The BJP on Friday clinched an alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party, which has won 10 seats in the 90-member assembly. BJP President Amit Shah on Friday said leaders of BJP and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) have decided the two parties will together form government in Haryana.
"The Chief Minister will be from BJP and Deputy Chief Minister will be from JJP," Shah added. In the assembly polls, BJP won 40 seats, JJP won 10 seats and Congress won 31 seats.
Incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is likely to elect the BJP legislative party leader at a meeting in Chandigarh on Saturday and will then stake a claim before the governor to form the government. Chautala is likely to be his deputy. The move is significant as it clears the decks for the BJP’s return to power in the state.
With 10 MLAs, JJP’s support will bolster the tally of the saffron party which fell six short of a majority. Earlier in the day, Chautala said JJP would join hands with any political party that agreed to a common minimum program. “Whether it is the Congress or the BJP, if our support is needed for improvement of Haryana we will be happy," Chautala told reporters in the national capital.