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BJP's Captain Abhimanyu Singh frontrunner to be Haryana CM, Devendra Fadnavis for Maharashtra

The BJP will form the government on its own in Haryana, but in Maharashtra it needs allies as it is short of majority.

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Updated:October 20, 2014, 8:01 AM IST
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BJP's Captain Abhimanyu Singh frontrunner to be Haryana CM, Devendra Fadnavis for Maharashtra
The BJP will form the government on its own in Haryana, but in Maharashtra it needs allies as it is short of majority.

New Delhi: After its massive victory in Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party is now in a huddle to choose the chief ministers.

The BJP will form the government on its own in Haryana, but in Maharashtra it needs allies as it is short of majority. The BJP won 47 out of 90 seats in Haryana and 123 out of 288 seats in Maharashtra needing 22 more to form government.

All eyes are now set on who the BJP will choose for post-poll alliance in Maharashtra. The Nationalist Congress Party has already thrown its hat in the ring by offering unconditional support to the BJP. If the BJP takes NCP's support, then it will have 164 members in the House which is beyond the half-way mark of 145.

Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Fadnavis is a clear front-runner for the post of chief minister, said party sources.

BJP leaders have reached out to their former ally Shiv Sena, which won 63 seats. It is more likely that the BJP will go with Sena and so the new government will have 185 members in the House which is way beyond the magical number.

The BJP has made it clear that it will occupy the chief minister's post and will not support rotational system for the same. Sources have added that the BJP will set the terms of post-poll alliance with any party keeping with the spirit of the mandate that the party has got.

The 25-year-old BJP-Sena alliance broke over the seat-sharing and chief ministership issue.

In Haryana, BJP is yet to choose the chief minister but sources suggested that it could be a Jat leader and the name of Narnaud MLA Captain Abhimanyu Singh is doing the rounds.

BJP Parliamentary board will be sending observers to Maharashra and Haryana to hold talks with the state units about the government formation. Senior party leaders Rajnath Singh and JP Nadda will be sent to Maharashtra and Venkaiah Naidu and Dinesh Sharma to Haryana.

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