Early vote count on Sunday showed that Modi-led BJP is leading in both Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly election results and expressed its confidence to form government in both states, for the first time.
“We will get the required majority” in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and possible chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told the media. “We will form the government.” But early trend show BJP may miss absolute majority in Maharastra assembly.
His comments came as the BJP and its smaller allies were on the winning track in more than 120 seats as officials counted the millions of votes cast in the Oct 15 assembly elections.
Asked if the BJP would shake hands with its former ally Shiv Sena, Fadnavis indicated it might not. He said the BJP had never regarded the Shiv Sena as its political foe.
“But the way they targeted us during the election campaign and in particular (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, we are deeply hurt. “As of now we are not thinking of any alliance (with the Shiv Sena).”
At the national level, “The results show people have faith in Modi’s leadership,” BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain told the media. “Just as people voted for him in the centre, they are looking for him in states too.”
In Haryana, the BJP was leading over others in early trends of counting of votes available from 90 seats in the Haryana assembly elections.
As per the available trends, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead on 30 assembly seats. It was followed by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) which was leading in eight seats.
The ruling Congress was leading in just three seats while others led in three more seats. Counting of votes for the 90 assembly seats in Haryana began Sunday morning.
A record 76.54 percent of Haryana’s 1.63 crore electorate had voted in the assembly polls this time. Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Shrikant Walgad said that the counting started at 8 a.m. under tight security arrangements.