With the trends leading Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress to a stalemate in Haryana Assembly Elections, the role of Jannayak Janata Party led by Dushyant Chautala and six independent candidates nearing victory can be immensely powerful.
The polling in the state to decide the government for the upcoming term took place on October 21 in which 65 per cent of the eligible voters cast there vote, a drop from previous state elections’ numbers of 76.54 per cent.
While most of the exit polls expected a grim outcome for Congress and JJP, the India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll 2019 predicted a hung assembly in Haryana, which seems to have turned out as the case.
According to the survey, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to win 32-44 seats, Congress 30-42 and Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) is expected to win 6-10 seats.
Currently, in a see-saw battle, Congress are leading on 33 seats, while the incumbent BJP is ahead in 38 constituencies, JJP on 10 seats, the independent candidates are ahead on 7 seats, Indian National Lok Dal is leading on just one seat.
Independent candidates Balraj Kundu (Meham), Nayan Pal Rawat (Prithla), Randhir Singh Gollen (Pundri), Gokul Setia (Sirsa), Ranjit Singh (Rania) and Rakesh Daultabad (Badshapur) assembly constituency are leading in their respective assemblies at the moment.
Rakesh Daultabad contesting from Badshahpur finished as a runner-up in the 2009 and 2014 assembly elections and looks all set for his maiden victory. According to sources, he was denied ticket from Congress citing caste equation. Daultabad contested as an Independent candidate in his first election and as an INLD candidate in the 2014 state elections.
Kundu was the chairman of the Zila Parishad in Rohat before he resigned in eyeing a BJP ticket. He later lost out to Shamsher Singh Kharkhara.
Prithla candidate Nayan Pal Rawat is also someoen who left the BJP. He went against the party after he was denied a ticket. Randhir Singh Gollen from Pundri, Gokul Setia are also BJP rebels.
Ranjit Singh belongs to the Chautala clan but contested as an Independent after the Congress denied him a party ticket.