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India Politics

No Modi wave, says Manohar Joshi

Mumbai: Senior Shiv Sena leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Manohar Joshi Sunday said there is no 'Modi wave'.

"There was no Modi wave... No...," he told TV channels shortly after meeting Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

On being asked about government formation in Maharashtra, Joshi said: "It would be decided in our style... Uddhav Thackeray will take the final decision in the matter."

The trends of the vote count by 1 p.m. indicated the state was headed for a hung assembly for the first time in its history.


BJP to form government in Haryana; Congress humbled

Chandigarh: The BJP is all set to form the government in Haryana - for the first time on its own.

Outgoing Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda accepted defeat as the BJP contested the assembly elections on its own in the state, upset past trends, and will now lead a majority government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 13 out of the 28 assembly seats results for which were declared till 1 p.m. and was leading in 38 other constituencies. Most of its candidates had taken unassailable lead over their nearest rivals in their constituencies.


Maharashtra CM will be ours: Shiv Sena

Mumbai: Amid indications of a hung assembly, the Shiv Sena Sunday said the next Maharashtra chief minister will be Uddhav Thackeray.

"Whatever happens, the next chief minister would be Sena president Uddhav Thackeray," said party spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut as the results started pouring in.

"In politics, we cannot disclose all the cards right now. We shall make our stand clear this evening," Raut added.


BJP hints at reconciliation with Sena

Mumbai:BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe Sunday indicated that his party was not averse to a reconciliation with the Shiv Sena, its estranged ally.

"All options are open to form the next government in Maharashtra. The party high command will take a decision in the matter," Sahasrabuddhe told the media.

His comments came as the BJP appeared set to emerge as the single largest party in the 288-member house. The Shiv Sena led in around 60 seats.


Congress leader blames 'dynasty politics' for defeat

Panaji: As the Congress was routed in Maharashtra and Haryana, a spokesman for the party's Goa unit Sunday called for an end to "dynasty politics".

In his Facebook post uploaded after the Haryana and Maharashtra results emerged, Durgadas Kamat said the poll outcome needed introspection within the party.

"End should be put to dynasty politics whether at the centre or states. Young people who perform and do not have political godfathers should be brought forward in the best interest of Indian politics," Kamat said.


Hooda accepts defeat in Haryana

Chandigarh: Outgoing Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Sunday accepted defeat in the Haryana assembly polls.

"This is the Janadesh (public mandate). I accept this and wish well for the incoming government," Hooda said.

"I hope that the new government will not let the pace of development in Haryana to slow down," said Hooda, who has been chief minister from March 2005.


BJD set to win Odisha Lok Sabha by-poll

Bhubaneswar: BJD candidate Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh is all set win the Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-poll Sunday as she is ahead of her nearest rival by over two lakh votes.

The widow of Hemendra Narayan Singh, the Lok Sabha member who died recently necessitating the bypoll, she has secured over 422,286 votes while her rival, Rudramadhav Ray of the BJP has managed to secure 162,352 votes.

Congress candidate Abhimanyu Behera has got 77,802 votes, said officials.


BJP's Anil Vij is first winner from Haryana

Chandigarh: BJP's Anil Vij Sunday became the first winner in the Haryana assembly elections.

Vij won from the Ambala Cantt assembly seat.


Narayan Rane defeated

Sindhudurg (Maharashtra): Senior Congress leader and party's campaign chief, Narayan Rane, was trounced in his home constituency of Kudal in Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district here Sunday.

He lost to his main rival, Shiv Sena's Vaibhav Naik by over 10,000 votes.


BJP set to rule Haryana

Chandigarh: The BJP Sunday said it will form the government in Haryana with early trends indicating it was winning in 48 of the 90 seats. This is the first time that the BJP is likely to come to power in the state on its own.

The party started on a winning note with the first result being declared in Haryana going to its kitty.

Veteran BJP leader Anil Vij won from the Ambala Cantt seat by a convincing margin of 15,462 votes.

"We will form the next government in Haryana. We will get two-thirds majority," BJP leader Abhimanyu said in Hisar.