Assembly polls 2014: BJP wrests Haryana; Congress, INLD decimated

Written by Agencies | Chandigarh | Updated: Oct 20 2014, 00:50am hrs
Haryana pollsBJP workers dance while celebrating the party victory in the Assembly polls in Gurgaon. PTI
Stamping its authority in Haryana politics, the BJP today stormed to power in the state, getting a majority on its own for the first time, dislodging Congress and equally decimating Indian National Lok Dal.

Riding the Narendra Modi wave, which had swept Haryana in the Lok Sabha elections helping BJP bag seven of the eight seats it contested, the saffron party finished with a tally of 47, one more than the required majority in the 90-member assembly.

Out of the remaining 43 seats, INC bagged 15, INLD 19, HJC-BL two, SAD and BSP one each and Independents five.

Since the inception of Haryana in 1966, it is the BJP's best performance. The party had won maximum 16 seats in 1987 out of 20 it contested. The party in the last hustings in 2009 was able to win just four seats.

In the keenly contested battle where a number of parties were in the fray, BJP wrested power from Congress which ruled the state under the leadership of Jat leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda for about a decade.

Congress failed to contain the strong anti-incumbency and finished third, its tally going down to 15 seats from 40 in 2009.

For jailed leader Om Parkash Chautala led Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), which was facing a do-or-die battle, the "sympathy" factor did not work. The party was hoping to do well after it alleged that 79-year-old Chautala, who is in Tihar jail undergoing 10-year sentence in teachers recruitment scandal, had been victimised.

Chautala, who criss-crossed the state after getting bail on health grounds, could not raise the sagging morale of the outfit which ended with 19 seats.

Haryana Janhit Congress (HJCBL), which snapped ties with BJP ahead of polls, managed to win just two seats. HJC supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi, son of former chief minister Bhajan Lal, won from (Adampur) and his wife Reenuka from Hansi. But the other 63 contestants from the party lost, including Kuldeep's elder brother Chander Mohan from Nalwa.

HJC's ally Jan Chetna Party (JCP), which contested 25 seats as per seat sharing formula, failed to open its account. HJC's founder and former Union minister Venod Sharma lost from his traditional Ambala city seat and his wife performed badly from Kalka.

During campaigning, Modi covered the entire Haryana by holding close to a dozen rallies and took on rival Congress and INLD.