A day after results of the assembly elections, Congress was busy assembling the pieces of government formation in Maharashtra and Ashok Chavan Congress leaders celebrates their victory in Maharashtra state assembly elections.
Haryana, reconfirming its frontrunners in the states and altering equations with erstwhile stronger ally, NCP.
As the final steps towards forming new governments in the three states are taken, Ashok Chavan in Maharashtra, Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Haryana and Dorjee Khandu in Arunachal Pradesh, each of whom led the Congress to victory, are most likely to retain power.
Former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday morning and later ruled himself out of the race, pointing out that he was a minister at the Centre. It does appear that the Congress may not want to undertake a major rejig of Maharashtra equations by considering a central minister.
In Haryana too, Bhupinder Singh Hooda is all set to remain in his chair despite the Congress’s electoral setback, which saw it fall six short of a majority in the 90-member assembly. He has cobbled up a majority by wooing the seven independents who had won.
In Arunachal Pradesh, chief minister Dorjee Khandu has hardly any competition