Nayab Saini in jeopardy? What next for Haryana CM as 3 independent MLAs pull support from BJP government?

The BJP government is now short of two MLAs in 90-member Haryana state assembly.

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Courtesy: ANI

The withdrawal of support by three Independent MLAs from the BJP government in Haryana certainly shakes up the political landscape of Haryana. The move by the independent MLAs in Nayab Singh government has come as a major setback to the party as they have announced that they would be going back to Congress, reducing the current number. The state government is now short of two independents for the majority mark, which now stands at 88.

Sombir Sangwan (Dadri), Randhir Singh Gollen (Pundri), and Dharampal Gonder (Nilokheri) have withdrawn their support to the Haryana government. The announcement by these MLAs came in the presence of Haryana Congress President Chaudhary Udaibhan and the leader of the opposition in the Haryana State Assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The independent MLAs in the joint address criticized the working method of the BJP and said that there was no justification for giving another opportunity to the party. They also said that every sector including unemployment, inflation, and crime is hit under the current government.

Numbers in Haryana State Assembly

The 90-member State Assembly of Haryana now consists of 88 members in actuality. The 40-member BJP is in power. The BJP government led by Nayab Singh Saini won the trust vote in March of this year after Saini took the oath of office as the new Chief Minister of the State. The BJP received support from six Independents and one MLA from the Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP).

On the other hand, the principal Opposition Congress has 30 MLAs while the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has one member, and the JJP has 10 MLAs.

What will happen now?

According to the sources, it is anticipated that the next steps could involve the government trying to shore up support from other parties or independents to maintain a majority. If they fail to secure the numbers, the government might face a no-confidence motion or be forced into early elections. The exact implications and next steps will depend on how the political parties and MLAs maneuver in response to this development.