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BJP stormed to power in Haryana; Cong, INLD decimated

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Chandigarh (Oct 19, 2014): Stamping its authority in Haryana politics, the BJP on Sunday stormed to power in the state, getting a majority on its own for the first time, dislodging Congress and equally decimating Indian National Lok Dal.

Riding the Narendra Modi wave, which had swept Haryana in the Lok Sabha elections helping BJP bag seven of the eight seats it contested, the saffron party finished with a tally of 47, one more than the required majority in the 90-member assembly.

Out of the remaining 43 seats, INC bagged 15, INLD 19, HJC-BL two, SAD and BSP one each and Independents five. Since the inception of Haryana in 1966, it is the BJP's best performance.

The party had won maximum 16 seats in 1987 out of 20 it contested. The party in the last hustings in 2009 was able to win just four seats.

In the keenly contested battle where a number of parties were in the fray, BJP wrested power from Congress which ruled the state under the leadership of Jat leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda for about a decade.

Congress failed to contain the strong anti-incumbency and finished third, its tally going down to 15 seats from 40 in 2009.

For jailed leader Om Parkash Chautala led Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), which was facing a do-or-die battle, the "sympathy" factor did not work. The party was hoping to do well after it alleged that 79-year-old Chautala, who is in Tihar jail undergoing 10-year sentence in teachers recruitment scandal, had been victimised.