a non-BJP government is formed in the state.

His remarks came as no party appeared to be in a position to reach the majority mark of 46 in the 90-member Haryana assembly.

“This indicates that people have a different opinion about the BJP. People thought they will redress the grievances of people. But that was not there and people are shifting away from the BJP,” Kharge told ANI.

“We will try our best for a non-BJP government. We have good numbers. We need to keep the BJP away because they will use all tactics to remain in power. In Maharashtra and Haryana, they (BJP) are not getting the numbers what they had expected,” he said.

4:40 pm IST

BJP candidate wrestler Babita Phogat comes in at third spot in Dadri

BJP candidate, wrestler Babita Phogat, has lost from Dadri assembly seat. She was in the number three spot with Independent candidate Sombir winning the seat. Sombir defeated his nearest rival Satpal Sangwan of the JJP by over 14,000 votes.

4:28 pm IST

Former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda of Congress retains his seat

Former Haryana chief minister and senior Congress leader BS Hooda has won from Garhi Sampla Kiloi constituency. He defeated his nearest rival, Satish Nandal of the BJP by 58, 312 votes. He had won the seat in 2014 elections as well.

Talking to HT during the day, he had said that results would have been different if he had been given charge of party’s campaign earlier.

4 pm IST

‘State wants change and JJP will bring it’: Dushyant Chautala

Dushyant Chautala,JJP: “Counting of slips from a VVPAT is underway. As soon as I get certificate,I’ll discuss with everyone,hold meeting with MLAs tomorrow and decide future course of action.Too early to say anything.I believe state wants change and JJP will bring it.”

3:52 pm IST

‘Happy at both’: Priyanka Gandhi on Haryana, Maharashtra results

Congress General Secretary for UP (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says she is happy at the results of Haryana and Maharashtra assembly election results.

“I haven’t seen the latest trends, really happy at both (Haryana and Maharashtra). We also are happy about the fact that here in UP our vote percentage has increased,” ANI quoted Priyanka as saying in Rae Bareli.

3:45 pm IST

Congress wins Kalka seat

Pradeep Chaudhary of Congress has won from the Kalka assembly seat. He defeated Latika Sharma of BJP by 5, 931 votes.

Congress’ Pradeep Chaudhary celebrating his win with his supporters. ( HT Photo )

3:40 pm IST

‘Results would’ve been different if I’d been given charge earlier’: BS Hooda

Congress candidate from Garhi Sampla Kioli, Bhupinder Singh Hooda,says that results would have been different if he had been given charge of party’s campaign earlier.

Talking to HT, the former CM said, “I had campaigned for nearly 15 days and our party fought this election jointly and performed well. If I had got the charge earlier, we would be able to get a clear majority in Haryana assembly poll. Despite that I want to say thankful to party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and entire leadership for reposing faith in me.”

3:35 pm IST

Independent candidate leading in Dadri

BJP’s Dadri candidate, wrestler Babita Phogat, has thanked people for supporting her even though result hasn’t been officially declared. As per EC website, Independent candidate Sombir was leading by over 15,000 votes.

ANI quoted Phogat as saying, “I thank people who supported me. The kind of respect they gave me, I am thankful for it. People trust the work by BJP and that’s why they vote for the party.

3:30 pm IST

INLD virtually wiped out

INLD, which won 19 seats in the 2014 elections, has been virtually wiped out in this election. As per the EC website, the party was leading only in one seat at 3:30 pm

3:25 pm IST

BJP’s Sandeep Singh wins from Pehowa

BJP candidate, Olympian Sandeep Singh has won the Pehowa assembly constituency. The hockey player defeated Mandeep Singh Chattha of Congress by 5,314 votes.

3:18 pm IST

Naina Chautala of JJP wins from Badhra

Naina Chautala, JJP candidate, has won from Badhra seat. She defeated Congress’ Ranbir Singh Mahendra by over 13,000 votes.

3:16 pm IST

Haryana minister Anil Vij wins Ambala Cantt seat

Haryana minister Anil Vij has won from the Ambala Cantt assembly constituency. He defeated Independent candidate Chitra Sarwara by a margin of 20, 165 votes.

3 pm IST

Dushyant Chautala calls JJP meeting on Friday

The Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) appears set to play kingmaker in Haryana. Party leader Dushyant Singh Chautala said he has called a meeting of the party executive at 11 a.m. on Friday in Delhi to discuss the party’s strategy, reports IANS.

2:54 pm IST

Results as per EC website at 2:50 pm

Results as per EC website at 2:50 pm:

Kamlesh Dhanda of BJP has won from Kalayat, defeating Jai Prakash of Congress

Mewa Singh of Congress wins in Ladwa, defeats BJP’s Dr Pawan Saini by over 12,000 votes

Ram Niwas of JJP has won in Narwana reserved seat, defeating Santosh Rani of BJP

Ram Karan of JJP wins Shahbad reserved seat, defeating Krishan Kumar of BJP

Subhash Sudha of BJP wins in Thanesar, defeating Congress’ Ashok Kumar Arora

2:46 pm IST

Congress’ Kuldeep Bishnoi defeats BJP’s Sonali Phogat in Adampur

Kuldeep Bishnoi of Congress has won from Adampur assembly seat. He defeated TikTok star and BJP candidate Sonali Phogat by over 29,000 votes.

2:44 pm IST

Haryana finance minister Capt Abhimanyu loses in Narnaund

Haryana’s finance minister Capt Abhimanyu has lost to Jannayak Janata Party candidate Ram Kumar Gautam from the Narnaund constituency in Hisar district.

Abhimanyu, a senior leader, was defeated by Gautam by a margin of 12,029 votes, as per the result declared by the Election Commission.

Meanwhile, from Prithla segment, Nayan Pal Rawat, an Independent, registered a win over Congress’ Raghubir Tewatia by a margin of 16,429 votes

2:37 pm IST

JJP’s Amarjeet Dhanda wins Julana seat

Amarjeet Dhanda of JJP has won the Julana seat, defeating the ruling BJP’s Parminder Singh Dhull by a margin of 24,193 votes in the Haryana assembly election on Thursday, reports PTI.

Dhull, a turncoat who had joined the BJP ahead of the assembly polls, was the sitting MLA from the seat.

2:30 pm IST

Results at 2:30 pm as per EC website: JJP win 4, BJP one seat

Haryana assembly election results at 2:30 pm as per EC website: JJP won 4 seats, leading in 6; BJP won 1 and leading in 39; Congress leading in 33 seats. One seat has been won by an Independent candidate

2:21 pm IST

‘BJP trying to pressurise independent candidates’: DS Hooda

BJP is trying to pressurise independent candidates as most of them want to join Congress, says party leader leader DS Hooda.

“BJP is trying to pressurise independent candidates as most of them want to join us. It can’t be accepted in democracy.Independent candidates should be able to freely choose the party whom they wish to support.I want to appeal to EC about it through media,” said Hooda. ANI

2:14 pm IST

JJP chief Dushyant Chautala wins in Uchana Kalan

Jannayak Janta Party chief Dushyant Chautala has won from the Uchana Kalan assembly constituency. He defeated his nearest rival, Prem Lata of BJP, according to C-Voter data.

Dushyant is the great grandson of former deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal and grandson of jailed INLD leader OP Chautala.

The JJP, which is less than a year old, emerged from a split in the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) after an infighting among the Chautala clan.

2:09 pm IST

‘People’s mandate to throw off Khattar govt’: DS Hooda

Deepender Singh Hooda of Congress: “Today,it’s clear that people’s mandate is to throw off Khattar’s government. I want to ask Dushyant Chautala (JJP), independent candidates and other parties to come together and form coalition government in Haryana so that people’s mandate can be respected.”

2:03 pm IST

‘Not a king, nor a kingmaker’: Dushyant Chautala

JJP chief Dushyant Chautala says “I am not a king, nor a kingmaker; cannot decide alone.” He was speaking to press.

1:43 pm IST

Congress’ Randeep Surjewala loses in Kaithal

Congress candidate Randeep Singh Surjewala, has lost from Kaithal seat. He lost to BJP’s Leela Ram Gurjar of by 574 votes . Surjewala, a two- time MLA was seeking his third term from Kaithal -which known considered as stronghold of Surjewala family

1:40 pm IST

Kumari Selja receives party supporters at her residence

Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja receiving party workers at her residence in New Delhi

Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja at her residence ( Vipin Kumar / HT Photo )

1:34 pm IST

Hooda says each one will be given respectable position

BS Hooda: “ I assure that each one will be respected and given a respectable position”.

Congress leader and former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda speaking to reporters in Rohtak, October 24, 2019. ( ANI / Twitter )

1:28 pm IST

‘Time’s come for Cong, JJP, INLD to form strong govt’: BS Hooda

Former Haryana chief minister BS Hooda says that the time has come for Congress, JJP, INLD and Independents to come together to form a strong government in Haryana: ANI.

Hooda is the Congress candidate from Garhi Sampla Kiloi constituency where he was leading over BJP’s Satish Nandal by over 20,000 votes as on 1:30 pm, as per EC’s official trends.

1:18 pm IST

Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala resigns

Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala has resigned in the wake of the party suffering setbacks at the hustings and struggling to gain simple majority in the 90-member Haryana Vidhan Sabha.

Barala, the party candidate from Tohana segment in Fatehabad segment, is himself trailing the JJP candidate Devender Singh Babli in the constituency. Owning moral responsibility for the poor performance of the party, Barala expressed disappointment at the poll outcome.

12:48 pm IST

BJP’s Yogeshwar Dutt trailing Cong candidate in Baroda

Wrestler and BJP candidate from Baroda, Yogeshwar Dutt trailing by 3590 votes as per official EC trends at 12:45 pm. Congress’ Sri Krishan Hooda was leading there.

12:40 pm IST

Many Khattar ministers trailing after initial rounds of counting

Majority of the outgoing ministers in the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government and key Jat faces of the Haryana BJP are trailing in the initial rounds of counting of votes.

Initial trends indicate that at least eight ministers and over 15 sitting BJP MLAs are training.

The finance minister Capt Abhimanyu is trailing in Narnaund;, in Tohana, state BJP chief Subhash Barala is trailing by nearly 18,000 votes (as on 12:30 pm) from JJP’s Devender Singh Babli.

Another Jat leader of the party and cabinet minister OP Dhankar is trailing.

Other Khattar cabinet ministers who are trailing are Ram BIlas Sharma, transport minister Krishan lal Panwar, minister of state Krishan Bedi, local bodies minister Kavita Jain, and Manish Kumar Grover in Rohtak.

However, Chief Minisiter Manohar Lal Khattar and his health minister Anil Vij were leading in their constituencies.

12:12 pm IST

BJP leading in 9 out of 11 seats in Ahirwal district

BJP is leading in nine out of 11 seats in Ahirwal district of southern Haryana. Congress is ahead in Mahendragarh and Rewari.

12:10 pm IST

‘Hasn’t had any discussion on CM post’: Dushyant Chautala

On reports of Congress him the chief minister’s post, Jannayak Janata Party Chief Dushyant Chautala said he hasn’t had any discussion with any one.

“I have not had any discussions with any one. Decision will be taken only after the final numbers are out, “ ANI quoted Chautala as saying.

12:02 pm IST

‘Will wait and watch till picture is clear’: JJP’s Naina Chautala

Naina Chautala, mother of JJP chief Dushyant Chautala, has said that even as the party is emerging as a “king maker” , in the event of hung assembly they will wait and watch until clear picture emerges.

Talking to HT over phone, Naina, who is the party candidate from Badhra seat, said, “Initial trends indicate that the JJP is performing on the expected lines. But we will not commit anything. It is too early. We will wait and watch till 3pm when the entire picture will be clear.”

11:55 am IST

Naina Chautala of JJP leading in Bhadra constituency

In Bhadra assembly constituency, JJP candidate Naina Chautala was leading with over 34,000 votes , as on 11:55am. Congress candidate Ranbir Singh Mahendra was in the second place and BJP’s Sukhwinder was in the third place.

11:51 am IST

Prakash Javadekar confident of BJP’s win in Haryana & Maharashtra

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar is confident that the BJP will win in both Haryana and Maharashtra, reports ANI.

He said, “apart from winning the Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections, the BJP will win in upcoming Jharkhand and Delhi polls too.”

11:49 am IST

Haryana Cong chief Kumari Selja meets Ahmed Patel

As counting of votes continues in Haryana assembly election, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President Kumari Selja met party leader Ahmed Patel in Delhi today, reports ANI.

11:48 am IST

Trends at 11:45 am show narrowed gap between BJP and Cong

Ruling BJP is leading on 39 seats at 11:45 am, as per the official trends from Election Commission. The Congress is ahead on 31, JJP on 10, INLD on 2, Lokanter Suraksha Party on one and Independent candidates on 6 seats.

However, as per C-Voter data, the gap between BJP and Congress is only 4 seats with the ruling party ahead in 38 and Congress in 34 seats.

11:42 am IST

JJP supporters celebrate in Jind

Workers and supporters of JJP are celebrating their party’s performance as it leads in 11 assembly seats in Haryana assembly poll: ANI.

JJP supporters celebrate party’s performance in Jind. ( ANI / Twitter )

11:20 am IST

‘Haryana will not tolerate BJP’s misgovernance anymore’: Kumari Selja

Kumari Selja, President, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, says that Congress will form the next government in Haryana. In a tweet, Selja said, “Haryana has given the verdict- it will not tolerate BJP’s misgovernance any more.Choosing to leave behind the maladies inflicted on its people in last 5 years,the state is ready to embrace a new dawn of justice &equality under the leadership of Congress.”

11:18 am IST

‘Moral and electoral defeat of BJP’: Kumari Selja

Kumar Selja, Haryana Congress president, says public opinion has rejected BJP and it the party’s moral and electoral defeat. In a tweet in Hindi, she said, “It is clear from Haryana’s mandate that public opinion has rejected BJP. This is a moral defeat along with the BJP’s electoral defeat. Congress is going to form government in the state.”

11:12 am IST

BJP facing tough contest in Haryana’s northern districts

Bhartiya Janta Party is facing a tough contest in the northern district as out of 27 seats under three Lok Sabha seats of Ambala, Kurukshetra and Karnal, the ruling party was leading in only seven seats, reports HT Correspondent.

As per the initial trends the Congress candidates have performed well and are leading in most of the seats including Kalka, Panchkula, Jagadhri, Sadhaura, Nilokheri , Ladwa, Thanesar, Naraingharh, Mullana, Kalayat, Kaithal, Samalkha, and Israna seats.

11:07 am IST

Sandeep Singh of BJP leading in Pehowa

Olympian and hockey player Sandeep Singh, who is making his political debut in these elections on BJP ticket, is leading in Pehowa seat, as per EC trends.

11:05 am IST

Independent candidate leading in Meham

In Meham constituency, Independent candidate Balraj Kundu is ahead of Congress candidate Anand Singh, at 11 am, according to the EC site.

11 am IST

BJP’s Yogeshwar Dutt leading in Baroda seat

Wrestler and BJP candidate from Baroda, Yogeshwar Dutt, is leading by 430 votes as per official EC trends.

10:58 am IST

JJP‘s Narnaund candidate leading over BJP’s Capt Abhimanyu

JJP’s Ram Kumar Gautam is leading in Narnaund assembly seat, while BJP candidate Capt Abhimanyu, a minister in ML Khattar’s cabinet, is trailing him, reports ANI.

10: 54 am IST

JJP leading in 4 out of five seats in Jind districts.

The Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) is leading on four seats out of five in Jind district . The party is contesting on 86 out of 90 assembly seats.

10:51 am IST

Dushyant Chautala leading in Uchana Kalan

JJP leader Dushyant Chautala is leading on Haryana’s Uchana Kalan assembly seat.

10:50 am IST

Congress’ Randeep Surjewala leading in Kaithal after 5th round

Congress’ Randeep Surjewala, who is contesting from Kaithal assembly constituency, is leading after 5th round of counting, reports ANI.

10:47 am IST

Congress rapidly gaining ground

As per data from C-Voter, the BJP’s lead had shrunk further with the Congress leading in 33 assembly constituencies compared to BJP’s 40.

The JJP was ahead in seven seats.

10:40 am IST

Chief Minister ML Khattar leading in Karnal by over 14,000 votes

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is leading in Karnal assembly seat, by over 14,000 votes, reports ANI.

His lead after third round of voting was 14, 030 votes. He is seeking re-election from Karnal.

10:20 am IST

Congress narrows gap with BJP

The Congress, in second spot in trends, has narrowed the gap with the BJP. According to C-Voter data at 10:20 am, the Congress is leading in 33 seats compared to BJP which is ahead in 43 seats.

The Others are ahead in 14 seats. Of these, the JJP continues to be ahead in 6 seats.

10:15 am IST

Trends of all 90 seats available, BJP maintains lead

Trends of all 90 assembly seats are available now with the BJP leading 43 seats at 10:15 am, as per C-Voter data.

10: 09 am IST

Babita and Sonali Phogat back in lead

BJP’s Babita Phogat and Sonali Phogat, contesting from the Dadri and Adampur assembly seats respectively, are now leading over their nearest rivals, as per latest data from C-Voter.

However, INLD’s Abhay Chautala now trails in Ellenabad seat.

10:05 am IST

BJP leading in 29 seats as per EC trends

According to official trends from the Election Commission, Bharatiya Janata Party is leading in 29 and Indian National Congress in 21 of the 90 assembly seats in Haryana, reports ANI.

The Jannayak Janta Party is ahead in 10 and others in nine seats.

10 am IST

BS Hooda visits counting centre in Rohtak

Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at a counting centre in Rohtak. The senior Congress leader is contesting from Garhi Sampla Kiloi assembly seat. He has expressed confidence that the Congress will get majority.

Congress leader BS Hooda at a counting centre in Rohtak. ( ANI / Twitter )

09:53 am IST

Dushyant Chautala says there are signs of change in Haryana

Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala says that there are signs of change in Haryana, reports ANI.

Speaking in Jind, Chautala said, “ We are getting support from the people....this is a sign of change. For the BJP, crossing the target of 75 has failed.”

09:43 am IST

‘Congress will get majority’: Former CM Hooda

Former chief minister BS Hooda says the Congress will get majority in Haryana assembly election. He is contesting from Garhi Sampla Kiloi seat.

09:40 am IST

JJP could play crucial role in govt formation in case of hung assembly

As per the India Today-Axis My India exit poll, there could be a neck-and-neck fight in Haryana and the state could have a hung assembly. It suggests that the Dushyant Chautala-led JJP may win 6-10 seats and could play a crucial role in the government formation.

As per trends available at 9:35 am, Others were ahead on 14 seats with the JJP leading in 8 seats and INLD in 3 seats. The JJP was formed after a split last year in the Indian National Lok Dal.

Early on Thursday, Dushyant Chautala said that the key to power lies in the hands of the JJP.

09:30 am IST

CM Khattar leading by over 4,500 votes in Karnal

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, who is contesting from Karnal assembly constituenc, is leading with 4, 588 votes after first round of counting, reports ANI.

09:27 am IST

Two Khattar ministers trailing

Two ministers in ML Khattar’s cabinet - Capt Abhimanyu and OP Dhankhar are trailing as per trends from C-Voter at 9:26 am . Capt Abhimanyu is contesting from Narnaund and Dhankhar from Badli seats.

09:15 am IST

Trends at 9:15 am show BJP leading in 49 seats

C-Voter data at 09:15 am show trends from 87 of 90 assembly seats. BJP is ahead in 49 seats, Congress in 25 and Others in 13 seats.

Capt Abhimanyu, BJP’s Narnaund candidate is now trailing. Another BJP candidate, hockey player Sandeep Singh is leading in Pehowa seat.

09:10 am IST

Surjewala, Dushyant Chautala ahead; TikTok star Sonali Phogat trailing

Congress’ Randeep Surjewala in Kaithal, JJP’s Dushyant Chautala in Uchana Kalan and INLD’s Abhay Chautala from Ellenabad are leading. But TikTok star, Sonali Phogat who is fighting on BJP ticket, is trailing in Adampur assembly constituency. Source: C-Voter

09:05 am IST

EC trends show BJP, Cong, JJP leading on one seat each

Official trends from Election Commission show BJP, Indian National Congress and JJP leading on one seat each.

09:00 am IST

Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt leading, Babita Phogat trails

Capt Abhimanyu of the BJP, who is contesting from Narnaund, and Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt , BJP candidate from Baroda assembly seat, are leading.

However, another BJP candidate, Olympian Babita Phogat is trailing in Dadri.

Source: C-Voter

08:51 am IST

Chief Minister ML Khattar, Congress’ BS Hooda leading

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his predecessor Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress are among those who were leading from their respective constituencies, as per the early trends available, reports news agency PTI.

Khattar, a first-time MLA, is seeking re-election from Karnal, while Hooda is seeking re-election from his stronghold Garhi Sampla-Kiloi in Rohtak district.

Haryana minister Anil Vij, a five-time legislator from Ambala Cantt, was said to be leading from his constituency in early trends.

08:48 am IST

BJP continues to coast ahead

BJP continues to coast ahead in early trends. Of the trends from 80 assembly seats available at 8:45 am, BJP is leading in 53, Congress in 21 and Others in 6 seats.

08:40 am IST

BJP’s lead crosses majority mark of 46 in early trends

BJP’s lead crosses the majority mark of 46 in early trends, as per data provided by C-Voter. The ruling party was ahead in 50 seats, Congress was leading in 15 and Others in 4 seats

08:30 am IST

BJP continues to be ahead in early trends

BJP continues to maintain its lead in the early trends. At 8:27 am, trends were available from 46 seats with the BJP ahead in 36, Congress in 8 and Others in 2 seats. Source: C-Voter

08:23 am IST

Trends at 8:20 am --BJP leading in 31 seats

At 8:20 am, trends from 31 out of 90 seats were available. The BJP is leading in 24, Congress in 6 and Others in one seat. Source: C-Voter

08: 18 am IST

JJP to be the kingmaker, says Dushyant Chautala

JJP ‘s Dushyant Chautala says the keys of power is in the hands of his party, reports ANI. “Neither BJP nor Congress will cross the 40 seats mark. JJP will play kingmaker,” said Dushyant.

The JJP came into existence after a split last year in the Indian National Lok Dal.

08:13 am IST

BJP takes lead in early trends

Early trends show BJP leading in 11 assembly constituencies. Congress is leading in one seat

08:10 am IST

54 candidates in fray for 4 assembly seats in Gurugram district

More than 7.17 lakh votes were cast in Gurugram district on October 21 in the four constituencies of the district, namely Gurgaon, Badshahpur, Sohna and Pataudi. Counting for these seats is being held at Government College for Girls, Sector 14.

The counting will decide the fate of 54 candidates from various political parties who had contested the election.

08:00 am IST

Counting of votes begins

Counting of votes for Haryana assembly election begins.

07:55 am IST

Maximum candidates in Hansi, minimum in Ambala Cantt and Shahabad

While maximum 25 candidates are contesting from Hansi segment, the minimum 6 each candidate are in the fray from Ambala Cantt and Shahabad.

07:42 am IST

Counting of votes set to begin shortly

With counting set to begin shortly, EC officials and security personnel are at the counting centres

Election and security personnel at a counting centre in Haryana ( ANI/ Twitter )

07:39 am IST

BJP made Article 370, nationalism its poll plank

The BJP had made the nullification of Article 370 and nationalism major poll issues. It also told voters that the Khattar government had provided a clean and transparent administration.

The Congress and other opposition parties targeted the BJP government over unemployment, law and order and the condition of farmers

07:35 am IST

ML Khattar to be CM again if BJP comes to power

If the BJP comes back to power with a majority, it would be the only second time in the state’s history that a party would form consecutive governments with majority mandate. The BJP has already declared incumbent chief minister ML Khattar will lead the government if the party is voted to power.

07:20 am IST

‘Have faith in people and myself’: BJP candidate Babita Phogat

Olympian wrestler Babita Phogat, who is the BJP candidate from Charkhi Dadri assembly constituency says that she has faith in public and herself. “People have given me love and support, that is my strength, & what keeps me going. I have faith in public and myself, people will give blessings to their daughter,” she said.

07:15 am IST

Prominent candidates in Haryana elections

Prominent candidates in the state include chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (Karnal), former chief minister and Congress Legislative Party leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Garhi Sampla-Kiloi), Randeep Singh Surjewala (Kaithal), Kiran Choudhary (Tosham) and Kuldeep Bishnoi (Adampur) and JJP’s Dushyant Chautala (Uchana Kalan).

Haryana ministers Ram Bilas Sharma, Anil Vij, Capt Abhimanyu, O P Dhankar and Kavita Jain are also in the fray in these elections.

The BJP has also fielded three sportspersons - wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Babtia Phogat and hockey player Sandeep Singh. The party has also fielded TikTok star Sonali Phogat.

07:05 am IST

Re-polling held in 5 booths on Wednesday

Re-polling was held in five booths in as many assembly constituencies in Haryana on Wednesday. The re-polling was ordered after some ‘shortcomings’ were noticed in booth number 71 of Uchana Kalan Assembly constituency in Jind district, 161 of Beri constituency in Jhajjar district, 28 of Narnaul Assembly constituency in Narnaul district, 18 of Kosli in district Rewari and booth number 113 of Prithla in Faridabad district, officials said.

06:57 am IST

Over 1100 candidates in fray

There are 1,169 candidates in the fray this time. These include 105 women

06:52 am IST

Three-tier security to guard strongrooms with EVMs

Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPAT paper trail machines used in Monday’s election have been kept at 90 strongrooms set up at 59 different locations in the state.

There is a three-tier security system to guard the strongrooms with the central police forces personnel deployed near the strongrooms in the first layer, Haryana Armed Police personnel are posted in the second layer and district police personnel man the outer layer.

06:40 am IST

Most exit polls predict comfortable win for ruling BJP

Most exit polls have predicted the ruling BJP will retain its hold in Haryana by winning somewhere between 50-75 seats. Times Now exit poll predicted that the BJP will win 71 seats, while the Congress will get 11 seats, while the Republic TV exit polls shows BJP would be ahead with 52-63 seats, and the Congress would follow with 15-19 seats. News channel NewsX’s exit poll showed a similar trend.

In the 2014 assembly election, the BJP got 47 seats , the Congress 15, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 20 seats and Others 8 seats. The BJP won the Jind bypoll this year, taking its strength to 48 in the 90-member House.

In this year’s Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won all 10 parliamentary seats in the state.

06:30 am IST

Counting for Haryana assembly election to begin at 8 am

Counting of votes for Haryana assembly election 2019 will begin at 8 am. A counting centre has been set up in each of the 90 assembly constituencies and there is an additional centre in Gurgaon’s Badshahpur segment, which had a larger number of polling booths.

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