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BJP ousts Congress in Haryana, emerges as single-largest party in Maharashtra

Mumbai/Chandigarh, Oct 20: The BJP created history in Haryana by getting a clear majority on its own for the first time. The party emerged as the single-largest party in Maharashtra, however, fell short of majority to form the government. It was the Congress, which was humiliated in both the states, where it had been ruling for two and three consecutive terms.

The saffron party secured 47, while INLD got 19 seats and the Congress was pushed to third position with only 15 seats in 90-member Haryana assembly. Even though, the party did not get the majority in Maharashtra, the verdict placed the party on top post to rule the state. It secured 122 seats, while its estranged long-time ally Shiv Sena won 63, Congress got 42, NCP 41 and the MNS finished with only 1 seat in the in the 288-member assembly. BJP fell short of the 145 seats required for a simple majority.

However, the verdict showed that BJP performed better in Maharashtra and the best in Haryana. Party president Amit Shah and prime minister Narendra Modi could be lauded for the results in two states where Congress had its strong position for a long time with its allies.

The NCP offered an unexpected outside support to BJP to form the government in Maharashtra, however, the party is yet to decide to go with Sharad Pawar or not. The party had already hinted at the reunion with Shiv Sena, but nothing was clear at this moment.

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