The state of Haryana is witnessing a close electoral contest for the Assembly polls, as a number of ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were seen trailing and the saffron party struggled to keep its edge against the Opposition Congress in a 39-32 lead tally. It has been reported that the grand old party is in talks with Dushyant Chautala of the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) in the hopes of capsizing the saffron juggernaut. In such a high stakes scenario, Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday summoned Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar to party headquarters in Delhi.
Dushyant Chautala’s party now possibly stands at a crucial juncture and its support might be vital for forming a government in the state, owing to the close fight. Political commentators have prompted that the BJP might hope to vie in independent parties contesting in the state, for forming a government.
BJP hopes to repeat its win in the state, banking upon a power-packed campaign led by PM Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other leaders. BJP had reached out to voters as the incumbent chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar seeks re-election.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, JJP’s Dushyant Chautala and INLD’s Abhay Singh Chautala were among the top leaders who campaigned in Haryana where abrogation of Article 370 and the slowing economy dominated the poll campaign along with some local issues.