Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar. (Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter)
Assembly elections 2019: The BJP Parliamentary board authorised party president Amit Shah on Thursday to take all decisions regarding government formation in Haryana and Maharashtra.
The board, which is the apex organisational body of the BJP, met in New Delhi after the party won a majority of seats in alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and appeared set to form government in Haryana as well after emerging as the single largest party.
Party sources said there will be no change in chief ministers of any state, a decision on expected lines. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, besides other senior party leaders, attended the board's meeting.
Shah has already indicated on Thursday that his party will stake claim to form the next government in Haryana after the assembly election results threw up a hung verdict.
The BJP was either winning or leading in 40 seats in the elections to the 90-member state assembly, according to the latest election commission figures, falling short of the majority mark of 46.
"The (Manohar Lal) Khattar government in Haryana has made every effort for people's welfare under the central leadership of (Narendra) Modi. I thank people for making the BJP the single-largest party and giving it another opportunity to serve them," Shah said in a tweet.
He congratulated Chief Minister Khattar and state party chief Subhash Barala. Shah also thanked voters in Maharashtra for "reposing their faith" in BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the state.
Results showed that the saffron alliance was set to get majority, even though its overall numbers appeared to be falling short of their 2014 tally.