Speaking to the media on Monday as voting commenced in Haryana, former Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda stated that the real contest was only between Congress and BJP. He dismissed the prospects of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). Maintaining that CM Manohar Lal Khattar was not talking about his promises, he alleged that the BJP had not fulfilled a single promise. Hooda accused the state government of not increasing the Minimum Support Price.
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He added, “The CM should talk about his achievements. He should talk about the promises that he gave. Did BJP fulfill a single promise? Just as they had promised the farmers that they would implement the Swaminathan recommendations.”
In the Jan Ki Baat Opinion Poll, it has been projected that BJP will surpass its 2014 performance of 47 seats in Haryana. It can get anywhere between 58 to 70 seats. However, there is also a prediction of a remarkable increase in the voteshare with a gain of 23.4%. On the other hand, Congress is set to gain approximately 12 to 18 seats. Hooda, who is himself contesting the election, is set to comfortably win the Garhi Sampla-Kiloi assembly seat. The INLD is the worst hit due to the formation of the JJP. It is tally can go down to just 1 seat. In contrast, JJP can receive a voteshare of 25.6%, gaining nearly 5 to 8 seats in the process.
In September, the Election Commission of India announced that state Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, along with bypolls in several other states would be held on October 21. The total strength of the Haryana Assembly is 90, out of which 17 seats have been reserved for the SC category. In total, Haryana has 1.82 crore registered voters, out of which 1.7 lakh are service voters. 0.38 lakh ballot units, 0.25 lakh control units, and 0.27 lakh VVPATs will be used in the state. The results will be declared on October 24.