Haryana Election Result 2019 Counting and Updates: No amount of praise enough for Haryana BJP, says Narendra Modi

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Haryana Election Result 2019 LATEST Counting and Updates:  Even as several analysts said that the BJP performed below expectations in Haryana, Modi described the party's performance as "unprecedented."

Amit Shah has said in a tweet after the general trend of the results became clear, "In the past five years, the Manohar Lal Khattar government has made every attempt to ensure public welfare under the central leadership of Modi ji. I thank the people for making the BJP the biggest party in the state and giving us an opportunity to serve the people again."

JJP's Dushyant Chautala was quoted as saying by ANI, "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 the JJP will bring it."

All the top three wealthiest candidates, whose combined net worth of assets is more than Rs 600 crores, are losing in their respective seats. Topping the list, Rohtas Singh from JJP with assets over 325 crores, contesting from Sohna is trailing by 1500 votes against BJP's Sanjay Singh.

In Narnaund, Ram Kumar Gautam of the Jannayak Janta Party won against BJP's Captain Abhimanyu by a margin of 12,029 votes. In Mahendragarh, Rao Dan Singh of Congress is leading by 7,290 votes against Ram Bilas Sharma of the BJP. In Jagadhri, Congress' Akram Khan is leading by 6092 votes against BJP's Kanwar Pal. In Sonipat, Surender Panwar leading by 20,474 votes against BJP's Kavita Jain. In Rohtak, Congress' Bharat Bhushan Batra is leading by a slender margin of 663 votes against BJP's Manish Grover.

As the BJP and Congress fight to form the government in Haryana with 36 and 32 seats respectively, the regional year-old party JJP is likely to be the tipping factor in favour of either party. Party leader Dushyant Chautala is scheduled to chair a meeting with the winning MLAs at 11 am on Friday, India Today reported, adding that he will also take the lead on a meeting of the executive committee at 2 pm.

Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda addressed the media as the Congress maintained a lead on 32 seats in the state. He said that he was "in touch with" a regional party likely to be a kingmaker in the state, the JJP.

He said, "There is a verdict against the BJP government. We have several options before us, we will make a strong government. I appeal to all parties to unite against BJP."

The ruling BJP has only gained a lead in 36 out of 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly. The Congress has maintained a lead in 32 seats. Sources said that the state BJP chief Subhash Barala has submitted his resignation due to the poor performance of the party in the election.

A tough fight is unfolding in the Kaithal constituency between Congress senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala and BJP's Leela Ram as the former is currently leading only with 300 votes.

For the Samalkha constituency, after three rounds of counting, Congress' Dharam Singh Chhoker is leading with 15,012 votes while BJP's Shashi Kant Kaushik is trailing with 11,002 votes.

The Congress and Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), faring well in Haryana as per early trends as counting got underway on Thursday, have reached out to each other, India Today and News18 reported. Though unconfirmed, reports said that JJP leader Dushyant Chautala is likely to pitch to be the chief minister in the state.

 As the early trends showed a lead for the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala, he said that the people of Haryana have voted with an aim for change.

Early trends are suggesting that Haryana is heading towards a hung Assembly, where regional parties like the INLD and JJP are expected to play a crucial role. However, both the parties are very unlikely to form a coalition with another single party.

Early trends suggest that BJP is doing much better in urban seats than the rural constituencies. BJP leading in Ambala, Sohna Panchkula, and these urban seats could make a difference in the close fight against Congress.

JJP leader Dushyant Chautala sought the blessings of Chaudhary Devilal in the Jind district as early trends showed that he was leading in the constituency of Uchana Kalan.

Early trends in Haryana are depicting a close competition between Congress and BJP. While the Bharatiya Janata Party is leading in 11 seats, the Congress is maintaining momentum in 7.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar is leading in the Karnal Assembly constituency, reports said.

Despite exit polls' predicting a landslide victory for the ruling BJP in the Haryana Assembly elections, for which counting will begin at 8 am, Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja on Tuesday insisted that her party will form the next government in the state.

"I can say this with confidence that the Congress party is going to form the next government in Haryana," she said, adding her party will win more than 45 of the 90 assembly seats. When asked what makes her so confident, Selja said her assessment is "based on the feedback" she received from candidates throughout the state.

"And also the way the BJP has run this (poll) campaign, refusing to focus on issues relating to the people of Haryana; somewhere there is an admission of their own failures and I think the people have sensed that," she added.

While most of the exit polls fell over themselves to predict an "easy" win for the ruling BJP in Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly election after the polls wrapped up on Monday €" with the India Today exit polls then predicting a likely 'hung assembly' on Tuesday €" reports said that supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are experiencing "ennui" about the foregone conclusion of the polls.

A report by Outlook analysed the reason for the "rumbles of discontent" among BJP is due to a variety of factors, including allowing less-than-perfect defectors into the party and the "slowing" economy.

The report, noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is yet to satisfactorily address the issue, said, "This is understandably causing concern among the business and trading community. But, more importantly making the common man nervous about spectre of an imminent recession. The Modi governments communication on topics of "nationalist" interest is beyond compare. But, when it comes to matters of governance and finance it has been far less effective. As the going gets rough it is starting to hurt."

The Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), predicted to be the kingmaker in the fight for Haryana as counting of votes will get underway at 8 am on Thursday, said that the party will "hold the key" to forming the new government in Haryana.

On Wednesday, its spokesperson Prateek Som said, "My party has always claimed that we will hold the key to forming the government in Haryana. This time, Haryana has gone for a silent voting. People were not very vocal about their choices. The surveys which have been conducted by various agencies are primarily based on the 2019 Lok Sabha election perception. They have not taken into consideration the actual report from the ground."

"I am claiming today again that tomorrow there will be an astonishing result. JJP will play a significant part in the formation of the Haryana government," he added.The counting of votes in the Haryana Assembly election will take place at 8 am on Thursday, with the BJP looking to retain power, its hopes buoyed by most exit polls predicting an easy victory.

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. "The counting of votes will begin at 8 am," Haryana's joint chief electoral officer Inder Jeet was quoted as saying by PTI on Wednesday.

The results of the Haryana Assembly election are likely to be declared on >Thursday (24 October), as the Election Commission is scheduled to take up the counting of votes. On Monday, polling concluded in 90 Assembly constituencies in the state. As many as 1,169 candidates, including 105 women, of various political outfits, are contesting the election.

The prominent figures include Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, JJP's Dushyant Chautala, and INLD's Abhay Singh Chautala. Haryana's lone woman minister Kavita Jain was among the early voters who cast her vote in Sonipat after voting began at 7 am.

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The BJP, led by Khattar has set a target of winning 75 seats, while the Congress is hoping to make a comeback following a change in guard in the state. Currently, the BJP has 48 members in the state Assembly.

On polling day, as many as 19,578 polling stations were set, including 13,837 in rural areas, Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Anurag Agarwal had said. Tight security arrangements were made and over 75,000 security personnel were mobilised for the polls, DGP Manoj Yadava was quoted by PTI as saying.

Over 1.83 crore voters were eligible to vote that included 85 lakh women, over one lakh service voters, and 252 transgenders.

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