In a big jolt the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) failed to retain the northern state of Haryana and somewhat sailed through in the western state of Maharashtra but with a poor majority.
In Haryana, the BJP are leading in about 40 seats which is five short of a simple majority, but the BJP remain the single-largest party in the state.
In Maharashtra, the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena may have lost more than 28 seats.
The results are a temporary setback for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But most importantly it comes after the government stripped the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. In some sense this could be seen as a referendum on Modi after a change in the Kashmir policy.
In the election campaign Modi and his party talked mostly about its muscular nationalism policy and ignored local issues. The BJP predicted 200 plus seats in Maharashtra and aimed for 75 seats in Haryana. Even though these states were aggressively campaigned by Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah, the results didn’t yield.
Meanwhile, the assembly election results have brought a cheer to BJP’s principal opposition party the Congress. The dynastic Congress party were leading in 31 seats in Haryana.
For the Congress or BJP to form the Government, they would need regional support from Jannayak Janata Party (JJP). However, at this moment the JJP aren’t sure who they should go with.
Maharashtra Election Results:
BJP: 100 (leads)
Shiv Sena: 57 (leads)
NCP: 53 (leads)
Congress: 43 (leads)
OTH: 26 (leads)
Haryana Election Results:
BJP: 40 (leads)
Congress: 31 (leads)
JJP: 10 (leads)
OTH: 9 (leads)