Riding the Narendra Modi wave, which had swept Haryana in the Lok Sabha elections helping BJP bag seven of the eight seats it contested, the saffron party finished with a tally of 47, one more than the required majority in the 90-member assembly.
Out of the remaining 43 seats, INC bagged 15, INLD 19, HJC-BL two, SAD and BSP one each and Independents five.
Since the inception of Haryana in 1966, it is the BJP's best performance. The party had won maximum 16 seats in 1987 out of 20 it contested. The party in the last hustings in 2009 was able to win just four seats.
In the keenly contested battle where a number of parties were in the fray, BJP wrested power from Congress which ruled the state under the leadership of Jat leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda for about a decade.
Congress failed to contain the strong anti-incumbency and finished third, its tally going down to 15 seats from 40 in 2009.
For jailed leader Om Parkash Chautala led Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), which was facing a do-or-die battle, the "sympathy" factor did not work. The party was hoping to do well after it alleged that 79-year-old Chautala, who is in Tihar jail undergoing 10-year sentence in teachers recruitment scandal, had been victimised.
Chautala, who criss-crossed the state after getting bail on health grounds, could not raise the sagging morale of the outfit which ended with 19 seats.
Haryana Janhit Congress (HJCBL), which snapped ties with BJP ahead of polls, managed to win just two seats. HJC supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi, son of former chief minister Bhajan Lal, won from (Adampur) and his wife Reenuka from Hansi. But the other 63 contestants from the party lost, including Kuldeep's elder brother Chander Mohan from Nalwa.
HJC's ally Jan Chetna Party (JCP), which contested 25 seats as per seat sharing formula, failed to open its account. HJC's founder and former Union minister Venod Sharma lost from his traditional Ambala city seat and his wife performed badly from Kalka.
During campaigning, Modi covered the entire Haryana by holding close to a dozen rallies and took on rival Congress and INLD.
Despite the graft allegations, Hooda was confident of returning to power for the third consecutive term on the development plank but Congress was trounced by BJP though it was considered that the saffron party had almost no base in rural areas of the state.
Prominent among the BJP winners were RSS man Manohar Lal Khattar (Karnal), state party chief Ram Bilas Sharma (Mahendragarh), Capt Abhimanyu (Narnaund), former Congress leader Birender Singh's wife Prem Lata (Uchana Kalan), Union minister Sushma Swaraj's associate Latika Sharma (Kalka) and Om Parkash Dhankar (Badli).
Among the BJP winners, Sharma, Abhimanyu, Dhankar, Khattar are among those in the race for the coveted post of chief minister.
Sushma Swaraj's younger sister Vandana Sharma, a political green horn, was, however, unsuccessful from Safidon seat as she lost to Independent candidate Jasbir Deswal.
It was a major setback for INLD, a party with huge cadre at grassroots level, as its tally plunged from 31 seats in 2009 to only 19.
Besides, party's youngest MP and Chautala's grandson Dushyant lost to Prem Lata of BJP from Uchana Kalan.
INLD's state chief Ashok Arora bit the dust from his traditional Thanesar seat, losing to Subash Sudha of BJP.
Other heavyweights Gopi Chand Gehlot (Hisar), Pardeep Choudhary (Kalka), Umed Singh Lohan (Hansi), Kailash Bhagat (Kaithal) also failed to secure victory.
However, INLD had some solace as its senior leader Abhay Singh, who is younger son of Chautala, won from Ellenabad and his mother Naina Singh, contesting polls for the first time, romped home from Dabwali.
The Congress heavyweights who lost included Nirmal Singh (Ambala city), Haryana Cricket Association head and late chief minister Bansi Lal's son Ranbir Singh Mahendra (Badkhal), businessman Navin Jindal's mother Savitri from Hisar, Dan Singh Rao (Mahendragarh) and Hooda's associate Bharat Bhushan Batra (Rohtak).
However, Hooda retained his traditional Garhi-Sampla- Kiloi seat.
Among important winners from Congress were Speaker Kuldeep Sharma (Ganaur), minister Geeta Bhukkal (Jhajjar), AICC spokesman and minister Randeep Singh Surjewala (Kaithal), Anand Singh DAngi (Meham), Hooda's relative Karan Singh Dalal (Palwal) and minister Kiran Choudhary (Tosham).
Congress candidate Jai Tirath from Rai registered win by a slender margin of three votes over Inderjeet of INLD.
Prithla seat fell into the kitty of BSP with Tek Chand Sharma winning it by drubbing BJP's Nayan Pal Rawat.
Five independents who won include Jai Parkash (Kalayat), Rahish Khan (Punahana), Dinesh Kaushik (Pundri), Jasbir Deswal (Safidon) and Ravinder Machhrouli (Samalkha).
The elections also saw the decimation of former state minister Gopal Kanda's Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP). Kanda is an accused in the sensational air hostess suicide case.
Other outfits that figure no where in the polls were the Left parties CPI and CPM.
The candidates of Congress and BJP contested elections from all 90 Assembly constituencies of the state. 88 candidates of INLD, 87 of BSP, 65 of HJC, 17 of CPM, 14 of CPI and 297 of registered parties including two candidates of the SAD and 603 Independents were in the contest.
During the 2009 assembly elections Congress had won 40 seats, INLD 31, BJP four, HJC-BL six, SAD and BSP one each and Independents seven.

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