The stage is set for some hectic political maneuvering in Haryana in the next few days. The results for the Haryana Assembly elections have not thrown up a clear mandate. The BJP has emerged as the single largest party but is still short of a majority. The Congress has performed better than many expected and came in a not so distant second. Dushyant Chautala’s party JJP seems to have emerged as a crucial party in the permutations for formation of a coalition government. Independents and others also have a key role to play in possible government formation.
Both the BJP and Congress feel they are in striking distance of a majority, and have stepped up efforts to look for post poll allies. The mandate though reduced, still seems to be in favour of the BJP, and it is in talks with like minded parties.
The Congress party looks happy with its performance. Former Chief Minister and senior party leader Bhupendra Singh Hooda expressed the hope that a Congress led coalition will form the government. He has appealed to the JJP, INLD and independents to come together and form a coalition government. But the Congress maybe a little far from striking distance.
The Jannayak Janata Party with 10 seats is a crucial factor in the formation of any government. JJP leader Dushyant Chautala seems to be holding cards close to his chest.
All in all the Haryana mandate leaves room for a post poll coalition government, in all probability led by the BJP, and also for a strong opposition.