The Hush Post| 8:10 am|one-minute-read|
Dushyant Chautala will finally be the deputy chief minister of Haryana. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has agreed to form a coalition government in Haryana with the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) of Dushyant Chautala. Chautala’s JJP won 10 crucial seats in the state of 90 seats and will support the BJP.
Thirty-six hours after emerging as the single largest party in the Haryana assembly, but falling short of half-way mark, incumbent chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar is now comfortably poised for a second stint.
In Maharashtra, the BJP faced a test from it’s coalition partner, the Shiv Sena, which has insisted on a “50-50” power-sharing formula. This means that Shiv Sena wants the chief minister’s post for half the five-year term and an equal number of ministerial posts as the senior partner in the incoming coalition cabinet.
The BJP-JJP pact was announced after Chautala met BJP president Amit Shah and working president JP Nadda in New Delhi.
BJP has 40 seats in the assembly of 90 , six seats short of a simple majority. The fledgling JJP won 10 seats.
“It was necessary for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jannayak Janta Party to come together to give the state a stable government,” Chautala, seated alongside the BJP leaders at a 9.30 pm news briefing, said.
“Our party decided that for the betterment of the state, it is important to have a stable government.”
The 31-year-old Chautala, who formed the JJP after splitting from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), has emerged as a force to reckon with. The October 21 state assembly elections threw up a hung assembly in which the Congress won 31 seats.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, Minister of State for finance Anurag Thakur first arrived at the residence of Chautala and took him along in his vehicle to Shah’s residence. There, the JJP chief met Shah and other leaders of the BJP, including Khattar.
“Accepting the mandate by the people of Haryana, the leaders of both parties have decided that the BJP and JJP will form the government together in Haryana. The chief minister will be from the BJP and the deputy CM from the JJP,” the BJP chief said. “The independent MLAs have also extended their support to us.”