The BJP is ahead in 114 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly.It is ahead in 49 of the 90 seats in Haryana. With their party set to fall short of the halfway mark at 144, BJP leaders – including Maharashtra state unit chief Devendra Fadnavis who is seen as a front runner to be chief minister – are huddled in a meeting as they assess next steps.Among
its options is a reconciliation with the Shiv Sena, with which it split last month. BJP leaders emphasised that they are not talking to Sena yet, but Mr Fadnavis, 44, did say, “The Shiv Sena is not our opponent, they will always be friends.” The Shiv Sena is set to place second in Maharashtra, but it is not much far ahead now of the Congress and NCP, which too had split just before the elections over seat sharing.In such a scenario, it will not have much leverage in negotiations with the BJP for a renewed partnership.
Uttam Agarwal of the Sena said, “They are not our opponents. We have worked together for 25 years and we are together at the Centre and the municipal corporation.” The break-ups turned the Maharashtra election into a four cornered contest, resulting in a fragmented verdict.
Raj Thackeray’s MNS will barely manage half a dozen seats, according to the latest trends.Today’s results are seen as the first big test for whether what the BJP calls the “Modi wave” endures. In both states, the party dumped allies and fought solo banking only the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who campaigned extensively.The Congress and NCP are trailing badly in Maharashtra. They are battling each other for third and fourth place.
In Haryana, the Congress, which ruled for the last 10 years, is tiredly doing battle with OP Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal or INLD for second place. 47-year-old Captain Abhimanyu of the BJP is being talked about as a chief ministerial probable.